How Often to Wash Clothes

How Often Should You Wash Your Clothes?

Laundry Basket of Clothes


Washing clothing too often will cause unnecessary wear on the fabric and may cause the fabric colors to begin to fade.  It also wastes wear and tear on your washer and dryer as well as wastes laundry detergent, fabric softener, water, electricity or gas, and your time! 

Here is a quick guide from Real Simple to help you determine how frequently you need to launder key clothing pieces, barring stains or especially sticky days, that is. 

Jeans: After 4 to 5 wears

Dress Pants: After 4 to 5 wears

Jackets and Blazers: After 5 to 6 wears

Khaki Shorts and Pants: After 2 to 3 wears

Pajamas: After 3 to 4 wears

Skirts: After 4 to 5 wears

Swimsuits: After every wear

Tops and Dresses: After 1 to 3 wears

T-Shirts, Tanks and Camisoles: After every wear

Bras: After 3 to 4 wears



Wow, saves money on clothing, detergent, and fabric softener.  Saves money and time.  Now that’s The Fat Dollar way!

Source: Real Simple


Article by Patti Tokar Canton

Photo courtesy of and jm1366

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