How Often Should You Wash Your Towels?
Okay, seriously, this is one question we all want to know the honest-to-god answer to. “How often should you wash your towels?” We’ve heard so many answers to this question over the years - many of them influenced by varying degrees of obsessive-compulsiveness or all-out laziness. So we really want to know the truest answer in its purest form! And for that, we’ve gone to the Good Housekeeping website, cuz those folks really know what they’re talking about.
First of all, we need to know exactly what happens to our towels if they are NOT washed frequently enough. Perhaps that will be enough incentive for us to wash them on time. It’s true that bacteria can build up on wet towels. This is something we can actually smell! Towels will start to smell musty if moulds, mildews, and bacteria are growing on them. The best thing you can do about this is to dry your towels as quickly as possible after using them. Hang them up in a warm, dry area if you can – a rack is ideal if you have one! Do not leave them lying on the bed or the floor, or the mildew will spread to the bedclothes and carpet and you’ll wind up with a smelly room! Much easier to deal with a wet towel than it is to deal with a whole room – or worse, the entire house!
And one other word to the wise, if the towel has been used by someone with a cold, flu, or other virus, it’s always best to wash it right away. Viruses love cool wet areas and will flourish on a damp towel. If you want to keep cold germs at bay, and not catch them yourself, do wear gloves and wash these towels as soon as possible.
Want to learn more? Then head on over to the “Good Housekeeping” website by following the link in the description below!
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