The Importance Of Having Clean Towels In Personal Hygiene

Towels play a crucial role in our everyday routine. They help us dry off after a shower or bath, wipe our hands and face, and clean up spills and messes. However, towels also play a critical role in maintaining our personal hygiene.  Many people look forward to their shower ritual – it is when they feel fresh and rejuvenated. But how long will you stay clean if you look forward to an old bath towel to dry off?


Personally, I use organic towels and in this post, I will discuss why organic towels are important for personal hygiene and offer tips for keeping your towels clean and bacteria-free.



Organic Towels Can Spread Germs


One of the primary reasons towels are essential for personal hygiene is that they can spread germs. It is easy assuming that because we are clean when we dry off with  bath towel that your towel stays pretty clean even after a few uses. When we use towels to dry our bodies or hands, we transfer bacteria and other microorganisms from our skin onto the towel´s surface. If we do not wash our organic towels regularly, these germs can multiply and create a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and you might not want to welcome the germs into your hygienic routine.


Additionally, bath towels can harbour germs that we pick up from other sources, such as the environment or other people. For example, when towels are used by more than 1 person, germs can spread between them. If someone in your household has a cold or the flu, their germs can spread to the towels they use. If you then use the same towel, you could pick up those germs and potentially get sick.



Towels Can Cause Skin Irritation 


Another reason why towels are important for personal hygiene is that they can cause skin irritation if they are not clean or made from rough materials. Towels that are dirty or damp can collect germs,  bacteria, fungus, dead skin cells, and oils which can become the culprit of skin infections, acne flares, irritation and cause rashes or other skin conditions. The rash spreads easily from one part of the body to another. It spreads through scratching or other contact. This often happens through shared towels.


Additionally, towels that are made from rough materials can be abrasive and cause skin irritation. 


To prevent skin irritation from bath towels, it is important to wash your towels regularly and choose towels that are soft and gentle on your skin. Many towels are coated with fabric softener, which gives even the roughest textiles a soft sheen in the store. Wash them in hot water to remove all fabric softener, which can irritate the skin. You may also want to consider using separate towels for your face and body to prevent the transfer of bacteria.



Towels Can Help Prevent the Spread Of Infections


In addition to spreading germs, towels can also help prevent the spread of infections when used properly. For example, if you have a cut or other open wound, it is important to use a clean towel bales to dry the area to prevent bacteria from entering the wound and causing an infection. Similarly, if you have a contagious illness, you should use a separate towel to dry your eyes and avoid spreading the infection to others.


To prevent the spread of infections, it is important to wash your towels in hot water and use a disinfectant or bleach when necessary. You should also avoid sharing towels with others, especially if you or they are sick!




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If you wish to avoid bacteria dispersing, paper towels are a good product to choose when it comes to hand washing. Besides being a hygienic choice, single use paper towels are the end users preferred hand drying method.




Tips For Keeping Your Towels Clean



Now that we know how important it is to use towels for personal hygiene, let’s talk about how to keep your towels clean and bacteria-free. 



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Wash your towels regularly:


Washing towels can appear to be simple, but following the right method is essential if you want them to last. While you can clean the towel by simply tossing it into the washing machine, these helping tips will keep your towels looking and feeling fresh even after several washes. 

With the proper washing and drying techniques, you can avoid musty odors and faded colors to preserve the soft, fluffy texture of your towels. 


Wash new towels before use: Before you learn how to wash towels, note that you should clean them before first-time use. Most new towels are coated with silicone or other finishes that block absorbency. This coating gives them that extra-fluffy look and feel at the store. Washing your new towels removes these finishes and allows for maximum absorbency.


Use Vinegar: To prevent colors from bleeding, wash colored towels with similar shades in warm water for the first several washes. Use about half the recommended amount of detergent while washing and add ½ to 1 cup of white vinegar to the water during rinse cycle. The vinegar helps set the colors and removes excess detergent residue.


Wash every few days: Wash your towels every three to four days and the best way is to use warm water and cooler-safe bleach, if necessary. For white towels, use hot water and non-chlorine bleach as needed. White towels should be washed separately or with other white items to avoid subtle discolouration over time.


Wash towels separately: Washing towels with clothes can transfer germs and bacteria between items in the wash. For sanitary reasons, you should wash bath towels separately from clothing items. 


Putting towels in their own load also makes it easier to adjust the setting based on color. It’s also easier to dry towels in the same load since damp towels dry slower than most clothes.



Use fabric softener: Use fabric softener according to directions, but add it only three or four washes. Waxy buildup from softeners can deteriorate the towel fibres over time and reduce their absorbency. No one wants a towel that’s not fluffy, so be careful when using fabric softener with towels.


Shake before drying: Give your towels a shake when taking them out of the washer. This will help fluff the terry loops that aid absorbency. Don’t iron terry towels, which will reduce absorbency. Shaking your towels also helps prevent them from twisting into a ball in the dryer, lengthening their drying time.


Dry well: Ensure that towels are dry when you remove them from the dryer, keeping in mind that clothes dry quicker than towels. Even slightly damp towels can quickly mildew. The best dryer setting for towels is the regular or automatic setting that you use for other durable fabrics. This will use the highest heat and be most efficient in getting the job done.


Consider the fabric: Not all fabrics are made the same, and that should be considered while washing towels. Some towels feature decorative trims to add a soft design element amid the hard, shiny surfaces of the bathroom. If possible, use towels with speciality trims as accents only, as this limits their laundering and reduces the wear on the ribbon, rickrack, lace, or other decorative elements. 



In addition to the tips mentioned above, there are some other things you can do to keep your towel bales clean and fresh. Fo example, you may want to consider using a separate towel for your face to prevent the transfer of bacteria from your body. You can also use a laundry detergent that is specifically designed for towels to help remove any buildup of bacteria, oils, and other impurities.



Finally, it´s worth knowing that towels don’t last forever. Over time, towels can become worn and lose their absorbency, which can make them less effective at drying us off. When this happens, it´s important to replace your towels to ensure that you are getting the most out of them in terms of hygiene and functionality. 




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