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Sports journalist Jemele Hill sparked debate on Twitter by admitting she has poor hygiene. In a tweet last week, Hill wrote: “So I change my towel every 3-4 days. I feel like that’s about right. Am I wrong for this? Changing your towels every day feels excessive to me.”

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Please don’t be like Jemele. Anyone with common sense knows you change your washrags and towels after every use.

Here’s why: bacteria lives on your skin. It’s called good bacteria. However, good bacteria can be quickly overpowered by bad bacteria for a variety of reasons, including illness or an improper diet, etc.

You don’t want bad bacteria to start multiplying on your skin.

Bacteria needs the following to thrive on your body: a food source, a growth medium and moisture.

Your dead skin cells are an excellent food source for bacteria. Your wet towel is an excellent growth medium.

When you hang a wet towel to dry in a humid bathroom – it’s party time for bacteria. The next time you use that dirty towel, the new bacteria that you helped grow overnight transfers to your skin when you step out of the shower.

Now you’ve got more nasty bacteria on your skin that doesn’t wash off as easily as your dead skin cells. Bacteria hangs around on your body waiting for you to cut yourself so they can slide into your bloodstream and make you very sick.

Follow the helpful tips below to keep yourself and your family safe and clean.

1. ALWAYS change your washrags and towels after every use

2. Wash your towels in HOT water within 3 days of use

3. Set your hot water heater at 120-degrees Fahrenheit

4. Use a SEPARATE hamper for your towels and your clothes

5. NEVER mix dirty towels in with your clothes or your linen. Remember, your dirty towels are a biohazard

I have three hampers: one for towels, one for clothes and one for linen.

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