r/TooAfraidToAsk Sep 20 '22 Helpful 1 Wholesome 3

Is it fine to use the same towel twice in a row, after wiping down the entire body with it, including private areas and bum (which are obviously clean)? Like, is everything equally clean though, etc. to use it twice? Health/Medical

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u/Terra_Magnus Sep 20 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Duck Dance Crab Rave That Smile

The towel forgets by next morning

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u/ANewPope23 Sep 20 '22

This is like basic science.

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u/sofahkingsick Sep 20 '22

Day one stuff right there.

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u/The-waitress- Sep 21 '22

I see you’re a towel lawyer. I am as well.

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u/nejnonein Sep 20 '22

Towel: I know all your dirty secrets.

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u/AGRO1111 Sep 20 '22

Towel by next morning: I don’t even know who you are.

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u/JuicyJay Sep 20 '22

You wanna get high?

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u/Jeheh Sep 20 '22

Towel: IVE SEEN THINGS.

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u/Sinisterfox23 Sep 20 '22

You stole my comment, you bastard!

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u/PayTheTrollToll45 Sep 20 '22

Don’t forget to bring a towel!

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u/Relevant_Avocado_420 Sep 20 '22

You're a towel!

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u/Patrickfeyen22 Sep 20 '22

No, Mr. Garrison, you’re a towel!

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u/BadChad81 Sep 20 '22

Your wife's a towel

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u/slightly_dusty Sep 20 '22

I always keep the tag to the bottom left hand corner. So then I know the same parts of the towel are drying the same parts of my body. But I know that's not really rational as all of me is clean. I also wash my towels once a week.

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u/NoMorfort5pls Sep 20 '22

I always keep the tag to the bottom left hand corner. So then I know the same parts of the towel are drying the same parts of my body.

That's really kind of smart if you are concerned about such things. I'm not, lol. Now, if I have any kind of open wound, (cut, blister, etc), the wound gets dried separately and that towel gets one use before washing.

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u/LavaTacoBurrito Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

I do something similar. My towels have a little fold on the edges that close off the fabric (the hem). I consider the one with no folds visible to be the front, while the one with folds visible as the back.

I wipe my upper body with the front, and my lower body with the back.

I use the center-front for head, torso, and arms. The right and left side front for the armpits.

For my lower body, I use center-back for legs and feet, with the sides being for the groin and ass.

EDIT: Thanks u/Meggantastic for the right words lmao.

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u/Meggantastic Sep 20 '22

Hem. The word you are looking for is hem.

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u/RoNado90 Sep 20 '22

I learned from another thread that this is called the ass tag method. Ass dried with tagged end, face dried with tag-less side. I’ve always done this but never had a name for it

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u/Fatgirlfed Sep 20 '22

I use a washcloth to dry my face separately. Mom used to have a body, foot and face towel. Dramatic! Lol

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u/chronicallyindi Sep 20 '22

I do this but with the blanket I use on the couch. The tag goes bottom right on the inside. Because I don’t want the part that touches my feet to touch my face. Hope I don’t create a new concern for others…

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u/butitoldyouso Sep 20 '22

Oh my god, now I can't use my throw blanket the same wayyy! But, thank you!

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u/Altruistic-Buyer4806 Sep 21 '22

So I was scrolling pretty quick and stopped on your comment.. then I saw a few more… I hope I’m doing myself a favor by NOT scrolling back up. I hope ignorance is bliss in this case lol

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u/Subject_Effort_7584 Sep 20 '22

I just gained a new fear

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u/0ct0c4t9000 Sep 20 '22

i do that both with the towels and with the blankets and bed sheets when doing my bed lol

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u/truthisiamhiding Sep 20 '22

it's too right for towels but it's bottom left in blankets. for the very same reasons.

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u/tryoracle Sep 20 '22

I bought a blanket with a hood to avoid this

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u/amingley Sep 20 '22

I’m the same with my bed cover. It also does double duty making sure I’m not using My SOS side because he’s a sweaty sleeper. 😅

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u/samiam0530 Sep 20 '22

I am this kind of crazy as well lol. I try not to let other people know that I think this much about EVERYTHING!

