Originally Posted by sierratahoe
I relate a lot of modern living to good ol' Little House on the Prairie- a lotta people 'back then' (cave man and forward LOL) only had the one thing to wear, then their Sunday Go To Meetin' clothes. Wash the work clothes once per week, I guess, maybe less, or more if it got really dirty. Spot clean most likely.
Sounds like an incredibly smelly time to me. Some people (like my DH) simply don't have good senses of smell. He smokes (despite years of trying to quit) and simply has almost no sense of smell.
Are the posters who don't mind rewearing clothing or towels people with poor senses of smell?
I can totally tell if I haven't been paying attention and my DH uses a 2 day old towel, I can smell it on him, and we have air conditioning and he always hangs his towel up on a hook to dry, even if I'm going to immediately wash it. I can definitely tell (by smell) if someone I know has worn something more than once (namely a couple of relatives I have, who are very clean but I can still smell their day-old clothes). I can easily tell if a towel that has been hanging is more than one day old, simply by sniffing it.
Maybe it's just me.
Originally Posted by OakBerry
Especially bath towels, you are drying your clean body off with them, how dirty can they get? I am careful to hang them/air dry them between uses.
Well, first off, I doubt that we are all bacteria-free when we come out of a shower. Especially if we are coming out of a bath, all the dirty stuff just floats on top of the water and when we get out of a bath (unless we have a quick shower as we're getting out), we have simply redistributed the dirt onto our body, or at least some of it (assuming the water is dirtier when we get out than when we got in). So then whatever dirt and bacteria is left on our bodies, some of that will end up on our towels when we dry ourselves. Plus, as we dry/scrub our skin, skin cells will end up on the towels. Since dust mites are everywhere, chances are they will end up climbing onto your towels and munching on your dead skin cells. Imagine what a great lunch if you re-use your towel for a week! Then of course, whatever bacteria has deposited itself onto the towel, amidst the moistness that is still there (mold & mildew will probably be inevitable, too), will grow and grow, munch on dead skin cells, get eaten by dust mites, which will multiply, etc.
That just doesn't sound very clean to me.
Does that make me "anal"?!?
I don't know, I've had my current towels for over 5 years and they are still very fluffy (then again, I bought fairly good towels when I got them, not the cheapest one, but not the most expensive, perhaps $7 each at Costco for fluffy towels) and we wash them after one use, always have. Not threadbare at all.