Washington State University research shows that washing cloth parlor towels in cold water without bleach and without using a dryer results in the highest mastitis-pathogen counts among eight different laundering methods.

The researchers recommend using one of these methods to launder cloth towels:

  • Wash the towels in hot water with detergent, dryer use optional.
  • Wash the towels in cold water with detergent and bleach, dryer use optional.
  • Wash the towels in cold water with detergent, follow with dryer use.