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Why do we wash BATH towels?

Asked by yazeed (65points) September 27th, 2009

Why do we wash BATH towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them? If not then what was the purpose of the bath?

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eponymoushipster's avatar

Why do we buy garbage bags and put them in shopping bags, then take them home, and pu the shopping bag in the garbage bag?

because life is full of ironies.

Facade's avatar

Because there are skin cells on them.

Les's avatar

For one, if you live in a place that has even a small amount of humidity, they never really dry fully in between washes. This can lead to the growth of mold. Blech. And second, when you dry yourself off, you’re also removing dry, dead skin. I for one don’t want to use a towel with 26 years of built up dead skin.

Sarcasm's avatar

I end up getting a lot of hair on my towels.

SarasWhimsy's avatar

1. Dead skin cells 2. Dirty yucky musty smell.

Perhaps most importantly: 3. A clean towel feels SO nice!

SeventhSense's avatar

For the same reason we wash washtowels.

cwilbur's avatar

Try not washing your towels for a while—just hang them in your bathroom instead—and see how long before they smell odd. That’s why we wash bath towels.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yeah.. what everyone else said.. dead skin cells, body oils, and a host of who-knows-what growing in there. Bleh.

janbb's avatar

For all the above reasons, but I don’t believe they need to be washed after every time you use them. They can be allowed to dry and then used again.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

Damp towels=moldy, musky smell. Yuck.

El_Cadejo's avatar

lol itd be like getting all clean and then rubbing dirt all over yourself.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@uberbatman obviously you’ve never been to france…

knitfroggy's avatar

I hang up my towel and use it again, maybe two more times after a shower. But they start feeling rough and not clean after that. Why would you not wash them. That’s just icky.

Webzilla's avatar

That is a good question! It would be because of the dead skin that would still get on the towel.

kritiper's avatar

We wash bath towels to get rid of dead skin.
That does not, however, explain why we wash dish rags. (Especially after we rinse the heck out of them in the rinse water.)

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