94 million bacteria! When towels need to go in the laundry

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How often do you wash your towels? A survey from the UK reveals shocking things. When and why you should change them regularly.

There’s nothing quite like wrapping yourself in a friendly, big, fresh, fluffy towel after a shower. But when’s the next time you wash it? New research from bathing experts Showers to You has revealed that over a million people in the UK wash their bath towels just once a year—even though freshly washed towels contain 190,000 bacteria, rising to 17 million after just one day of use and reaching as high as 94 million after a week.

According to the guide, towels should be washed after three uses, but 3 percent of UK residents surveyed by Showers to You wash their towels only once a year—the equivalent of nearly two million people. The research also showed that “nearly one in 10 UK residents surveyed (8 percent) wash their bath towels only twice a year, equating to over 4 million people.” A whopping one-third of residents surveyed “wash their bath towels only once every three months,” which equates to more than 17 million people. According to the study, the most unclean when it comes to towels are Leicester and Glasgow residents. There, bathroom towels are the most likely to go unwashed for the longest time: More than four in ten (41 percent) of residents in both cities admit to washing their towels every three months or less.

Yet it’s essential to wash them regularly because “towels absorb a lot of water and stay damp for hours, which is the perfect breeding ground for unwanted germs. That’s why towels should be washed after every third use,” according to health platform Health Line.

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