Prepare to do a load of laundry asap. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Solve a household debate: How many times can you use a towel before having to wash it?
Three or four, say consumer and environmental health agencies. Any longer and towels can breed bacteria and mold.
Hang your towels properly: Spread them out on the rack (not bunched up) so they dry thoroughly. Before taking a shower, open the door and, if you have one, turn on the bathroom fan while bathing, so the air is less humid.
—Keri Petersen, M.D., internal medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City
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