The Best Machine Washable Rugs (updated 2019)

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Did I get your attention by saying  “machine washable rugs?”  I thought I might. Life can get messy with pets, spills, and kids.  

How about a rug that you can just pick up and throw in the wash?  

Today I want to tell you guys about our farmhouse-style kitchen area rug.  It’s totally one hundred percent machine washable

And it’s really nice. 

I’ll tell you how you can get one too! I’ve also included a bunch of other great options for machine washable rugs.

our blue Kitchen Rug, totally machine washable

Kids.  Pets.  Spills.  Stains.  Life.  There is nothing that puts a damper on my day like a stain on a favorite rug that you can’t get out.  I learned this when I ruined my favorite hallway rug.  That was a bummer!

Now, I’m talking about your nice rugs. 

Ya know, the kind you have under your dining table.  Or in your living room.  Not the small, throw rug type or bathmats from Target that we all throw in the wash already.

We have had this rug in our kitchen for a while now and it’s held up so well and through so many machine washes.  And it’s a NICE rug. 

This rug comes from a company called Ruggable.  I saw them on the Today show a couple of years ago.  I was totally blown away at how a nice large area rug could be thrown in the wash like that.  And come out looking brand new?  Ummm, yes, please!

Ruggable Gif

My husband will tell you we bought this rug because we needed a rug to catch the mess that comes in from the back door. 

And yes, that’s true.   

I will tell you we really bought this rug to cover up the ugly, old, cracked slate floors in our kitchen which don’t match the rest of the house. 

Either way – it’s a win-win all around.

Update: See our newly renovated kitchen here!

blue rug in kitchen that you can throw in the wash

Since this rug is located right off our back door – it takes quite the beating.  It rains.  A lot here.  Everybody comes through that back door, including our dog, with muddy shoes, muddy paws, grassy feet, dirty backpacks, grocery tote bags (which can get quite dirty), etc. 

We do have a rule about taking shoes off before we come in but sometimes it doesn’t always happen.  And the dog can’t exactly “take her shoes off.”

Plus – to have a nice soft rug underfoot in the kitchen has made a world of difference.  It really lightens up the kitchen too.  Those harsh dark slate floors aren’t doing us any favors.

Here’s the best part. In my opinion.

Ruggable rugs are now available on Amazon. Could I be any more excited? (Chandler Bing voice)

How these Washable Rugs Work

So basically, these rugs work like this…

There are two layers.  The bottom layer is a kind of fuzzy, but soft, layer on which the top layer, the actual rug, “clings” to.  The rug is really soft.

The fuzzy layer underneath acts like a rug gripper.  It has an anti-slip on the back of it.  It won’t give it an incredible amount of padding, but you’ll get some.

You can’t wash the fuzzy pad, but you can vacuum them.  Oh yeah, and you can vacuum the whole rug as normal anytime.

When you need to wash the rug, you simply detach the rug layer from the bottom layer and throw the whole thing in the wash.

It’s not difficult at all to line up and put back together either.  I do it by myself.

According to Ruggable, an 8×10 rug is considered one load of laundry.  So a pretty large area rug will fit in your washing machine!

I wash mine every few weeks or so.  All those mud spots, dirt, and stains come right out.  I run it on a normal cycle with normal detergent.  It does say you should spot treat stains as soon as possible.  I don’t.  And mine seems ok.  We never spilled red wine or oil on it though.

And yes – I also dry mine in the dryer! 

I feel like I’m in one of those snuggle commercials when this thing comes out the dryer, all clean and fresh.  It smells so good.  You just want to hug it and sleep on it.  Just me?

But having a newly cleaned rug like that will make your whole house feel renewed.

We did get ours a little while ago so it doesn’t look like our pattern is available anymore.  But they have so many new ones that I love!  The largest size they have is 8×10.  And they also have a runner size.  I feel like these things were made for hallways and kitchens.  But you can use them anywhere.

You can peruse their website based on styles.  The kid’s rugs they offer are just adorable.  

If you have kids or pets these rugs are really practical for the house.  Or really if you just want something you don’t have to worry about!

We love ours and it’s held up really well with two kids, a dog, and a cross country move.  Oh yes, and a rainy climate.

The Ultimate List of machine washable rugs – my fave picks

There are more rug companies out there that offer these fabulous rugs. So it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find that perfect choice to fit in with your home decor. Here are some of my favorite picks (just updated!)

Click on any photo for more information, and see an updated list of rug companies below. Happy Shopping!

Target – Now Target has quite the selection. Take a look here.

Hook and Loom – really pretty washable eco-friendly cotton rugs!

Ruggable – obviously. They now offer longer runner styles! SO GOOD you guys. Available on Amazon too!

Lorena Canals offers more styles than before! I definitely think I’ll have to give these guys a try sometime.

NamaMat – According to their website – “it looks like an heirloom rug, wipes 100% clean and feels like you are standing a zillion gummy bears.”

Annie Selke/Dash and Albert – According to their website, it’s very easy to wash a LARGE indoor/outdoor rug and they show you how.

IKEA – they make some rag rugs that are throw-in-the-wash friendly!

MyLife Rugs – they have some amazing options – available on Amazon!

(featured image via Lorena Canals)

xo Karen

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