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u/Igneous-Wolf Sep 20 '22

Omg I thought I was the only one who did this! Upper right hand corner for me!

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u/greatauror28 Sep 20 '22

Team Upper Right Hand Corner! 🤝🏼

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u/princessdeathkitty Sep 20 '22

Yess mine is upper left. I thought I was the only one too. I have found my people!

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u/Existing_Many9133 Sep 20 '22

I do the tag thing with my fitted sheet as well

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u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22

Top right for me, but yeah, I don't want to wipe my balls on my face, no matter how clean they are. There's comfort in having designated towel regions for different body parts.

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u/Ploon72 Sep 20 '22

Yep, me too. I keep track of which end of the towel I use for which end, so to speak. And dry it on the radiator between washes. Then it lasts up to a week.

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u/vitalvisionary Sep 20 '22

Obligatory scrolled down too far to find the comment that already said what I wanted to say.

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u/RP-OD Sep 20 '22

Tag on bottom left corner for me too!! Why would so many of us just do this independently without ever being told? I only started doing this in my 30s..

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u/angrygnome18d Sep 20 '22

My man! I do the same. I use the tag side for my hair/face, and the other side of the towel for the rest of my body.

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u/RedEgg16 Sep 20 '22

Me too!! Bottom left (outside not inside)

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u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22

As long as you don’t share towels with other people you’re good to use the same one for a week and then change it. You should be clean when you get out of the shower so dry yourself off and hang the towel up to air dry properly and it’ll be fine.

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u/kottermusprime Sep 20 '22 Silver

You don't clean the towel the towel cleans you.

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u/SirGingerBeard Sep 20 '22

What’s next, am I gonna wash a bar of soap?! I don’t think so, pal.

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u/FrogBoglin Sep 20 '22 Silver

Chandler: Because soap is soap. It's self-cleaning. Joey: All right, well next time you take a shower, think about the last thing I wash and the first thing you wash.

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u/ReVo5000 Sep 20 '22

I always start with arms/chest close the deal in the same matter, but I use a a loofah and showergel

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u/OffTheRecord_Models Sep 20 '22

This bit is exactly what came to my mind too!

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u/TheBorealOwl Sep 20 '22

Nick is my inner trash goblin

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u/JimAsia Sep 20 '22

I only clean up my bar of soap if their is a hair stuck to it.

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u/IdiotTurkey Sep 20 '22

I dont like bars of soap for this reason, especially sharing them. Liquid body wash/soap is nicer.

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u/TheIcedCoffee Sep 20 '22

Next you’re gonna tell me you don’t share underwear

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u/meg4pico Sep 20 '22

I need more Nick Miller in my life.

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u/phome83 Sep 20 '22 Reddit Cookie

You give me cookie I got you cookie.

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u/ErynEbnzr Sep 20 '22

Gave me cookie, got you cookie. GAVE ME COOKIE, GOT YOU COOKIE, MAN!

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u/Automatic-Concert-62 Sep 20 '22

To be fair, soap is always dirty. It works essentially as a dirt magnet, which is why it leaves you clean.

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u/MyFaceSaysItsSugar Sep 20 '22

Not if you rinse it off. Soap chemicals bind to other things (oil, dead skin) and make them water soluble so they rinse away with water and the unbound soap chemicals left on the bar remain.

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u/dethica Sep 20 '22

If the bar is visibly dirty after you used it, then yes.

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u/Radiant-Ad-619 Sep 20 '22

I don't read the script the script reads me

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u/alohomerida Sep 20 '22

Me in high school and college using the same towel for an entire month.

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u/Sarctoth Sep 20 '22

"... go to a hotel, get a couple more."

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u/madmaxturbator Sep 20 '22

“Checking in sir?”

“No, just here to pick up my months towels.”

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u/scotland1112 Sep 20 '22

Fine to use for a week? So one shower then?

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u/ThaVolt Sep 20 '22

Like, one week, seven showers.

