You get out of the shower and the first thing you do is dry off. What is the second thing you do? Do you hang the towel up? Do you throw it on the floor? Do you throw it in the wash?

Here is another thing I never really thought about until recently. How many times do you use a towel before you wash it? Do you use it one and done? How about a couple times? Maybe you think you are saving the environment and you wash it once a week?

What is the correct answer? I use it a couple times, grab a new one and throw the other in the wash. Is that correct?

An expert was asked and apparently you can use a towel up to three times. So I am doing OK. I was worried. After the magical number of three uses, then throw it in to get washed. Each time you use a towel, bacteria and mold starts to grow.

Every time it gets damp, more bacteria and mold grow on it. If you hang it up to dry after using it, at least you are slowing down the process. It doesn't stop it, though.

After three uses, you are done. If you try to use it any more than that, you are basically just rubbing bacteria and mold all over yourself. Think about that a moment. At that point why take a shower anyway. You do it to get clean, but here you are using that mold- and bacteria-infested towel to dry off.

Many thoughts of gross right there. Now, if you are one that dries off and tosses it on the floor with the intention of hanging it up later, it stays wet for longer. If you are that person, I wouldn't use it more than two times.

If you think the same applies to a washcloth, you would be wrong. Those are basically 'one and done'. Washcloths take much longer to dry. A longer drying time gives mold and bacteria more time to grow. So throw it in the wash after every single time you use it.

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