the tendency to neglect the idea and action of washing their bath towels on a routine
basis. Many use the same towel for far too many times/days before washing them.
They fail to consider the small dead skin cells, fungi, urinary &/or fecal
secretions, and toilet droplets that have the ability to loiter around the
bathroom and eventually accumulate on their bath towel. In Charles Gerba’s
article, he and colleagues detected the action of specific bacteria and viruses
dwindling and settling onto surfaces in bathrooms after flushing the toilet and
that theses bacteria and viruses are able to remain in the air long enough to
feasibly settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom (Gerba, 1975). Bath towels
are ideal grounds for the replication process for bacteria; this is because
they attain the various requirements for bacteriological life to grow and
prosper (oxygen, H2O, and warm to moderate temperatures). By examining the bacteria
that are embedded in our bath towels, I hope to demonstrate that individuals
should become more diligent with washing their bath towels than they are now.
To show the specific bacteria that end up on their towels after they flush the
toilet, dry off their faces, bodies, and hands off after washing them
throughout the day.
to none have studied the bacteria that grow on bath towels specifically, but there
is suggestion from a study that is not yet published that states that researchers
found that our bath towels are tainted with 90% of coliform bacteria and 14% of
E. coli bacteria. With this, I became inclined to investigate these two specific
bacteria. With different environments, hygienic upholds, and times of usage, I believe
that coliform and E. coli bacteria will show up on my participants bath towels
after seven days of use.