How to Wash Your Bath Towels

Towels pick up germs from contact with wet skin and the germs multiply as the towel hangs in a warm, humid bathroom. Want to eliminate these germs? You’re in luck! Careful laundering of your bath towels can significantly reduce the germ count. Knowing how to sanitize bath towels can reduce the spread of illness and prevent musty odors on towels. This post will help you learn how to properly launder and sanitize bath towels.






1. Wash and dry bath towels before using them for the first time. Most towels have silicone or other finishes. Washing the towels removes these finishes and permits maximum absorbency.

2. Use about half the recommended amount of detergent, and add ½ cup to 1 cup of white vinegar. The vinegar helps set the colors and removes excess detergent residue.

3. Wash towels every 3-4 days.

4. Use warm water and color-safe bleach (if needed) for colored towels. Use hot water and non-cholorine bleach (if needed) for white towels. White towels should be washed separately or with other white items.


1. After washing, transfer towels to the dryer immediately and dry on a “cotton setting”.

2. Do not use fabric softener on towels, as it will decrease the towel’s ability to absorb water. For extra softness, use an anti-static sheet in the dryer.

3. Give your towels a shake when taking them out of the washer. This will help fluff the terry loops that aid absorbency. Don’t iron terry towels; this will reduce absorbency.

4.  Ensure that towels are dry when you remove them from the dryer. Even slightly damp towels can quickly mildew, but avoid over drying, as it can destroy the integrity of the individual cotton fibers.

5. If you like to hang dry your towels outside for that outside freshness, after you bring them in, run them through a “fluff cycle” in your dryer prior to folding them and putting them away. This will help keep the towel fluffy and not crunchy.


1. Fold bath towels in thirds for best use of shelf space. Fold the towel in half, with open ends to the left, then fold in half again. Fold up the bottom third of the towel, then fold the top third down. When storing, face the outer edge of the towel to the front to make it easy to grab a single towel.

2. Linen hand towels for the bath can be safely ironed for a crisp finish. After ironing, fold linen towels in thirds like other towels.