The average man wears his pajamas for nearly two weeks in a row before washing them. That may not alarm you, and you’ll probably be happy to know that women wear theirs for 17 days in a row, but there’s a dirty secret looming in your dirty laundry.
“We all have skin and gut organisms that are usually not harmful…but if they get into the wrong place they can cause problems,” professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine told Daily Mail.
You share a bed with your partner, but you could also be sharing microbes that get into your skin and put you at risk for MRSA, cystitis and other skin infections. Some words of wisdom from Bloomfield: wash your pajamas at least once a week.
Once those nasty microbes build up (say in a two-week span), they can’t be easily destroyed in the wash; they may even spread to your other clothes when you finally get around to doing laundry. This could be dangerous and incredibly gross if you live with roommates or your family…so basically all of us.
Sometimes spreading germs can help boost your immune system, like kissing your girlfriend. This is not one of those times. So, for the 73 percent of you guys who don’t do the wash and wear what’s on hand, do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and learn how to do laundry.