•Depending on how you are raised and your preference, at the end of the day, you choose when to do your laundry.
•Experts say that clothes like jeans, sweaters, and jackets can be worn multiple times before they need to be washed again.
They say cleanliness is next to godliness, but we humans sometimes take it too far.
Experts say that clothes like jeans, sweaters, and jackets can be worn multiple times before they need to be washed again.
But it remains important to know how often you should wash your clothes to help ensure that they look their best and to not wear out simultaneously.
When it comes to bedding - pillowcases and sheets - experts recommend washing them at least once a week.
This, together with towels, come in close contact with our bodies and they absorb sweat, which can be a good breeding ground for bacteria.
"Always ensure you wash them in hot soapy water, and dry them outside, as it will help ward off bacteria,” Kennedy Kirui, a cleaning expert told the Star on Thursday.
“In fact, towels should be cleaned after 3 uses. Some of these cells scrub off in the shower, but many of them will end up on your bath towel every day."
Kirui also recommended hanging the face and washcloths outside and washing towels and bathing essentials separately from the clothes pile.
“This is the same case for your sleep wear. You should clean your pajamas and night gowns after two to three wears, otherwise you will notice they begin to have a stench," he advised.
For shirts and blouses, Kirui recommended washing them after at least one or two wears.
“When it comes to jeans and denim, it is okay to wash them after four to five wearings. This is because the fabric on denim is thicker than a t-shirt, and hopefully you are wearing an underwear or t-shirt beneath” he said.
“If you are washing your jeans after every wear or two you are likely washing it too much.”
He, however, advised air-drying them outside, inside out, to prevent filthy smell.
“You should always wash undershirts, vests, underwear and socks after every use because these pieces of clothing are in very close contact with your skin and sweat,” Kirui said.
He advised women to avoid wearing dirty bras for weeks, even though they do not show any signs of dirt.
“Bras should be washed after 2-3 wearing, that is if you are not active as much. If you wear a bra too many times without washing it, microorganisms, fungi, yeast, and bacteria begin to grow on the bra and cause an infection or rash,” Kirui said.
For suits and Jackets, Kirui said that they can always go for 4-6 days depending on the person's activity.
In most cases, a wash after every use is not always necessary. But when laundry day does come around, depending on how you are raised and your preference, you choose when to do your laundry.