How often should you wash your clothes?

Real Simple put together an expert consensus on how frequently you need to launder key warm-weather clothing pieces—barring stains or especially sticky days, that is.

Here are just a few of their recommendations: Wash-jeans_300

  • Jeans: After 4 to 5 wears
  • Dress Pants: After 4 to 5 wears
  • Jackets and Blazers: After 5 to 6 wears
  • Khaki Shorts and Pants:  After 2 to 3 wears
  • Pajamas: After 3 to 4 wears
  • Skirts: After 4 to 5 wears
  • Swimsuits: After every wear
  • Tops and Dresses: After 1 to 3 wears
  • T-Shirts, Tanks and Camisoles: After every wear
  • Bras: After 3 to 4 wears

For details go to The When To Wash It Handbook

Maybe I’m a clean freak, but the only time I’ll wear a pair of jeans more than once or twice is when I’m on a motorcycle trip and don’t have room to pack more.  I guess I use a lot more water and detergent than most people.  Once in a while I’ll change clothes in the evening and then I might put the same clothes on the next day, but otherwise it’s clean duds for me every day.

Thanks Sander

12 comments to How often should you wash your clothes?

  • Richard

    This list is definitely for women. The guys would be- Jeans: when they are to stiff to get on, shirts: when they are too stiff to get on, underwear: well, you get the idea…

  • Madd Maxx

    Underwear can be worn 4 times before a wash is needed. Forward, backward, then inside out and repeat.

  • isiah

    …………….i just take all the clothing off at the end of the day and throw it in the hamper.

  • that1chick

    Yeah, that list does not apply here, I wear once, then wash, spill or no spill.

  • Piper

    I would like to know how many times people use bath towels before washing them.

  • Duuude

    It’s nice to know that I’m pretty normal.

  • hbshrimp

    since i wear a uniform to work i quite often will wear a shirt or pants more than once before washing but that’s because if i’m wearing “normal” clothes its usually not for more than a few hours at a time to run errands or go to court.

  • Sander

    LOL. I didn’t realize you saw me post this on facebook and then put it on B&P. But this originally stemmed from an incident about 2 years ago with a coworker. He came to work wearing these ugly brown and yellow shorts. When I asked him what’s up, he said he hadn’t had a chance to do laundry so out comes the clothes you’d never wear normally. In conversation he said he WON’T ever wear something again until it’s been washed. Keep in mind, we work a white collar job. We don’t get dirty, nor sweat or anything. I had asked around and it was pretty much half and half on those who wear once and wash regardless and those who wear a few times and wash (unless they’re visibly dirty).

  • Deborah

    I get dirty a lot at work so I wash my work shirts after one time. Pants I wear a couple times. I don’t really have pajama shirts so I’ll wear a t-shirt that I wore the day before and use that as my night shirt.

  • Thatguy

    How do you keep track of which pair of jeans you wore three times, and which other pair twice? You would have to catalog your closet and make a spreadsheet to follow this regimen.

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