Towels and bed linen

16 July 2019

Despite us thinking this was going to be a short episode, it turns out we have a lot to say about towels and bed linen!!

If you've ever wondered what the "right" number of towels are for a household, or find yourself drowning in seas of fitted sheets, this episode might clear a few things up for you.

Show Notes:

How many bath towels should you own?

Debate on Twitter early 2019 - a man asked how many towels for a couple and it started a twitter storm with over 2000 replies.

The general minimalist answer was 2 per person.

Jo Jaggs – General Manager of Design at Sheridan – She advises the following:

“Everybody needs a set of towels that they absolutely love. At least one for the beach, one for your body, one that's in the wash and perhaps one for your hair if you need."

Times when you might need more?

Have a pool

Live near the beach (swim regularly)

have many guests at once

How to store them?

In bathroom

In linen cupboard elsewhere

In bedroom

Rolled or folded

Oprah talks towels

Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona

“After about two days, if you dry your face on a hand towel, you’re probably getting more E. coli on your face than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed it.”

Best ways to dispose of old towels?

If you have a pet, keep a few for them (muddy/ back of car/ baths)

Rags - car washing etc...only if you don't already have enough

Donate to animal shelters/ wildlife sanctuary

Textile recycling

Ikea SKUBB storage

How many sheet sets should you own?

Lots of websites say the magic number is 3 per bed

Depends on what your washing habits are like

Let go of the mis-matched ones if you never use them

How to fold a fitted sheet- You Tube Tutorial​

How to store sheet sets?

In linen cupboard

In bedroom

Rolled or folded

By set or room

In pillow case

Best way to organise a linen cupboard?

Seasonal stuff: blankets/ beach towels/ flannelette sheets up high or down low (hard to reach)

Everyday towels and sheets easily accessible

Sort by function, size or colour

Label sheet sizes on the tag with a permanent marker if you have multiples in the same colour etc

Reference links