The science behind the frequency of washing your clothes

How often do you wash your clothes?

Contemporary fashion trends and the growing need to conserve water and energy have made it relevant for people to wash clothes less frequently.

According to Dr Rachel McQueen, Associate Professor in Textile Science at the University of Alberta, people do not need to wash their denims as much as they did in the past.

I'm not necessarily advocating people that people should wear their jeans for six months a year without washing. But I'm very interested in looking at if everyone can wash their jeans less frequently than they do, then maybe they can prolong the life of their jeans

Dr Rachel McQueen, Associate Professor in Textile Science at the University of Alberta

Dr McQueen has conducted research on odour within textiles and the sustainability of textiles.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Dr McQueen explains the impact of odour on clothes, and how often one should do their washing.

Listen to the interview below:

A lot of clothing that tends to be odourous after wearing is polyester

Dr Rachel McQueen, Associate Professor in Textile Science at the University of Alberta

Bacteria can survive in wool quite nicely because it is humid and can enjoy that temperature

Dr Rachel McQueen, Associate Professor in Textile Science at the University of Alberta

This article first appeared on 702 : The science behind the frequency of washing your clothes


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Recognising the experience of women in South African mines

Recognising the experience of women in South African mines

Dr Asanda Benya has done work to put under the spotlight the role of women in the occupational culture of South African mines.

Broadening the taste of Khayelitsha's spinach revolution

Broadening the taste of Khayelitsha's spinach revolution

Espinaca Innovations founder Lufefe Nomjana describes how he has grown his bakery business which produces goods made from spinach.

Makhamisa keeps mouths open with its distinctly Mzansi sauces

Makhamisa keeps mouths open with its distinctly Mzansi sauces

Terence Leluma describes the entrepreneurial journey of Makhamisa Foods which has introduced a proudly South African brand of sauces.

Developing future leaders for a stronger Africa

Developing future leaders for a stronger Africa

The African Leadership Academy works to strengthen Africa by developing the next generation of leaders.

Adding quality and ubuntu to local healthcare

Adding quality and ubuntu to local healthcare

Dr Nthabiseng Legoete describes the work of Quali Health, which provides quality and affordable healthcare in Diepsloot.

Afro Botanics turning good hair into great hair

Afro Botanics turning good hair into great hair

Ntombenhle Khathwane describes Afro Botanics' growth as a business which produces quality natural hair products.

Popular articles
I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Madzonga, who claims innocence and that Chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi lied to him.

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

Here we go again… The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa Connected Host Lee Kasumba.

'Clicks false-positive pregnancy tests causes a lot of heartbreak'

'Clicks false-positive pregnancy tests causes a lot of heartbreak'

Some of the women who used these tests shared their heartbreaking stories with Business Insider Online.

Tax payers could go back to filing returns manually if Sars system not fixed

Tax payers could go back to filing returns manually if Sars system not fixed

Marc Sevitz of Tax Tim says it is scary to think the system might collapse and taxpayers will have to file manually.

[WATCH] Hilarious little girl tells mom that she needs a boyfriend

[WATCH] Hilarious little girl tells mom that she needs a boyfriend

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

VBS gave Zuma R8.5m before any security was provided for loan - News 24 journo

News 24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan reports that Zuma was granted the loan despite the fact that he could not afford it.

Let your nose decide if docci claims into perfume industry are true

Let your nose decide if docci claims into perfume industry are true

Claims have been made that the perfume industry don't want consumers to know the real cost of making these products.

Woman alleges pastor Omotoso began sexually abusing her at 14

Woman alleges pastor Omotoso began sexually abusing her at 14

Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and his two co-accused face multiple charges, including human trafficking, racketeering and rape.