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How Often Should You Wash Your Towels

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: December 13, 2018
How Often Should You Wash Your Towels

Towels are a household staple, no matter how big or small family you have. You use them each morning after shower, and even dab your face after a spa treatment or a facial. So, you just can’t do away without a towel. But despite being such a useful item, it also serves as the breeding ground for germs and bacteria. These can cause acne and breakouts, and sometimes even more serious skin conditions. So, it is important to wash your towels before they get too dirty. If you are thinking how often should you wash your towels, then read this oneHOWTO article.

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  1. How often exactly
  2. Why it is important to wash your towels
  3. Washing face towels
  4. Washing kitchen towels
  5. How you dry and store your towels also matters

How often exactly

Damp towels after taking a bath can be hung to dry and can be used for as much as three times. Washing them after each use is not practical. You may not have that much time, and access to the laundry may not be that convenient. So, keep the number to three uses. Whether you have a bath three times in a day, or once in three days, make sure to wash it after every three uses. Although washing and cleaning the towels very often can make them old and torn earlier, but that’s worth the expense.

Why it is important to wash your towels

As you use your towel, it tends to accumulate mold and bacteria on its surface. Although the growth of these germs tends to slow down when the towel dries, they still stay there and cause you harm. After every use, your towel picks up lots of dead skin cells from your body, in addition to all the water that it absorbed. You will notice some smell even after a single use of the towel. This is your skin and all the bacteria accumulated on your towel. So, do you realize the importance of washing the towels every so often?

Washing face towels

As far as face towels are concerned, they need to be cleaned even more often. You take a bath only once or twice in a day, but you use your face towels around ten times everyday. You use it to absorb your sweat, dry hands after going to the toilet, wash face after coming back from heavy traffic, etc. So, these towels tend to accumulate more germs and dirt than bath towels. Face towels can be washed everyday, or at least every other day, depending on the number of people using it.

How Often Should You Wash Your Towels - Washing face towels

Washing kitchen towels

There must be lots of dirty things you might be doing with your kitchen towels, such as drying the dishes, cleaning the countertop, holding hot serving bowls, rubbing greasy hand prints from the microwave oven etc. Ideally, kitchen towels should be washed after making every meal, but a practical amount would be to wash them everyday. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for, when it comes to the hygiene in your kitchen and the food that your family eats. Germs in kitchen can be an open invitation to lots of diseases in your entire family.

How you dry and store your towels also matters

Washrooms have humid environments, and you should never let your towel dry on the handle bar. If possible, hang your towel in sunlight so that it dries properly, completely and quickly, thus giving minimum time to germs and bacteria to accumulate and grow. So, never store your bath towels and face towels in the bathroom, which most people do.

How Often Should You Wash Your Towels - How you dry and store your towels also matters

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