7 Things You Probably Don’t Wash Enough

Many people are pretty diligent about keeping their home and bedrooms clean and tidy, washing their bedding frequently and vacuuming up any extra dirt and debris. But no matter how germ-free you think your home really is, you may be skipping some key items that need to be washed often. If you’re like most Americans, you probably need to wash the below seven items more frequently.

1. Bath Towels

Many of us likely wash our bath towels once a week, but towels should be washed every 3-4 uses. Otherwise, tens of millions of dead skin cells will remain, and bacteria and mold may start to breed.

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2. Kitchen Towels

Kitchen towels should be washed twice a week, as damp towels can harbor mold, germs, and even foodborne illnesses. Wash and dry in hot water to maximize sterilization.

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3. Shower Liner

It may not be your first instinct to wash out your shower liner, but it should be cleaned every few weeks, especially if you see black mold beginning to grow. Black mold can cause respiratory problems and worsen asthma or allergy symptoms.

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4. Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes should be washed every 2-4 weeks, as our skin’s oils, dead skin cells, and any dirt or dust can cause rashes or breakouts. The more often you use your brush, the more you should wash it, especially if it’s used to apply concealer and foundation.

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5. Sheets

It may be a pain in the neck to change your bedding so frequently, but sheets should be changed once a week, or else your bed could begin to fill up with dead skin, bacteria, fungus, mites, and even fecal matter.

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6. Pillows

Although your pillow cases should be washed as frequently as your sheets, your actual pillows need to be washed every few months. Pillows can attract fungi and dust mites, which can cause allergic reactions.

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7. Bras

Just like any undergarment, bras should be washed frequently, about every three to four wears. Sweat, germs, and oils can accumulate on your bra, which can cause irritation and redness on the skin.’

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Photo by Tracy Hunter