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

Author:

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

FYI, This Is The Perfect Mini Bag For Summer

As someone who carries a big tote bag almost every ...

beauty

27 Brands That Are Celebrating Pride Month By Giving Back

June is a very exciting month. Not ...

Fashion

Brave Enough To Try The Bike Shorts Trend This Summer? These Are Our Favorites

The more I see regular people wearing bike shorts, the ...

Fashion

Handbags, Shoes And More Are Up To 50% Off At Rebecca Minkoff's Summer Sale

In the mood to treat yourself for summer? Oh good ...

Fashion

Trust Us, This Is The Only Pair Of Jeans You Should Buy For Summer

For die-hard denim fans, giving up jeans for skirts ...

Fashion

CALPAK's First-Ever NYC Pop-Up Shop Is *Definitely* Worth A Visit

No matter if you are jetting off to Europe or ...

Fashion

This $20 Camisole Top Is A Summer Wardrobe Essential--Get Yours ASAP

Trends certainly have their place, but I think your money ...

Fashion

This Is The Nude Bra Every Woman Should Have In Her Lingerie Drawer

White T-shirts are one of my favorite things to ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS