Washcloths - what do you use to hang yours in the shower?

jill_hMarch 22, 2008

We are about to re-tile our shower and currently have adhesive clips to hang our washcloths from. Don't want to re-use this idea, but can't seem to come up with a different solution. The best solution so far is a towel bar, but we don't want the ceramic style - something more along the lines of what we would hang our bath towel from. We will have a bar to mount the handheld shower and we thought there might be something that could be attached to the bar that we could hang our washcloths from. Any ideas? Thanks!

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terriks

Sorry, can't help - we don't use washcloths.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 12:01AM
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hamster

we don't use wash cloths either, but I emailed Rohl and asked if their polished nickel robe hooks were okay to use in the shower and they said yes. I plan on installing one and using it for the nylon scrunchie.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 12:10AM
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weedyacres

We put a towel bar on the inside of the door:

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 7:41PM
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live_wire_oak

I would imagine that the robe hooks would only be OK if caulked around. While nickel won't rust, the screws attaching them to the wall certainly will.

I would think that the shower curtain rings designed to just "clip" to the curtain with a spring clip would work to attach to the shower bar and then clip the cloths to that.

Or, you could do like I do and just buy enough washcloths that you use a fresh one for every shower. It isn't that much extra expense or laundry, even with several household members.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 7:44PM
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debtro

We have the Rohl Country Bath fixtures in our shower and installed both the bar and a hook for the handheld showerhead. I hang a washcloth on that hook for the handheld showerhead because usually I use the showerhead on the bar. The hook has a little curve to it so it holds the washcloth well, and it's made to be in the shower.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 10:24PM
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napagirl

Debtro, can you tell me which finish you have and how long you've had your Rohl shower fixtures?
I've been looking at the Rohl and Perrin & Rowe, and can't decide between pol chrome and pol nickel.
Sorry for the high jack.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 5:27AM
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terriks

Actually I guess maybe I can help, as we do hang other things in the shower. I found some large drawer pulls with enough surface area on the back that I was able to attach them to the tile with silicone:

If you don't want to drill holes through the tile you can consider using silicone to mount hooks also.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 10:57AM
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writersblock

Clever. I love those pulls--wanted to use them in the kitchen but it didn't work. Thanks for a great idea for another way to use them.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 11:36AM
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jbjust

Is there any risk to using the silicon adhesive on sealed Travertine tile? That sounds like a great solution, but don't want to leave a permanent mark in case I grow tired of the hook. I'm leaning toward going with an unobtrusively-hung suction-cup hook for that reason.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 11:53AM
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jill_h

I like these ideas - any more???

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 12:32PM
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maddielee

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 1:48PM
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hamster

terricks
love that idea! I might steal it! Is that brushed nickel?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 2:44PM
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terriks

I think that they are satin or brushed nickel. Bought them at Lowes.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 3:15PM
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mowers

Does anyone actually use wash clothes? I have not used one, and do not really know of anyone else that does either. I have "borrowed" them from Hotels for use as household rags or to use to wipe the oil stick clean.

And even if I did use them, I would use a new one each day, it seems nasty to dry one out and re-use it on your face (or other body parts) the next day. To me, they are so small, I would just have a weeks worth to last me, and they would go in the laundry.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 5:55PM
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cindy_socal

My daughters and I use them to remove makeup and wash our faces - clean one every night. They are hung until dry enough to throw into the laundry. I buy the 24-pack at Costco, and when they get icky, they become rags and we get new ones. 24 last a long time, even with 4 women using them.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 7:16PM
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hamster

same here but I wanted a hook in the shower for my nylon scrunchie thingabob.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 10:36PM
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debtro

napagirl, I have brushed nickel. Have only been using them since January so I can't comment on long-term use. We have mineraly well water with much salt in a water softener and I do have to brush off the fixtures after each use or there are serious water spots. But I believe that's our water & the salts -- it shows on everything that gets wet. I've seen your posts about longevity of Rohl fixtures & finish and wonder about the answers myself!

OK back to thread topic ...

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 10:42PM
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wisrose

Obviously people do use washcloths in the shower or she wouldn't be asking this question...geeees. And furthermore, she needs a place to hang it to dry out...BECAUSE you can not put wet anything into the laundry as it will get moldy!!! I am utterly surprised a couple of you ASSUME she is reusing the washcloths simply because she wants to dry them out. Good grief!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 9:38AM
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toadangel

i agree - why even post if all you have to say is how you don't use washcloths. obviously she does so just stay out of it if you don't have any ideas about how to hang them. and if you don't use them, perhaps you may not understand *how* they are used - i personally found it insulting that it seemed to be depicted as this gross nasty habit to use washcloths. i use them & hang them on a towel rod that's installed at the end of my tub/shower so they dry in there, & then put them in the dirty laundry the next morning. haven't used a hook before - my washcloths are kind of thick (in case it's still an issue what we actually use these things for, i use it to exfoliate as well as to wash, so thickness & texture helps). I like these ideas, though - keep em coming.

lisa

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 10:34AM
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whoooooooooosh

I'm not going to assume that she reuses them, but if it is just a case of drying them out before putting them into the laundry... then hang in the laundry room or affix something to the sink in the laundry area.

Like Cindy CA we buy the bulk from Costco, use them daily for face and when they get less than white or stained they become cleaning rags.

I grew up using face cloths, but when I became an adult and more educated on bacteria, I made changes. When my husband stopped using the same facecloth more than once, his skin cleared up also.

Just some thoughts, no judgements

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 1:19PM
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matt_r

I agree, what is up with the washclothes? Why so much hoopla over drying them out? Special little hangers for them? Just throw them in the laundry. I have put many damp things in the laundry, and so what, a day later you do a laundry load. I never had mold issues. I wish I had time in my life to have such worries about what hanger to buy to hang washclothes on.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 2:45PM
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bonnieg011

Ringing in here.....I love a fresh washcloth for every shower. Why not?

I have no laundry room nor do I have a sink in the laundry area. I live in a condo where that just isn't an option. So big whoop....I hang my washcloth on a hook in the shower when I'm finished, and in the morning, toss the dry cloth into a laundry basket. Since I wash my towels and cloths in hot water with bleach, I don't see bacteria as an issue.

So...Jill H, in answer to your question that started all this, I am afraid to say that I am using a plastic suction cup hook for the purpose. I'm doing that now, because I like the clean look of my shower walls and didn't want to put anything in there right now. Of course, that will change in time.

I did purchase, from the Ginger line, a Splashable corner unit, and when that does go up, I suppose the washcloth will dry somewhere on there.

Washcloth users unite!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 2:46PM
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cindy_socal

This is turning into a funny thread!

In our part of the world, putting wet/damp things into the laundry hamper is a disaster, and I've taught the kids from a young age not to do that. The occasional gross pair of wet socks still surfaces, but they've done their own laundry now for a long time so I rarely deal with it. I have a towel bar over the washer that is just for drying dirty laundry, until it can get washed. Sounds strange, I guess to some.

In our new tub/shower (which the teens will use), I'm putting in a Ginger grab bar. It will be a washcloth-drying bar for them, and will serve as a grab bar if and when anyone needs it. That's my solution.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 3:31PM
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kevin1727

Live Wire Oak wrote "While nickel won't rust, the screws attaching them to the wall certainly will."
I went to a local boat supplies store, Boaters World, and bought marine grade stainless steel screws to replace the rusting ones on my shower control. The new screws are still pristine after a couple of years.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 7:38PM
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kateskouros

what's a washcloth? ;*)

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 9:49PM
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hamster

I'm scared!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 10:31AM
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ladycfp

I don't normally use them in the shower BECAUSE I don't have an easy place to hang them to dry. After a bath they end up on the side of the tub for me to throw them in the hamper when dry. Thanks to this thread, I now envision another use for my grab bar- washcloth hanger! As for sanitation issues, I have always wondered about the little scrubby things people use day after day, how you keep them clean. I have several in a closet that have come in various gift baskets or stuck to bottles of body wash, what is up with those?

Be nice, or I'll start a thread on bar soap that'll really get fur flying...

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 11:26AM
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wisrose

Yea thos scrubby things, how gross, they hang on the faucet and never get sanitized like a washcloth does. I hang mine on the grab bar. My laundry is Two stories down to the basement. I also hang my towels to dry over the shower rod. Gasp, does that mean I use my towel again. I think a washcloth does a better job not only as a cleaning purpose but also gets the dead skin cells. I tried the scrubbies I didn't even feel clean.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 12:06PM
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cindy_socal

Okay, scrubbies are good too. And who says they don't get sanitized? My kids and DH use them; the kids have their own colors. They get thrown into a bleach load of laundry, and replaced regularly.

People like different things. It's okay. ;-)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 2:51PM
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whoooooooooosh

BAR SOAP??????????????? ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH

LOL

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 5:20PM
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juliebatt

I only use my washcloth to dry my eyes from the shower water (yeah, don't like water/soap/whatnot in my eyes), so it's never completely wet, just damp. In the past, I hang it over the curtain rod while I shower, then is hung on a long towel bar outside the shower with my towel after I'm all finished (for both to dry). In my current (to be redone) bathroom, there is only one towel bar that DH and I have to share, so no room for the washcloth. If I leave it on the curtain rod, DH inevitably drops it into the scummy water (ew!). We have a hand held shower head so the washcloth is permanently perched over the back of that until we remodel.

Honestly, it's never occured to me that washcloths need a special spot in the shower. I though everyone just tossed them on the curtain rod, then on the towel bar to dry! LOL See, you learn a lot in their forums!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 7:22PM
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gopack

jill_h, I noticed that you had posted on another thread about a Jetta tub you had purchased. I am also in the DFW area and just returned from the Jetta showroom today. I am all excited now because I just realized that you can add air jets to any of their whirlpool tubs as an option.

