Do you really need to wash your jeans after every time you wear them? What about your sweaters and cardigans? Jackets and coats? How frequently should you be washing your underwear?
If you’ve ever asked yourself any one of these aforementioned questions, know that you’re not alone. Many people will wear an article of clothing once and then toss it in the hamper to be washed. And while there are certainly some pieces of clothing that you should be washing after each wear (cough, cough — like your underwear), the likes of jeans, sweaters, pajamas and more can often go longer in between washes.
Of course, how often you wash your clothes should be dictated more on how soiled they are after you’ve worn them, but generally speaking, here’s a guide for how often you can go between washing certain articles of clothing:
- Jeans: Jeans fade over time, so you don’t want to wash them too much. Generally speaking, you can get away with washing jeans every six to seven wears. And if you’re still worried about the color fading, be sure to turn them inside out and wash them on a gentle cycle.
- Underwear: With the exception of bras, underwear should be washed after every use. Bras can usually go three to four wears between washes.
- Sweaters/cardigans: Wash these every five to seven wears, unless of course you need to more often. To prevent fraying, we’d suggest washing these on a gentle cycle and then hanging them to dry.
- Jackets: When was the last time you washed your coat? Coats are one of those clothing pieces that you don’t need to worry about washing quite as much. Usually just a wash or two a season will suffice.
- Pajamas: Wash these about once a week, or perhaps every three to four days if you sweat in your sleep.
How well do you follow the aforementioned clothes washing guidelines? Are you washing more than necessary? If so, then consider this your handy guide for reducing laundry loads and saving money at the laundromat.