We're Not Washing Our Bath Towels Enough

June 5, 2018

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Recently General Electric asked the public a simple question, how often do you wash your bathroom towels not the decorated ones but the ones you use after a shower or bath). Half of respondents said they use their towels at least five times before throwing it in the washer. 14% use their bath towels more than eight times before it hits the laundry basket. But that just isn't enough to keep the ick away. So now is the time we get technical and gross you out about that towel you swapped out last week and will use this morning.  Even when only used for just a few days, many towels test positive for microbes such as mold, yeast, and E. coli. After about two days, if you dry your face on a hand towel, you're probably getting more E. coli on your face than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed it. The American Cleaning Institute recommends you wash your bath towels after three or four uses and sooner if the towel is not allowed to fully dry before they are used again. Wash them in the hottest water possible (the sanitize cycle, if you have one) and run the dryer for at least 45 minutes.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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