Many people have the habit of putting their newly used clothes in the laundry basket automatically, especially during times of intense heat. This might make sense when it comes to underwear or socks, but what about our jeans and sweaters that have no visible stains or dirt?
The frequency with which we wash our clothes is largely influenced by the marketing and advertising campaigns of detergent brands. We've been conditioned to believe that washing clothes more often means they'll be cleaner. However, washing clothes less frequently is not only more ecological, but also has benefits for the health and durability of our garments.
What they don't tell you about detergents
Washing clothes less frequently can make a difference in conserving the environment. Every wash with detergents releases around nine million micro-particles of plastic into the oceans, as they cannot filter out in sewage treatment plants. Also, doing laundry less frequently saves a lot of water. It is estimated that between 45 and 110 liters of water can be saved for each load of washing, which is equivalent to more than 14,000 liters per year, approximately the amount of water we drink in a 12-year period.
In addition to the environmental impact, washing clothes too frequently can also damage fabrics and reduce their useful life. Frequent washing can cause more delicate garments to wear out more quickly. Therefore, washing clothes more consciously and only when necessary can help preserve the quality and durability of our garments.
Now, let's see the recommended frequency for washing different types of garments:
How often should you wash your sheets?
We spend approximately 8 hours a day in contact with our sheets. To limit the proliferation of dust mites and maintain good hygiene, it is recommended to wash your sheets regularly, ideally every two weeks. However, if you sleep without pajamas, don't shower before bed, or sweat a lot during the night, it's best to wash your sheets once a week.
Pillowcases: Pillowcases accumulate sebum secretions, dead cells, pollen and dust, so it is important to change them regularly. It is recommended to wash the pillowcases every week to avoid skin problems, such as pimples and irritations.
Comforters and pillows: Although less likely to harbor bacteria, comforters and pillows should also be washed regularly. If they are made of feathers, it is recommended to wash them twice a year, while if they are synthetic, once every two months will be enough.
Towels are prone to moisture and bacteria buildup, which can cause health problems. It is recommended to wash bath towels after no more than a week of use, although in humid areas it is advisable to wash them every two or three days. Hand towels, being used by different people several times a day, should be washed every two days maximum.
Underwear, including panties, briefs, socks, and stockings, is in direct contact with the skin and absorbs sweat, sebum, and other body debris. Therefore, it is recommended to wash it after each use to maintain good hygiene.
Regular canvas pants can be worn two to three times before washing, while jeans, which don't easily absorb odors, can be washed every 5-6 wears. If the jeans are stained, you can treat the stains individually instead of washing the entire garment.
T-shirts and sweaters
The frequency of washing T-shirts and sweaters depends on the type of fabric. Cotton, cashmere or silk garments can be washed after 2-3 uses, while woolen or synthetic material jumpers can be washed after 5 uses. T-shirts and tank tops, being in direct contact with the skin, it is better to wash them after one or two uses.
Sportswear should be washed after an intensive exercise session in which you have sweated a lot. To maintain freshness and prolong its useful life, it is recommended to wash it after each use.
Coats are usually washed once a season, while gloves, scarves, and hats can be machine washed every month.
Before wearing any new garment, it is important to wash it to remove any dirt, germs, or chemicals that may have come into contact with it during the manufacturing and storage process.
Washing clothes less frequently is not only more environmentally friendly, but can also benefit the health of our fabrics and extend the life of our garments. By following these recommendations and adapting them according to your personal needs, you will be able to keep your clothes clean and in good condition without washing them excessively. At Home Healthy Home we have a collection of soaps that will help you take care of your clothes and the results will surprise you. Remember that taking care of your clothes is also taking care of the environment!