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Guide To How Often You Should Launder Clothes
I totally have been washing my jeans way too often. No wonder they fade so quickly! These tips are a life (or laundry) saver!
D.G. Sciortino
02.25.18

Did you drop a ton of money on those jeans just because they fit you live a glove? Did grandma knit you a cozy blanket that you would like to pass down to your children?

Well, in order to make sure these items last you have to make sure you’re not washing them too often.

But let’s face it. There are some items in our home that we just don’t launder enough. In case you need some clarification, here’s a list on how often you should wash our clothing and linens.

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After Every Wear

These are items that fit closest to your body and absorb oils, smells, and all the other stuff off of your body. You’ll want to wash these after every wear to keep them clean and stink-free.

  • Tights
  • Shirts
  • Blouses
  • Underwear

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Every Day

These items are constantly getting wet and moisture is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria so it’s best to make sure these are cleaned after each day of use.

  • Hand towels
  • Dish towels
  • Washcloths
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Every Three Wears

Washing these items too often can wear down colors and fibers and shorten the garment’s lifespan. These items can be washed every three days. Make sure you launder them according to the directions on your label so that it lasts as long as possible.

  • Pajamas
  • Bath towels
  • Bras and slips
  • Camisoles
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans
  • Dress pants
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Every Week

These items get a lot of use so body oils and scents build up on them pretty quickly which is why we should wash them each week.

  • Sheets
  • Pillowcases
  • Bath mats

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Every Month

These items are used briefly or go underneath other things so they only need to be washed every month.

  • Bathrobe
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillow liners
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Every 3 Months

These are items we often forget about laundering and before we know it we realize they haven’t been washed in a year. Give these items a wash every three months.

  • Shower curtains
  • Throw blankets
  • Throw Rugs
  • Outerwear

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Every 6 Months

If you want to sleep in a clean cozy bed, don’t forget to wash these every six months.

  • Comforter
  • Pillows

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Here are a few other tips on how to make your laundry last:

  • Pretreat stains and rewash if they don’t come out
  • Sort laundry and follow care labels
  • Button your buttons and zipper your zippers before tossing things in the washing machine
  • Use a mesh bag for delicates
  • Don’t use too much detergent
  • Don’t overload the washing machine

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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