How Bad Is It? .......Old Bath Towels

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How Bad Is It? ......Old Bath Towels

 
     
          
 

How bad is it to use really old bath towels?

 

Bath towels

 

There may not be an expiration date printed on your towel's label, but that doesn't mean you should dry off with it forever.  Although it is hard to pinpoint an average life cycle, towels usually start losing their softness and absorbency after two or three years.

 

Cycle after cycle of machine washing and drying will cause most towels to shed fibers, and they won't do their job as well.  Old towels can also develop a musty odor that is difficult to erase in the wash.  If they don't smell, cut them into cleaning rags.  If they do, it's time to trash them. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:  Sort of bad!

 

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Rainmaker
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Bill Reddington
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Have a few that end up in the garage every year. On to their next life. Cleaning spills. Tough to throw away.

Jan 27, 2014 11:12 PM #2
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Sharon & Bruce Walter
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Kristin, I have gotten over 20 years of life out of most of our towels!  The type of detergent is very important in preserving the life of our clothes and towels.

Jan 27, 2014 11:12 PM #3
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Correct !

 

Bill, that is great, or to the animal shelter, although I much prefer donating soft and cuddly ones :-)

 

Bruce, that is true too! Wow, that is money well spent!

Jan 27, 2014 11:23 PM #4
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Li Read
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This is an easy way to give ourselves a shot at some luxury...nice post!

Jan 27, 2014 11:39 PM #5
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Pamela Seley
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I agree towels lose their absorbancy after a couple years of regular use.  

Jan 28, 2014 12:11 AM #6
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kristin,  I agree, I think that is why I put towels on my Christmas list every year.  Hope you are having a great week.

Jan 28, 2014 12:12 AM #7
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Than Maynard
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Once they get old enough they make great workshop rags!

Jan 28, 2014 12:39 AM #8
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Hannah Williams
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Kristin  Good post .I find some of my towels last longer then others . some turn into dish rags and then get trashed .

Stay warm

Hannah

Jan 28, 2014 12:55 AM #9
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Thanks Li!  I appreciate it!

Glad you agree Pamela :-0

WIll, now I know what to get you!

That is correct Than!

Hannah, same to you!!

Jan 28, 2014 01:26 AM #10
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Marney Kirk
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Hi Kristin! You are so right! People often don't realize that towels have a life expectancy!

Jan 28, 2014 02:22 AM #11
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Agreed Marney!  Thanks!

Jan 28, 2014 02:46 AM #12
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Toni Weidman
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Towels do get thinner with age, Kristin, unlike most people. Great information. 

Jan 28, 2014 06:29 AM #13
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LOL, good analogy Toni

Jan 28, 2014 06:32 AM #14
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ok then what am I doing wrong? My towels start to smell after about 3 months! None of my other clothes do but I can't get that musty smell off of them after one use. Ugh... can't figure out why stink!

Jan 28, 2014 07:10 AM #15
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Lou Ludwig
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Kristin

When it time to trash the towels I use them to dry the cars after their washed.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 28, 2014 10:52 AM #16
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 Good morning, Kristin. I repurpose the old bath towels. I use them for cleaning and waxing the cars.

Jan 28, 2014 06:10 PM #17
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Gita Bantwal
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Kristin, I oftencut up old towels and use the rags  for cleaning .

Jan 28, 2014 08:16 PM #18
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Tammy, that is odd...how long do you use them before washing them?  Not sure?

Lou, sounds like what a lot of us do, or to the animal shelters :-)

Good for you Michael!

Gita, I do that too :-)

Jan 28, 2014 10:20 PM #19
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Never heard of an expiration on towels Kristine, we generally use them until the get holes in them from being worn to thin, then they get cut up into wash clothes.

Jan 29, 2014 07:02 AM #20
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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We do that too Bob, or donate to a shelter...have a great day...more snow!

Jan 29, 2014 11:06 PM #21
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