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Why you really shouldn't be sharing a towel with your partner; If you are doing this, you'll probably want to stop.

Byline: Will Hayward

It is something that most couples wouldn't think twice about doing but research suggests that sharing a towel with your partner could spread harmful bacteria.

According to research, about half of couples share towels.

However, the research by bathroom companyDrenchfound that almost all used towels contained coliform bacteria, a form of faecal bacteria, AKA poo.

The tests on 250 towels found that 14% of them actually carried E.coli!

It was also found that a quarter of those who shared towels started this sharing practice from as early as the first month of their relationship.

However, three out of 10 couples said they would "never share a towel no matter how close they are or how long they have been together".

According to the common health questions section of the NHS website one of the main ways germs are spread on clothes is when when towels or bedlinen are used by more than one person.

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It says:"Germs on clothes and towels can come from our own body. We all have bacteria on the surface of our skin, in our noses and in our gut. These are often harmless, but some can cause infection, particularly in people with skin problems or wounds.

"Most germs cannot penetrate through normal skin but may harmlessly colonise it. Washing your hands regularly is likely to be significantly more important than clothes washing at preventing most infections.

"Underwear is more likely to have germs on it than outer clothing like jumpers or trousers. Underwear may contain germs from traces of faeces (poo) and from genital infections, such as thrush."


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Get as close as you like but keep your towels to yourself!

Credit: Drench

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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 24, 2019
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