How Many Times You Should Wear Clothes Before Washing Them

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We all wash our clothes to keep ourselves and our clothes smelling so fresh and oh-so-clean, but there is such a thing as too much washing and too little.

There are downsides to both extremes: laundering your clothes more than you need to can shorten their lifespan and wear them out quickly, but washing too rarely can be unhygienic and cause a lot of icky bacteria growth.

Here’s a general guide to follow:

  1. Bras: After three to four wears.
  2. Underwear: After every wear.
  3. Socks and stockings: One to two wears.
  4. Sportswear and swimwear: After every wear.
  5. Jeans: Five to six wears. Although there are some that advocate washing as little as possible. In fact, the director of brand concepts and special projects for Levi Strauss & Co. washes hisĀ once every six months.
  6. Tops: One to two wears.
  7. Dresses: One to two wears.
  8. Leggings: One to two wears.
  9. Pants, skirts, and shorts: Three to four wears.
  10. Jackets and blazers: Five to six wears.
  11. Coats: Once every two months of wear.
  12. PJs: Three to four wears.

Of course, this guide doesn’t apply to the days when excessive sweating or accidental spills happen, and to those who have different hygiene preferences.

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