Towel Manners

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Towel Manners

So, my gym provides free towels for use while working out. They are used to wipe sweat and grime and whatnot off of bodies. The gym has them laundered.

Debate question: Is it wrong to blow your nose in your gym towel? Is blowing your nose in your gym towel more disgusting than soaking your gym towel with your own sweat? How about other things, is it gross or wrong to use it, say as a towel to wet your legs with while you shave them?

Discuss.

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As long as you put it in the dirty hamper and not the clean one and I don't have to touch it, I don't care what you do with it. The way they clean those things is amazing to me. It's a gym towel.

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Almost literally a fluff debate. Blum 3

K, right up until you said 'snot' I was cool with anything goes. But BARF! I have issues with snot and can't stand to think about it.

However, I do feel like those towels are being put out there to be used. If they wanted to put limits on what bodily fluid is being absorbed I'm sure it would be posted. Of course, I'm sure they also don't intend on someone using them instead of toilet tissue either, while on the can and I'm assuming that's not posted.

I'd like to know their laundering techniques. Hoping it's hot water and plenty of bleach.

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I think snot is gross, so I would be more disgusted by someone blowing their nose in the towel than using it for the sweat it's intented for. Why not just grab some tissue? I have an issue using used towels, I don't know how they clean them...so I bring my own.

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They are towels, not tissues. They are for wiping down the equipment or your body when you get sweaty so that other people don't have to exercise in your sweat left lying around. They are not for blowing your nose into. Plus, what if you blow your nose into your towel, and forget about it for a moment & wipe down a machine, yuck! :eek:

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"Spacers" wrote:

Plus, what if you blow your nose into your towel, and forget about it for a moment & wipe down a machine, yuck! :eek:

OMG. I change my answer right now. No blowing noses into gym towels. I was thinking these were locker room issues, forgetting about using them for equipment. GROSS

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Is someone using a gym towel to blow their nose any more or less disgusting than using a hotel towel to wipe up the remains from a crazy night of DTD? I'm a big fan of not thinking about what those towels were used for by the previous person and using them as little as possible.

I'm curious as to the washing of hotel and gym towels now that someone has mentioned it. I bet those things are chemical laden!

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"Spacers" wrote:

They are towels, not tissues. They are for wiping down the equipment or your body when you get sweaty so that other people don't have to exercise in your sweat left lying around. They are not for blowing your nose into. Plus, what if you blow your nose into your towel, and forget about it for a moment & wipe down a machine, yuck! :eek:

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"momW" wrote:

Is someone using a gym towel to blow their nose any more or less disgusting than using a hotel towel to wipe up the remains from a crazy night of DTD? I'm a big fan of not thinking about what those towels were used for by the previous person and using them as little as possible.

I'm curious as to the washing of hotel and gym towels now that someone has mentioned it. I bet those things are chemical laden!

No different than sleeping on the sheets that hundreds (thousands?) of strangers have DTD on in a hotel.

Why chemical laden?

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"Potter75" wrote:

No different than sleeping on the sheets that hundreds (thousands?) of strangers have DTD on in a hotel.

Why chemical laden?

I'm just imagining all the chemicals that have to go into those things to get them clean Smile

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"Potter75" wrote:

No different than sleeping on the sheets that hundreds (thousands?) of strangers have DTD on in a hotel.

And that is why I just really try not to think about any of that stuff cause once you start it's hard to stop.

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I can't remember where I saw it, but the linens on that show were boiled in hot water for about 10 minutes and then washed in some kind of industrial strength cleaner and then boiled again. It was years ago though, so can't remember. I try not to think about hotel sheets and wipe my hands on my clothes when I'm visiting someone's home that has a handtwoel.

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If they are meant for wiping down machines, then no! Gross. Don't smear your snot around.

If they are in the locker room and meant for drying off after a shower, then whatever. It is no worse than someone drying their junk with it. As long as the gym launders then properly, of course.

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"momW" wrote:

And that is why I just really try not to think about any of that stuff cause once you start it's hard to stop.

Don't start thinking about hospital linens! All sorts of gross-ness on those.

I choose to trust the laundry system. Smile

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"kris_w" wrote:

Don't start thinking about hospital linens! All sorts of gross-ness on those.

I choose to trust the laundry system. Smile

Oh, bleh, I hadn't even thought about that thankyouverymuch! I'm getting out of this one before I start over thinking it and back out on the romantic evening away in another city at a hotel that DH and I have planned for next month!

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"momW" wrote:

Oh, bleh, I hadn't even thought about that thankyouverymuch! I'm getting out of this one before I start over thinking it and back out on the romantic evening away in another city at a hotel that DH and I have planned for next month!

Sorry.

Don't forget to pack sheets and towels Wink

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Eh. Snot balls are no more disgusting to me than sweaty man balls.....so it doesn't bother me.

The "green" side of me prefers it to disposable tissues (assuming that they don't blow and then wipe the machines, that is a no brainer....)

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"momW" wrote:

Is someone using a gym towel to blow their nose any more or less disgusting than using a hotel towel to wipe up the remains from a crazy night of DTD? I'm a big fan of not thinking about what those towels were used for by the previous person and using them as little as possible.

