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How many wears to a wash?

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phoenix Tue 29-Mar-16 18:44:48

Knickers/pants are obviously 1 wear, 1 wash, but what about trousers, tops/jumpers, cardigans etc?

Also does your DH operate on a different level? (Mr P has clean socks and pants everyday, but will sometimes wear his jeans for what seems like a week! (Possibly not, but as I don't monitor his laundry, who knows)

Tizliz Tue 29-Mar-16 18:49:55

Jeans last at least a week, that is what they are for! I try and wear a t-shirt under a jumper so that is changed every day and the jumper doesn't need washing so often. but if it has been a mucky day at work (we have a light engineering business), it is wash everything.

Ana Tue 29-Mar-16 18:50:41

I sometimes wear my jeans for a week as well, it's not as though I do anything strenuous or dirt-attracting in them.

Not all day every day, but I'm certainly not one of those who dumps all their clothes in the washing basket at the end of the day. Same with jumpers and cardigans (actually, even longer for cardis) although summer tops usually only worn once.

baubles Tue 29-Mar-16 18:52:36

Jeans after 2/3 wears, don't wear any other types of trousers except for leggings under a tunic occasionally and they would be washed every time.
Tshirts probably after a couple of wears and everything else after several wears.
I'm not sweaty though and barring spills or a sticky fingered child my clothes really don't get dirty quickly.

baubles Tue 29-Mar-16 18:53:59

Oh & DH has clean clothes from the inside out every day!

Jalima Tue 29-Mar-16 18:56:16

Socks and knickers every day - and quite often tops as I am very messy blush
Clean trousers yesterday got covered in mud, so straight into the wash again.

absent Tue 29-Mar-16 18:58:32

As possibly the world's messiest cook – and I do wear an apron when cooking – I cannot wear anything more than once unless I want to display the previous day's menu for all to see.

Bellanonna Tue 29-Mar-16 18:58:42

Yes it's a case of time of year. Winter clothes certainly last a lot longer. If they still look clean they get used again. I don't often wear cardis but I make them last ages. Jumpers probably 2-3 wears, jeans possibly a week. Summer clothes get far more washes: t shirts after one wearing and shorts possibly two, but then they go out in the sun and dry quickly. Underwear, goes without saying, one wear.

Jalima Tue 29-Mar-16 19:09:34

DH always says he doesn't know how I manage to miss my mouth and pour tea/coffee/wine down myself.

M0nica Tue 29-Mar-16 19:12:00

Underwear, 1 wash, anything else goes on look and smell. If a garment is visibly clean and doesn't smell, it isn't washed until one of those tests is failed.

M0nica Tue 29-Mar-16 19:12:49

Should have read 'underwear, one wear and in the wash'

absent Tue 29-Mar-16 19:13:53

Jalima We have a family saying – often quoted at me – don't tip before the lip!

Penstemmon Tue 29-Mar-16 19:17:18

When yhey are dirty and/or need freshening up. Lady who owns local (expensive) lingerie shop said bras should only be washed about once a month shockshockshock She assumed women were clean when they got dressed and used anti perspirant!

Jalima Tue 29-Mar-16 19:17:24

DD2 has 'expressive hands' too, that knock things over (wine, gravy boats etc etc)

Ana Tue 29-Mar-16 19:24:56

Don't think our grannies would have been too happy having to have the dolly tub on the go more than once a week!

What is this modern obsession with super-cleanliness? confused

I'm not saying how often I wash my bra/s...

J52 Tue 29-Mar-16 19:31:03

Underwear every day. When I worked blouse or top clean every day, suits were rotated so cleaned every term.

Now some jumpers a couple of wears with camisoles washed each wear,. Blouses every wear. Jean 3/4 wears.


pompa Tue 29-Mar-16 19:34:14

Socks, pants, shirts - daily
Jeans etc 3days, depending on activity (often covered in mud with 1 wear) but, i will often have 2 or 3 pairs on the go at once.
Jumpers 4/5 wears
night things daily (or is that nightly ?)

Ana Tue 29-Mar-16 19:36:26

Goodness - never even considered nightwear! Certainly not every day...I sleep alone and am well past the night sweats stage, thank goodness.

rosesarered Tue 29-Mar-16 19:55:17

DH has everything clean every day and I used to be much the same, but have recently worn things more than once and the sky hasn't fallen in ( and nobody has noticed) I like clean undies and socks though.
DH changes trousers a lot because he has so many pairs and is a bit fussy about clothes.
I would wear jeans/ trousers/skirt for about 5 wears between washes and cardigans about double that.Too much washing knocks the stuffing out of clothes.I hand wash all my bras ,so they can be done as often as I like.

downtoearth Tue 29-Mar-16 20:01:53

blush everything, everyday,always have,resident teenager also,dont wear anything in bed,but pjs for housework,then straight in laundry...thought every one did,never thought about it...just do lads of washing every day on a quick 15 minute 30 degree wash...hmm

lynnie1 Tue 29-Mar-16 20:20:53

I wear something and then wash it. I like things to be fresh every day.. If it's a jacket or coat, I can't put it back in the wardrobe, without airing it first.
I do handwash my bra's, they keep their color and shape better.

Tizliz Tue 29-Mar-16 20:21:47

I hand wash bras as well, they last much longer.

tanith Tue 29-Mar-16 20:22:25

Underwear and socks every day, jeans after 4/5 days, t-shirts or Summer clothes after one wear and jumpers 2/3 wears. PJ's after a week but I only wear them for about an hour before bed then take them off for sleeping. grin
OH on a similar plan.

Jalima Tue 29-Mar-16 20:25:23

My machine does a 15 minute 'freshen up' wash.

Indinana Tue 29-Mar-16 20:36:35

Knickers and socks daily, bras/nighties every other day. Jeans/trousers probably every 4/5 wears. T-shirts every 2 wears. Jumpers every 4/5 wears, cardigans probably less frequently because I wear them over a blouse on warmer days and they're likely not kept on all day.
In summer lightweight cotton trousers and tees tend to get washed every day.
DH is pretty much the same as me.
The PiL used to stay with us from time to time, usually a long weekend from Friday to Monday. One Saturday I was putting some washing on and asked MiL if she wanted anything washed, and she brought down her undies and tights. What about Dad's undies?, I said. Oh no, they're OK, she said, he's just changed them - he puts clean ones on every Friday shock. I never asked again.