Just curious, which style tub did you choose???

Ginny

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 5:33PM
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jill_h

Ginny - we chose the Grenada J2 non-jetted, just soak. It fit both of us quite well. However, I don't have it YET! I did not order it from Jetta, although their personnel at the store were very helpful. I ordered it from Capital Distributing (on I-35 @ Inwood) - they gave me a better price (I did not go back to Jetta to see if they would match it because I ordered all of my fixtures, et al through Capital). We're starting renovation next month.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 12:50AM
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gopack

Jill_h, Thanks for the info on your tub. I am looking at a few Jettas that have both the air and water jets. I guess they just started having that as an option so I am excited about it. I went into Capital Dist. yesterday to see their showroom and check out tubs. Nice place! The woman who was helping me look at tubs was not the friendliest person and after I sat in about 3 tubs, she basically told me to go to the Jetta showroom!! I could not believe it. It was like she wanted to get rid of me. Kind of funny.

Enjoy your tub!

Ginny

Yes, the people at the Jetta place were really nice.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 10:10AM
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chrisk327

I installed a towel bar at the end of my bathtub for washcloths. if you wring out the washcloth it is bone dry by the next day.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 11:13AM
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cpccarolyn_2008

Well, I use a wash cloth in the shower to dry the water off
my face. I don't use it to wash my body. I do like a place
to hang it to dry.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 8:38PM
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pete_p_ny

Thank goodness for camping once a month as a child in the boy scouts, followed by military service. I was spared getting accustomed to using wash clothes. And now I do not have the stress in my life in trying to find out how and where I can hang them to dry. I was lucky to just get a cold shower.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 9:02PM
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cindy_socal

I saw some little hooks at Target yesterday -- clear suction cup with a clear hook; 2/$1.99. You could tuck that in lots of places...

    Bookmark   March 29, 2008 at 10:11PM
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oruboris

Another good reason why every shower should have grab bars, even if the users are able bodied-- with the help of a grab bar, they might even stay that way!

Odd as this will sound, in my current shower, I have one of those little plastic gizmos made to attach Christmas lights to rain gutters. The big end slips over the shower door, and the small hook works well to hold the string of the plastic scrubby.

Much perfer the scrubbys to a cloth: they just seem to clean the skin better, and they basically clean themselves as well. They dry fast, and I don't have to wash, dry, clean and store cloths anymore!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 5:42AM
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pointing

Another good reason why every shower should have grab bars, even if the users are able bodied-- with the help of a grab bar, they might even stay that way!

The shower system should have shower head, massaging nozzles, hand-held shower, and tub spout together. If you can spend $200 less to buy a shower head at home depot, you should buy a whole shower paneling system for same amount of money.

Here is a link that might be useful: shower panel

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 6:23AM
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hamster

point being?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 10:32AM
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oruboris

Oh, my point about grab bars is that cloth users can drape their wash cloths over them so they drip dry: I really didn't make that clear.

I've no idea what 'pointing's point was, or why it quoted my other post.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 6:32PM
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toadangel

pointing is a spammer

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 9:00PM
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igloochic

You know I hadn't even thought of a place for a wash cloth, but we do need one. I love the idea of the knob :) I have hundreds of knobs :) So this is just one more place to put one heh heh

I'm curious...are those knobs pretty light, or did you hold it until the sylacone set? My knobs are pretty heavy and I don't like the idea of screwing into the tile (they're 24x24 and I would hate to see one break!) We don't have a shower rod to hang anything from, and while I did think of nieches, I don't want a wash cloth wadded up on a shelf...which is what DH will do and then they'll never dry!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 11:17PM
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terriks

I just used masking tape to hold the knobs in place while the silicone set, then waited about 24 hours before using them. If you do use screws you may be able to place them in a grout line, then you wouldn't have to make a hole in the tile.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 11:26PM
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talley_sue_nyc

Live Wire Oak wrote "While nickel won't rust, the screws attaching them to the wall certainly will."
I went to a local boat supplies store, Boaters World, and bought marine grade stainless steel screws to replace the rusting ones on my shower control. The new screws are still pristine after a couple of years.

Kevin, THANKS!

The screws that hold the overflow plate in my tub are rusted, and it's ticking me off--they came with it, they should have been waterproof!

Now I know here to go to see if I can find one that will fit that WON'T rust.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2008 at 5:15PM
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hamster

oruboris...that statement wasn't meant for you. Sorry. it was pointed to the spammer.
diane

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 4:26PM
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dna1238

This is late but you can get one of those tension shower rods and put them inside the shower . If it is a shared bathroom with a lot of people this works well, everyone can habg their rag on that. I now just use a fresh one everyday but I live alone now and don't have much laundry anyway.

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