Style

How Many Times Can You Use A Towel Before Washing It? The Answer.

December 16, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
shefinds | Style

How many times do you reuse a towel before tossing it in the washing machine? A few days? A week? Longer?! Every time you wipe your hands, face or body on a towel, you are essentially rubbing off dead skin cells, dirt and other bacteria. Now, if you reuse that towel again and again without washing it, well, that’s just nasty. Finally, here’s the answer we’ve all been looking for!

Experts say you should wash your bath towels after every three uses. “Towels used after bathing or showering that are just damp could be hung to dry and used up to three times,” Kelly A. Reynolds, Ph.D., an environmental health science professor at the University at Arizona, told BuzzFeed. “Bacteria and mold will begin to accumulate, but growth will be slowed as the towel dries.”

Do you ever notice when your towels have that musty smell? It’s basically all the millions and millions of skin cells mixed with bacteria. How lovely. As for face towels/washcloths, those need to be washed after every single use. “When used to scrub skin, soils from makeup or dead skin cells can rapidly accumulate. Being wet and not just damp means there is a longer dry time. This lengthy condition of moisture creates the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to grow to unacceptable levels,” Reynolds says about washcloths.

Now, go home and wash your towels!

Don’t miss how often you should clean your nail clippers and how often you should clean your contact case!

[Photo: Shutterstock]

Minibanner

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

The $19 Flats You Need To Buy At Target Before It’s Too Late

October 16, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We'll take them all!

Fashion

Win The Ultimate Fall Fashion Upgrade

October 15, 2018 by SHEfinds Editors
Enter now!

Fashion

The One Bra Trick You Should Always Try If You Want To Look 10 Years Younger

October 13, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's so simple!

Fashion

Nordstrom Has The Cutest Scallop Trim Dress On Sale For 30% Off Right Now

October 12, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
You have to see it!

Fashion

Every Woman Should Own This Super Cozy Sweater--Get One While It's On Sale

October 12, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Get one in every color.

Fashion

The One Jacket Trend You’re Going To See Everywhere This Fall--It's So Chic!

October 11, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
We love this trend!

Fashion

The $19 Top You Need To Buy At Anthropologie Before It’s Too Late

October 11, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's so cheap!

Fashion

The Bizarre ‘Grandma’ Top Trend Is Going To Be EVERYWHERE This Fall

October 10, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's a fall wardrobe staple!

Fashion

This Bralette Is SO Comfortable It's Almost Always Sold Out

October 10, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
Grab one ASAP

Fashion

Psst! Here's Where To Get A Pair Of "Cool Girl" Nike Sneakers For Just $40

October 9, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
Better be quick!

Fashion

This $10 Cardigan Is Crazy Popular On Amazon

October 9, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It has great reviews!

Fashion

Win The Ultimate Fall Fashion Upgrade

Autumn is in full swing, which means it's time ...

Fashion

This Bralette Is SO Comfortable It's Almost Always Sold Out

I'm sure that most of us woman can agree ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS