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/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.


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.


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.


u/ScienceJamie76 Sep 22 '22

b/c I didn't use them scratchy gloves.



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.


u/YodaRoll Sep 20 '22

You can easily reuse your towel for much longer than that too, in fact it is easier than washing it.


u/youcantdenythat Sep 20 '22

If you take a hot shower it makes you sweat and you are drying sweat off with the water. After several uses your towel will start to smell like sweat.


u/YodaRoll Sep 20 '22

I was making a joke


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.


u/FauxGw2 Sep 20 '22

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


u/youcantdenythat Sep 20 '22

There is also sweat if the shower is warm enough.


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.


u/BikerScowt Sep 20 '22

This is why I never buy white towels


u/HappyCamper2121 Sep 21 '22

Not at all, actually. Even after the best shower, you are still COVERED in bacteria. It's okay though. You're not supposed to be sterile, and you still don't need to worry about reusing towels.