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Not washing your clothes is the latest fashion trend
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Post# 1034718   6/7/2019 at 15:01 (364 days old) by Joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)        

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While I can see the convenience of being able to wear a shirt multiple times when traveling, the idea still kind of grosses me out. I will admit I have no problem reusing clothing like shorts or a fleece that have had another item of clothing worn underneath.

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Post# 1034728 , Reply# 1   6/7/2019 at 18:18 (364 days old) by Kate1 (PNW)        

Some of these are undoubtedly a gimmick that Iím terribly skeptical of, however, wool is indeed a material that really only needs washing when visibly soiled. Itís actually pretty remarkable how well it resists odor and keeps it shape. I love wool clothing, in the winter I wear wool base layers under my clothing and can get quite a few wearings in before washing them (though weeks and weeks and weeks would be pushing it). I also wear wool socks year round, though I definitely wash those after one wearing. Plenty of other clothing items need infrequent washing, jeans for example, pants depending on the material theyíre made of, even blouses and dresses usually donít need washed every time you wear them (especially if one makes use of slips and camisoles underneath).

Post# 1034743 , Reply# 2   6/7/2019 at 21:53 (364 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

I would undoubtedly dump something on myself within the first few days and need to wash it anyway.

Post# 1034749 , Reply# 3   6/8/2019 at 00:08 (364 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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File Under: Clothes to buy during a severe drought; clothes to buy when western civilization falls apart.

Post# 1034888 , Reply# 4   6/9/2019 at 12:42 (362 days old) by Superocd (PNW)        

I wash everything after wearing once or twice, including jeans, which I guess the CEO of Levi's said you are not supposed to do. I've always washed my jeans after the second wear and none of them have ever worn out. I do try to line dry them when the weather permits, however.

Even though I'm a millennial, I have to ask: is this a millennial thing? I have trouble keeping up with the crazy things my generation indulges in. Suffice it to say that I'm a millennial in age-group only.

Post# 1034901 , Reply# 5   6/9/2019 at 14:38 (362 days old) by jerrod6 (Southeastern Pennsylvania)        

My friends think I am crazy. I have two sets of clothes. One for going out of the house, and another set that I wear when around the house. As soon as I come home my out of the house clothes come off and my house clothes go on. Around the house, if I spill something on them that's ok. I might wear them another day. For going out if it is a short trip and nothing smells I hang it back in the closet for the next day(s). Wool pants or suits get worn multiple times with no problem of smells, and spots can easily be blotted off of them.

I only have one pair of very dark Jeans. I wear them out and take them off as soon as I return home. I don't think I have washed them at all last year - however, I don't make a regular habit of wearing jeans---so it works.

Undergarments are another story, they get changed every day and sometimes twice if need be.
I am not wearing any special type of treated clothes - just regular ones. And I don't stink either :)

Post# 1034948 , Reply# 6   6/9/2019 at 23:14 (362 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

I can see wool clothing being able to go a couple of wearings longer than cotton. I can also see wool garments needing just an ultra quick wash with less detergent and fewer rinses to be just as fresh as cotton counterparts. But beyond that, I'm sceptical.

I have extremely oily skin and sweat like a pig. A T-shirt I can wear all day, then take off without it looking and smelling like it needs a wash? I'll have to try that for myself, thank you. Trust me, you don't want me wearing more than once any clothes that've been direct contact with my skin.

That said, I do know a couple of guys who rarely sweat and simply don't smell. i can see them benefiting from this new tech.


Post# 1035088 , Reply# 7   6/11/2019 at 12:42 (360 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        
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I get it and see how the right wool could be worn for many days. I cloth diapered both of my children and breastfed them. The two most magical garments in my baby wardrobe were a wool soaker and lambs wool breast pads. The wool soaker is a heavy two ply knitted over the diaper cover. We used it for nights. In the morning, the guys were dry and odor free on the outside even when the cotton diaper inside was sopping wet. At first, the idea of not washing it for weeks seemed disgusting, but week after week it continued to smell fresh and clean. The lambs wool breast pads (which absorb leaking milk were the same.

While Iíd still have a lot of trouble wrapping my head around wearing a garment one hundred days, I can see how it might work.


Post# 1035115 , Reply# 8   6/11/2019 at 17:34 (360 days old) by Kate1 (PNW)        

Wool soakers are the BEST. My youngest kiddo had a feeding tube and was on overnight feeds for many years, which meant a constant infusion of breast milk all night long. Wool soakers and hemp fitteds were the only thing that kept her bedding dry through the night. And yes, they only need washed if theyíve been pooped on (which for me meant about once a week) or if they start getting smelly.

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