Up to half of Americans may get their towels washed by hand every week, according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
A new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between January and March of this year, more than 20 percent of Americans got their towels from their household members.
The CDC says that’s a significant increase from the 6 percent of people who used the services in January of last year.
According to the report, that means that a household with one person washes a total of 2.7 million paper towels per week, while a household without one person washed just under 1.5 million towels per year.
The report found that a whopping 40.7 percent of households used up to 10 towels per person per wash, compared to just 2.2 percent in 2015.
The study looked at household towels from three categories: towels purchased by individuals, household products purchased from a local business and towels purchased from retail chains.
The most common towel types were paper towels purchased at the grocery store, microfiber towels, and towels from other household items.
The survey found that the most common towels purchased were microfibers, which were more than twice as common as towels purchased in bulk.
Microfibre towels were more prevalent than the other types of towels, with 23.6 percent of those surveyed washing microfibrils in their households.
But more than 30 percent of microfirma towels were purchased by people, such as the family who bought microfilters for their family.
Another finding in the report is that, for the first time, a majority of households that wash towels also wash their own clothes, which is consistent with other studies.
The CDC says more than 2.5 billion towels are washed each year, and more than 10 percent of them are washed by a household member.