If you were considering putting off doing towel laundry this weekend, think again. Emily Martin, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health says your towels are A LOT dirtier than you think.
Martin explains they are the ideal environment for bacteria and other germs to grow because they are usually hanging around damp, wet and and in dark bathrooms. And because your hands touch keyboards and door handles at work you are most likely transferring a lot of germs onto your house towels as well.
Just how many germs you ask? One study reported finding 90 percent of bath towels contaminated with coliform bacteria, and 14 percent had E. coli on them.
To protect yourself it’s best to wash your bath, hand and kitchen towels often and in hot water.