Doctors Say Don’t Use the Same Washcloth Every Day

However you prefer to get clean-with a shower or bath, in the morning or the evening-using a washcloth is a gentle way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. But if you keep a washcloth in the shower and don’t launder it between uses, it might not be getting you as clean as you think it is.

Experts say that using the same washcloth every day without washing it can lead to unhygienic conditions that could seriously undermine your hygiene routine. Read on to learn why doctors say you need to regularly toss your washcloth in the laundry-and to find out what happens if you don’t.

Towels and washcloths are notorious for aiding and abetting the spread of bacteria. In fact, one study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona found that nearly 90 percent of bathroom towels were contaminated with coliform bacteria and about 14 percent carried E. coli, Time reported in 2017. Read more…

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