(KWCH/Gray News) - A recent study found that half of Americans haven’t changed their underwear every day.
Underwear maker Tommy John surveyed 1,000 Americans to see how long they wear and keep their underwear.
According to the survey, 45 percent of Americans said they have worn the same pair of undies for two days or longer. About 13 percent said they had worn the same pair for a week or more.
When it comes to men, the survey shows they are 2.5 times as likely as women to wear their underwear for a week or more.
The survey also showed that people are loyal to their underwear. Out of 1,000 people, 46 percent of Americans have owned the same piece of underwear for one year or more, and 38 percent claimed that they have no idea how long they’ve had them.
"These results were split fairly evenly between men and women, which throws any theories out the window that women are more hygiene-conscious than men, or vice versa," Tommy John said.
The company recommends swapping out your underwear every six months to a year because it accumulates microorganisms and fungi that can lead to yeast infections or urinary tract infections.
Tommy John recommends the following steps to keep in mind when washing underwear:
- Tumble dry underwear on low heat for 30 minutes after washing. This minimizes the amount of bacteria underwear gathers after a wash. Ironing also works.
- Don’t mix underwear in the same load with others in the household if they’re sick. Doing so only increases the amount of bacteria hanging out in the washing machine.
- Avoid washing contaminated underwear with other pairs and clothing. This is especially important for people with bacterial infections.
- Wash underwear separately from clothing containing other bodily fluids. If any article of clothing is stained, it’s better to wash it separately.