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Washing & Fabric Care

The sniff test may tell you if you wore enough deodorant, but doesn’t always work when deciding if you need to wash your clothes. Your activities, the fabric type, the wear, and the weather can play a deciding factor. These tips will help determine if it’s time to wash those bed sheets, jeans, shirts, socks and underwear.

  • Bed sheets should be washed at least every two weeks, more often if you sweat a lot at night.
  • Pajamas should be washed after 3-4 wears (if you shower before bed, you may get a few more wears before washing).
  • Bath towels should be hung to dry between uses and washed after 3-4 normal uses or more frequently if you exercise.
  • Underwear and socks should be washed after each wearing.
  • Bras can be worn 2-3 times before washing. Be sure to give your bra a rest day in between wearing to give the elastic a chance to regain its shape.
  • T-shirts, tank tops and camisoles should be washed after each wearing.
  • Outer clothes like dress shirts and khakis can be worn a few times before washing unless it is hot out and you are sweating or they are visibly dirty or stained.
  • Jeans can typically be worn three times before washing.
  • Leggings and tights should be washed after every wear to get rid of the baggy knees.
  • Typically, suits can be worn several times before dry cleaning (3-4 times for wool and 4-5 times for synthetics). Depending on your lifestyle or environment you may need to dry clean more often. Smoky bars, smog, smelly environments, or stains may mean that you need to take your suits to the dry cleaners more often.
  • Bathing suits should be washed after every wear.
  • Exceptions to the rules: whites and silks are prone to discoloration and should be cleaned after every wear.
  • If your clothes get stained, wash, spot cleanor dry clean as soon as possible – this will extend the garment’s life, which will be greener in the long run since you won’t need to replace the item.