As far as my “adulting skills” go, I would confidently rate myself a solid 6.8 out of 10.
I can cook three meals a day (that doesn’t mean I actually do). I even scrub the toilet every once in a while and I (mostly) pay all my bills on time.
I would say that I also do my washing pretty darn well too but I just discovered that I’ve apparently been doing that ALL WRONG this entire time.
You see, while I do separate my whites and colours, and wash my sheets and pillowcases together in a separate load, it appears that I’ve been breaking a huge rule when it comes to cleaning my towels.
Because apparently, one should never mix two types of towels in the one load.
I was first alerted of my HORRIBLE WASHING WAYS when a user on online forum Mumsnet asked if others washed kitchen towels with their bathroom towels.
“Today I had half a load of bathroom towels and half a load of kitchen towels so I threw them all in on a high temperature,” she wrote.
“I feel like it’s two different types of germs mixing though.”
Wait… what do you mean there are TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF GERMS?! And if that’s true, then how do we decide which type of germ is worse?
As dirty as kitchen mess can be, the thought of "faecal bacteria and skin fungus" (as one person in the thread so delicately put it) all over your washing is a little... unsettling.
Some responded to the woman's question with detailed descriptions of their own washing routines.
"Kitchen towels and oven glove on a high temp wash. Towels separate—40 degrees. Bed linen separate—60 degrees. Bath mats and bath cleaning cloths separate—40 degrees," one shared.