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Everyone is debating the number of towels you should own

20? 50? 75?


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 18, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:52 pm CDT

How many towels do you own? More specifically, how many of each type of towel do you own? There are hand towels, face towels, bath towels, and probably other types of towels that only very wealthy people know about. Your answer likely depends on several factors. Do you live alone, with a partner, or with roommates? More importantly, have you ever thought about how many towels an adult should own? Probably not, unless you run an Airbnb.

Over the weekend, Twitter user @Advil posed the question to his followers. “My gf and i have a question… what is the correct amount of towels to own? i said 10 and she looked at me like i was crazy. we have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two,” he wrote.

Writer Yashar Ali responded that couples should own at least 50 towels—including 20 wash cloths.

The tweet launched a debate and then turned into a meme.

The towels discussion inspired people to buy more towels.

So… how many towels should you actually own? No one really knows, but if you have at least a few clean ones on your shelf, you’re probably doing fine.


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*First Published: Feb 18, 2019, 10:47 am CST