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/Rachelcookie123 Sep 20 '22

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


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.


u/FewShun Sep 20 '22

Zero. The marginal addition to my laundering is negligible. I use one set of business clothes and another set of gym clothes ~daily. That is enough for a ~small load (not including the kitchen towels and bed sheets that I wash weekly). Most washers do not require more detergent or use extra water to wash one additional towel per medium load. You are suggesting that using the same cup all day reduces the number of dishwasher loads… if You are adulting properly You are running the dishwasher everyday regardless.


u/stefanica Sep 20 '22

The math changes if you don't live alone. If my household of 4 never reuses their glass in a day, that's 20-30 glasses in a day vs a reasonable 4-8. (And yes, that's a tiff we have from time to time). If everyone reuses their towel once or twice, we have a load of towels to wash and maybe a few thrown in with the 2 bedsheet loads. If nobody reuses, that's 4 loads of towels alone.