Many of us don't realise how much water we’re wasting by washing clothes too often. Of course, if garments are very obviously stained or smelly they should be washed to keep them looking and feeling fresh, but clothing doesn’t always have to be cleaned each time it’s worn.
Certain items need to be washed more often than others, which means that the amount of washes we do per week can be significantly reduced. If you’ve ever wondered how often you should wash your clothes and other fabrics in the home, then we’ve got everything you need to know right here. Plus if you want to check what temperatures you should be washing at, read our guide here.
How Often Should You Wash Jeans?
Denim aficionados will often tell you that a good pair of jeans should never be washed, but while it’s true that jeans don’t need cleaning after every wear unless they’re very dirty, they do need to be washed regularly to get rid of any germs or bacteria that have clung to the fibres. If your jeans still look relatively clean, and don’t smell too bad, you should wash them every 4 or 5 wears.
Most jeans today are industrially treated which means that they’re very unlikely to fade in the wash, but if you’re worried about the effects of washing on raw denim, be sure to wash the jeans inside out, and with a colour care laundry detergent, like Persil small & mighty Colour, that will help preserve the dye. Click here for more tips on washing denim.
How Often Should You Wash Towels?
Some of us wash our towels every day; whereas some of us can’t remember the last time we washed our towels! To ensure our families stay healthy and happy, washing regularly is the best bet. Bath towels need washing the most infrequently – about once a week. This provides a happy medium between living a greener lifestyle and ensuring there’s not too much of a build up of dead skin cells.
Hand towels should be washed with a little more regularity – every two to three days. This is because they’re used more often, and they could be used to dry hands that are not completely clean. Face towels and tea towels should ideally be washed after each use.
Re-using face towels means you could reintroduce bacteria to your face and tea towels are notorious for harbouring bacteria, as well as damp, which could lead to mould growth.
How Often Should You Wash Bedding?
Although many of us are guilty of not washing our bed sheets for a month (or even more!), they should really be washed every week, or at least every two weeks – however, when someone in your family is ill, you should wash their bedding every other day to prevent the spread of germs.
Even though the bedding may not look dirty, dead skin cells – many of which you struggle to see with the naked eye – can attract all manner of creepy crawlies, including bed bugs who thrive on these. It’s really not difficult to wash your bedding (don’t forget the pillow cases too!) – just pop it in the washing machine with some Persil small & mighty and wash at the highest temperature stated on the care label – the hot environment will make sure any nasties are well and truly gone. 40 degrees is the perfect temperature to effectively clean your sheets, yet also be kind to the environment.
How to Save Water in the Laundry Room
Along with reducing the frequency with which you wash your clothing, there are some other easy ways you can save water in the laundry room, helping you to live a greener, more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, and reduce your household bills, too!
- Try to delay doing the laundry until you have a full load of washing. Unless your machine has a ‘half load’ option, or uses smart technology, the machine will use the same amount of water for a partial load as it does a full load.
- If you use a top-loading washing machine, consider swapping it for a front-loading machine. Front-loaders use much less water as they toss the clothing through water sprays, rather than submerging the clothing fully like top-loaders.
- Don’t use an extra rinse cycle unless absolutely necessary. The extra rinse cycle is often used to ensure that all detergent has been removed to avoid causing reactions to those with sensitive skin, but if you and your family have sensitive skin, simply switch to a non-biological detergent like Persil small & mighty Non-Bio.
Do you have any tips on how often to do laundry? How do you save water in the laundry room? Let us know in a comment below.