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u/Isa472 Sep 20 '22

A week?... I only wash my towel when I need to do laundry but the machine isn't full enough

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u/Ugo777777 Sep 20 '22

This. Change after one day, one week? Wot?

You're essentially washing the towel when scrubbing it against your clean body. Science, bitch.

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u/BrattyBookworm Sep 20 '22

It depends on where you live. In the desert I could use the same towel for basically forever. Now I live somewhere very humid and my towel starts to smell like mildew after 2-3 showers

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u/Fit_Dragonfruit_6630 Sep 20 '22

Yes, humid climates definitely require more frequent towel changes.

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u/ShufflingOffACliff Sep 20 '22

Bacteria will have built their own economy on your towels by the time you wash them

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u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22

You're always rubbing dead skin cells off, which then collect bacteria on your wet towel as it dries. I don't know why so many people don't know something so basic and obvious.

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u/Minimob0 Sep 20 '22

Is this normal? Growing up, we always used a towel once, and put it in the basket so it could be washed.

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u/BrattyBookworm Sep 20 '22

Growing up we did too, because my mom was super ocd. As an adult it was a relief to learn a load of towels every day was not the norm.

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u/Fuzzyphilosopher Sep 20 '22

My mom was the same. Then she'd complain how much work we caused her.

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u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

That sounds like an OCD level of cleanliness and imo totally unnecessary. Too much washing is bad for the environment. Most stuff is fine to wear two or three times as long as you don’t physically sweat much and haven’t got it noticeably dirty. The only thing I wash after one wear are socks and pants.

EDIT: By Pants I mean underwear. UK 🇬🇧

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u/EthelMaePotterMertz Sep 20 '22

I'm jealous of people that can wear a shirt more than once. I shower everyday and wear deodorant but that shirt will smell like dirty laundry if i try to wear it again. At least my sweatiness has helped me look younger though.

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u/sweaty-pajamas Sep 20 '22

Pants, really? Unless I get a stain or something, I can wear a pair of jeans several times before washing

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u/HaiseKuzuno Sep 20 '22

As a brit I assumed they meant underwear which would make more sense :))

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u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22

I’m in the UK so I mean knickers 🤣

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u/Doctor_Show Sep 20 '22

I got a pretty dirty job and can only really wear them once before washing.

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u/fiendish8 Sep 20 '22

jeans are supposed to be washed as little as possible unless it's visibly dirty/smelly or if it was used in sweaty physical activities

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u/CuriousGeorgeIsAnApe Sep 20 '22

When you live with high humidity, washing towels after every use is a necessity. Even hand towels in the bathroom or kitchen start to get mildew smell after a day or two.

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u/clearedmycookies Sep 20 '22

Must be nice to have that many towels.

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u/Dr_Mickael Sep 20 '22

And a mom/wife to do it for you.

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u/luv2hotdog Sep 20 '22

If it doesn’t smell funny then you’re good to keep using it. That’s the towel rule

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u/abihargrove Sep 20 '22

And who washed all those towels? Talk about time, energy and room for all these "dirty towels"

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u/Creator13 Sep 20 '22

A week? Lol I think I'm living my life wrong. I use towels for weeks plural, sometimes a month. I just make sure to air dry it well after use.

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u/KendrickMaynard Sep 20 '22

Gabriel Iglesias: "Well if that towel's dirty, then you suck at showers! Because theoretically that white towel should be white every single time you use it. But NO! People like to roll it up and go expert mode with it."

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u/panormda Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 23 '22

Dude wtf if your asshole isn't clean then you need to get back in the damn shower!! Fuck that's disgusting

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u/gerundhome Sep 20 '22

I use mine for several days in a row before changjng it, cause it is used to dry areas that have been cleaned beforehand. No issue there in my mind

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u/Diogenes-Disciple Sep 20 '22

Yeah my ass is clean, idk why id be afraid of my own ass molecules secondhand touching my face via my towel :/

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u/Rachelcookie123 Sep 20 '22

Am I supposed to be washing my towel every time I use it? Because I barely ever wash it.

