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Laundry Questions for Europeans (and others too) (1 Viewer)

Denward

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There was an article in the Wall Street Journal last week about the inordinate amount of time Americans spend doing laundry ineffectively. There was a statement in there that only Americans wash everything after one wearing, but that Europeans didn't. The article also opined that Europeans were the most best launderers in the world because they didn't overwash their clothes and they use high efficiency, smaller appliances made necessary by smaller homes.

So how often do you wear something (assuming no profuse perspiration) before you wash it? Here are my answers.

Underwear: 1
Dress socks: 2
Shirts: 1
Pants: about 5
Outerwear: about every 6 months or so
 

Jack Briggs

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Erm, is this a response to that spate of "why-do-you-Americans [fill in blank]" threads from last week? Be honest.
 

andrew markworthy

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Anything that's been next to my skin gets worn once before washing (unless it's a shirt I've only worn for a couple of hours). I don't think other Brits are all that different.
 

Rain

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Socks and underwear only once.

Pants and shirts are on a case by case basis.

I make a point of sweating as little as possible.
 

Denward

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No, I wasn't thinking about those threads. There really was a WSJ article last week and my laundry chores last night just reminded me of it.
 

Jefferson

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It depends on the climate. I don't sweat as much since moving to a cooler, northern area with an average temp of 60 degrees. But my years at the Mexican border demanded much more laundering. Those who wore shirt more than once, in average temperatures of 90 degrees, smelled like......well, really smelled.
 

Jack Briggs

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Just checking, Denward. Thanks! Now continue. Let's just don't make generalizations about people/countries, is all.
 

StephenA

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I'll wear shirts and pants more than once before washing, but not for 2 days straight. I wash boxers after each wearing. I don't usually wear socks, so that doesn't count for me.
 

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