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How often should you wash your clothes?

How often should you wash your clothes?

We wear, we wash.For many the cycle of "worn once, washed immediately" has become mechanical, but it is harmful to the environment.A study by the University of Northumbria (United Kingdom) estimates that wastewater reject approximately 13 years.000 tonnes of microfibers in European marine circles.These microfibers are deemed more aggressive than plastic microbeads (which are found in certain cosmetics for example), but which have been prohibited in France.

In addition, if washing machines pollute, systematic washing after use can also accelerate the aging of a garment.Damaged, the latter also becomes a very polluting form of waste if it is thrown in the trash.Consequently, reducing the frequency of washing appears as a lasting solution.Here, a guide to avoid washing your clothes too much without lacking hygiene.

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These clothes too often washed

In the washing clothing category after each use, we list panties, socks, t-shirts and sportswear.But what about the rest of the wardrobe?Review of the main pieces of a so -called classic locker room.

Pivotal room, jeans do not require systematic wash after use.The boss of Levi’s, Chip Bergh, does not see the need to wash his jeans.He said he never cleaned his own.To kill bacteria, the CEO of the American label advocates putting the pants in the freezer.But the Division method."Trois-quarters of bacteria survive freezing.Biologists freeze bacteria to keep them, ”replied the scientist Julie Segre in the columns of Vox magazine.However, Philipe Bouloc, researcher at the Paris-Sud Genetics and Microbiology Institute, assures that bacteria that develop on this garment are not a "major risk in terms of health".Without going so far as to review your cleaning methods, you can change the frequency by opting for hand washing after five or six uses.

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À quelle fréquence faut-il laver ses vêtements ?

Excessive washing of this underwear designed from fragile materials accelerates its aging.Being in direct contact with the skin, it should not be kept for too long, it could turn into bacteria nest.Ideal?A wash after three uses, alternating with several brackets.Finally, for this type of part, it is recommended to favor hand cleaning so as not to damage the shape or fiber.

​We start from the principle that a woolen sweater can be worn three or four times before being washed if it is worn above a long-sleeved subpull.Ditto for a cotton sweatshirt.These are breathable materials that do not keep odors.However, if they are worn on the skin, washing after one or two uses is recommended.

​The dress, the shirt and the top are pieces that act like a second skin, because it is worn near the body.It is estimated that two uses can pass before turning them in the machine.

​The jacket rarely between direct contact with the skin, so it is not necessary to wash it very frequently.In addition, too regular washing could make it lose its shape.Dry cleaning is here highly recommended, once or twice a year to make it shine.If certain tasks compromise the aesthetics of the room, it is advisable to deposit it with a professional so as not to harm its quality.

The tailors are generally made from wool, a very breathable material.The ideal would be to wash it after three or four uses.However, methods exist in order to space washes.Brush and ventilate the costume makes it possible to remove the dust and let the fiber "breathe" in order to prevent any odors.

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Choose the right fibers to limit machines

For Orsola de Castro, founder of the Fashion Revolution movement and author of the Book The Sustainable Fashion to be published in August 2021 (Marabout editions), better washing her clothes starts first with a better understanding of her composition."When we buy food, we review the composition of the products, we must adopt the same behavior with the clothes in order to better understand what they contain and thus make them last," she explains.

To reduce the number of machines, she advises to avoid synthetic materials such as viscose, polyamide or even elasthane which hold heat and odors.Ditto for the polyester which also releases thousands of toxic fibers for the environment with each machine washing.They can be preferred natural fibers like flax, very popular at the moment, which has insulating and thermoregulatory properties.Hemp and Tencel are also light and breathable materials.And finally, merino wool, Castro's Orsola favorite: "It is a matter known to neutralize odors and absorb humidity, we can then wear it several times".

What if we came back to hand washing?

In her work, the author also returns to the harmful use of the washing machine.She explains that the detergents and products used are aggressive for clothing."Current washing techniques are not necessarily better, neither for the health of our clothes nor for our planet," she warns in her book.She thus recommends washing her clothes by hand when possible.A practice that consumes less electricity and which allows you to clean the fabrics gently."Take care of a garment is double your lifespan and thus reduce your carbon footprint by 24%," she said.

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