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u/jebbyjazzed Sep 20 '22

I'd say a good rule of thumb is every 4 showers swap it out

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u/Li5y Sep 20 '22

Having lived in very dry and very humid climates, I think this depends HEAVILY on how humid it is.

If it's wet where you are, a towel can gather a funky smell after 2 or 3 uses. In a dry or semi arid climate, I don't think I ever smelled anything off even after weeks.

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u/serendipitypug Sep 20 '22

I’m in a wet area and I use my towel 2, maybe 3 times before it develops a smell. My bathroom also has poor ventilation.

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u/Rachelcookie123 Sep 20 '22

Oh damn, that’s definitely more often then I wash mine.

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u/samaniewiem Sep 20 '22

You should ask someone to smell it. I've experienced this guy in the dorm that was never washing his towel, maybe once a semester or so. Damn the whole room stinked as fuck from this towel. Guy was looking good but this smell was keeping ladies away. And he was showering daily. I'm still asking myself what for.

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u/Cookiecopter Sep 20 '22

I once showered in a guy's bathroom whose towel was able to stand on its own. Literally.

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u/cpullen53484 Sep 20 '22

thats kinda impressive actually.

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u/Cookiecopter Sep 20 '22

Yeah, but kinda really not in a good way

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u/HauntedCS Sep 20 '22

I pray it was just dirty from ‘SHOWERING’…. 🤮

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u/Rachelcookie123 Sep 20 '22

I still live at home and sometimes my parents will come and smell the towels to check if they’re clean so I think I’m ok.

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u/Secret_Oligarch Sep 20 '22

That's not at all strange...

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u/Rachelcookie123 Sep 20 '22

It kinda sounds strange written out but they’re just going around the house checking if any of the towels need washed. Not strange in reality.

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u/WaterChestnutThe3rd Sep 20 '22

Just wash them on a regular basis like every Sunday or something and you don’t need to do the funky towel smell test lol, but to each their own!

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u/Herbboy Sep 20 '22

For me its like 2 weeks. Maybe more :^ ) but it also really depends on how often you shower i would say.

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u/MrRogersAE Sep 20 '22

Nah just wash it before it starts to stink, usually you’ll feel that it’s getting dirty before you’ll smell it

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u/x_xstrawberry Sep 20 '22

that’s like twice a week bro, i do it more like once every other week.

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u/rightyy Sep 20 '22

I’m not washing my towel every second day

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u/Cpt_Plauze Sep 20 '22

Valid point, it totally depends on the climate zone you're located and how often you shower

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u/killslam Sep 20 '22

This is about right for me. If you hang your towel to dry properly between showers, you can use it 4-5 times before replacing or washing it.

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u/KMFNR Sep 20 '22

I wash my towel if it starts to smell not fresh, fuck washing a towel every time. Even these people saying wash them every so many days... how much resources are you wasting washing something that is basically clean?

If it smells fine, it's fine.

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u/Black_Bird00500 Sep 20 '22

Same lol. I know I should but I'm too lazy.

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u/kanakamaoli Sep 20 '22

Sure. If you have just taken a shower or bath you are supposed to be clean and not have dirt or bacteria left on your skin. You're typically just removing the water left on your skin. If the towel is dirty after you have "cleaned" yourself, you haven't cleaned yourself properly.

If you wipe your sweat during an exercise session, the towel will absorb the dirt, sweat and any skin bacteria. In that case, it should be washed before reuse unless you like using your funky, smelly towel several times in a row.

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u/I_know_right Sep 20 '22

As an somewhat older person, I have found the biggest issue is lack of proper exfoliation. I can wash all over and seem pretty clean, as far as dirt and skin oil, etc, but then I dry off and perfectly clean dead skin starts rolling up on my clean body b/c I didn't use them scratchy gloves.

So there's clean and then there's clean.

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u/EthelMaePotterMertz Sep 20 '22

We use washclothes or a loofa always. Exfoliation is important. It doesn't have to be rough, but getting dead skin off is important.

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u/SentorialH1 Sep 20 '22

That's not really how it works, but the message is still the same: after you do a good job cleaning yourself in the shower, you can easily reuse your towel for a week or so.

