Some call it a powder room, while others call it a half bathroom. Either way, it is typically the most used room in your home when we have guests. Do you enjoy going into a powder room and using a wet towel that you know everyone else has used to dry their hands? I don’t! So, today I am sharing with you the best powder room towels! Plus a few facts on how gross those community towels really are!
If you have been around here awhile, I get grossed out easily. I start going down the rabbit hole of germs and bacteria. And then it’s all over! I can promise you that if you come to my house, you will not find a “common use” towel in our powder room. My daughter gets frustrated with me because it isn’t always environmentally friendly to use disposable things. But I have options for you!
This site uses affiliate links, which means a commission is earned if you make a purchase via the link. All content and images on this site are protected and may not be reused without written permission from the author.
How Gross Is That Community Towel?
Have you ever been to a get-together and you go to the bathroom and go to use the towel and it is wet? I don’t know about you, but I rather dry my hands on my own shirt or pants than use that towel. I have been in a public bathroom and have seen how some people wash their hands after using the restroom. A lot of people need to be educated or they just don’t care. Spritzing doesn’t count as washing. Lol!
Wet towels are a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms. Studies have shown nearly 90% of bathroom towels have coliform bacteria and 14% have E. Coli.
Tip: Always use your towel to open the door when leaving the bathroom. You know all of those people that “spritz”? They will be touching the door handle too!
My Favorite Towels To Use In The Powder Room.
When we remodeled our powder room in our Florida house, I finally bought a Tork popup towel dispenser. I have been wanting one for a while and finally pulled the trigger! We were happy with the purchase! No community towels for our guests! Lol!
I have linked it below! There are several different ones that you can choose from but we went with the Tork brand. You fill it with tri-fold towels. They do make ones that are made from recycled materials and biodegradable materials. So, you can feel a little better about them being disposable!
Powder Room Towel Alternative
If you aren’t a fan of disposable towels, then you still have an option besides a community towel!
One possibility I like is to set up a basket with small individual towels rolled up. You can use washcloths, tea towels, or even microfiber towels. Your guests can grab one after washing their hands and you can supply a hamper to through them into. My preference would be to have white towels so that you can use bleach on them to be able to kill all germs & bacteria. Using colored towels cuts back on your options a bit for cleaning them.
I didn’t end up going with this idea because I had limited counter space in our powder room. This is a possibility for our upstairs guest bathroom though.
Which team are you currently on? Community towel, disposable towel, or basket of individual towels? Or maybe you haven’t given it much thought until today! Let me know in the comments what you think!