What do we call the small towel that we use only on our hands (not the big one that we use on our body after a shower)? It usually hangs beside the basin.
It is called a "hand towel" if used for drying the hands or face.
A similar but smaller towel is called a "wash cloth" (AmE) or a "flannel" (BrE) if used for washing the hands, face, or body.
It is called, not surprisingly, a hand towel. Here's an example of the phrase in live usage: Macy's hand towels.
There are five sizes of towel that I've heard people refer to commonly:
washcloth : the smallest, usually used for cleaning/scrubbing, not drying (there is no distinction made between a washcloth for cleaning the body or, for instance, a kitchen, but they would still be different items in a real house)
hand towel: small towel, for drying hands, usually next to a sink
bath towel: similar to hand towel in function, but slightly larger
towel: larger, this is the type you dry with after a shower
beach towel: the largest, intended for use on a sandy beach, often has a more colorful design that the bathroom version
I would call that a flannel. Often used for washing your face whilst in the bath.
Flannel actually refers to an even smaller cloth - see Dog Lover's comment.
We always just called it a Handtowel (South and Midwest), Bathtowel, (the big one for drying the body after the bath) washcloth (the smallest of them all)
In Australian usage, at least: the small cloth for washing one's face is a washer, or face washer; the small towel for drying hands and face is a hand towel; the standard sized towel is a bath towel; and a larger towel is a beach towel.
Two other terms I have heard would be "face cloth" or "wash rag." I do not know how widespread these terms are.
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