Here’s How Often You Should Wash All Your Clothes

No one enjoys doing laundry. It’s time-consuming, boring and can be expensive if you have to pay for a water bill or go to the laundromat. With that in mind, it can help to wash your clothes only when necessary. It might seem like the right thing to do to wash your outfits after every wear, but unless your clothes are soiled and sweaty, it’s not really necessary.

So how often should you wash all your garments? Insider pulled recommendations from the American Cleaning Institute and Real Simple to build this helpful chart below. Use this handy guide to help figure out when you need to do laundry.


Some items, like socks, underwear and T-shirts, should indeed be washed after every wear. Jeans and coats fall on the opposite end of the spectrum, as you are pretty safe to wear them numerous times before you wash.

What do you think? Do you agree with these recommendations?

This Is Why You Probably Need To Wash Your Bath Towels More Often

You only use your bath towel when you get out of the shower or tub. You are fresh and clean, so your towel should stay relatively hygienic too, right? Wrong. According to the unsettlingly informative video above, those “just damp” towels may be harboring much more than the water removed from your clean body. Here is what you need to know about how gross your bath towel might be.

Skin Cells

As you wipe away the water, you also slough off dead skin cells. While this might sound unappealing, this alone is not harmful. However, those cells serve as an inviting meal for microbes. In addition, bath towels are typically damp and warm, making them an ideal breeding ground for these microscopic organisms.

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Flickr | quinn.anya

Spreading Bacteria

Since most of these microbes came from your own body, they are not terribly harmful to you. If you use your bath towel to dry your face, though, you could spread bacteria, viruses and fungi from other parts of your body to your delicate facial skin, which can result in acne, boils or infections.

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Flickr | Saluda UdeA

Sharing More Than Towels

If you tend to share towels with your partner, children or others, things could get quite ugly. For instance, you can spread fungus such as athlete’s foot or even staph infections such as MRSA simply by swapping towels with family members.

If someone has an open wound or diminished immune system, this can be especially hazardous.

Flickr | Andreas

Bathroom Filth

Most people hang their used towels in the bathroom near the shower or tub, which is also in the general vicinity of the toilet. This, along with their use in drying bodies, makes bath towels likely to contain unsanitary bodily fluids, as well.

Photo by Micah Sittig
Photo by Micah Sittig
Photo by Micah Sittig

When To Wash

To avoid all of this ickiness, it is best to allow towels to dry completely between uses and wash them after no more than three uses. Along with a thorough wash, throwing bath towels in the dryer can help. Drying on high heat for at least 28 minutes is a highly effective way to disinfect your laundry.

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Flickr | Brett Blignaut

11 Laundry Hacks You Never Knew You Needed Until Now

Whats Up Moms shares a plethora of life hacks to make laundry easier, faster and less work. Here’s 6 that I personally found most useful. Be sure to watch the video for a few more.

1. Attach Old Toys To The Bottom Of A Laundry Hamper So It Easily Rolls

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YouTube | Whats Up Moms

2. Use Clear Dispensers For Mess-Free Detergent Dispensing

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YouTube | Whats Up Moms

3. Hang Clothes Hooks And A Towel Bar For Additional Storage

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YouTube | Whats Up Moms

4. Place A Pool Noodle Over Drying Rack Rods To Reduce Wrinkles

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YouTube | Whats Up Moms

5. In A Hurry? Toss In A Dry Towel In With Your Load For The First 15 Minutes To Dry Clothes Faster

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YouTube | Whats Up Moms

6. Out Of Dryer Sheets? Use A Ball Of Aluminum Foil Instead

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YouTube | Whats Up Moms

How To Actually Fold A Fitted Sheet According To Martha Stewart

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been able to figure out how on earth you fold a fitted sheet.  I typically start off with the best intentions, but it winds up looking like a ball of fabric when I’m done.

And the worst part is that when I grab it out of the closet, it’s covered in wrinkles.  Ughh.

Luckily, Martha to the rescue. In the video above, she explains the best way to fold fitted sheets so it will stay nice and pressed in your linen closet.