When you come out of a nice, warm shower, you feel fresher and cleaner than ever, right? Yes, but for how long do you think you are so clean?
The dermatologists they say it all depends on your next move once you get out of it shower. This of course is to catch her towel to wipe. Much depends on this move…
When your bath towel is full of bacteria
It all starts with how recently the towel has been washed, but also how well and quickly it has dried since the last time it was used.
These play a role because every time you wipe with the bath towel, two things happen:
First of all, if you rub it on your body to dry it, the towel can create tiny cracks in your skin, carrying bacteria from your skin to the towel. There these bacteria can multiply quickly.
Second, any bacteria that were already on the towel from previous use are transferred to your skin. Thanks to these tiny cracks in the skin, it does not take long for bacteria to enter your body.
It is no surprise, then, that “US public health authorities have expressed an almost universal desire to ban the classic bath towel.” This is reported by her researchers American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) in a recent study published. And whoever reads the research, understands why.
How the research was done
In this study, the Ajph began to learn how many bacteria could grow in a small sample of towel fabric in just two days. They started by temporarily infecting the hands of the participants in the study with bright yellow bacteria. They were then instructed to wash them by rubbing with soap for 10 seconds, rinse them for five seconds and dry them on a sterile bath towel.
After 48 hours of incubation, the bacterial count on the towel was incredible: over 48,000 bacteria lived in a few centimeters of the towel!
Regular washing of bath towels and good drying after use
Of course, very few wash their towels every 48 hours, which means that the average person’s towel is likely to become… a breeding ground for bacteria. An investigation of General Electric (GE) found that 50% of respondents admitted to reusing bath towels at least five times before washing them.
An additional 14% were found to use bath towels at least eight times before washing them.
“The longer the towels stay wet / fresh, the more various yeasts, bacteria, mold and viruses grow and remain active,” explained Dr. Alok Vij, dermatologist in Cleveland Clinic.
“These can cause an outbreak of nail fungus, athlete’s foot, itching and warts, or cause these skin conditions to spread. And the dirty ones towels they can definitely cause outbreaks of eczema or atopic dermatitis, ”he added.
So what you need to do in general is:
- Wash bath towels regularly. After every second use, put them in the washing machine.
- Make sure everyone in the house has their own towel and do not share them.
- Spread the towel after use and make sure it dries well and quickly. The longer it stays moist / fresh after use, the more bacteria multiply.
Do this, otherwise you create the perfect breeding environment for bacteria, mold and more.
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