how many towels do you need to dry off ? reasonably?

United States
May 12, 2008 2:08am CST
i had noticed lately my wash load has been going up and up.everytime i turn around,it seems every towel we own is in that hamper.i think i know why now.i busted my mom using 3 full size towels.and she left them all on the floor for me..how nice. does your family do this to you? will they re-use their towels,or act like it suddenly has cooties?
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@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Three full size towels, and she left them on the floor? Is she also the type who only uses them once? I only use two and I am not exactly a tiny person. One bath towel, and one smaller one for my hair. And I use them at least two or three times before changing them, and yet I still feel like I am washing them a lot! I didn't count the bath mat because that is technically not a towel, and I use that for a couple of days longer than the towels because I only have 2 bathmats.
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• United States
6 Apr 09
yup.she uses them once,and drops them there for me. does the same thing with clothes.with a hamper less than 2 ft away.i'm always picking up socks.
@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
6 Apr 09
Now I don't know your situation there, like whether your mother is disabled, or anything like that, but I think you need to talk to her about this, or it will drive you nuts eventually. Trust me, I am having some issues with my own mother, in my case it is more dishes and kitchen things but it's the same idea. (In my case, she does have some health issues, but I don't think anything that should prevent her from putting dishes in the dishwasher, etc.)
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• United States
7 Apr 09
yea,she is.she was in a chair for awhile,but now can walk..somewhat.kind of like a slow duck waddle. she needs help sometimes-but not with her arms.i put the hampers close to her so she can just reach over and dump it in.but she'll look right at you,and drop it on the floor.it's so frustrating.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
12 May 08
I reuse my towel and i wont need too many towels to dry off. I use a towel for almost a week before i get it washed. I have 3 towels and i switch to one another every now and then.
• United States
12 May 08
that's what i do too.i have no problem using it again,once you're out of the shower,you're clean.
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• Philippines
12 May 08
Same here. I reuse my towel because it is still clean, i will just have to dry it off so I can use it again.
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• United States
12 May 08
exactly.i just hang it up,good for another day.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi scarlet woman, well I'm definitely guilty of using two towels each time I shower, one to wrap round my body and one round my hair, but I do reuse them, after all I'm clean. The towels at this time of year do pile up though as we go the beach at least a few days every week and those towels need to go straight in the machine on return as the salt will need washing out from the sea water. Oops just seen this is a year old but it was at the top of my friends list!!
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• United States
2 Aug 09
oh yea..that beach brine is a must to wash out immediately. it's ok if it's an older discussion..i don't mind. i have one that's 3 years old that pops up again every now and then.
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@GardenGerty (102531)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Well this is a case of an old discussion coming back to the top. Those beach towels get smelly if they do not get washed right away. When my hair was long I would use a regular size towel on my hair, but an oversize one on my oversize body.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
30 Jul 09
LOL .. very cool discussion, really. I think I need around 1-2 towels to really dry up, ha.. This has always been on my mind; I notice sometimes I hang on dry my towel after a shower and my mom would make a fuss about me not changing to a clean one. I mean, come on, I've only used it for a week.. wait! A week?? Dirty me, LOL.. Luckily she's around; if not, I won't have anyone keeping tabs on me to change to a clean one. And if I use 2 towels, I'll use it intermittently. I'm trying to stick to 1 towel and change it every 3 days or so now. Want to be as hygienic as possible.
• United States
30 Jul 09
as long as it's not dirty or the heat hasn't got to it (that wonderful moldy smell),i see no reason not to use it a couple of times. a week is kind of pushing it
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
30 Jul 09
LOL.. that's right.. A week seems like unreasonable of me. I've changed since..
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@bunnybon7 (37404)
• Holiday, Florida
31 Jul 09
i use 2 if i wash my hair also, but i hang them to dry and use them at least once more. in my daughters house i used to suggest this because she has 3 kids, 2 of them teens. she has mountains of laundry all the time. but they wont listen the poor woman.
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• United States
2 Aug 09
yup,that's what they do to me also. my mom has to change clothes also a few times a day (she tends to spill things,shakey hands),which adds to the pile.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
15 Apr 09
i use only one towel to dry myself off and thats all i need and then i hang it in the sun, so it may be dry and would only put to wash after 3 or 4 times.. No i wont let others in family to feel bad with my things falling all over the place and nor i would like others to not to hang them in sun .
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• United States
15 Apr 09
that's cool~i wish everyone was as great at picking up their own stuff. my family,..nah.they're slobs.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
12 May 08
I need one small and l large. One is to wrap my hair up in and one to dry off. I do reuse them once. My son seems to unload the closet, one for the floor, one to dry off with, and one to wrap up in, I guess. It seems he uses more than that, but I would not know what for. I really know what you mean. He won't reuse any of them.
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• United States
12 May 08
yup-that's exactly the same way. and days where work is really dirty..good lord.lightspeed.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
12 May 08
We usually use one towel per shower/bath per person.. Anymore and I have a fit.. Since I do the laundry, I get to make the rules.. One towel is plenty and two is just too many.. I don't expect a towel to be used for more than one shower/bath, but don't use two for one time..
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• United States
12 May 08
i've tried that..they ignored me and went on doing what they're doing.i swear i'm gonna get rid of all but one each LOL
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• United States
12 May 08
My fiance and I each have two towels that we use. I will use my same two for the whole week, and he will usually switch one of his towels around the middle of the week. I'm not sure why he does it, but five towels for the whole week is okay with me, so I don't question it. :)
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• United States
12 May 08
five's not bad at all.i wish i could get away with that instead of this two times a week washing jazz. you'd think 8 people lived here.
