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When Should I Wash It?

Cleaning & Organization | HGDI ADMIN

How often should you launder the washable things in your home? Don’t just leave such a decision to the “sniff test.”  Here is a quick guide that will help you keep everything clean and fresh, and your home healthy.

Towels: Towels that are hung properly after the shower can usually be used two or three times before needing a toss in the wash. Towels that are used to dry sweat after a workout should be washed after one use. 

Bath Mat: A bath mat or bath towel will usually start getting grubby after one week, so wash it then. If you have a reversible bath mat, you may be able to get away with washing it every other week.

Bedding: Wash your sheets and covers weekly. Pillows and comforters should be washed at least every couple of months. To kill dust mites, make sure your pillows get a turn in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. Was someone hit with the flu? Wash all of their bedding to be safe. 

Slipcovers: Unless there is a stain or a spill, most slipcovers can wait to be washed once or twice per year. Because dark colors and prints can fade with washing, you’ll want to wash all your matching covers with equal frequency. Rotate high traffic pieces, if needed. 

Clothing: How often you wash your clothing should depend on the item, as well as your personal preference. Workout clothes should be washed after one or two uses, depending on how much you sweat. Dresses, jeans and pajamas may be able to be worn a couple of times before washing. Bras can usually get a wear or two, but allow them to rest a day between wearings, if they are made from memory foam. Skirts and jackets can often go through several wearings before washing. Most of us would agree that underwear and socks should go in the wash as soon as we take them off. 

 

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