Green Tip #128: If It Ain’t Dirty, Wear It Again

I can’t say that I really enjoy doing laundry. It’s a chore that must get done but the less often I need to do it the better. I realize that when lil’ SPF comes there will be lots to do but for now we do maybe 2 loads a week. We both achieve this by only putting clothes in the laundry hamper when they are really dirty. Wearing a shirt once does not make it dirty unless you have spilled something on it or sweat a lot in it. This practice keeps the number of loads down which in turn means we use less water and energy for washing and drying.

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8 thoughts on “Green Tip #128: If It Ain’t Dirty, Wear It Again

  1. I always smell my clothes to see if it needs washing, if it still smells like detergent I put it on again, simple as that.

  2. I have a rule of wearing all outer clothes 3 times before washing them unless I do something particularly dirty in them or I can see some visible dirt on them somewhere.

    I always wear undershirts to keep them smelling fresh.

  3. For dress pants I can go a week, dress shirts I’d say 2 or 3 days depending on the odor. The other benefit of not washing as often is it should extend the clothing’s life.

  4. I throw all underclothing in the hamper after one use, but for t-shirts and other shirts I use the smell test. Does it still smell fresh? I wear it again. ;)

    Jeans and other pants can be worn for many days and don’t need to be washed all that often.

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