How often do you change a good towel? Tips for the correct use of a good towel
4hw.com.cn: many people's towels are changed after a long time. In fact, there is a terrible fact. The growth rate of various bacteria is as high as ten thousand times after half a year. Even if you often wash towels, how often do you change towels? How to wash the towel? Let's have a look!
The number of bacteria in towels increased ten thousand times in half a year
China Home Textile Association has conducted simulation experiments on towels of more than 400 people in Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Xi'an and Binzhou, and detected the colonies of 167 towels. The results showed that most towels contained Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli and other bacteria.
Staphylococcus aureus often causes local suppurative infection such as incision and trauma, pneumonia, pseudomembranous enteritis, pericarditis, and even systemic infection such as sepsis;
E. coli is easy to cause severe diarrhea and sepsis in infants;
Candida albicans may invade cells and cause diseases when human immune function is low.
The people's Hospital of Peking University also conducted an experiment: bacteria were cultured on new towels, towels used for 3 months and towels used for more than 6 months.
The results showed that, in terms of per square centimeter, the new towel colony was on the order of 100, and the towel colony for 3 months was on the order of 10000, while the culture dish was almost full of colonies for 6 months, which was estimated to be on the order of one million.
Among them, there are mainly Gram-positive bacteria, as well as possible pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.
Why is your towel so dirty
Towel has become a place to hide dirt, which is mainly related to its own structure and bad usage habits.
First of all, cotton fiber, the main component of towel, is a tubular structure, containing a hollow cell cavity, which can store water, and humidity is the most important condition for bacterial survival.
Secondly, towels are often placed in warm and wet toilets, with poor ventilation and air permeability and lack of direct sunlight, which is suitable for bacterial growth. Others like to wet towels and provide a hotbed for bacteria.
Thirdly, dirt such as oil, dust, dander, mites and sweat on human skin will accumulate on towels. If they are not cleaned and replaced regularly, or even used 'indefinitely', bacteria will multiply.
Finally, family members use the same towel together, or use the same towel for face washing and bathing, which is easy to lead to cross infection.
The above reasons lead to a huge number of bacteria attached to towels, especially for people with low immunity, the elderly and children. Towels are even one of the most dangerous infection vectors.
Three principles of using towels
There are three principles for using towels: one for each person is not shared, different parts are used separately, frequently changed, washed and disinfected. Specifically, there are four details to follow.
1. Towel dry use, develop the habit of towel dry use, and dry it in time after use.
2. One towel for one person shall be divided into different parts. It is necessary to put an end to 'one towel for more people' and 'one towel for multiple purposes', especially adults and children cannot share one towel.
3. Replace towels regularly and eliminate them once every 3 months.
4. Wash and dry frequently, form the habit of washing and drying frequently, and disinfect and sterilize regularly.