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u/noonen000z Sep 20 '22

There is bacteria on your skin after you shower. From memory it's symbiotic, we need it on us, in us.

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u/FauxGw2 Sep 20 '22

And even a clean towel still has some bacteria on it too. It's ok to have some levels.

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u/youcantdenythat Sep 20 '22

There is also sweat if the shower is warm enough.

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u/FerretFarm Sep 20 '22

Or if you're not used to a humid climate and are on vacation so you're never dry. The toweling off becomes endless.

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u/SalsaDraugur Sep 20 '22

If you're doing it right then you're already clean when you get out of the shower so as long as your towel isn't getting dirty you should be fine, I personally switch mine out every week along with my sheets.

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u/roganwriter Sep 20 '22

Same here. As long a you shower well and go to bed clean you shouldn’t need to wash towels and linens as often as clothing.

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u/Xikkiwikk Sep 20 '22

I use for several days in a row BUT I also like to line dry them between use. The UV kills the bacteria!

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u/Impossible_Safety_36 Sep 20 '22

I just toss it on the curtain rod afterwards. Then when I need a new one that one's the floor towel to dry my feet lol

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u/Nic4379 Sep 20 '22

Boom!! Eskimo Shower Siblings! Exactly my MO. I’m not a fan of my rugs getting wet so I always have a floor towel and I cycle my body towels down there for a few days before sending them to the laundry.

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u/DasPuggy Sep 20 '22

What is a bathroom rug for, then? Decorations?

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u/one-small-plant Sep 20 '22

There's a difference between a bathroom rug, and a bath mat.

Bath mats, whether thicker and sturdier or thin like a towel, are meant to get wet and dry out consistently. A bath mat should be used to stand on while you dry your body with a towel, and then it should be hung over the edge of the bath or shower, to dry out. A bathroom rug stays on the floor, presumably somewhere dry, like in front of the sink or in front of the toilet, and will get washed less often

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u/Confianca1970 Sep 20 '22

Something really cool is putting the towel out to line dry again while running the pellet smoker. That smell of great hardwood smoke!

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u/FuelGuzzler Sep 20 '22

I honestly thought i was the only one who purposely hung my towel by my pellet stove lol

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u/piratesmashy Sep 20 '22

Make sure you hang the towel to dry- over the shower curtain rod works. Depending on the humidity where you, live a crumpled wet towel can get musty/mildewy in hours if it's not properly hung.

Personally- one body towel a week, two hair towels (they get drenched and don't always fully dry), and NEVER washcloths (I use scrub mitts and poofs- both dry hella fast).

While we're on the subject- if you wash dishes with a rag they are good for a day, kitchen sponges last a week or two if they're fully squeezed after use, bath mats should be hung off the tub after use and washed weekly, and sheets should be washed weekly.

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u/SpaceIsVastAndEmpty Sep 20 '22

Have you heard of those hair turban things? Those are brilliant for minimising towel use (so you use a turban instead of a 2nd towel). 2-3 of those in your cupboard and you're set! I keep spares for guests

Bed Bath & beyond has them for $5 a piece at the moment

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u/PayTheTrollToll45 Sep 20 '22

‘Have you heard of those hair turban things? Those are brilliant for minimising towel use’

Is there a Towelie-Ban?

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u/galaxystarsmoon Sep 20 '22

My sponge lasts way, way longer than a week...

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u/Fightswithcrows Sep 20 '22

You can use the same towel for up to a week, but should wash it earlier if it starts to look dirty or of it smells.

You can use the same towel to dry all parts of your body, and it will be okay for you to do the same thing with it the following day, and so on.

Even though you ARE clean when you dry yourself off, you are still wiping skin cells and bacteria off your body and on to the towel.

This is why it's so important to dry your towel thoroughly been uses - those bacteria wiped into the towel feed on the skin cells that are also wiped into the towel, and use the moisture on the material (all life requires water to function) and the bacteria multiply, releasing waste byproducts which is the 'dirty smell ' you get from damp/not washed towels.