You don't take the towels from your hotel bathroom out into the lobby & run them all over the furniture. At least I don't. Blum 3 You do do essentially that with gym towels. I'll amend my previous answer by saying, if you toss your gym towel into the laundry bag immediately after blowing, then it's cool by me. But absolutely no carrying around a snotty towel!

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The gym has both ~ they have antibacterial wipes in dispensers all over the place to wipe down machines and weights and whatnot with.....the towels are for body use. I get pretty soaked when I work out, the thought of wiping machines down with my sweat soaked towel is probably as gross to me as the thought of wiping it down with something I blew my nose into. There are no posted signs or whatnot dictating usage ~ like, no rules about snot or other body stuff.

I overheard someone complaining over someone in spin class blowing their nose in their towel and found it strange. I don't know that snot is any more gross to me than rivers of sweat or other things that they might be used for, though I get the argument (like the cloth napkin, which most people universally say is NOT to be used for nose blowing but is fine for mouth/hand wiping).

The green argument doesn't really work for me, as the most green option would be for gyms to not provide them and people bring their own. I'm sure that the process of transporting them to and fro and the more intensive cleaning/sterilizing methods that have to be used on common use laundry is a lot different and a lot less green than how I launder at home.

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"Potter75" wrote:

The gym has both ~ they have antibacterial wipes in dispensers all over the place to wipe down machines and weights and whatnot with.....the towels are for body use. I get pretty soaked when I work out, the thought of wiping machines down with my sweat soaked towel is probably as gross to me as the thought of wiping it down with something I blew my nose into. There are no posted signs or whatnot dictating usage ~ like, no rules about snot or other body stuff.

I overheard someone complaining over someone in spin class blowing their nose in their towel and found it strange. I don't know that snot is any more gross to me than rivers of sweat or other things that they might be used for, though I get the argument (like the cloth napkin, which most people universally say is NOT to be used for nose blowing but is fine for mouth/hand wiping).

The green argument doesn't really work for me, as the most green option would be for gyms to not provide them and people bring their own. I'm sure that the process of transporting them to and fro and the more intensive cleaning/sterilizing methods that have to be used on common use laundry is a lot different and a lot less green than how I launder at home.

I agree. The use of any sweated on/blown nose on towel to wipe down a machine is gross...but our gym has the anti-bacterial wipes too so I've never seen anyone use anything but those to clean the equipment...well, except the hired cleaning person who uses towels made just for that.

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The thought of everything mentioned is making me want to vom! Snot can stick to things no matter how much they're cleaned, whergh!!

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Whatever you do, just don't be the guy my husband witnessed at our gym...he standing in the shower area (heading toward the stalls?) with a towel around his waist and just started peeing on it. Apparently people were just staring at this growing yellow spot. Not sure if the guy had some medical issue, etc...but the showers are right next to the toilets. *shudder*

(There are also apparently a few older gentlemen who prefer not to use towels at all and will use the blow dryers to get their neither regions fluffy...It's a quite nice gym...indoor and outdoor pools, steam and dry saunas, rock climbing wall, etc, etc. I can't comprehend the bad manners people seem to show no shame at displaying!)

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"kris_w" wrote:

Don't start thinking about hospital linens! All sorts of gross-ness on those.

I choose to trust the laundry system. Smile

I chhose to trust the laundry system too. Our local hospital uses cloth nappies in the maternity ward so theres those on top of all the normal linens. My Nanna used to work in a commercial laundry and they do go through a very thorough cleaning process (my Nanna also loved the hospital sheets and took a couple of sets over her time, I couldn't think of anything grosser)

As for the orginal debate, blowing your nose on the towel is kind of gross especially if they carried it around.

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"Khaki" wrote:

Whatever you do, just don't be the guy my husband witnessed at our gym...he standing in the shower area (heading toward the stalls?) with a towel around his waist and just started peeing on it. Apparently people were just staring at this growing yellow spot. Not sure if the guy had some medical issue, etc...but the showers are right next to the toilets. *shudder*

(There are also apparently a few older gentlemen who prefer not to use towels at all and will use the blow dryers to get their neither regions fluffy...It's a quite nice gym...indoor and outdoor pools, steam and dry saunas, rock climbing wall, etc, etc. I can't comprehend the bad manners people seem to show no shame at displaying!)

ROFL DH says that (from his observations in the locker rooms) there is an inverse relationship between age and modesty. It's always the old guys that just hang out nekkid.

To the OP, assuming that the towels are laundered between users and that they are not using the towels to wipe down the machines after blowing their noses in them - I don't really care. I'm not really germaphobic though. The idea of actually touching snot is gross, but touching something that has been laundered that once had snot in it? Meh.

If you guys are grossed out by what could be on the sheets in a hotel, I won't even tell you about the week I just had. I'll just leave it this. Road Trip. Pre-schooler. Stomach Flu.

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leave it to Potter to post something so gross I just have to come out of hiding and respond!
I think it's gross to blow snot into a towel but I trust the laundry system. Our gym uses the wipes so I won't have to worry about someone using a sweating and snotty towel to clean equipment.
This reminds me of the peeing in the shower debate....when I shower at the gym I wonder (at least briefly) if someone has peed in there before me. GROSS!!!!

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I would say no to the nose blowing, only because I think it's gross lol!