If you’re like many people who live along the coast, you probably spend a lot of time at the beach or at the pool. That means you use a beach towel quite often.
One question that often confounds people, though, is how often to launder their towels, especially if a return trip to the water is on the agenda.
Just like bath and kitchen towels, the porous, damp nature of beach towels makes them an excellent breeding ground for bacteria.
As such, the safest approach is to wash a beach towel after every use, says Angie Harris, infection control manager for Tidelands Health. Depending on the towel material, you’ll generally want to use hot water, a quality detergent and tumble dry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.