It’s time to stop this unhealthy habit that affects your vaginal health.
We try to be as hygienic as possible when it comes to underwear, especially since it sits at a really intimate area of our body. But a study has found that one in five people actually do something pretty gross with it. The thing in question? Not changing it.
According to a survey of 1,000 by online clothing store Banana Moon Clothing, 20 per cent of people admitted that they wear their underwear two or more times before putting it in the wash. Three per cent of them usually turn it inside out to keep it “fresh”.
And not to say men are, well, dirtier than women — but 31 per cent of men said that they’re guilty of re-wearing underwear, as compared just 10 per cent of women.
Plus, while it may be okay to go for weeks without washing pants and jackets, you put yourself at greater risk of catching something nasty if you don’t keep your underwear clean. (Also read: Why You’re Experiencing Vaginal Itch & What to Do About It)
“There are no right or wrong answers for how often outer clothing or garments should be washed, but the general rule of thumb is that underwear should be washed every day as it covers areas that can breed bacteria,” said Lesley Taylor, a microbiologist at Addmaster.
Which means you should also make it a point to wash your bra often. After all, 26 per cent of women surveyed said they usually wear one five or more times before putting it in the wash, with six percent admitting that they’d even hold out for 10 wears before doing the same.
Doing the laundry may be an absolute chore, but hygiene is important (and attractive), so just give your undies a good scrub daily.
A version of this article first appeared on www.cleo.com.sg.