How Often Should You Wash Your Towels?

How do you know when it’s actually time to change your towels? Some might say every couple of weeks while others would say once a week is would be good.

Once a week isn’t too bad as long as you hang it up in a dry space and never let it fall on the ground but truth be told, you should wash your bath towels after THREE uses.

How Often Should You Wash Your Towels?According to Kelly A. Reynolds, Ph.D., an environmental health science professor at the University of Arizona,

Towels used after bathing or showering that are just damp could be hung to dry and used up to three times. Bacteria and mold will begin to accumulate but growth will be slowed as the towel dries.”

anigif_optimized-22985-1422568509-22Yes folks, we hate to break it to you, but your bath towel is dirty – really dirty. The moment you use it, it becomes a breeding ground of bacteria; fungi; dead skin cells; salivary, anal and urinary secretions; and many other germs lingering in your bathroom that may have hopped onto your towel – including droplets from your toilet.

While most of these microbes aren’t likely to harm you, given that most of them probably came from your own body, they’re just there, and they’re multiplying quickly.

How Often Should You Wash Your Towels?Towels serve as ideal breading grounds for germs because they contain many of the requirements for microbial life: water, warm temperatures, oxygen, food, and a neutral pH. The human body supplies these ideal living conditions, which is why our entire body is covered in them inside and out.

When you wick moisture from your body, the microbes and other secretions such as cellular debris that live on the surface of your body get deposited onto your towel. Your cellular debris and other deposits from the air serve as food for the microbes, and the moisture supplies water at a neutral pH.

The worst part is that sharing towels with others. When you share your towel with others, you could potentially come into contact with organisms that your body isn’t used to dealing with – such as Staphylococcus aureus which may give rise to a boil, or a pimple, or an infection.

“The idea is to be prudent and to be aware,” Tierno said. Mostly, aware that your towel is disgusting. And you’re probably not washing it enough.

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