Some of you may wait until your towels smell funky to wash them. As it turns out, it's better to launder towels pretty frequently — ideally, after every 3-5 uses.
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Lauren Hill explains that you scrape off dead skin cells every time you dry off with your towel. Those dead skin cells collect in the fibres of your towel. As the days pass, you accumulated days worth of exfoliated cells. Hill elaborates:
It is best to wash bathroom towels every 3-5 times they are used. Notice that I did not write every 3-5 days.
That really is the maximum times a towel needs to be dampened (from drying you off), allowed to dry, and then be used again.
If you do laundry every couple of weeks, you may want to pick up an extra set of towels or start doing laundry weekly. That extra set of towels could come in handy if you sleep over at a partner's or friend's place.
You may need to do a bit more folding when you follow this rule, but you'll definitely feel the difference a clean towel makes.
How Often Should You Wash Your Bathroom Towels and Rugs? [Mama's Laundry Talk via Unclutterer]