This bad health habit is causing big problems

There is one habit that many of us have that is causing more and more problems every day. It may seem
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There is one habit that many of us have that is causing more and more problems every day. It may seem harmless but the truth is, it is one of the most unhygienic habits we have. We don’t wash pyjamas nearly enough – men wait 13 days before washes and women wait 17 days!

Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told the Daily Mail that “Pyjamas are against your skin. You shed skin cells at a vast rate all the time.”

Skin cells that are shed onto pyjamas contain microbes – microorganisms that aren’t usually harmful but if they get into the wrong place then they can cause problems. Some can cause infections, cystitis and MRSA.

Professor Bloomfield’s study identified the main reasons for waiting so long between PJs washes and found the following:

Women

1. Alternate between a few pairs, so it’s easy to forget how long they’ve been out for – 54 per cent

2. They’re barely worn for more than a few hours per night – 51 per cent

3. One set is more comfortable than the rest – 43 per cent

4. They don’t smell unclean – 41 per cent

5. So busy with other aspects, it’s easy to forget they need changing – 30 per cent

Men

1. I don’t do the washing, so just wear what’s to hand – 73 per cent

2. Don’t have a lot of nightwear to choose from – 61 per cent

3. They don’t smell, so don’t see the problem – 50 per cent

4. Only wear them a couple of nights per week – 49 per cent

5. Partner doesn’t say anything, so it’s OK – 34 per cent

So the next time you’re dealing with a skin condition, perhaps those favourite PJ’s are to blame! If you need a way to remember washing them, make a habit of changing them when you change your bed sheets or once a week put them in the dirty clothes hamper before showering. There’s no harm in washing too frequently!

Tell us, are you guilty of this bad health habit? How often do you wash your clothes?

 

  1. Lee Allice

    Okey I’m a Aussie one wear one wash each week to the laundry mat TWO loads $12 detergent and conditioner four loads$20, PLUSS DRYING TWO LOADS $4 BEEN DOING THIS FOR SIXTEEN YEARS SOME TIME WITH EXTRA UP TO FOUR TIMES THE COST ONE LOAD IS ALWAYS SOCKS AND OVERALLS AND MY SOCKS LAST FIVE WASHINGS AS CHINESE WORK SOCKS POOR QUALITY HEELS BUT$6 FOR THREE PAIRS

  2. Val Cuthbert

    Sheets get washed on the same day every week, pjs same day as sheets plus every second day,

  3. Carole Elliott

    That is so gross! I can’t believe people do that ,I only wear mine twice at the most ,I’m sure if anyone wore them that long they would stink!!

  4. Kerry Pell

    I wear p j’s 2 days then wash always and didn’t know anyone would wait a week yuck

    • Doug Lambert

      If you are showering every day or even every second day, I don’t think a once a week change of pyjamas is unreasonable. I would also depend on the individual in terms of their body odour or general personal hygiene that may determine how often they change their pyjamas. Once a week for clean sheets, once a week for clean pyjamas.

      • I agree with you. Did they ever think washing your pj’s every day or second day, is actually worse because of the detergent or softner contains chemicals which can cause rashes etc.Once a week , if not being sweaty , is fine with pj’s.

    • Jan Edwards  

      I always wear undies under my pajamas, anyway and don’t sweat at all.

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