There isn’t much that compares to falling asleep in clean sheets or drying off with clean towels. Since the majority of us can’t permanently live in a hotel, or have a live-in cleaning service, we make do with washing these items on an ‘as needed’ basis. The question is, how often should you wash your linens and towels?
We now know how important it is to regularly wash our hands to prevent the spread of disease and infection, however, it’s not often that we think about what we are using to dry off our hands. Used and unwashed bath towels and washcloths store quite a bit of bacteria, fungi, and other microscopic organisms. The moisture creates an ideal environment for microbes, that layer on top of the fabric. This translates to germs easily and constantly transferring onto your body during use, at least until the towel is cleaned. The same goes for hand towels and bath mats. Consider when they are communally used, or shared. You may be placing yourself or others at risk of exposure to different bacteria, which may lead to possible irritation of the skin, infection, or illness.
It is recommended towels be washed after three uses or two to three days after use, or even more frequently if you have sensitive skin, and/or are immunocompromised. Here are some other tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your towel use:
We spend an average of 8 hours, or a third of our day in our beds. Unlike our towels, bed sheets, pillowcases, and comforters don’t need to be washed after a few uses. However, they do collect our natural body oils, dead skin cells, sweat, and bacteria. It is recommended that we wash our linens once a week, including top sheets, and duvet covers. Here are some recommendations to have you feeling like you’re sleeping in fresh brand new sheets. And yes, it’s more than just stuffing them into the washer with extra detergent.
Regularly cleaning your towels and bed sheets may be extra work, but it’s worthwhile in maintaining a clean and healthy environment in your home.
The next best thing to living in a hotel, or having an in-home cleaning service, is to have your local cleaner take care of it for you. Magic Touch Cleaners will pick up and drop off your sheets on your time. We follow industry standards and care for your bath towels, hand towels, sheets, and comforters.
Author: Christina P. Kantzavelos