Almost Half Of People Admit To Wearing Undies For Two Days Or More
Almost half of us admit to having worn the same pair of underwear for at least two days in a row, a recent study has revealed.
The research was carried out by underwear brand Tommy John, who surveyed 2,000 US men and women and found that 45 per cent of respondents confessed to re-wearing undies on consecutive days.
The findings beg the question - why won't the other half of us admit to having done it too?
Of course, in an ideal world, we would all change our knickers every day. T-shirts can be re-worn comfortably with a pit spray or two, and jeans can go unwashed for years as far as I and Levi's CEO are concerned. But our undies come into contact with our more intimate areas and it's not that pleasant reapplying the same pair day after day.
That said, it's not always convenient to wear a fresh pair each day, say if you're on a drinking weekend or all your other pairs are wet (because they've been in the wash, that is). In such circs, some opt to reverse the pair on the second day of use, though this technique is contentious.
Perhaps more shocking though is the study's finding that 13 per cent of people said they had worn the same pair for a week or more - now that's one long bender/terrible tumble dryer. Less shocking is the revelation that blokes are 2.5 times more likely to wear the same pair of undies for more than a week.
The study also found that 46 per cent of people wore underpants that were more than a year old, while 38 per cent said they had no idea how old their underpants are. Not documenting the age of your skivvies might seem fairly normal to you and I, but the people at Tommy John aren't a fan of this outlook. They say your undies should get the sack after six months to a year, as they accumulate microorganisms and fungi that can lead to yeast infections or urinary tract infections.
... Then again, you might question whether Tommy John's main concern is the health of your urinary tract or selling underpants.
If you're loyal to your undies and don't fancy chucking them out just because you got them as present on Christmas Day 2003, then Tommy John offered some handy pointers regarding how best to wash them:
- Tumble dry your underwear on low heat for 30 minutes after washing. This will minimise the amount of bacteria your underwear gathers after a wash. You can also iron if that's more your speed.
- Don't mix your underwear in the same load with your significant other or children if they're sick. Doing so only increases the amount of bacteria hanging out in your washing machine.
- Avoid washing contaminated underwear with other pairs and clothing. This is especially important for those who have bacterial infections.
- Wash your underwear separately from clothing containing other bodily fluids.
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