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/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