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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.


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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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