There are a lot of germs we pick from the bathroom anytime we visit. Irrespective of how your washroom looks spotless, clean, with no water flickers in the shower, bacteria live on all the surfaces of the things present in the bathroom from the mirrors to the door handle, and most importantly, where we hang our towels. So this article discusses how a towel serves as a perfect medium for bacteria to grow and the common diseases we pick from the bathroom.

For more clarification of the topic, let briefly explain what bacteria is.


Bacteria are a single-celled microscopic organism that causes disease in a variety of ways. Bacteria are categorized into four based on their shapes, the nature of their cell wall, and the differences in their genetic makeup. vibrio, bacillus, spirillum, and coccus are the known shapes. Taking it one by one.
Coccus- are spherical bacteria that causes pneumonia in human. An example of such bacteria is streptococcal.
Bacillus- they are rod-like in shape and appear in a long
Vibrio- Vibro is a bacterium that has a comma shape. These type of bacteria normally causes cholera. An example of such a bacterium is the Vibro cholerae.
Spirillum- These types of bacteria have a coiling shape. The spirillum is a type of rat-bite fever that happens mainly in the Far East, especially in Japan. Spirillum lives on dark ground or aspirates from infected glands.

Generally, there are various good bacteria as compared to the bad, some bacteria are harmful and may duplicate in your body and release toxins that can defect your body’s tissues and make you feel sick if you come to contact with them. Harmful bacteria are called pathogenic bacteria and non-pathogenic when it doesn't cause harm. But bacteria obtained from the washroom has no beneficial importance.


According to research, bacteria like streptococcal and Escherichia coli(E. coli) have been creeping in every part of our washroom which has been contributing to our many illnesses. Surprisingly, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea are common diseases that we attract from the washroom. Fast forward, it is well known that washrooms are of different types and styles resided in different locations base on individual disparities. As a result, disease attraction differs from one type of bathroom to another. Modern style bathroom possesses limited bacteria as compared to Traditional style bathroom commonly known as the local bathroom. This kind of washroom is designed simply with a walk-in shower and tiles flooring. However, the traditional style bathroom mixes a little bit of the old with a little bit of the modern style where some comprise an open space, clutter-free, and straight lines with toilet seat while others include just the structure with broken tiles flooring.


  1. Shower cage: shower cage surrounds and separates the wet and dry shower area. Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, E. coli, Streptococcus, Campylobacter are the bacteria found in the shower cage.
  2. shower head:

The showerhead facilities bathing by directing the stream of water that comes out of the tap. Commonly known bacteria present at the showerhead are  E. coli, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Campylobacter, and Streptobacillus.

3. Bathroom floor:

The bathroom floor is the most infected place. Bacteria such as Enterococcus, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and E. Coli are found there. However, Salmonella is a harmful bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting if consumed mistakenly. This sounds strange since no one will consume something picked from the bathroom floor but we consume these bacteria by the reuse of toothbrush expose in our bathroom or mistakenly swallow bathroom water when rinsing our mouth.

4. Basin

5. Toilet seat.


The towel serves as an excellent environment for the development of bacteria. A lot of skin infections such as acne is caused by bacteria in our towel. Towels are warm and porous which makes them susceptible and faster growth of bacteria. The fact is that your normal skin bacteria stick to your towel every time you use it. These bacteria then grow when the towel is hanging in a dark room. Also, towels attract bacteria from where it being hang. The crossbar, the door handle in the washroom might contain bacteria which can be transferred into our towels giving a home to mold, E. coli, and other harmful microbes.  More importantly, we should not forget that dead cells make up the prime membranes of our skin of which some of these cells end up on our bath towels. So, this leads us to the best way to prevent bacteria from growing in our bath towels.


Observing the following towel hygiene will help you prevent bacterial growth.

  1. WASHING YOUR TOWEL OFTEN:  Regular wash of towel prevents bacteria growth. However, bacteria can withstand most detergents that are being used regularly. So it is good to wash your towel with hot water or salt water to kill the bacteria.
  2. AVOID WET TOWELS: It is good to always keep your towel dry after use to prevent bacteria growth.
  3. AVOID SHARING YOUR TOWEL: sharing towels is very dangerous since towels are at the chance of being exposed to body excretions and infectious diseases like ringworm, staph infections, and fecal matter. So avoid sharing your towel.
  4. Make sure you constantly separate your towels from different garments when washing the clothes, you should likewise isolate towels between them when they contrast in texture and dirtiness.

In nutshell, towels can affect a risk regarding health and well-being, appropriately drying your towels regularly quite lessens the risk of illness. It is advisable to wash your towels every four to five days. It is also wise that when washing your towels, wash them in a high-temperature process to ensure that all the microorganisms are removed. Most importantly,
Face towels must be changed on a routine. You should have one for every day of the week so have at least 7 pieces. A shabby towel will straightforwardly affect your skin if your skin is sensitive. so make sure to use a perfect towel every time.


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2. Kashmala Anwaar, "Benefit of face towel for healthy skin". March 20, 2019. Retrieve from



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