How Often You Really Need to Wash Clothes to Keep Them Clean

November 22, 2023 By Thea Off

Have you ever wondered how often you need to wash your clothes to keep them clean? It’s easy to lose track of how long it has been since you last did laundry, but washing your clothes regularly is important for maintaining their quality and preventing body odor. So, how often should you wash different types of clothing items? Here’s a guide to help you out.

First things first, these recommendations are just general guidelines, not hard and fast rules. You can always do a quick sniff test to determine if it’s time to wash an item, and use common sense to adjust the frequency according to weather and how often you wear the clothes.

For everyday items such as pajamas and bras, it’s helpful to keep track of how many times you’ve worn them. Even if you wear your PJs for the fifth night in a row, it’s not a big deal, as long as they don’t smell bad.

It’s worth noting that washing clothes too little or too often can damage them. Sweat and body oils can harm delicate fibers, and leaving stains for too long can make them harder to remove. That being said, some clothing items hold up better when washed less frequently, like jeans. On the other hand, some items like bras require more frequent washing to maintain their shape.

Speaking of bras, we recommend washing them every three to four wears. But opinions vary, with some experts suggesting washing them more often. According to brassiere expert Danny Koch, it’s best to wash bras every other wear, or at most by the third wear, especially if you’re wearing them for long hours every day. A quality bra can be an investment, so it’s worth taking good care of it to make it last longer. We recommend using this Woolite X-Large Bra Wash Bag.

As for jeans, we suggest washing them every four to five wears to keep bacteria at bay. However, depending on the type of denim and your personal preferences, you can also wash them less frequently, like every six weeks or 10 wears. Just keep in mind that each cycle of washing breaks down the fabric, so the less you wash them, the better.

In conclusion, washing your clothes at the right frequency is crucial for maintaining their quality and keeping them fresh. With these general guidelines and a bit of common sense, you can easily stay on top of your laundry game.

Here’s a simple chart to guide you:
Everyday Items:
  • Pajamas: wear a few times before washing
  • Underwear: wash after every wear
  • Socks and stockings: wash after every wear
  • T-shirts and tops: wash after 1-2 wears
  • Workout clothes: wash after every wear
Occasional Items:
  • Jeans: wash after 4-5 wears
  • Sweaters: wash after 2-3 wears
  • Dress pants and skirts: wash after 3-4 wears
  • Bras: wash after 3-4 wears

Remember, these are just general guidelines, so adjust the frequency according to the weather and how often you wear the clothes. A quick sniff test can also help you determine if it’s time to wash an item.

By following this chart and using common sense, you can keep your clothes clean and fresh without overdoing it. Happy laundering!