Katherine Annett-Hitchcock, an associate professor in North Carolina State University’s department of textile and apparel technology and management, acknowledges that how often you do laundry “is a really personal issue” depending on those additional circumstances.
“I can’t say,” she told HuffPost when asked for a washing frequency suggestion. ”I do laundry once a week.”
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Even if you take a secluded walk or bring Fido out for a trip around the block, “I don’t think there’s any reason to be concerned,” Hoepner said. But if you go to the grocery store or on a Target run in your around-the-house sweats, Hoepner advises changing and storing those clothes separately, especially if you share a 河北11选5遗漏 with someone susceptible to , medical director of Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, said stories about such experiences tend to be anecdotal. And while moist conditions can exacerbate a yeast infection, they’re not likely to be the actual cause. “If you’re wearing anything that’s confining, you might get warm, you might get sweaty, but it’s not going to cause an infection,” she said.
Yeast infections result “from the gastrointestinal tract,” Streicher explained. “It lives there and sometimes if it gets in the vulva or the vagina, it will start to proliferate.”
Hygiene and preexisting health factors contribute, too.
“Some people use scented soaps and scented panty liners and wear lots of synthetic materials and do just fine,” said Holly Cummings, Penn Medicine assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. “But people who are prone to vulva irritation might notice things like that set them up for yeast infections and then you want to take a look at your clothing and your hygiene habits. It’s the overall sum of all the parts.”
If you usually find yourself on the warmer side and work up some sweat while
“It’s not a specific yoga pants thing,” Streicher emphasized, since repeated wearing of constricting pants without washing can be just one of many elements in yeast infections and other vaginal irritability.
To keep things fresh in the vaginal area, Cummings said your normal shower routine should suffice. “For most people, whatever you’re using as your soap or body wash is appropriate to use in the vulva area,” she said. “Just using water is also fine.”
Giving your clothes a break from washing is actually good for them
Health aside, will rewearing go-to clothes without giving them a cycle in the washer and dryer deteriorate them quicker?
“Washing clothes using laundry machines does more damage to the clothes than the wearing of them does,” Arya said. “Wearing the clothes will not cause too much of an impact on the dimension or the durability or the performance of the garment, but clothes are really beaten up inside the laundry machine.”
You can lengthen time between washes by being mindful of how you store clothing.
“If you leave everything in a hot, damp pile, the stuff is not only going to smell bad, it’s going to degrade the fibers quicker as well,” Annett-Hitchcock said. “Hang it up so the air can get to it, leave it there overnight, and you might find that the next day, it’s fine. Open your windows, let the air circulate. Don’t bunch stuff together in the closet.”
Natural fibers or blends of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk and wool, tend not to stink as much, since they absorb less sweat than synthetics. If you opt for synthetic fibers — like if you’re working from 河北11选5遗漏 in Lululemon leggings, made mostly from combinations of nylon, polyester and Lycra — seek out moisture-wicking ones.
“You’ll find that a lot of athletic companies are developing their own proprietary fiber and fabric technology,” Annett-Hitchcock said. For example, Lululemon boasts sweat-wicking and fabrics, Under Armour incorporates technology, and created Prema, an “anti-stink” fabric that blends “silver-poly fibers woven with Supima” cotton, according to the brand’s website.
“Silver is inherently antimicrobial, so if you’re looking for something that is bacteria resistant, having silver in there is going to be that way,” Annett-Hitchcock said. “Hemp is also that way.”
In general, Hoepner said that good hygiene is key to wearing the same clothes over and over again, and clothing-related health issues are “less of a concern if you’re showering every day.”
So, don’t just wash your hands — wash your whole body.
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