It’s easy for germs to wind up on dish towels in the kitchen. Raw meat or poultry can contain bacteria. So can fruits and vegetables. As you handle these items, the bacteria from these foods may get on your hands. And if you don’t wash your hands thoroughly, you may transfer it to your dish towels. So it may be a good idea to toss your dish towels in the laundry after meal prep. Then wash your hands thoroughly and dry them on fresh, clean towels. That may help you avoid accidental contamination.