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@nancyrowina (3850)
12 May 08
I need 2 towels one for my hair and one for my body as I have long hair. I do have a thing designed for your hair that's made out of a towel like material and twists your hair up and has a button to fasten it, but if I can't find that I have to use a towel. I do reuse towels as they are difficult to wash and take a up a lot of room in the machine and put strain on it when it's spinning.
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• United States
12 May 08
i worry about that washer every time i put them in.it doesn't like them at all.i told my brother no more 6ft body towels.they weigh a ton when wet.
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• United States
12 May 08
The towels in my house all contract cooties as well. I use two towels, one for my hair and one for my body. But I hang them up and use them at least two times, if not three. But NO ONE else in the house does this. I even catch the kids taking a clean towel out of the closet to clean up spills. This irritates me to no end. I have to wash all of our towels at least twice a week, otherwise we would have none. Its the same with the hand towels and washcloths. I swear I'm gonna catch that cootie monster one of these days!
• United States
12 May 08
washcloths-urgh! i swear they used 10 in one day once.i was scratching my head like i know i just did these,where'd they go?
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@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
12 May 08
i can dry myself with 1 towel.. and we all have a towel named to us. hehe my mom does this so we do not have to settle for the used towel whoever goes to bath first. :)
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• United States
12 May 08
that's the best way to do it.i use 1 towel also, one of those gigantic body towels is more than enough for me.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
12 May 08
Everyone does their own laundry here at home, we also make good use of our own personal towels. After using them, we hung them outside to dry and then use it again. I think we change them depending on number of times we use it, so most probably a week. For me, I have two bath towels and one that I use for my drying up my hair.
• United States
12 May 08
that's what i end up doing-reusing it,i don't think i'm gonna mess it up that badly in one day.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
12 May 08
I always use two towels when I bathe or shower. I use one of them to step out on and another one for my head and the rest of my body to dry off on. I used the one on the floor for my feet and my legs. I could actually use about three towels though. One to step out on, one to wrap on my head and another one to dry my body with.
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• United States
12 May 08
we usually have one on the floor too,that one's one step from the wash usually,after the people have done using it.tempted to get a mat set for that.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
12 May 08
Hi scarlet_woman! I usually replace all towels every three days. I don't have a lot of them in the wash load since hubby most of the used my towel. He is so stubborn. Even if I place his own towel at reach, he still used mine. haha..
• United States
12 May 08
LOL!i swear my next move will be to get rid of all but two each.but then i suppose they'd go through them faster *sigh*
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• United States
2 Apr 09
I use two towels, one for my body and one to wrap around my hair. Then I hang them to dry and will reuse them a few times before washing. I mean, after a shower the cleanest thing in the bathroom is ME, so my towels are touching something clean, so they should still be OK, right?
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• United States
2 Apr 09
Oh, and everyone has their own towels, but we each use them a few times before washing them.
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• United States
3 Apr 09
exactly,that's what i think,i should be clean. i can kind of excuse it in the summer though. the heat makes the towels just too funky sometimes
@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
5 Apr 09
Exactly, you're clean, so how are the towels getting dirty? LOL As long as they dry thoroughly they are fine to reuse. Though that is a good point about the heat. Sometimes in the summer when it's humid, it is hard to get them to dry thoroughly, especially thicker towels. That plus going to the beach and pool means a lot more washing towels.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Aug 09
My kids throw them on the floor too and I ride their butts about it. I think everybody in the house uses one towel at a time except for me. I use one for my body and one for my hair. And I do re-use them. But since I do the laundry anyway, I figure I can use as many as I like. :-)
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• United States
26 Aug 09
LOL that's the truth. i do that with dishes too,i clean them.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
26 Aug 09
There's another one. Trying to train the kids to actually rinse their dishes and put them in the dishwasher!!!
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• United States
14 Dec 09
LOL i actually volunteered to do the dishes when i was a kid. surprised the heck out of mom.. and now,i'm stuck with it LOL..
• United States
8 Dec 09
Yes they do leave them all over the floor. We don't reuse them because I get boils if I do.
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• United States
14 Dec 09
ouchie..i can understand that. i wouldn't in that case either.
• United States
14 Dec 09
Yeah big ouchie! & you can imagine where they like to sprout rubbing a person wrong all day. So I do a load of towels & a load of clothes nearly every day.
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• Philippines
9 Jun 08
i use to towels, 1 for my hair and 1 for my body. i reuse them. but i dont use the towel my husbands used for his face for hygienic purposes. say what if he has warts hahahah sorry im too vain. but itd prolly tick me off too if my husband throws them on the floor after a single use. such a waste of water to do towel laundry over and over. we dont own that many towels to use them all up for nice towels are real expensive.
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• Philippines
9 Jun 08
oops sorry left the w.. two towels i mean.
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• United States
9 Jun 08
yea,i'd never use anybody else's either. i just hang up mine,and hopefully,they won't use it! although..i wouldn't put it past them..
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
15 Dec 09
Hi, scarlet_woman. We all try to use our towels for at least a week before we would throw them in the hamper. But, if the towel gets messy or has a bad odor to it then I will put it in the hamper. I could never use two to three towels in one week. If I was washing my hair, I could use one more towel along with my body towel. That is the only time that I or anyone else in our home will have two towels out.
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• United States
20 Dec 09
you know what i don't understand,speaking of stinky towels- why someone hasn't invented a hamper that keeps the dirty ones from stinking/molding..like maybe with a charcoal filter? makes sense to me..