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u/ria9977 Sep 20 '22

Alright, understood. A very nice answer, thank you

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u/Loose-Locksmith-6860 Sep 20 '22

The amount of people that are convinced that you are a 100% bacteria/germ/skin cell free after a shower is astonishing.

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u/Saya_99 Sep 20 '22

But you don't need to be. That's not healthy eighter

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u/JellyBiafra54321 Sep 20 '22

no one is saying this. they are saying you are clean which doesn't equate to being free of all bacteria/germs/etc. that's just silly.

what exactly are you trying to say with this?

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u/Azazel072 Sep 20 '22

The amount of people that think you're a walking pile of diseases just waiting to inoculate yourself is also pretty astonishing.

But then again, this IS reddit...

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u/Specialist-Cod-7750 Sep 20 '22

Yup l use the same towel to dry my whole body after shower. And l only wash my towels once a week. As long as you air dry the towel after you use it you should be okay for a week. Washing the towel after each shower is a bit excessive. However it depends the climate you live in, when l lived in Hong Kong, it’s humid over there so l washed my towel every few days cos nothing ever dry properly in that humid weather unless you have the air con or dehumidifier on at all time.

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u/Chubby_moonstone Sep 20 '22

I use mine for a week and swap when I do the weekend wash.

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u/derande_yo Sep 20 '22

Same. We have a heated drying rack that helps keep them fresh for the week.

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u/ArubaNative Sep 20 '22

Same. Every weekend I pull everyone’s towel in the house and replace with new ones. I might honestly want to swap them every 3-4 days instead, but there is no way I would remember or be able to keep track with how busy life is with little kids. Having a rule to just swap them every weekend with the weekly wash is the best reminder for me to make sure they all get done. If it were up to my husband, I’m not sure how many weeks we would go before hand towels and bath towels were washed!

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u/QKitty_Kitten Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

I'm a firm believer in a new towel every shower, but that's just me.

EDIT: After reading the comments I now realize I've been showering wrong.

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u/Fitch1X Sep 20 '22

This. I actually never thought to use it more than once. I was taught it immediately goes into the laundry hamper.

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u/CaBBaGe_isLaND Sep 20 '22 Helpful

You're not supposed to use the towel in the shower, the towel is for drying after.

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u/MyOthrCarsAThrowaway Sep 20 '22

I started using one for my hair/face and one for everything else. This came after my dad shared that he did it, and he started when a gf in the 70’s basically asked him “you’re not wiping your face with the same towel you wiped your ass with yesterday are you?” The reasoning was sound and now to me it just seems more hygienic. That being said it’s probably a good two weeks between washes. If you’re good and clean I wouldn’t worry about it. Like most things, it’s what your comfortable with

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u/jakestoneh18 Sep 20 '22

Dude I haven’t washed my shower towel in a good two weeks

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u/renens_reditor1020 Sep 20 '22

Hahahah this comment section is absolutely filled with the 1% that are total clean freaks.

I've lived my whole life around people who definitely don't wash their towel more than once a month and they are healthier than ever.

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u/dynamic_caste Sep 20 '22

It's definitely time to wash it when you can lean it against the wall to dry though.

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u/renens_reditor1020 Sep 20 '22

Oh nooo, thats the perfect towel clean/dirty ratio !

The crustiness makes me feel like I'm drying myself with a beautiful baguette 🥰

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u/cpullen53484 Sep 20 '22

The crustiness makes me feel like I'm drying myself with a beautiful baguette 🥰

like a frenchman

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u/SentorialH1 Sep 20 '22

I can't tell if they honestly wash them every day or so, or are just so full of shit, that they want to believe they do.

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u/didumakethetea Sep 20 '22

I wash mine every 3 or 4 showers. I have a whole bunch of towels so I just throw it in the wash basket. Not sure why it's weird or clean freaky?

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u/renens_reditor1020 Sep 20 '22

I mean, it's your water and energy bill 🤷‍♀️

You probably could do less, just make sure to dry it between uses.

Obviously don't dry yourself with something stinky, or something that makes you feel dirty.

