How many times can you use a bath towel before its next wash?


Fresh out of the shower and squeaky clean? Well one would hope so, but it turns out wiping yourself with a used bath towel may just make you dirty again.

According to Yahoo, some consumer and environmental health agencies suggest that you can only use your towels three or four times before they can breed bacteria and mold.

Of course there’s bacteria on everything, sometimes good and sometimes bad. However, what you really need to be aware of is fungus or mold.

Fungus is difficult to get rid of whereas bacteria is killed during a wash. You might continue using a “clean” towel and not know that fungi that causes Athlete’s Foot or even Trichoniasis, a common sexually transmitted infection, is calling your fluffy towel home.

Quick Tips on Keeping Your Towels Clean

Hang your towels properly. If you have a heated towel rack, the heat will help dry your towels much faster than air drying. If you don’t have one, spread towels on the rack (not bunched up) so they dry thoroughly.

Keep the bathroom dry and airy with good ventilation. Before taking a shower, open the door and, if you have one, turn on the bathroom fan while bathing, so the air is less humid.

If you live in a humid place, wash your towel every other day or even every day, and add disinfecting solution into the water.

Put your towels in the sun at least once a week.

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