How to Wash Bathroom Towels


When it comes to your bath towels, hand towels, face towels and even those decorative towels you put out “for show,” are you sure that you’re washing them properly? Do you have your own disinfecting methods? And just how often are you washing them? We’ve got just what you need to know when it comes to making sure the towels you use to clean up are clean themselves!

Decorative Towels
These towels don’t see too much action, but it’s still good to give them a little refresh from dust collecting or from the occasional hands that seek them out. A simple wash with ¼ cup of laundry detergent will do.

Bath Towels
For us, the fluffier the towel the better. However, because these towels are extra thick or fluffy, they tend to lock in a lot more moisture and accumulate dead skin cells, which can result in that musty odor you sometimes smell. This is why it’s recommended to wash your bath towels after a maximum of three uses.

You can wash these towels in your washing machine like normal, but try washing without soap and use a cup of vinegar in place of fabric softener to strip away odors. If you have a washing machine with a two-rinse option, you can use that for added protection.

If you’ve put your towel through the ringer and have used it while sick, after an intense workout or for other tougher uses, disinfect with bleach (if white) or other disinfectants for colors.

Face Towels and Washcloths
These two probably see the most bacteria and need to be cleaned most frequently because you’re constantly using them on your skin, putting that bacteria back on yourself. It’s recommended to wash these after every use.

You can use a hot water cycle with a little bit of bleach or vinegar to really disinfect them.

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