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  1. Have mercy, Alison! With a hubby and five kids, I’d NEVER get through all the laundry if I washed the bath towels after one use. On the *second* use, they’re put in the hamper. After the first use, they’re immediately dried and folded and put on the “one more use” shelf.Don’t judge me.

    😉

    1. Oh darling I would never judge anyone.. Especially not the kind of heroic Mommy with five kids! But tell me this: how on earth do you dry them? Are they all over the house air-drying or do you put them in the dryer?

  2. In our house it’s one use and then they get washed! I’m with you on the “dead skin cells” and the “Eau-de-damp”. EWW!

  3. Alison, I agree with you. I wash my towels after each use and did even when all 6 of my children were home. However, I encourage the use of wash cloths as hand towels. I learned this when I ran a day care in my home. I asked each child to use a different ,assigned color of wash cloth as their towel and then washed them each night. I still do this even though I no longer have a day care. Wash cloths are big enough for the job, cost less to buy than hand towels and take up less room in the laundry[ at least in my mind]. I usually use them only once if it is cold and flu season and we seem to be pretty healthy people. I seem to be able to “see” germs and feel much more sanitary this way. I do, however, wish I could be as ecstatic over laundry as you are though I will admit that I love to see great, fluffy stacks of clean laundry, I just wish someone else would put them away!Amanda

  4. Nope, not bonkers! I grew up that way as well. But due to living without a washer and dryer for a while changes things. I do have individual hooks for clean and used/drying. Then i rotate the two towels durring the week so they don’t get as much use as just one towel. Then once a week I take them to the laundromat and start all over again. I do use just one washcloth a day though in bathroom and change cloths in the kitchen daily. To keep spreading grms around with the same cloth in the kitchen “bugs” me!

  5. I’m with you Alison. I have 5 grown kids and I didn’t reuse a bath towel but I’ve been tempted. Then again I did use disposable diapers so I did loads of laundry daily anyway. So needless to say, I’ve done ALOT of laundry and I don’t mind it. Now those dirty dishes…..hmmmm.

  6. Have mercy, Alison! With a hubby and five kids, I’d NEVER get through all the laundry if I washed the bath towels after one use. On the *second* use, they’re put in the hamper. After the first use, they’re immediately dried and folded and put on the “one more use” shelf.
    Don’t judge me.
    😉

    1. Oh darling I would never judge anyone.. Especially not the kind of heroic Mommy with five kids! But tell me this: how on earth do you dry them? Are they all over the house air-drying or do you put them in the dryer?

  7. In our house it’s one use and then they get washed! I’m with you on the “dead skin cells” and the “Eau-de-damp”. EWW!

  8. Alison, I agree with you. I wash my towels after each use and did even when all 6 of my children were home. However, I encourage the use of wash cloths as hand towels. I learned this when I ran a day care in my home. I asked each child to use a different ,assigned color of wash cloth as their towel and then washed them each night. I still do this even though I no longer have a day care. Wash cloths are big enough for the job, cost less to buy than hand towels and take up less room in the laundry[ at least in my mind]. I usually use them only once if it is cold and flu season and we seem to be pretty healthy people. I seem to be able to “see” germs and feel much more sanitary this way. I do, however, wish I could be as ecstatic over laundry as you are though I will admit that I love to see great, fluffy stacks of clean laundry, I just wish someone else would put them away!Amanda

  9. Nope, not bonkers! I grew up that way as well. But due to living without a washer and dryer for a while changes things. I do have individual hooks for clean and used/drying. Then i rotate the two towels durring the week so they don’t get as much use as just one towel. Then once a week I take them to the laundromat and start all over again. I do use just one washcloth a day though in bathroom and change cloths in the kitchen daily. To keep spreading grms around with the same cloth in the kitchen “bugs” me!

  10. I’m with you Alison. I have 5 grown kids and I didn’t reuse a bath towel but I’ve been tempted. Then again I did use disposable diapers so I did loads of laundry daily anyway. So needless to say, I’ve done ALOT of laundry and I don’t mind it. Now those dirty dishes…..hmmmm.

  11. I use really coarse washcloths and scrub everyone rosy, then give a quick pat down with a fluffy towel and send them running to their rooms to dress. The slightly damp towels are tossed into the dryer for a quick tumble and put on a certain shelf to distinguish them as ‘wash next time’ towels.The rule is that the towels must be dried immediately, and never touch the floor. To drop a damp towel on the floor in a crumpled heap and walk away is like breaking all the Ten at once. :-p
    I loathe, loathe, LOATHE the slightest trace of damp funkiness. Not happenin’.
    Sally, I’m one of those “hate doing laundry but don’t mind washing dishes” people. I even got rid of my dishwasher in order to have more cabinet/drawer space. I can wash dishes by hand all day, but perpetual mountains of laundry make me want to throw my pinny over my head and hide.

  12. (Hubby’s towels get washed after every use, actually. I’ve trained him to drop it in the hamper rather than draping it over the hook like he did when we were first married. *blech*)

  13. My Dear, I’m with you. My mom is with the rest… I grew up hating to fold or dry a “dirty” towel, and when I got a home of my own, I never looked back. Now that I’m with Mom, I still wash my towels after one use and I pitch her kitchen hand towels daily, much to her insistence on my craziness… It’s fine with me if people do that. I just don’t want to. But, hey.. I don’t share straws either! lol.

