How Often Should I Wash, Replace or Clean That?

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Wash your bath towel

Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and that workhorse bathmat need cleaning frequently. Don’t wait until they look grimy. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing bathroom linens every day. And it's no wonder: Used bath towels likely contain not only bacteria but possibly also fungi and mold, according to Philip Tierno, PhD, professor of microbiology and pathology at the New York University School of Medicine.

Since running the washing machine seven days a week is rarely practical, the next best thing is to thoroughly air-dry towels and washcloths to beat back bacteria. Spread them out on the towel rack so air can circulate around them on all sides and surfaces.

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