Doing laundry seems like a never ending chore. As soon as you’re done with one batch, there’s always another to go. And this latest news will only he adding to that, though it is crucial for your health.
How often do you wash your tea towels? Well, according to an expert, we should be replacing them with fresh, clean ones every day. Yep, every single day.
Now, most of us probably don’t do that because, let’s face it, it’s a lot. But Ralitsa Prodanova, Cleaning Expert at Fantastic Services, says that not doing so creates a huge risk of getting food poisoning.
‘Tea towels make the perfect breeding ground for germs. They’re often moist and warm from previous use, allowing for bacteria to multiply rapidly,’ she explained. ‘And because they come into contact with all manner of surfaces – from your dirty hands to clean dishes – you need to be really careful to make sure there’s no cross-contamination.’
As reported in Woman&Home, Ralitsa advises replacing them every day with clean, dry ones, or washing them at the end of each day for minimal risk. She also highlights that when washing your tea towels, you should never put them in a batch with your soiled garments, for example, gym shoes, socks or bedding.
Her advise is supported by a 2003 study conducted by the University of Bristol. For their research, they asked participants to prepare a chicken meal in their kitchen, then analysed the bacteria on various surfaces. They found that tea towels and sponges tested positive for campylobacter or salmonella, and it isn’t hard to see why.
We’ll be the first to admit that when cooking, many of us subconsciously tend to wipe our hands with the same tea towel we use to dry our dishes when washing up. So you can see where the link is…