Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hand Towels

I'm going to wait a few more days to blog about this, so instead, here's something far more trivial.

In our home bathrooms, and in many home bathrooms everywhere, the hand towel is kept on a rack, like so:

You're done washing your hands, and it's time to try them. Do you: a) take the hand towel completely off the rack and use it to dry your hands, or b) leave the hand towel on the rack as you dry your hands?

Without putting much thought into it, I usually choose option b), mostly out of laziness. But now that I have thought about it, I've consciously been choosing option a). It doesn't seem like it's a more efficient way to dry your hands, but it is.

That is, assuming the towel of choice is sized similarly to the one pictured above. If the only available towel is a larger towel designed to be used after a full-body shower, such as this one...

...then I think it's more efficient to leave it on the rack. These bigger towels obviously take more effort to get off and back on the rack, and they have more surface area, so there is less to be gained by taking it off the rack to dry your hands. Sometimes, the only towel hanging in the bathroom is indeed one of these larger ones.

So, there you go.

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