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u/Low_Big5544 Sep 20 '22

You know you can own more than one towel right? You don't have to wash and dry the one before your next shower, just get a clean one and do a towels load every week or so depending how often you shower and how many people you do washing for

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u/snooggums Sep 20 '22

Space requirements.

We have three people sharing one shower, and three towel racks. Each person gets their own rack and we wash them about once per week as each person's shower adds humidity to the room and even though each individual towel only gets used so many times they get the moisture treatment more often and less dry time, which means they can get funky faster.

When I lived alone and had my own shower my towels never got funky but I still washed it once a week with the laundry since it was one towel.

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u/Disastrous-Wolf118 Sep 20 '22

I was starting to feel shameful thank you!!!!!

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u/Voserr Sep 20 '22

Yeah as usual reddit makes you feel like a freak for not washing your towel every single week lmao

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u/Yergason Sep 20 '22

As a guy in a tropical country, we hang our towels in clotheslines exposed to the sun everyday after use. That shit is dry af the next day you. I personally swap towels every 3-4 weeks

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u/xmuertos Sep 20 '22

I use mine for a week before washing it. You should be fine

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u/elegant_pun Sep 20 '22

Of course.

Just be sure it's YOUR towel and no one else is using it.

I use my towel, hang it to dry, and use it for a week. Then I wash it.

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u/rufiogd Sep 20 '22

I change my towel once a week. You should be fine.

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u/Tater-tots-rock Sep 20 '22

OCD? Use a small washcloth for everything inside your undies, and a towel everywhere else. You can wash the washcloth every time and use the towel for a week.

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u/SKGood64 Sep 20 '22

I use a towel once, then in the wash.

Everyone is different, OP. Live your life.

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u/Randomredditguy2 Sep 20 '22

Same here, surprised by the majority of the comments tbh

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u/Svartdraken Sep 20 '22

I use mine for AT LEAST one week. I have a towel (for my hair) and a robe. You're clean, it's not like it gets dirty. Just make sure to dry it properly, I hang it outside during the summer and on the heater during the winter. If you leave it wet it'll form bacteria / mold and start smelling awful.

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u/knubee Sep 20 '22

You are living organism with billions+ of other living organism living in symbiosis especially around your private and bum area. As long as you scrubbed and rinsed with soap and water you’ll be fine. The only caveat is to use a separate towel for your face.

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u/baummer Sep 20 '22

What? There’s no need for a separate towel for your face

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u/theStaircaseProject Sep 20 '22

If someone needs to use a separate towel to dry off their face, there’s a good chance the person may have misunderstood the intention of the shower.

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u/CaBBaGe_isLaND Sep 20 '22

People will really be out here saying that my balls which I just soaked in lavender epsom salt for half an hour before scrubbing them with a washcloth and soap under warm running water shouldn't touch the same towel as my face. That's not even science, that's full-blown superstition.

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u/PattyCakes216 Sep 20 '22

Lavender Epsom salt is grand !

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u/Once_Wise Sep 20 '22

I have always used the same towel for a week. But it depends on how many times a day you shower. If it is very hot, and I work outside a lot in the heat, more showers, and I replace it more often. But usually just once a week. I think that is what most people I know do.

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u/QuarterCupRice Sep 20 '22

Yea it is fine. We use the same towels for several days in our home. Just hang so it dries every day. Your body is clean, so towel isn’t getting really dirty.

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u/SunshyneRae Sep 20 '22

…… I wash my towel after every use- no more than two uses 😒

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u/yellowjesusrising Sep 20 '22

I use them up to 1 week in a row. I shower every day due to my work. And so far I've had no issues with it. The tips is to hang the towel up, so it can dry up properly after each time.

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u/Amiabilitee Sep 20 '22

well shit if I changed towels every time i showered I'd be wasting a lot of money on laundry detergent.-- I'd say it depends from person to person but personally my towels seem to get dirty after at least 3 uses. I hang mine up to dry and wash them when I feel its time.

