That towel has been hanging in the bathroom for a while...
Forget the sniff test - how often should you really be washing your towels?
Bath towels can get stinky fast, especially damp ones that haven't been aired out properly. If you're using yours every day to dry off after a shower, it can be used up to three or four times before you should replace it with a new bath towel. If you sweat a lot during the day, or have kids who've been playing outside, then consider throwing them in the washing machine more frequently. If your towel is covered in stains and rips, then it is time to consider throwing it away for good.
Used by multiple people after a trip to the toilet, hand towels need to be washed every one or two days. Yes, really. While we might all have the best intentions, sometimes hand towels in a bathroom are drying hands that aren't completely clean...
Tea towels can harbour nasty bacteria. To stay safe, wash your dirty tea towels daily and only ever use them to dry clean, washed dishes. And always allow tea towels to dry completely between uses - never use a damp tea towel.
How should I wash my towels?
To keep all your towels fresh and clean, wash in warm water in your washing machine, then tumble dry on low heat. It's best to wash towels separately - and be careful not to overload the washing machine!