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45% of Americans wear underwear for 2 days or longer, survey finds

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I mean I am sure there are some who can't afford to change every day, choosing to feed their families, pay rent, etc. but absent that, EWWWWW!

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I have seen this posted in 3 places now.

 

If you are one of the 45% of the people who completed this survey, you are gross.  I need for you to know that.

 

It's very cheap to wash your drawers with hand soap in the sink and let them dry overnight.

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When I as a kid, my parents bought an old home in the burbs. Two stories plus a large attic and basement. Was built in the 1800's.

 

Lots of boxes full of stuff in the attic and one had a set of encyclopedia type books for children/young adults. Lot of cool stuff in there like knot tying and stuff to make with virtuall no money needed.

 

I recall a section that was purporting to teach proper hygiene. The recommendation was bathing twice a week if you could but once a week in any case with Saturday afternoon/night as the preferred time. Being a kid, I remember showing it to my mom.

 

She didn't buy it.

 

 

 

It also had some cool stories from Gulliver's travels and the rather weird "Pilgrim's Progress." Published in the late 1800's if IIRC.  Shortly afterwards my folks took me down to get a library card.

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Well, to be honest here, I have worn underwear for more than a day.  (Like weekends or whenever it is that I don't take a shower.)   I also don't toss my underwear every 6 months.  

Americans tend to be hypersensitive to the concept of hygiene these days.  Just think, less than 100 years ago, folks would be doing good to get a bath once a week.  Clothing was worn until it was dirty (or smelly).  Granted, underwear is a special case, and should be changed daily because...well...we tend to accumulate, er, bodily fluids, there (women, more so than men...unless the man is looking at skin mags or anything that makes them aroused.) You also tend to sweat more profusely there if it is hot or you are doing a lot of manual labor. 

All I am saying is that wearing your underwear more than a day isn't going to kill you.  Yes, you should change it daily...but if you get off work Friday, change into your lounge wear, and just hang around the house all weekend, not taking a shower or changing your drawers....it ain't gonna kill ya. 

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5 hours ago, Tigz said:

Well, to be honest here, I have worn underwear for more than a day.  (Like weekends or whenever it is that I don't take a shower.)   I also don't toss my underwear every 6 months.  

Americans tend to be hypersensitive to the concept of hygiene these days.  Just think, less than 100 years ago, folks would be doing good to get a bath once a week.  Clothing was worn until it was dirty (or smelly).  Granted, underwear is a special case, and should be changed daily because...well...we tend to accumulate, er, bodily fluids, there (women, more so than men...unless the man is looking at skin mags or anything that makes them aroused.) You also tend to sweat more profusely there if it is hot or you are doing a lot of manual labor. 

All I am saying is that wearing your underwear more than a day isn't going to kill you.  Yes, you should change it daily...but if you get off work Friday, change into your lounge wear, and just hang around the house all weekend, not taking a shower or changing your drawers....it ain't gonna kill ya. 

Keep in mind that that "survey" was done by an underwear company. What clued me into that was the weird idea of throwing out underwear after 6 months. That's nuts. Assuming you cycle through them and do wash once a week, that's about 7 pieces. The idea you should only wear them 26 times then toss them is beyond nuts.  But certainly works well for makers of underwear. I always have a spare pack that I use to replace ones that are getting ragged or have a deteriorating elastic band. I just toss out the worn out ones and replace with one of the new ones. I don't date them. They each last a couple years on average.

 

As for peeps having germ fetishes, Madison avenue has been quite successful. There's some evidence that people, especially kids, benefit from being exposed to a variety of bugs. Theory being that it helps train the immune system. It's somewhat of a fringe area research wise. No significant source of money for grants to examine the premise. May well be the case though.

 

BTW, that old kid's encyclopedia also said that it might not be healthy to bathe daily. No explanation as to why but pretty much the only people that did that in those days were quite well off. The 1% of their times.

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My record for wearing the same pair of underwear is four days. What happened is I traveled to Las Vegas for a conference. I realized I didn't pack any underwear. Instead of buying some while there I went for a personal record. I was still let in the casinos and the conference.

What happens in Vegas did not stay in Vegas. I wore my underwear home.

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Warning! If you are too sensitive to health issues, please don't read below!!!

 

If you are a short-term volunteer in a homeless shelter in a church, it is clear that your life experience is invaluable. Now, imagine that when a homeless person enters a shelter and you are sitting in the distance of the room, you will soon find extreme urine throughout the place. Think about how long he has been wearing underwear?

 

1- one month

2- three months

3- N/A

 

If you have been to Skid Row in Los Angeles, the Tenderloin in SF, you will understand.

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Donations of new underwear and socks to a homeless shelter are always welcomed.

 

 

 

 

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