Inhibiting Mold Growth: Best Practices for Laundering Towels

Inhibiting Mold Growth: Best Practices for Laundering Towels

Published on May 1st 2015

Inhibiting Mold Growth: Best Practices for Laundering TowelsWe all love bath towels. After a clean shower or a warm, soothing bath, we step into a warm, plush, soft towel to dry off. And then, just like we always have, we hang our towel to dry until the next time we are going to use it. We might replace our towel every couple of days, or even every week—after all, we are clean when we use them.

But, studies have found that this might not be the best practice.

In fact, bacteria and mold have been found to accumulate on towels that users do not wash frequently enough—even if it’s just been a couple of days! You might be surprised at how quickly this can happen.

Bathrooms are warm and moist environments, which is exactly the type of environment these organisms thrive in. No matter how pristine and clean it is, your bathroom can promote the growth and spreading of bacteria.

Proper towel laundering is important throughout the entire year, but it is especially important from late spring into summer, as warmth and humidity rise.

Not sure how frequently to use your towels before laundering? According to Fox8 News, “towels used after a bath or shower could be used up to three times if they’re hung to dry after each use.” Not to mention that wash cloths should see the washing machine even more frequently. “They are heavily soiled when they’re used with dead skin cells and makeup. Because they’re wet and not just damp like a bath towel, they take longer to dry meaning more bacteria and mold can grow on the surface.”

Towel Care Tips

When caring for your towels, we suggest washing them in hot water to kill any bacteria. If you are going to bleach your towels, always use a non-chlorine bleach. Other bleaches are too harsh and can break down the fibers.

Do not use too much detergent, as it can create a film on your towels, making them less absorbent. Likewise, never use fabric softener on them. We suggest opting for a naturally soft towel made from 100% combed cotton, like ours. Combing the cotton eliminates shorter, scratchy cotton fibers, resulting in a material that is soft, plush, and silky smooth.

Remember, of course, that a high quality, strong, durable towel lasts longer—which is important if towels are going to be washed more frequently. You can always commit to the durable, affordable luxury option provided by the trusted name of Boca Terry.

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