There’s nothing like swaddling yourself in a plush, large, clean towel after a leisurely shower. When will the towel be washed next? You smell wonderful, the towel feels soft and clean, and you may finish your post-shower ritual while still wrapped up.
How often should you wash your towel?
Over a million people in the UK only wash their bathroom towels once a year, according to new research from the bath experts at ‘Showers to You.’
This is despite the fact that newly washed towels contain 190,000 counts of bacteria, which rise to 17 million after just one day of use and as high as 94 million after a week.
Although recommendations state that towels should be washed after three uses, 3% of UK residents surveyed by Showers to You (or nearly two million people) only wash their bathroom towels once a year.
The study also revealed that “over 4 million UK residents, or 8% of those surveyed, only wash their bathroom towels twice a year.” Men “were five times more likely to clean their bathroom towels just once a year,” with 5% of male respondents confessing to doing so, compared to 1% of women, in the study.
Over 17 million people—a startling third of the UK population—were found to “wash their bathroom towels just once every three months” in the survey. And if you were wondering which cities in the UK are the least hygienic when it comes to towels, those who reside in Leicester and Glasgow are the worst offenders, per research.
They are “most likely to go the longest without washing their bathroom towels, with over four in 10 (41%) from both cities admitting to only washing their towels once every three months at the most.” Yikes!
However, Health Line advises that you wash your towels frequently since ‘towels absorb a lot of water and stay damp for hours, which is the perfect breeding ground for unwelcome germs. Towels should be washed after three uses because of this.
How exactly do you wash and dry your towels?
Dry towels on a high heat setting after washing them in hot water with detergent. Reynolds claims that this is the most effective setting for reducing germ and mould levels.
Reynolds advises selecting a detergent with enzymes, which are essentially detergent superpowers created to dissolve grime and eliminate germs. (The detergent’s stain-fighting enzymes are frequently mentioned on the front label.)
A new product can irritate people with sensitive skin. Stop using it if you start noticing that.
Additionally, detergents like All Free Clear that don’t include dyes or fragrances and incorporate enzymes into their formulation may be kinder to the skin.
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