While it's important to keep our clothes in good condition so they'll last longer, experts say constant laundering may not always be the most cost-effective way.
We found a great list from Real Simple Magazine to help clear up what to wash when.
Here are some of the highlights:
1. Dress Pants and Khakis: Because you're likely to wear dress pants in a climate-controlled office, you can easily get four to five wears before needing to wash them, especially if you make a habit out of changing after work.
2. Jeans: Good durable denim is excellent at masking dirt, so you can wear it several times before tossing it in the hamper. In fact, experts says, over-washing can cause jeans to fade and fray so when you do wash them, turn them inside out, use cold water, and line dry. They'll be a bit stiff at first, but for the mileage you'll get, it's worth it.
3. Pajamas: People tend to sweat and shed skin cells at night more often than they think so a good rule of thumb is to wash pajamas twice as often as you wash your sheets.
4. Bras: Since bras don't come into direct contact with your underarms, they can withstand a few wears, but since elastic needs about 24 hours to recover, it's best to rotate and avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row.
5. Swimsuits. Salt and chlorine will eat away at the fibers and stretch swimsuits pre-maturely. Hand-washing yours with cool water and a gentle detergent and letting it air-dry will keep it in good shape.
You can find even more tips on when to wash other items inthis article on Real Simple.