  14. We reuse towels a few times around here before washing. The damp towels are hung up to dry–which they do pretty quickly, so they don’t smell damp or musty–as soon as we’re done using them. It’s a labor-saving thing, it’s the way I grew up, and it also uses less water than washing a load of towels every day. Hand towels we switch out more often, but even then not necessarily every day unless they’re seeing very heavy use (company in the house) or we’re ill.

  15. I…don’t think I could have fresh towels daily. O_o
    All towels are changed twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. As soon as they come off your body, they get hung up–there are towel racks in each bathroom. They are usually dry by mid-afternoon, unless it’s raining heavily outside. I’ve never had a problem with damp, but I live in a pretty dry climate. I do have a friend in Texas who changes towels daily because it’s so humid that they start smelling like mildew if left overnight. Ew.

    I would secretly love to change towels 3x per week, but that seems decadent. It would be the height of luxury, but wasteful. My conscience starts screaming at the thought–“You live in California! Don’t you know there’s a drought on?” (There is *always* a drought on.)

    I suppose you could blame my mom, who has all sorts of rules like this about what is decadent. 🙂 TV in the car is decadent, and so is using the dryer for anything but underwear (which I do, as my clothesline is currently in a weedpatch, sorry Mom). Stores with membership cards, Barbies, and cable TV are also bad. I thought everyone’s moms had rules like that…

  16. Now, dishtowels and anything else from the kitchen is an entirely different system. Kitchen towels should never be mixed with bath towels, ick! 😀

  17. O.K. I guess I’m just crazy. I change the towels once a week. I cannot imagine washing towels every day. The water bill! The gas bill! Holy moly. Go ahead. Throw your tomatoes. I’m not changing.

  18. I’m with Heather. I give each member of the family a their own coloured towel and they are hung up to dry on a heated towel rail after use. They are changed once a week. Kitchen dish cloths and towels are changed daily. I like to wash them really hot and line dry if possible, but as we have six months of snow this isn’t an option just yet!

  19. I have 4 children (all still at home).. 3 of them are teens that take way too many showers a day and we only use our towels once and then wash them. So, you can imagine my laundry!I’m not using a towel that someone has dried their bum off with! That is just disgusting! Yuck! 😉

    ((hugs))
    Laura

  20. We each have different colour towels and I only wash them once a week. I get hives thinking about how wasteful it is to launder towels after just one use.I figure if we wash properly the dirt and skin cells have gone down the drain. Our towels hang over a heating vent so even in winter they dry quickly and the only time I ever notice a funky smell is if we have guests and they leave damp towels in the hamper. I put out a clean hand towel more often but flip it over so the unused part hanging down the back gets used on the second day. Face cloths are only used once and I put out a fresh tea towel each day.

  21. Dangermom, my kids have NO IDEA there’s a DVD player in the minivan. We’ve had that car for nearly 3 years. They very, very rarely watch any TV in the *house*, so they’re sure not going to in the car! That’s what windows are for, thankyouverymuch. :-DI’m also with your mom on Barbies and cable TV. However, I don’t know what we’d do without Costco. I need to get our food as cheaply as possible so I can afford the water and gas to wash all this laundry… LOL

  22. I wash our towels daily, bed sheets every other day. As a result the washer and dryer get a continuous workout, and so do I. Looking at it as getting my exercise going up and down the stairs makes it easier for me. Keeping more than a dozen bath sheets allows me to keep up when life gets in the way. It’s not the way my family does it, but I do it the way that makes me happy.

  23. We use our towels twice before washing them. I do change out dish towels and such daily though. I know everyone’s different but it doesn’t gross me out in the least.

  24. We use our towels twice before washing them. I do change out dish towels and such daily though. I know everyone’s different but it doesn’t gross me out in the least.

  25. We use our towels twice before washing them. I do change out dish towels and such daily though. I know everyone’s different but it doesn’t gross me out in the least. Holy cow Suzanne, sheets every other day. You truly are a housekeeping superstar. Once a week here.

  26. i am with you Alison. i never reuse towels and it too wash them a lot. i have 5 kids so i end up washing towels everyday but i don’t mind…the thought of reusing icks me out lol.

  27. We hang our towels up to dry over towel racks and shower curtain rods and then use them for a week. BUT maybe this makes a difference we live in a very dry climate and the towels do dry very quickly. We never have mold anywhere in the house.

  28. I do what’s convenient for that day on the bath towels, but don’t let them go for more than 2 uses. Hand towels and kitchen towels are changed out daily, and like another commenter said–kitchen towels are washed separately from other towels.

  29. I have four little grublets who need washing and although I do loathe “reusing” towels I admit I didn’t grow up with a single use system. I lighten the loads of laundry by washing all my boys at once in one tub and then using a single big bath towel I buff the older three dry by turns and then the baby gets wrapped in a baby towel and then they all go in the laundry straight away. The other thing I do to cope is bathe them less frequently. Its often about twice a week…sometimes there are sponge baths more frequently in the summer when they are more apt to be genuinely muddy by bedtime.

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