Washing bath towels is usually the last of our priorities. Why would we need to wash our towels often, the only time we use them is when we're already clean? The answer is, apparently a lot more often than we thought.
The bacteria we get off of ourselves during showers is a lot stronger than we think. We are only able to wash off a portion of the bacteria on our body throughout a shower, that means a lot of it transfers to our towel when we dry ourselves off.
Once the bacteria reaches your towel, they will start growing and multiplying. This keeps happening the longer you go without washing your towel.
Bacteria is also more attracted to bath towels to begin with, because bacteria loves dark and moist environments. So a steamy bathroom is where they thrive best.
What does that mean?
We know the sound of bacteria sounds gross, but what will it actually do to us?
Bacteria can cause infection. So rubbing yourself down with a dirty towel everyday can make the risk of this happening greater. The most likely way this will happen is if you have small breaks in your skin from rubbing your towel too hard. These breaks are too small to notice, but they will give bacteria an entryway to get in your body.
Although it is extremely rare, you can actually get a disease from dirty bath towels. This can only happen if you are sharing towels with another person or multiple people.