If you aren’t replacing your underwear every year then you need to start doing it now.
The Good Housekeeping Institute has revealed that despite regular washing in hot water, a person’s clean underwear can still contain up to 10,000 living bacteria.
As such throwing your knickers out at least once a year is crucial for health reasons like reducing your risk of urinary tract infections, thrush and other allergies.
A recent study in the UK revealed that one in four men wear their underwear for two days before washing.
But even more shocking, a survey conducted in the US discovered that 18 per cent of men and 10.5 per cent of women didn’t wash their underwear at all.
According to MSN, 18 to 24-year-olds were the most hygienic cleaners.
“It turns out there are quite a few washing avoiders out there. These dirty habits are helping bacteria thrive,” the GHI stated.
The GHI also reminded everyone that just as important as washing your underwear in a hot cycle, was making sure your washing machine is clean.
Failure to do so actually allows bugs such as E. coli – found in human faeces - and dust mites to thrive.
An examination by a UK cleaning company found that in just two tablespoons of used washing machine water there is up to one million bacteria.
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