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How Often Should You Replace Your Towels?

How Often Should You Replace Your Towels?

Towels are not only an essential part of our daily routines, they’re little moments of luxury. After all, there’s nothing more comforting than the feeling of wrapping ourselves in a fluffy, warm towel! And yet, all too often, we allow our towels to remain in use long past the point where they serve their purpose effectively. Like all things, towels have a lifespan and require periodic replacement to maintain their functionality and hygiene. Over time, towel fibres will break down, and bacteria can also become trapped in these fibres.

woman carrying a stack of towels

So how often should you replace your towels? And is there anything you can do to extend their life span? By understanding the proper care for your towels, you can ensure a fresh and luxurious experience with every use.

Let’s take a look at the different types of towels, and how often you should replace them.

Fluffy white bath towels on a towel ladder in a bathroom, ready for use

Stack of folded bath towels in various colors

Bath Sheets and Bath Towels

Bath towels are the workhorses of the towel family, used daily and exposed to frequent washing. As a general rule, it is recommended to replace your bath towels every two to three years, with five years the maximum. Over time, frequent laundering and normal wear and tear can cause towels to lose their absorbency and become less soft. To prolong the lifespan of your bath towels, avoid using fabric softeners as they can leave a residue that diminishes absorbency. You should also invest in high-quality cotton towels that are both durable and soft to the touch.

Man using a hand towel

Hand Towels

Hand towels are used multiple times a day, and can harbor bacteria and dirt more quickly than bath towels. It is advisable to replace hand towels every one to two years. To keep your hand towels fresh and germ-free, wash them regularly in hot water and avoid leaving them damp for extended periods. Buying hand towels with antimicrobial properties can also help maintain their cleanliness and freshness for longer.

Washcloths rolled up and ready to use

Kensey Plush Collection towels arranged in an attractive display


Face towels, which are used to cleanse the delicate skin on our faces, should be treated with extra care. They come into direct contact with facial oils, makeup, and skincare products, making them more susceptible to bacteria buildup. It is recommended to replace face towels every six to twelve months. To extend their lifespan, wash face towels separately from other laundry to avoid cross-contamination. Using a gentle, fragrance-free detergent and avoiding excessive use of fabric softeners can also help maintain their softness and absorbency.

Pool towels hanging on a rack by the poolside

Beach and Pool Towels

Beach and pool towels are subjected to harsher conditions, such as exposure to sun, sand, and chlorine. While they are designed to be more durable, it is still recommended to replace them every two to three years, depending on frequency of use. After each use, rinse them thoroughly to remove sand or chlorine residue, and wash them according to the care instructions. Consider investing in fade-resistant and quick-drying towels specifically designed for beach and pool use, as they tend to hold up better under these conditions.

Towel hanging on a hook in a bathroom, with good air circulation and natural light

Here are a few more tips to help you extend the longevity of your towels.

  • Avoid overloading your washing machine, as overcrowding can prevent proper cleaning and drying of towels.
  • Use a minimal amount of mild detergent to prevent residue buildup, which can make towels less absorbent.
  • Dry towels completely before folding or storing them to prevent mildew.
  • Consider rotating your towel collection, using a different set each week, to minimize wear and tear.
  • Hang towels to dry between uses, allowing air circulation to prevent moisture build-up and bacterial growth.

Assortment of towels, including bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, neatly arranged

Of course, one of the best ways to ensure that your towels last for as long as possible – and are always a pleasure to use! – is to choose high quality, luxury towels. Our Lago Collection is a perfect blend of style, softness, and durability. Crafted with utmost care, these towels are designed to provide unparalleled comfort, absorbency, and long-lasting softness for your skin. Choose from a range of sizes, including bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, all available in a variety of stylish designs and colors.

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