You're doing it wrong: expert tells how often you really need to replace your bathroom towels

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Navigating the intricacies of bathroom upkeep can often leave many of us questioning how long we should retain towels, bath mats, and various necessities before it's time for an update. James Chapman, CEO of Bella Bathrooms, offers clarity on the critical yet frequently overlooked elements of maintaining bathroom hygiene.

Following these expert recommendations will help keep your bathroom not only functional but also a haven of cleanliness and health. Establishing a routine for cleaning and updating your bathroom essentials is crucial for sustaining a welcoming and hygienic atmosphere.

Towels - An essential element of bathroom use, towels should be washed after every three uses to ensure they remain fresh and clean. Chapman emphasizes the importance of replacing towels every one to three years to prevent mildew growth and preserve their ability to absorb efficiently. "It's vital to hang towels in an area with good airflow after each use," he advises.

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Bath Mats - Due to their continuous exposure to dampness, bath mats demand regular care - Chapman recommends washing them weekly and exchanging them every two years. "The bathroom floor is a breeding ground for bacteria, making the frequent laundering of bath mats critical for maintaining a sanitary space," he notes.


Toilet Brushes - A frequently ignored item, the toilet brush should be sanitized with a disinfectant weekly and replaced every six to eight months to prevent it from harbouring bacteria. "Make sure the brush is thoroughly rinsed and dried after use to keep it clean," Chapman advises.

Shower Heads and Curtains - Accumulation of water residues and bacteria on shower heads necessitates monthly cleaning. Meanwhile, plastic shower curtains can be machine washed on a gentle setting, and fabric curtains may require special care - both should be renewed every six months for a pristine bathing area.

Personal Care Items - The lifespan of personal items like loofahs, toothbrushes, and disposable razors should not be overlooked. Chapman recommends replacing loofahs and toothbrushes every one to three months, and razors should be discarded every one to two weeks based on how frequently they are used. He jokes, "If you find it difficult to let go of your old toothbrush, repurpose it as a tool for cleaning tight spaces around your home."