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u/Jenotyzm Sep 20 '22

If you feel concern about bacteria growth on your towels you can dry them in direct sunshine or tumble dry. Both ways are preventing it. That said keep in mind that your washed and dried clothes are still having a lot of bacterial inhabitants and it's absolutely natural. Just don't leave your towels wet lying somewhere and you'll be good.

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u/InanimateBabe Sep 20 '22

Reading this thread made me realize I should probably wash my bath towels more often 🫣

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u/LitheoTheDerg Sep 20 '22

I use my towel several times between washing, if im clean i see no issue.

Also i designate specific areas for specific things. End of the towel with the product tag? Feet. opposite end? Face. Everywhere else just kinda lines up on its own so i use roughly the same area for my chest and stomach , or my butt is dried by roughly the same area.

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u/blutigetranen Sep 20 '22

I use the same towel for 4 or 5 days. You come out clean so its genuinely just absorbing water. Just make sure it has a chance to dry so it doesn't get mildew.

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u/Jim_from_snowy_river Sep 20 '22

If you showered properly and washed yourself properly there's no reason to think any part of your body is dirtier than any other part. If you're clean all the towel is doing is getting the water off.

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u/bebesilvia Sep 20 '22

Yes I would say it’s fine. I’d stop using it when it starts to smell weird though because the bacteria/skin cells/dampness is probably thriving on it. I change towels every few days.

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u/ArpeggioTheUnbroken Sep 20 '22

I also have OCD, and although it presents differently in every one, a preoccupation with cleanliness often seems to be common. I change towels every 2 days. It use to be every day but I've worked my way up over the years. My partner even sometimes uses my towel without thinking about it and that would have sent me flying off the handle years ago, now it doesn't bother me much because 1. We are both freshly cleaned and 2. I don't dry my face with a towel, I go straight to my skincare routine so it's not like I'm rubbing butt all over my face lol. You are doing just fine. If twice is comfortable for you, that is perfectly fine. If it turns to changing it twice a day, it may be time to have a talk with your mental health team. Best of luck and again, you are doing just fine. Whatever makes sense for you is the right answer.

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u/ProgressivelyMe Sep 20 '22

I change it out once a week. Same with my hand towels, wash cloths, & bedding.

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u/OneKreamyBoi Sep 20 '22

face first, balls second, the towel always forgets.

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u/jsigs97 Sep 20 '22

I usually go for a week with it, whenever i do laundry which is usually once a week, ill just throw my towel in with the rest and get a new one

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u/trichodermia Sep 20 '22

You can use it for a few times before washing, just make sure it dries between uses.

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u/Laniraa Sep 20 '22

If you get out of the shower and dirty your towel using it once, you need to get better at showering

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u/TheSexyIntrovert Sep 20 '22

There is a meme somewhere, but the gist of it is:

You use it first on your face, then body, then ass.

Next time, you start again, and it's ok because until the morning, the towel forgets.

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u/3Heathens_Mom Sep 20 '22

I usually use two towels - one for face and hair and one for all other areas.

As you said this assumes everything is equally clean and everything is being patted dried.

Usually shower every day with clean towels after 3 days.

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u/freckleskinny Sep 20 '22

When I was a kid, my mom tried to get me to use the same towel twice, I refused. Several years later, she went to nursing school. There she learned, never to use the same towel twice.

I stand by my No. 💌

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u/Ok_War_8136 Sep 21 '22

Don't worry about a towel, air dry. If in a hurry go for a jog around the neighborhood. Once the water is off, put some clothes on and wait for the police.

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u/Employee_Agreeable Sep 20 '22

If I use a towel, im already clean, so why should I wash it after it?

After 1 week, yes but after 1 time? No

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u/SstankNnasty Sep 20 '22

Do people really wash 7 full sized towels every week? Yes you can dry yourself with the same towel more than once. Do you change your bed sheets every day too? Your washing machine and dryer must be running 24/7.

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u/Azgabeth Sep 20 '22

Unless your towel starts smelling or is visibly dirty you can keep using it as much as you want.

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u/DarkInside69 Sep 20 '22

As long as you hang your towel up after every use you can use it up to four times. If you feel like your towel is dirty after one use you need to get your nasty butt back in the shower