Here Is How Often You Should Change Your Towel

There is an adage that goes thus:

Be careful how you treat people because the part of the towel you use to clean your buttocks will one day be the part your use to clean your face.

That's an African proverb by the way. However, I am not here to talk about African proverbs, but how often you should be changing your towels

When I was a child there was one simple answer for this, and that was

I use it until it tears, then I get a new one.

Quite unhygienic (also poor level of care I gave to the towel), but still economical. Presently, I change my towel much faster than that and I turn the used one to rags.

Here Is How Often You Should Change Your Towel

First, I am going to start with how often you should wash your towels because some people might use their towels more frequently than others causing it to wear out more quickly. 

You need to understand your towel is a possible breeding ground for germs, fungi, bacteria and dead skin cells and it becomes worse when you barely hang a wet towel outside.

Washing your towel depends on how often you use it. 

According to Philip Tierno, a microbiologist and pathologist at the New York University School of Medicine, you should wash your towels after every 3 uses.

So, how often should you change it?

Well, there is no recommended time that you should change your towel, but how often you change them should depend on these 3 things. 

  1. Quality. Cheaply made towels won't last as long as high-quality towels.
  2. The frequency of use. The more your towels are used, the shorter their lifespan will be.
  3. Level of care. If you take good care of your towels — and wash, dry and care for them as you should — they will last longer than if you neglect them.

There are also some signs you should look out for in your towel to notice when it is time to change them. For example, old towels can develop a musty smell that may never go away, instead of trying so hard to get rid of the smell it is better you change it. 

Also, the fabric threads of your towel start to break in a year or two, this should be a good time to change your towel especially when the fibers are gone. 

So there you have it. Towels harbor a lot of bacteria and you should be giving it more attention than you are now.

I remain your favorite health blogger Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor.

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