We use towels a week before washing, too. And I have a turbie twist for my hair. Dd only uses a towel to lay down on while we put her diaper on. She has dry skin so we moisturize her without drying off. Once she's potty trained, she won't even need a towel.
DS1 is on board. DS2 is balking. I'm sure he's thinking of mid-January when it feels so good to wrap up in a big, warm towel after his shower.
I've downsized my towels (gave them away to a local MDC mom to use for her homebirth), but now I'm thinking I could downsize even further. It's just Sprogly and me, and we could get away with 4 towels, I'm sure.
I'm curious if anyone has tried using flat diapers to dry off after a shower? Those take up little space, dry quickly, and are super absorbant. I think I might give it a try (although I doubt I could convert dh).
Since they are linen, and thinner than towels, they don't take long to dry.
Thanks for the push in that direction!
On a side note, I got one of those dealies that hangs over the door where you can hang 5 extra towels. That has helped our towel situation with our small storage.
Answer about using a fresh towel for those who asked:
We use fresh towels for every bath/shower too for health reasons. When you dry off you are rubbing off skin cells and bacteria. Yes, you are *clean* from your shower--but rubbing with a clean towel also removes more bacteria. You may need to dry off...err...more delicate areas (front and back) that also carry bacteria and yeast and whatever. Then, I often wrap the towel around my head and wear it as a turban for a while to dry my hair. The last thing I would do after that is hang it back up and use it again tomorrow! I know there are many people who see nothing wrong with re-using the towel, but I am just not into that. Towels can easily grow mildew and carry germs after only one use, so after a week of doing that I think you are defeating the purpose of taking a shower in the first place--and it just seems not so fresh to me. You may totally disagree with me and think I am freaky neurotic clean towel girl--I get that.
We also hang our towels to dry, wash them if they smell musty. I'm covered in bacteria already, I'm really not concerned by it. If the towel still smells fresh, its fine.
If the towels are getting musty so quick, you should consider ventilating the bathroom. If the towel can't dry, then you are going to have bacteria everywhere anyway...
I used to have a (male) housemate who hardly ever washed his towel. I'd walk into the bathroom and gag from the smell. Sometimes I'd take his towel and put it over the doorknob to his room (holding it by the corner with two fingers). He'd get mad...really thought I was a PITA. But dude, it was rank.
This whole discussion makes me think just how strange the word "towel" is.
Apparently, I can only read the word "towel" so many times before it starts to seem improbable and generally made-up!
These dolls and toys confuse me so; Confound it all, I love it, though!~J. Skellington
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Four star hotels now ask whether you really want fresh towels every day, and I understand it’s cheaper for them not to do as much laundry, but if it were really that disgusting and germ-filled, they wouldn’t ask.
If this really crunchy, earth-friendly community is using towels at this rate, what hope is there for the rest of the country? The mind boggles.
We have used hand-towels before when I've forgotten to hang up the clean bath towels. They work just as well. We've also used flats. Those work really well too.
I am one who likes to wrap a bath towel around my waist after I shower ... but for people who say they couldn't give up their bath-sized towels because of that reason, why not keep a bath-sized towel where you would normally hang a robe, dry off with a small hand-towel, and then wrap the bath towel around the waist. You could use the same bath towel for quite a while as theorectically you'd be dry already, you wouldn't be sloughing off much in terms of skin-cells, and you could hang it back in your robe/towel spot when done? Just something that came to mind while reading ...
Oh, and do people really do a separate load of towels? I mean, I do a separate load for cloth diapers, but otherwise, everything gets sorted by color. So, if I have some dirty towels, I don't just run a half-load of them, I add some jeans, pants, shirts ... whatever. Sometimes if I just have one towel, I'll throw it in the diaper load. I always throw our kitchen towels in the diaper load (we don't use paper in the kitchen either, so we go through hand towels and washcloths a lot). I guess in some ways, I don't understand the whole thing unless people are running full-length loads for just a couple big towels each week ...
Okay, I really should go to bed as I don't think I'm saying things too clearly! :
and dd born 11/21/10 - our T21 SuperBaby
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Anyway, I keep a laundry basket in the laundry room for dirty towels. When it gets full, I run a load. We change bath towels every 5-7 days, kitchen towels and wash rags daily. I run a separate load for towels because, like a pp, I wash and dry them on hot with no fabric softener. If we've had overnight guests or illness in the house, I will use a detergent with "bleach alternative".
When I was growing up we had neighbors with 7 children. They each used a towel once and dropped it on the bathroom floor. Their mom would go around and collect them all and wash them every day. : Can't imagine that.