This is how often you should REALLY be washing your towels and bath mats


This is how often you should REALLY be washing your towels and bath mats – and it might surprise you

  • Australian home stylist Liz Amaya shared how often towels should be washed
  • In an Instagram video she said towels should be cleaned after every three uses
  • Hand towels should be washed daily and twice weekly for bath mats 
  • The recommendations are supported by by The Cleaning Institute  

A home stylist has shocked hundreds online after revealing how often towels and bath mats should be washed to maintain cleanliness and prevent bacterial growth.

Liz Amaya, from Brisbane, posted a short video with her 84,000 Instagram followers and said towels should be washed after every three uses.

‘Towels absorb a lot of water and remain damp for hours, which is the perfect breeding ground for unwanted germs,’ she wrote in the clip. 

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'Towels absorb a lot of water and remain damp for hours, which is the perfect breeding ground for unwanted germs,' she wrote in the clip

Stylist Liz Amaya posted a short video on Instagram and said towels should be washed after every three uses

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How often do you wash your towels and bath mats?

  • Daily 39 votes
  • Twice weekly 81 votes
  • Weekly 228 votes
  • Fortnightly 19 votes
  • As needed 34 votes

In the video Liz said hand towels should be washed daily while bath mats should be washed twice weekly. 

‘Washcloths that you use to lather and scrub in the shower should air-dry and be washed after every use,’ she wrote.

Liz’s cleaning tips are also recommended by The Cleaning Institute who also suggested washing towels after three uses.

If you shower every day, your towels should be washed twice a week to remove any accumulated germs. 

Gym towels, towels that are kept in the bathroom and kitchen tea towels should also be cleaned regularly. 

In the video Liz said hand towels should be washed daily while bath mats should be washed twice weekly

'ashcloths that you use to lather and scrub in the shower should air-dry and be washed after every use,' she wrote

In the video Liz said hand towels should be washed daily while bath mats should be washed twice weekly

While many were shocked by the suggestions, others agreed and said they too regularly wash their towels.

‘Daily! Love a nice fresh towel after a shower,’ one woman wrote, another added: ‘Every two days and sometimes daily especially on summer.’

One woman admitted she needs to wash her towels more often.  

According to the bathroom experts from Australian lifestyle company Bed Threads, towels should also be replaced every one to three years and bath mats every two years.

How often should you be washing your towels? 

The Cleaning Institute recommends washing bath towels after three uses. If you shower every day, that means laundry almost twice a week

Regular laundry is sufficient to clean towels and remove any germs that are starting to accumulate

Washcloths that you use to lather and scrub in the shower should air-dry and be washed after every use

The best way to prevent germs from growing on your bath towel is to let it dry completely between each use, and wash it frequently 

Source: Healthline

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