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    I work in an office. I am indoors all work day unless I run out to grab lunch. I also change in to casual clothes when I get home. I do not sweat much at all and as a keyboard jockey I am sitting most of the day. I am also not a smoker.


    Based on the above would you wash your work clothing after each wear? I am thinking that less washes will improve the life span of clothing.


    #2


    I'd use the smell test. If it still smells fresh, iron the shirt and go for it. pants and jackets you can wear for longer.

    Dress for style, live for results.

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      #3


      I personally think you get get away with 2-4 wears before washing, depending on how much you sweat and whatnot.

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        #4


        Do you wear an undershirt? If yes, you can ~maybe~ get away with not washing the shirt. If directly on the skin, I say wash every time. Pants, jackets, sweaters don't need to be washed very often.


        Personally, I wash all my shirts after every wear. Cold water and hang dry (from hangers on the shower curtain rod) doesn't take much of a toll.

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          #5


          I do pretty much the same -- My suits/slacks go as many wears as possible without drycleaning (so long as no stains, I hang them up right after wearing which gets most of the wrinkles out). For dress shirts, even with an undershirt, I tend to wear only once because I like them pressed at the cleaners as well.

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            #6


            My routine sounds the same as bremersm too except I don't even run out for lunch, but for some reason I can't get past the idea of re-wearing a shirt twice like I can with pants, which go many, many, many times more without a wash

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              #7


              I don't rewear my shirts (mostly polos) without washing them, but pants/slacks I can rotate through different pairs every few days and I usually wash them every other week

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                #8


                I'm just curious why shirts over an undershirt are treated differently than pants? I suppose the fabric is usually lighter and so attracts more dirt, but in a work environment that shouldn't be an issue. And if you have an undershirt, only a bit of it is touching the skin.

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                  #9


                  I defffinitely wear as many times as possible without washing. With dress shirts, if they're getting wrinkly, I wear them under a sportcoat until the collars start to pickup the brown ring.


                  Still, the dry cleaners in my new neighborhood started recognizing me around week two.

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                    #10


                    I have a little fear of smelling bad, and so generally wash shirts after a day of wear, even if worn over an undershirt.


                    With pants it's usually every two to three wears. This is a problem as I'm starting to wear suits and don't want to dry clean them that often. So just bought a steamer - we'll see how that goes.

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                      #11


                      I'm with nicholascrawford. The less I launder my shirts, the longer they'll last.

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                        #12


                        Wow - I can't believe anyone would consider wearing a shirt to work more than once without laundering!

                        Maybe that's because I live in Oz, where it is mostly fairly warm, but Ewww - showering every morning and washing shirts after every wear is really an essential.

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                          #13


                          I always wear a v-neck undershirt. On cooler days, I'd say I probably will wear a shirt around 3 times before washing. In the crazy humid summer days here in dc (where 90% humidity is not uncommon), they only last one wear!

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                              #15


                              Dress shirts get worn once and taken to the cleaners, pants get worn twice and then make the trip. Needless to say the entire staff at the dry cleaners knows me by name and phone number.

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