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View Poll Results: How many times do you wear your dress shirt before washing it?
1 45 58.44%
2 16 20.78%
3+ 16 20.78%
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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I've always worn my dress shirts once, then throw it in the hamper when I get home from work. It rarely smells at all, but it's just a habit to put any piece of clothing into the hamper after taking it off. Except for pants - I wear those maybe 3 or 4 times between washes. Recently I found out a coworker wears his dress shirts 3 days before washing it. I was grossed out, but it got me wondering what's the norm?
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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More than I should. My wife tells me I'm quite gross.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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When I'm wearing an undershirt, which is usually the case, I'll give my outer shirt about four wearings. That's assuming I'm not doing anything to get a bunch of dirt on it, or spilling food on it, or something.

If I'm not wearing an undershirt, just once... or maaaybe twice if I only wore it briefly and didn't break a sweat.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:58 PM
 
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If I wore dry clean only dress shirts, I probably would try to get 2 or 3 wearings before cleaning. But since everything I wear is machine washable, I can wash each time.
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:28 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would never wear a shirt more than once, so I have to keep about 20 of them so I don't wear them out as fast since washing is hard on the collar edges. Now pants, I can wear 2-3 times. Don't ask me why the difference.
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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I wash my husband's every time he wears them, even in cold weather he sweats.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:09 PM
 
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I don't understand why someone would not, as a matter of habit, wear an undershirt, nor do I understand (assuming you are wearing an undershirt) how wearing a shirt once or twice in a regular office environment would render it fit only for the hamper.

Plus all that washing is a lot of wear, and nice shirts aren't that cheap.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:42 PM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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I don't understand why someone would not, as a matter of habit, wear an undershirt, nor do I understand (assuming you are wearing an undershirt) how wearing a shirt once or twice in a regular office environment would render it fit only for the hamper.

Plus all that washing is a lot of wear, and nice shirts aren't that cheap.
My coworker's response is what spawned my question. I work in an typical white collar office pushing paper and I always wear an undershirt. I never sweat unless I decide to go for a walk during lunch. I never questioned "the rule" of washing your shirt after wearing it once until now. I have a few white and blue Brooks Brothers shirts that I wash every week. These are generally replaced once a year because they either get a small hole or look worn out after 50 cycles in the washing machine. It also tends to lose its wrinkle-free capability after 1 year of weekly washings. I'm OCD so I can't wear shirts that don't look new and crisp. I was thinking if I can wear them twice before washing it would save a couple hundred bucks each year on a few new shirts. But then again, wearing a shirt twice goes against my OCD-ness, LOL.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:53 PM
 
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My coworker's response is what spawned my question. I work in an typical white collar office pushing paper and I always wear an undershirt. I never sweat unless I decide to go for a walk during lunch. I never questioned "the rule" of washing your shirt after wearing it once until now. I have a few white and blue Brooks Brothers shirts that I wash every week. These are generally replaced once a year because they either get a small hole or look worn out after 50 cycles in the washing machine. It also tends to lose its wrinkle-free capability after 1 year of weekly washings. I'm OCD so I can't wear shirts that don't look new and crisp. I was thinking if I can wear them twice before washing it would save a couple hundred bucks each year on a few new shirts. But then again, wearing a shirt twice goes against my OCD-ness, LOL.
I get a lot more lifespan out of my shirts by wearing a handful of times, always with undershirt (except for maybe the last time before I wash it) and I also machine wash cold/gentle (using something like Woolite Dark for darker colors) and then hang dry. (you can always de-wrinkle with a brief dryer spin with a damp hand towel when needed)

If it's a shirt I'm wearing for work, I generally take it off and hang it up when I get home.

I'd rather buy fewer, nicer shirts and get more out of them. I mean, if you wore a sweater or sweatshirt over a t-shirt, would you launder that sweater every single time you wore it?
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:14 PM
 
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3 days for a shirt grosses you out...but 3 days of pants is ok??


depends how much you sweat,,,,

10 yrs ago, I use to get my shirts and pants professionally dry cleaned and pressed,,,and wear only one day..

then I got caught,,,couldn't drop them off and noticed,,,the set still looked new/clean

so, id rotate not 3 days in a row

I wear vests over my dress shirts too (thin wind vest) and I change them up too

but if I sweat,, or spill something on the clothes ,,then they get washed

but I see nothing wrong in rotating a couple days , in an office
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