Washing your clothes more often than what’s necessary can wear out the pieces faster than you would want it to and washing it less than what’s needed won’t get you an A in hygiene 101 either.
Because different clothes have different washing schedules, depending on its material and how you wear them, we’re breaking down the major fashion dilemma that has got every girl wondering:
How often should I really wash my clothes?
If you’re like most humans, you’re going to do some laundry this weekend, and with any luck you’re washing the stuff that needs to be washed but not overdoing it, either. With the layering season in full swing, now’s not a bad time to brush up on those stats. You want to be a man who smells of fresh laundry but also like himself, and who doesn’t spend too much money on dry cleaning. This will help you realize those dreams.
Your Workout Clothes
Cotton T-shirts, shorts, socks, and anything else that gets soaked in sweat should get washed after every wear, but if your sport of choice is more low impact (sup, yogis) or if the garment is made from a performance fabric like water-resistant nylon, you can stretch it to every few wears. Don’t forget to wash your gym bag once a month as well—it’ll surely need it.
Sportswear – After every use
Since the main goal of working out is to sweat it out, your sportswear ends up absorbing all the sweat your body just released! So, make sure to send your sportswear, which includes your bra, socks, tanks, and any piece of clothing you used during your workout session to the laundry right after.
Your Office Clothes
Your suit can last for about four to five wears before it needs to go to the dry cleaner. Always drop off all coordinating pieces so everything wears at the same speed. Your button-down shirts can last for three to four wears, especially if you’re an undershirt guy. Shirts don’t always need to go to the dry cleaner, but if line-drying and hand-ironing them is too daunting a task, we sympathize. Just ask your dry cleaner to skip the starch so they last longer.
Your Off-Duty Clothes
Pants and sweaters are the workhorses of your wardrobe—they can stand about five wears before they need to go in the wash. T-shirts and Henleys are good for one to two wears, depending on how much you sweat. Jeans can go a whole season without needing a wash—but do wash them occasionally. Stinky jeans are not good for business.
Jeans/Denim – After four to five wears
Because of its tough material, denim gives you a free pass in your laundry work more often than the rest of the pieces in your wardrobe! In fact a lot of denim brands encourage shoppers to keep their denim wash to its minimum to preserve the shape and the color of the denim longer.
Tops – After one to two wears
While busy days are inevitable, not all days require so much energy and time from you. So for the chill days when you just have to take a test in school or a quick dinner with your gal pals, your top can skip the laundry for at least one more day.
Your Winter Gear
Most jackets and coats should be laundered once a season, but if you live in a city, spend a lot of time outdoors, or are wearing it every day, a mid-season rinse might be in order. Down, wool, and canvas coats don’t always need to be professionally laundered, but leather and suede should be handled by a pro. Don’t forget to wash winter hats, scarves, and gloves about once a month during the cold season. Just think of how many places they’ve been, and you’ll understand the need.
Jackets and coats – Once every two weeks up to once a month
Since the Philippine weather is often hot and humid, you don’t find yourself reaching out for your stylish jackets and coats as often as you would want to. And when you do, it’s usually just to keep you warm in the cinema or in the freezing library. So don’t worry about having to wash your jacket after every use. Plus, the thicker fabric of your outerwear gives you a free pass on the laundry work more often the rest of the pieces in your closet, too.
Your Private Stuff
We know we don’t need to tell you to wash your underwear, socks, and undershirt after every wear—this is non-negotiable stuff. Pajamas can withstand up to four wears, and robes are about the same, as they should be treated like towels and switched out every week at least. Oh, and while we have you, wash your sheets on a weekly basis as well. There’s no point in diligently washing your clothes if you’re sleeping in dirty sheets at the end of the day.
Underwear – After every use
We’ve all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but wearing clean underwear will do the trick, too! These intimates come in close contact with the most sensitive parts of the skin. That’s why it’s important to make sure you wear nothing but clean underwear.
This is where we come to bras. Ask most women and they’ll tell you that they don’t wash their underwire bras all that often. Who has time for hand washing? Turns out you should be washing them after just a few uses, so to avoid hand washing burnout, try rotating through your bras through the week and then do one big wash with your bras together.
Pajamas – After three to four wears
Taking a quick shower every night before getting ready for bed is a much needed ritual to make sure you’re spick and span before hitting the sheets. That’s why you can be sure that you’re good as new when you throw on your favorite jammies, which allows you to rock your go-to sleepwear at least three to four times before wash.