How often do you wash your towels? Don't even bother answering that because I'm here to tell you that whatever it is, it's not enough. As it turns out — I hope you're sitting down right now — we're supposed to wash our bathroom towels every two to three days. EVERY TWO TO THREE DAYS. Nothing in my life gets that much love and attention — my own hair is lucky if it gets washed twice a week, honestly.
GE knew something was up, and on National Laundry Day (yes, it's a thing, and it occurs on April 15, so you don't miss it next year) they conducted a poll on our laundry habits
to make us feel bad.
Of those polled, 50 percent said they use their bath towel at least five times before washing it. Their philosophy: "I'm clean when I use it." Mhm, preach. If you fall into this category — or are in the 14 percent of people who only wash their towels after 8 uses (🙋🙋🙋🙋)— here's what you need to know (again, I hope you're still sitting).
Dr. Gerba, a microbiologist, told : "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."
While Dr. Gerba recommends washing your bathroom towels every two to three days, the suggests after three or four uses. Still so aggressive, but I guess I can deal. Especially when I think about how, as points out, towels provide a moist, dark, and damp environment which makes it ideal for growing bacteria. Moist! Dark! Damp!
Gotta go wash my towels. Or throw them out and maybe start over.
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