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How often do you wash your clothes?

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Personally, I wash/dry clean my dress shirts after every wearing. Same goes for polos if I'm not wearing an undershirt, otherwise its every 2 wearings. Sweaters on the other hand get washed once a month.

Is the frequency of my washing/dry cleaning shirts decreasing their life span and setting me up to buy new ones frequently? Can anyone offer some advice?
 

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It depends on you more than anything else - your wear habits, sweat/odor level, etc. Personally, I don't see the point in washing something before it needs it. For t-shirts, that usually means about 20 hours of wear or so (I usually change in the middle of the day after work, so it could be quite a few wearings) unless it's been hot or I've sweated in them, been around smoke etc. For dress shirts, I rarely wear one all day and usually use an undershirt, so I might get a few wears out of them. But I won't re-iron a worn shirt since it can set smells, stains, etc. For sweaters, they get a lot of use since I don't wear cotton ones and wool ones don't hold onto odors much. I steam them occasionally and wash them rarely.

BTW, you should not dry clean most shirts, they should be laundered.
 

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Originally Posted by j
It depends on you more than anything else - your wear habits, sweat/odor level, etc. Personally, I don't see the point in washing something before it needs it. For t-shirts, that usually means about 20 hours of wear or so (I usually change in the middle of the day after work, so it could be quite a few wearings) unless it's been hot or I've sweated in them, been around smoke etc. For dress shirts, I rarely wear one all day and usually use an undershirt, so I might get a few wears out of them. But I won't re-iron a worn shirt since it can set smells, stains, etc. For sweaters, they get a lot of use since I don't wear cotton ones and wool ones don't hold onto odors much. I steam them occasionally and wash them rarely.

BTW, you should not dry clean most shirts, they should be laundered.


So how do you get the wrinkles out of a dress shirt (in order to wear it a second time) if I shouldn't iron it before washing it first and washing it that frequently isn't good. I wear cologne frequently, so I don't want the smell to get stuck in the collar area or sleeve area where I apply it.

Also, the no dry cleaning thing, any reason why? I always thought dry cleaning my dress shirts was the best way to preserve them. However, my local dry cleaner also has a "launder" option too where they launder them, press them, and starch them, should I use that from now on?
 

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So how do you get the wrinkles out of a dress shirt (in order to wear it a second time) if I shouldn't iron it before washing it first and washing it that frequently isn't good. I wear cologne frequently, so I don't want the smell to get stuck in the collar area or sleeve area where I apply it.
If a shirt were really wrinkled I wouldn't wear it again, or I might wear it under a sweater or something. For lightly wrinkled shirts, you could try hanging it in the bathroom while you shower to steam it out a bit. Also if it had a cologne smell (or other smell) I wouldn't wear it again before cleaning it.

Also, the no dry cleaning thing, any reason why? I always thought dry cleaning my dress shirts was the best way to preserve them. However, my local dry cleaner also has a "launder" option too where they launder them, press them, and starch them, should I use that from now on?
I couldn't tell you the technical reasons why, I've just heard/read repeatedly that dry cleaning is not a good way to clean cotton items. The best thing for them is a wash in water with detergent and then being ironed while still damp (no starch). With this system (do a search for ironing techniques) my shirts come out very crisp and last a long time (usually, long enough for me to get bored of them or replace them for fit reasons). But keep in mind that I don't wear dress shirts all day at work, I wear them after work generally, so they will last longer generally.
 

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I launder shirts every 2nd wearing, except in the winter when I wear tees underneath. I'll then go to every 3 or 4 wearings (10 hours per day).

More importantly, I hand wash my shirts, then hang-dry, & iron while damp (or dampen with spray bottle).

Pants I steam & reset crease after every wearing, then allow to hang for a day or 2. I dry clean only as needed to remove soil and stains very infrequently.

Sweaters maybe once per season (short season in CA).
 

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dry cleaning should preserve color better than washing, but all that chemical soaking will shorten the life of cotton, so I hear

I wash shirts after each wear (unless it was a quick 2 hour-less wear-age)

sweaters, trousers and suits, as they need it

jeans....washing? huh??? sacrilege
 

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I have my shirts washed after every wearing, regardless. I have become rather lazy and have started having them picked up and dropped off by my local handwash dry cleaner weekly (oxymoron? sure... but what do you call a dry cleaner that launders your clothes?).

Trousers I tend to wear two or three times before sending them in, but very dependent on wear. I, being young and stupid, am rather hard on my clothes at times. I tend to duplicate colors and styles and rotate through them.

I usually wear sweaters over a dress shirt, so they only get taken in once or at most twice a season.

I always have everything cleaned before storing for the off season.

Arg
 

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I wash my shirts and all basics after every wearing. I Dryel or dry clean some sweaters every 1-2 months depending on condition.

I generally avoid the dry cleaner as much as possible. Suits only see a cleaner every 1-2 years but get brushed after every wearing.

I usually get three wearings from dress trousers before a cleaning and I try a pressing if they are still in good shape.
 

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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
Suits only see a cleaner every 1-2 years

I usually get three wearings from dress trousers before a cleaning

How do suit trousers differ from odd trousers?
 

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If you wash your clothes yourself, generally what is the best water temperature we should use? Any difference for cotton, polyester, stretchable stuff, etc?
 

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