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How Often Should I Wash My Clothes?

Did you know the average person spends over $600 a year or more doing laundry? Between the costs of detergent and dryer sheets and the cost of electricity, it adds up pretty quickly, but there are a number of ways you can save. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to wash every garment after every single wear and holding off can save you a pretty penny.
After Every Wear:

  • White clothes and silks
  • Hosiery
  • Swimsuits
  • T-shirts, tanks & camisoles
  • Formal dresses (dry clean only)

After 1-2 Wears:

  • Leggins & yoga pants
  • Shorts & khakis
  • Cotton, silk, or cashmere sweaters
  • Tops & dresses
  • Shapewear

After 3-5 Wears:

  • Bras
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Wool & synthetic blend sweaters

After 6-7 Wears:

  • Fleece jackets & sweatshirts
  • Dress pants & skirts
  • Jackets and blazers


  • Hats, gloves & scarves 3-5x per season
  • Leather & suede jackets 1x per season
  • Down parkas & vests 1-2x per season
  • Wool coats 1-2x per season

Just remember, these are general guidelines. They don’t account for that squirt of ketchup or mustard you accidentally shot onto your shirt and they do not account for those days where you step foot outside and immediately start sweating as if you ran a marathon.

All in all, being smarter about how and when you wash your clothes can make a big difference in your monthly utility bills.