At this point, you’ve lost count of how long you’ve been wearing those sweatpants. It’s okay — it happens to everyone. But with loungewear becoming the uniform of choice for the foreseeable future, it’s time to learn how to take care of those beloved sweats so they can last for the long-term. If you’re wearing them on a daily basis, that’s all the more reason to implement a stricter washing regimen.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Bustle that the closer fabrics come to directly touching your skin, the more frequently they should be washed. “If you are sweating heavily from exercise or you are not showering as often as you should, the garments may become soiled more easily,” Dr. Zeichner explains. “Undergarments should be changed and washed daily, ideally so should your sweatpants. Especially in the areas between the legs and in the groin, sweatpants may become contaminated with microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria.”