Common sense dictates, to me at least, that if you need to ask the above question, then the answer is probably YES! :-) But, that’s not necessarily ALWAYS the case. And to be quite honest, I don’t think this stuff is all that intuitive. For example, when I was a newlywed, I didn’t have a clue how often I should wash the bedding. Every week? Every month? (Turns out I was at least in the ballpark!)
So when I ran across this list on The American Cleaning Institute website, I thought it was worthwhile information and decided to share it with all of you.
American Cleaning Institute Tips On When To Wash:
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- 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 or 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 or 4 normal uses, or more frequently if you play sports.
- 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 kakis 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 3 times before washing.
- Jeggings and tights should be washed after every wear to get rid of the baggy knees.
- Typically suits can be worn several times during normal use 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 or smelly environments or if your suit gets stained may mean that you need to clean them 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.
BONUS TIP: If your clothes get stained, wash, spot clean or dry clean as soon as possible – this will greatly extend the life of the garment.
I know there will be many who will have slightly (or VASTLY) different takes on the above guidelines…but I would just like to point out….they are GUIDELINES! You can take them or leave them, or come up with your own variation of them. It’s all just information sharing designed to help you make your own educated laundry decisions.