Australians reveal how often they wear their clothes between washes

How often do you wear your clothes between washes? Aussies are divided over their cleaning habits – and their answers may surprise you

  • Australians revealed how often they really clean their clothes between washes 
  • Many revealed the number of wears they get out of outfits before washing them
  • Most confirmed they wash their clothes after wearing them once or twice
  • While others said they were happy to wear their clothes a little longer 

Australians have revealed how often they wear their clothes between washes.

In an amusing thread on Facebook, a mum prompted a discussion after asking men and women to share the exact number of wears they get out of their outfits before tossing them in a laundry basket.

Most people confirmed they wash their clothes after wearing them once or twice but others were happy to wear it a little longer.

‘It depends upon how long you’ve had the garment on. If you’ve just dashed into town and back, I’d give it another go but if it’s been on all day in summer it definitely needs freshening up,’ one woman wrote.

Another mum explained how she usually wears most of her winter clothes for up to a month before she adds them to her laundry pile.

‘Jeans can go for months. Jumpers for a month. T-shirt and bra a week,’ she said. 

‘If I only wear it for about an hour a day, daily if I go into work instead of working from home. Socks and undies changed every day.’

Australians have revealed how often they wear their clothes between washes (stock image)


How often do you wear clothes between washes?

  • Once 4 votes
  • 2-3 times 10 votes
  • Weekly 5 votes
  • Monthly 0 votes

Some said they wash their sleepwear every single day – while others revealed they can go up to one week.

‘My pyjamas are washed every day, I never wear dirty pajamas,’ one said, while another added: ‘My mum washes her pyjamas after one wear… I wear mine for a week.’

Many insisted everything goes into the wash after one wear.

‘Everything once, clothes, bath towels, pyjamas… everything! Once it has hit your body there’s sweat, dead skin cells, hair and bodily fluids,’ one woman wrote.

While another mum said: ‘I wear everything once. Jeans excluded. I’m just not emotionally prepared to go through the process of stretching them back into the perfect shape again.’

Others said it depended on the occasion and season, but most of their clothes get washed after two to three wears. 

Many revealed the one item that’s acceptable to dodge the laundry basket is jeans.

‘I wash my jeans hardly ever as you’re not supposed to,’ one wrote, while another said: ‘Undies, socks, shirts and dresses – wear once. Pants, jumpers and bras – twice. Jeans – the limit does not exist.’

How often should you wash your clothes?

– Everyday shirts, blouses and tights should all be washed every 24 hours

– Pyjamas, trousers and skirts should be cleaned roughly twice a week 

– Jeans and other denim as well as dressing gowns should be washed thoroughly every seven days.

– Wash bras once a week

– Socks and underwear items should be worn once

Not everyone agreed with those who wash their clothes after each wearing, with many saying they only throw them in the laundry if it’s noticeably dirty or smelly. 

‘Please tell me I’m not the only one who waits for things to be actually dirty or smelly? Why waste the time, energy and resources?’ one woman wrote.

Another said: ‘I either have to spill a meal or smell before I’ll go to the effort.’

While one added: ‘I was wondering if there was something wrong with me. Now I understand why my clothes last for years and years.’ 

Others said they thought it was ‘ridiculous’ to hear others wash their clothes after one wear.

‘Wow, washing clothes after wearing them once is crazy. I mean I’m a massive germaphobe but that just creates more washing than necessary,’ one wrote.

‘Obviously underpants and socks are worn once but I wear my bra a few times. Never been an issue unless it’s hot weather and I’ve been perspiring.’ 

One woman pointed out to those who wash after each wear: ‘Wow, you must all have a lot of washing and a big water bill.’