You’re Probably Not Washing Your Pajamas Enough (and It’s Pretty Gross!)

Yuck. A survey conducted by the Daily Mail just confirmed that people generally aren’t washing their pajamas nearly enough, and it could actually be bad for your health. “Pajamas are against your skin, and you shed skin cells at a vast rate, all the time. [PJs] are full of microorganisms that are usually not harmful, but if they get into the wrong place they can cause problems,” Sally Bloomfield, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told the paper.


On average, women report wearing the same pajamas for roughly 17 days before washing (miraculously, men are cleaner and say they wash every two weeks). I’m not sure if I go that long, but I’m sure I don’t toss mine in the hamper nearly as often as I should. My excuses, predictably, are pretty much right in line with what the people questioned said: Wearing different pieces every night makes it confusing to keep track of how long it’s been (54 percent), it’s only for a few hours every night (51 percent), and, gosh, they don’t smell bad (41 percent).

That, per the professor, is ridiculous logic.

“A lot of us carry staphylococcus bacteria, which can cause infections if they get into cuts and bruises,” she said. “We carry E. coli bacteria in our bowel, and while most strains are not harmful, if they get into the urinary tract they can cause infection [like] a urinary tract infection.”

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