The other day, I was cleaning the guest bathroom. Every time I'm in that bathroom, there is this nasty smell that drives me crazy...mostly because I can't figure out the source. And also, it confuses me, because we really don't use that bathroom. I mean, I do my hair and makeup in there every morning, but I don't think that those activities should produce this shit smell.
After a careful inspection of the bathroom, I found the source. It was the bath mat. Before Matt and I got married, we registered for wooden bath mats from Crate and Barrel. We were SO excited to register for them - in our old apartment in Virginia, Oscar made a habit of curling up and sleeping on the bath mat whenever either of us would shower. The mat got all...you know, hairy. No matter how much or how often I washed the mat, it would be covered with dog hair a second later.
Then, one special day, the day we registered, we saw the wooden bath mats. It seemed like a dream come true! We immediately registered for two, and so far, so good.
But anyway, back to the present. And back to Oscar. Oscar has kind of a weak stomach. He throws up regularly - a few times a week. Luckily for us, he is considerate enough to get up, trot over to a tiled area (namely our entryway or our guest bathroom) and do his business there. Then, we grab a pile of paper towels and some cleaner and take care of the mess.
So. The bath mat. It stunk. Kind of like...shit. But also like...perhaps...old dog throw-up? I'm sorry, this is gross. But when I looked closer, it looked like there was possibly old dog vomit in between the cracks of our bath mat. I know. Ew. I immediately grabbed the mat and took it outside to our apartment's "car wash station," otherwise known as a parking spot with a hose.
For a good 25 minutes, I stood out there and with my fingers cleaned out all the little cracks and openings that had, you know, nasty in them. It was gross. Really, really gross.
I walked back to the apartment and laid it out on the porch to dry. Hours later, satisfied it was dry, I put it back in the bathroom for our guests.
And guess what? I was in there this morning. The bath mat smells like shit.