Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33

Thread: Should we stop washing our clothes?

  1. #1
    Senior Member razz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    5,788

    Should we stop washing our clothes?

    This BBC article https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48908413 is thought-provoking. It fits right in with the clothes pollution thread earlier.

    I rather agree with the information provided. I air my blouses/tops and wear more than once, briefs and socks do get washed after each use, use liquid detergent and cold water. Some other ideas that are new to me though.

    A few quotes:
    Killing the planet one microfibre at a time
    This isn't the first time McCartney has recommended not washing our clothes. In fact, she has long advocated avoiding the washing machine - both for the longevity of the garments, but also because of the impact washing them has on the environment.

    Laura Diáz Sánchez, from the Plastic Soup Foundation advocacy group, agrees with this, particularly when it comes to high-street clothes, which contain more synthetic materials such as polyester and acrylic.

    "Every time we wash our clothes an average of nine million [plastic] microfibres are released into the environment," she tells BBC News. "The way we wash our clothes affects this, as well as the way our clothes are made - but the more we wash our clothes, the more microfibres are released."...

    Leave your jeans alone
    Sarah Clayton, head of the Love Your Clothes campaign by environmental charity Wrap, also suggests not washing your jeans, but airing them between wears instead: "If they have a stain you could try spot-cleaning them with water rather than washing the whole garment."

    Letting your jeans fester unwashed may sound a bit unsavoury, but one man in the know swears by it - Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi's.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    7,376
    wouldn't it be easier just to try to buy clothes made from natural materials? I know easier said than done these days, but occasionally one can find them.
    If you want something to get done, ask a busy person. If you want them to have a nervous breakdown that is.

  3. #3
    Senior Member KayLR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    SW Washington State
    Posts
    1,888
    I hardly ever wash my jeans....I'd read that before. The only clothes I wash regularly are undies. I'm too messy to let white blouses and shirts go unwashed.
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Posts
    1,606
    I wash minimally. There must be stubborn stains or smells. Undergarments are the exception.

  5. #5
    Senior Member bae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Offshore
    Posts
    8,007
    I just wear cotton, wool, and silk.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Teacher Terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    8,081
    I wash my clothes in cold water but towels, sheets, etc in hot water. My little doggies are pad trained so they are washed in hot water with detergent and bleach. I only wear panties and socks once. I wash jeans weekly and my shirts it depends if I sweat or not. I sleep in my pj’s 3x’s before washing. Some of the suggestions in the article were gross.

  7. #7
    Senior Member catherine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    9,804
    I'm a minimalist washer. A lot of people I know wash clothes when they bring them home from the store, and I have never done that. I wash my clothes like I water my plants: I observe them and if they need it, I do it. I'm not one to just wash something because it's been worn once--except for underwear.
    "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?" Emily Webb, Our Town
    www.silententry.wordpress.com

  8. #8
    Senior Member KayLR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    SW Washington State
    Posts
    1,888
    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I'm not one to just wash something because it's been worn once--.
    That's something that drives me nuts about my daughter and grandkids....they always have TONS of laundry because they never wear anything twice without throwing it in the hamper (pile). Whether it's dirty or not. Most of it's not!
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

  9. #9
    Senior Member SteveinMN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    5,489
    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticNoMore View Post
    wouldn't it be easier just to try to buy clothes made from natural materials?
    As far as I've seen, most jeans are still all-cotton. I mess up all fabrics equally.

    We wash stuff when it's dirty. For undergarments, that's after one wearing, though if I know my next day will start with some messy project before I bathe, I'll re-wear the old stuff while I'm getting messy and sweaty in the set of clothes I keep for getting messy and sweaty in. Then I'll shower and change into regular clothes. I don't see a real point to wasting clean undergarments on a dirty job when I know it's coming. Pants, shirts, jackets -- all are washed when they appear to be dirty or known to be sweaty. Towels typically last us half a week before they see the laundry pile.

    Our kids must change clothes a few times a day and nothing is ever re-worn. Then, of course, there are the grandkid toddlers, who generate a lot of laundry with oopses and accidents. Each person in that family has more clothes individually than DW and I do put together. They must do at least one load of laundry a day in their house in a big honkin' washing machine. *sigh*
    Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. - Booker T. Washington

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    3,117
    I do the sniff test on clothes when I undress and no way is air drying going to cut it when temperatures are in the 90's and humid.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •