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How Often Should You Wash Your Clothes? A Guide

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Are you wondering how often should you wash your clothes? Check out this useful guide that covers everything from jeans to pyjamas, to underwear, and more.

As a young adult, I often found myself wondering “how often should I wash my clothes?”.  I didn’t really know the answer, so I erred on the side of caution a bit too much.  As such, I washed my clothes pretty much after every wear.  With the exception of trousers, that maybe got two or three wears before being chucked in the laundry pile, I operated a one wear only policy.

That was fine in my single days.  However, it wasn’t until after I became a mum, and my laundry pile was less of a pile and more of a mountain, that I realised that maybe it was ok to not wash every single item of clothing after every wear.

The wake-up call for me was when I was washing my baby daughter’s sleepsuits after every wear.  This was even if she’d needed changing in the night, and so had only worn the suit for a few hours.  I soon realised that as long as her clothes and sleepsuits looked and smelled clean then my daughter could wear the same sleepsuit several nights in a row, without needing a wash, and nothing terrible was going to happen.

Since then I have relaxed my one-wear laundry policy.  Now I rely on the look, smell, and feel of my clothes before assessing if something needs to go in the washing machine after just one or two wears.   Not washing your clothes quite so frequently helps prolong their life.  It also saves you a bit of money and helps the environment.  That’s as well as saving you time and energy. Therefore, it’s something I’m completely on board with!

how often should I wash my laundry

If you want a bit more reassurance than going by nose alone, then don’t worry.  I found this handy guide on how often you should wash your clothes from the people at Real Simple.  I’ve reproduced it here, and you can read the full article here.

If you’re visually impaired and using a text reader, I’ve put the text below to make the guide more accessible to you.

How Often Should You Wash Your Clothes?

how often should I wash my clothes

Anything white or silk: wash these clothes after every wear.

Bras: after 3 to 4 wears.

Smart trousers and skirts: after 5 to 7 wears.

Down jackets: 2 times a season.

Fleece jackets and sweatshirts: wash these clothes after 6 to 7 wears.

Hats, gloves, and scarves: 3 to 5 times a season.

Hosiery: after every wear.

Jackets and blazers: after 5 to 6 wears.

Jeans: wash these clothes after 4 to 5 wears.

Leather and suede jackets: once a season.

Leggings and yoga trousers: after 1 to 3 wears.

Pyjamas: after 3 to 4 wears.

Shapewear: after 1 to 3 wears.

Shorts and Khakis: wash these clothes after 2 to 3 wears.

Sweaters: cotton, silks, and cashmere, after 2 wears; wool and acrylic blends, after 5 wears.

Swimsuits: after every wear.

T-shirts, vest tops, and camisoles: after every wear.

Tops and dresses: after 1 to 3 years.  Formal dresses should be dry-cleaned after every wear (here’s how to dry clean at home).

Wool coats: 1 to 2 times a season.

What’s Your Approach?

What do you think?  Are you onboard with washing your jeans after every four to five wears, or leggings after up to three wears?  I have a toddler in the house – think sticky hands, snotty noses, and so forth, so I would be very lucky if I could get my jeans lasting up to needing a wash after five wears!

And how often do you wash your clothes?  I’m curious!

ps: see my guide on how to wash wool for tips on advice on how to keep your woolens looking better for longer, my guide on how to wash white striped clothing, my guide on how to make your own fabric conditioner, and my natural stain remover tips for all your laundry woes! 

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A Simple Tip on How to Stay Warm In Bed

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stay warm in bed

With the autumnal nights getting cooler, today I’ve got a simple tip on how to stay warm in bed without increasing your heating bills.

And yes, if you read my recent post on do you need a sleep tracker, then I am definitely all about sleep lately.  My littlest one is teething and has had a stinky cold, so needless to say no-one is getting much sleep in our house.  Hence why all the thoughts about sleep!

Anyway, enough about my sleep deprivation and back to staying warm in bed this autumn and winter.

How to Stay Warm In Bed

This tip on how to stay warm in bed could also be titled: “a simple tip for marital harmony”.  It’s multipurpose, I do like a good two for one.

The secret to staying warm in bed is simple. In fact, it couldn’t be simpler – just size up your duvet.  So if you have a double bed, then instead of opting for a double duvet, switch to a king size duvet.  And if you have king-size bed, then switch to a super king-sized duvet.

Why does this work? Well, this way there is enough duvet to go round. Especially if one of you (ahem, me) is a duvet hog.  It’s a bedtime game changer, I promise.

We’ve done this duvet trick since we’ve been together. I’ve found it definitely helps minimise the duvet hog arguments. And it does a great job at keeping you both warm in bed.  It’s also great if small children have a habit of creeping into your bed of a morning – there’s always plenty duvet to go round.

Won’t it look odd?

In case you’re worried, I promise that a larger duvet doesn’t look weird. And, no it doesn’t present a trip hazard, as it doesn’t trail on the ground either.  I honestly wouldn’t go back to having a double duvet on a double bed again.

If I’ve convinced you on the benefits, and you’re in the market to size up your duvet and bedding, then here’s a handy guide to ethical bedding that I put together a little while ago that you might find useful.

Do you have any other tips on how to stay warm in bed this winter?