Here at Dropps, we find our customers to be notoriously savvy, always wanting to find the most efficient, earth-friendly method for all the things the wash, clean, and purchase. This community is ever-resourceful! A question that occasionally floats around is “Can you wash towels and clothes together?” Many people like the idea of this because it can combine loads, saving time, water, and energy. However, most would agree that washing towels and clothes together isn’t the best idea.
There are a few reasons why this is not advised. The main one is that towels are notorious for being huge lint producers (gotta love cotton)! If you wash a load of fairly new towels, you’ll notice that there is an enormous amount of lint in the dryer screen. Imagine that lint getting trapped on your delicate clothes, your corduroy, your favorite sweater! It’s a nightmare to remove.
Another reason is that towels and sheets always need to be washed on hot and on a long wash cycle. Towels collect and absorb our bacteria and skin cells each time we use them, so the sanitation required for them to become clean again is unique from the clothing that we wear after our towels have done their job! When clothes are washed for a longer period of time than they need to be, there is an unnecessary amount of agitation that takes place. This leads the clothes to looking old before their time. It can also cause the elastic to break down sooner on certain items and damage things like lace and netting.
Washing towels with clothes can transfer germs and bacteria between items in the wash. For sanitary reasons, you should always wash bath towels separately from clothing items.
There are a few items that you may be able to make an exception for, however. If you’re running a small load of towels and really want to throw additional items in to save water, some sturdy clothes, like jeans and tee shirts, can be included. In this case we’d recommend a warm wash (not hot), and a lower heat in the dryer as well.
Let us know if this blog post was helpful to you, and if you have any other questions about combining certain loads. Happy washing!