It’s National Laundry Day on April 15 and the perfect opportunity to discuss your towels. Towels are great bacteria traps. Wash you towels often, at least every two days, as they provide a moist, dark, and damp environment which makes it ideal for growing bacteria. Every time you use a towel, you transfer your natural skin bacteria, and any other germs you’re carrying, onto their surface.
Dr. Gerba, a microbiologist, told Time: “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.”
Sharing towels, especially wet ones, can spread germs. Towel sharing of any kind is a big no-no even if you think you are clean from just stepping out of the shower. A towel has the ability to retain moisture bacteria such as a staph infection that can live on for few hours, days, or even months. Never share towels with anyone — not even family members.
Be wary of which towel is yours when travelling, make sure to remember which towel belongs to you.
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