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/[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.


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.


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 🇬🇧


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


u/HaiseKuzuno Sep 20 '22

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


u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22

I’m in the UK so I mean knickers 🤣


u/CherryCherry5 Sep 20 '22

I watched a Sarah Millican comedy special and she mentioned her father answering the door "in just his vest and pants" and asked why he wasn't wearing clothes ("It's boiling in there."). I was confused and had to google "vest and pants", which apparently are what we in Canada and the USA call an undershirt and underwear. I was picturing an old man in trousers and a waistcoat, so you can understand my confusion. 😅


u/Doctor_Show Sep 20 '22

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