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You're late for work, you forgot to put that load of washing on, and your underwear drawer is looking perilously empty.
You know there’s a worn bra lurking at the bottom of your laundry basket, but surely, surely you can’t pick it out and put it back on. Or can you?
Interview - Weekend - Designer - Stella - McCartney
In an interview this weekend, designer Stella McCartney divided fashion and hygiene experts alike when she revealed she doesn’t change her bra every day, and claimed that overzealous washing can actually damage our clothes.
So is wearing your bra two days running the height of slovenliness?
Short-cut - Rest - Wardrobe
Or a time-saving short-cut for the sartorially aware? And how often should you be washing the rest of your wardrobe?
Unsurprisingly, all experts agree your knickers should be washed every day, given the garment’s proximity to the groin area, and bacteria Staphylococcus aureus that thrives there. If it gets into the skin through a bite or cut this can cause what’s called a Staph Infection.
Bacteria - Lives - Boils - Microbiologist - Dr
‘The bacteria lives in us harmlessly but can cause boils,’ says microbiologist Dr Katie Laird of De Montfort University, who adds that even among the most scrupulously hygienic bodily matter can still transfer onto undergarments.
Despite Stella’s sartorial intervention, Dr Laird still recommends changing bras every day, given there are sweat glands galore in the nearby armpit and the fact Staphylococcus aureus is also present in the armpit. ‘I would wash clothes in intimate contact with the skin every day,’ she says, although she stresses this is more of an issue of personal hygiene than disease prevention.
Chartered - Health - Practitioner - Dr - Lisa
Chartered environmental health practitioner Dr Lisa Ackerley, aka thehygienedoctor.co.uk, meanwhile, is inclined to side with Stella.
‘She’s probably right to say you don’t need to wash your bra every day,’ she says, but adds that there is ‘no rule of thumb. It depends on the weather, whether...
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