How Long Should You Use Your Bath Towel Without Washing It?
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For many people, a weekly bath towel change is the norm. You’re all clean after a nice, hot shower, so your towel should be good for a while, right? Well, _______________ (1) your body is feeling delightfully fresh, the average towel collects tens of millions of dead skin cells _______________ (2) any fungi or bacteria that survived your scrubdown. _______________ (3) private parts also come in contact with towels, urinary and anal secretions are _______________ (4) quickly transferred to the dirty towel bandwagon.
Here’s a little more salt for the wound: Most toilets aren’t all that far away from the shower, _______________ (5) droplets of toilet water have been known to reach far and wide when flushed, _______________ (6) leaving your damp, hanging towel at risk.
Speaking of damp, every moment a towel is left out to dry allows germs to multiply unchecked, _______________ (7) the humid atmosphere so common to bathroom areas simply is perfect for encouraging the growth of mildew and other undesirable stuff.
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_______________ (8), towel care and maintenance isn’t exactly rocket science; it just requires a little more effort than most people currently put forth. _______________ (9), experts recommend hanging the towel in a manner where it can dry completely (that is, not in a wet pile on your tile floor or scrunched up on the bar). _______________ (10), encourage air circulation and quicker drying by opening a window or turning on the bathroom’s ventilator fan. If at any point, it starts to smell funky, it’s not the towel’s natural scent – it’s the mildew a-thriving, _______________ (11) the towel definitely needs to be washed.
_______________ (12) you follow all of those steps, don’t go more than three uses without washing your bath towel thoroughly. _______________ (13), make sure to use warm or hot water with detergent, preferably along with color-appropriate bleach, for good measure.
(Adapted from http://now.howstuffworks.com on 9 January 2017)