Why Should You Avoid Sharing Towels?
Especially for teammates, sharing towels can be convenient. It’s a simple solution for drying off during a team beach outing, or after a practice when there is only one towel available. However, this is far from sanitary. Among other problems, sharing towels can create situations where germs are easily passed along. For school sports teams and summer camps, placing a bulk order for custom woven towels is the best way to avoid sharing towels.
This post has been updated from a previous post made on September 20th, 2017
4 Hazards of Sharing Towels
Spreading bacteria through custom woven towels can lead to the acquisition of several unpleasant illnesses. Bacteria spread through shared towels can enter the body through pores, cuts, sores, and wounds. These are some of the common towel-related illnesses that arise:
- The bacteria that causes staph infections grow quickly in damp conditions that towels cultivate. Staph infections (and similar conditions) are some of the most harmful conditions that might be passed via towels.
- Acne is another condition commonly resulting from skin-to-skin contact. Avoiding shared towels will help prevent acne transfer.
- As fungi also thrive in the damp conditions that towels cultivate, fungi-related illnesses are frequently transferred through towel sharing. Common fungal conditions include jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and yeast infections.
- Contact with the facial region may pick up and spread bacteria that causes pink eye.
Custom Woven Towels Retain Moisture
Despite the fact that towels allow you to dry off relatively quickly after a beach plunge, towels take much longer to dry off. In fact, these towels remain moist for a significant period of time after being used. Depending on the conditions, towels may take several hours in order to fully dry. The thicker the towel, the longer a drying period it will require– which is why we advise against using bath towels at the beach. In essence, continuous use of the same towel will gradually cause bacteria from several sources to amass.
Without the proper drying time or conditions, wet towels can also cause mildew to develop. Breathing in mildew can cause illnesses, or respiratory issues.
Contact With Foreign Bodies
When you dry off with a towel, your own bacteria accumulates on the towel. Using a teammate’s towel after they used it will transfer their bacteria to your skin. If they have an infection that was caused by harmful bacteria, those pathogens could travel to your body, potentially giving you the same infection. Bacteria received from other people could be harmful to your body, even if it did not present issues to them.
While sharing towels is often an easy and convenient way to dry off, it can potentially lead to unforeseen consequences. Distributing towels to each member of your sports team or summer camp will prevent germs transfer, and ensure a healthy, prosperous environment. Our custom woven towels will help your team to stay healthy and dry.