Your towels (we’re talking bath towels, face towels, hand towels…all of ’em!!) are crawling with all kinds of nasty! Fecal organisms like coliform bacteria, E-Coli, salmonella love the moist, cozy habitat of your towels. Our towels are more often than not left damp, hanging and undisturbed in dark places!
From a recent article in TIME – according to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona. In one study (which has not yet been published) Gerba says he found that nearly 90% of bathroom towels were contaminated with coliform bacteria and about 14% carried E. coli. His published research has also found these bacteria on kitchen hand towels, and the numbers of E. coli correlated to how frequently towels were washed.
How do they become so bacteria-enriched? Gerba explains –Many people don’t wash their hands thoroughly, he says, so when they dry their hands on a towel, they’re rubbing bacteria into a place it’s likely to grow. “After about two days, if you dry your face on a hand towel, you’re probably getting more E. coli on your face than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed it,” Gerba says.
Thinking about doing laundry tonight? yeah, me too!!!