Almost 2,000 Americans got intimate about their underwear habits in a survey and the dirty details may surprise you
An innerwear company, let's say, went "undercover" to investigate the daily underwear habits of about 2,000 Americans. The underwear company called Tommy John claims to have conducted a survey where one in two Americans have admitted that they have worn the same pair of underwear for two days or more. You'd think basic underwear hygiene is a well-known process but this survey doesn't seem to be on the same page. Researchers found that for 1,000 of those interviewed, basic hygiene rules didn’t apply. 45 percent admitted to wearing the same pair of inner wear for multiple days while 13 percent said they’ve worn the same pair for a week a more. Talk about airing your dirty laundry.
So who's dirtier? Men or women? Apparently, the results were “fairly even” between men and women, according to the survey. But the men seem to be a little lazier in comparison. According to the website, men are the ones skimping on changing their skivvies — they’re 2.5 times as likely as women to wear their underwear for a week or more. Much to no one's surprise, the study confirms that this is gross. According to a study from Good House Keeping, it is believed that clean underwear apparently contains up to 10,000 living bacteria – even after being washed! So imagine how bad it must be if you don't wash it.
And Americans seem to be holding on to their undies much longer than needed. For those wondering what an ideal time period is to hold on to your undies, the survey states it’s probably best to let go in 6 months to a year. The survey states: Over time, underwear accumulates various types of problematic microorganisms and fungal germs that can increase your susceptibility to certain illnesses, like yeast infections and urinary tract infections, among others. Bottom line? Old underwear isn’t just cramping your style — it’s hurting your health. It’s crucial to update your underwear wardrobe every six months to a year to ensure you’re protected from harmful infections and health risks. Women should be especially careful, as they’re more at risk than men to experience health issues due to unclean underwear.
The blog also suggests swapping old undies for new pairs and keep enough to last up to 2 weeks. That means that you need to have at least 14 pairs of fresh underwear. A good washing tip that the site suggests is to tumble dry your undies for 30 minutes after washing. This helps to minimize the number of bacteria that accumulates after a wash. You can even iron it if that's what you'd prefer. Either way, Americans probably shouldn’t be having an article to tell them to change their underwear every day, but apparently, the survey suggests otherwise and that's the dirty truth.