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Do you change your towels after a certain period of time - a day, a week, a month.... - or after a certain number of uses - once, twice, thirty... ?

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Weekly. That's as often as I have time to wash them.
Every few days, roughly twice a week I suppose. I hang them out on the line to dry in the day and that often keeps them fresh for longer.
I usually use them twice then wash them.
I do mine once a week. There's really no need to do it more often at our place.
by Vee
Yes we change our towels very regularly. I don't like funky smelling towels.
I wash my bath towel about once a week. My son does his own washing and washes his towels after one or two uses. When I read about bath sheets being bigger than necessary to dry oneself I remembered reading a money saving tip that goes to the other extreme. The writer said her family use a hand towel instead of a bath towel to save money on washing powder, water and electricity. She admitted it takes longer to dry oneself with a hand towel. I am keen to save money but wouldn't go to that extreme as it would make me feel rather deprived!
When I was little, my mum (who grew up in post-war deprived England) used to dry us with a slightly damp face cloth, wringing it out a lot, then a final rub down with a towel! This meant she only had to wash the towels once in a blue moon, saving money and time :)
This is interesting. I had always assumed everyone used a towel the size of a bath towel to dry themselves. Perhaps this is not the case. I wonder if other people have memories similar to yours.
I change ours as and when they seem to need washing but at least once a week. I was just wondering what other people do, as a friend was complaining that her daughter at university wasn't washing her towels often enough, to save money on laundry bills!
I actually don't change them at a regular time!
Funny, we both asked similar questions at the same time!

I wash mine when I think they need doing -certainly not each time I use them.
Perhaps I use them 4 or 5 times -towels should actually stay clean as you wash yourself before you dry yourself.
by Finy
Yes, I laughed when I saw your pillow slip question - great minds!!

The thing with towels is they do rub skin cells off as you dry yourself, so I know some folks don't like the thought of using one twice because of that. I tend to think most of the skin falls on the floor and takes a little while to build up to an objectionable level!
You're making it sound gross, Verity! I will have to change my habits....
by Finy
I'm not the one who changes the towels in the household, so I have no idea how long it is before my mum swaps them round.
I change my towels 1 time a week.
I change my towels every Tuesday. However, in Summer, they may get changed more frequently as we tend to have more showers. I do have a friend who has a family of four. The each use 2 towels and the towels are washed daily. I think it's a waste!!
Every 2nd. use. Also I no longer allow anyone in the house to use the bath sheets as they are too big and take up too much line space. You just need a regular size bath towel to dry yourself. IMO
Oh yes, I quite agree! We have two bath sheets which we used in the sauna in our old house, they needed to be big so we could lie on them but for every day use, a regular size is more than enough.
Once a month, but maybe a litter earlier if i used the towels at the gym.

Each time it is used, it get's put in the wash.
Just a quick wash.

I'm not a fan of dead skin cells, as you dry off.
I just can't use it again.....my son is the same way.
I always have done this, and won't stop now.
2times week
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