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July 30, 2010 8:17 AM Subscribe
Please solve my weird towel problems!
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to grab bag (54 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My bathtowels have been giving me grief lately and I can't figure out why. I have two problems that only seem to affect the towels that I use, but my wife's towels (hung right next to mine) are fine...
1. After less than a week of use, my towel reeks of mildew. It stinks up the whole bathroom and it stinks up me after I dry off. I end up with a mildewy smell hovering around me all day.
2. Every bathtowel I use, even once, gets ruined. Somehow they get streaks of discoloration that look like bleach got splashed across them. At first I assumed this was a problem with how I was doing laundry, but I've accidentally ruined other people's towels on more than one occasion while staying as a houseguest. It must be something on my body that I'm wiping on the towel.
Here's my toweling routine, if it helps: I briefly drip-dry in the shower before reaching for the towel. First I dry my face, which is still very wet. Then I dry my very-wet Beatles-shaggy hair. Finally I dry off the rest of my body and immediately hang up the towel to dry. I fold it twice the long way (so it's in thirds) and once in half the other way and put it on the same rack as my wife's towel. It's still pretty wet at this point. I wring out my washcloth and drape it on top of the hanging towel to dry.
To contrast, my wife dries off less thoroughly than I do. She takes the towel with her into the bedroom and often leaves it sitting, wet, on the bed for hours. By the time she does hang it up, it's mostly dry already. She folds it the same way I do so it'll fit on the rack. Her towel smells fine. Her towels and mine came together in a set and are identical — or were until I messed mine up.
I've considered that maybe I'm not rinsing well enough, and the soap stuff I use in the shower is still on me when I dry, staining the towel. I use Selsun Blue shampoo, Dove body wash and conditioner, and a benzoyl peroxide face scrub for acne. I have oily skin. Could my skin naturally be doing that? The problems only affect towels though; my clothes are all fine.
I'm tired of doing towel laundry so frequently, and I'm really tired of buying new ones! Please halp!