A HYGIENE expert has revealed how often you should be washing your pyjamas.
And the science behind why they need regular washing might make you want to chuck your current pair in the laundry basket ASAP.
As autumn creeps in, millions of Brits are going to be slipping into their cosiest PJs every night.
But they might not be washing them as often as they should be.
According to physician editor Neha Pathak, your night clothes are collecting all kinds of nasties from your skin AND environment every moment you're wearing them.
And if you’re sleeping in them, “they’re collecting sweat, body oils, dead skin cells and potentially allergens and bacteria that may then accumulate” all night.
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“As a general rule of thumb, washing regularly is important,” Neha tells Today.
“How frequently depends on personal preference taking into account these factors for your own personal comfort level.”
The recommended frequency to wash your pyjamas is anywhere between one and three wears.
If you’re a sweaty sleeper, washing your PJs after every wear is your best bet.
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“Remember that all that sweat, body oils and other bodily secretions can build up and can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that can then come in contact with your skin,” Neha adds.
“This collection of bodily secretions can also lead to an odour in the clothes that may impact your sleep.”
Not washing your pyjamas enough could also lead to a buildup of allergens like dust mites and pet dander.
These can irritate your skin or have you up all night sneezing and with a runny nose.
Other things that should be washed as often as your pyjamas are towels, dresses, skirts and jumpers.
However, tights, bras and underwear should be washed after every use.
Once you've washed your pyjamas in your preferred way, you should air or tumble dry them as soon as the cycle is finished.
By way of storage, your PJs should be kept in a drawer or wardrobe – rather than stuffed under your pillow.
Where possible, sync your washing and pyjama wearing cycles with your partner, family or housemate(s) to keep the laundry basket from overflowing.
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