The answer could be yes if you use the towel for many purposes.
Forty-nine percent of the kitchen towels collected for the study were laden with bacteria, and the bacterial count increased with the number of family members and kids.
Specifically, the researchers found that towels used for a variety of tasks — such as wiping utensils, drying hands, holding hot utensils or cleaning surfaces — had more bacteria than towels used for one task.
In addition, damp towels had more bacteria than dry ones, the investigators found. Of the 49 samples that were infested with bacteria, 37 percent had Escherichia coli (E. coli), 37 percent had Enterococcus, and 14 percent were infected with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).