Wearing And Caring For Your Undies

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You and your undies get pretty intimate, wouldn’t you say? You might even say that your underwear goes where no man or woman has gone before on your body….am I right? Considering how up close and personal we get with our thongs, full-butted panties, boy shorts etc., it’s amazing how little many of us know about this delicate and important item of clothing. Our underwear are the gatekeepers standing between our most sensitive areas and all the bacteria, pollution, and other nasty stuff out in the world (including those jeans you wear all of the time but never wash—right?) I used to just quickly grab the cheapest five-pack I could find and move on with my day but, after dealing with a few rashes and other uncomfortable incidents down south, I’ve started paying more attention to my undergarments. For National Underwear Day this weekend, here are things you should know about wearing and caring for your underwear.

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Sitting in your workout undies

After exercising, make sure you shower and change into fresh undies. When you’ve been sweating at the gym, your underwear has gathered tons of bacteria, and essentially become a swamp that’s ripe for causing an infection.

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Not bringing undies to the pool

Don’t forget to pack a pair of undies for a pool or beach day. After rinsing off in your bathing suit, don’t stay in your swimsuit—just because you’ve cleaned the chlorine or salt water out doesn’t mean you should sit in damp bottoms. That’s a recipe for a urinary tract infection. Change into clean, fresh panties right away.

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Wearing anything other than cotton

Cotton should be the only material you should be wearing down there. Synthetic fibers do not breathe well, and make your nether regions gather moisture and bacteria.

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Wearing ones that are the wrong size

Make sure your panties fit correctly. If they pinch, then they’re probably too tight, and aren’t allowing your sensitive areas to breathe. Ones that are too big, however, can shift around, dragging bacteria from the back to the front.

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Keeping tattered ones

If your underwear develops little holes and tears, it’s time to throw them out. Tossing a beloved pair of undies can be tough but, wearing tattered underwear exposes you to germs.

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Wearing string thongs

Teeny, tiny string thongs—the ones that are like dental floss for your butt—are breeding grounds for bacteria. They shift from front to back, bringing fecal matter to your vagina.

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Sporting vibrant pairs

Bright, colorful panties may be cute but, they also contain dyes, and dyes can irritate your skin. Unless you can confirm that your underwear is colored with natural dyes, stick to the white or skin tone pairs.


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Machine drying them

Most underwear cannot stand up to the dryer. It’s too rough on them, and can wear them out. Plus, the shrinking effects of the dryer are amplified in something as small as a pair of panties. Just hang dry these.

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Using perfumed detergent

Don’t use the same detergent on your undies as you do on everything else. Perfumes and other harsh chemicals in most detergent shouldn’t go anywhere near your private parts. Get a non-fragranced, natural detergent for your underwear.

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Machine washing the lacy variety

Your delicate, lacy, sex pairs don’t belong in the washing machine. It pulls at the fragile design, stretches it out, and can rip holes in the lace. Hand wash these pretty sets.

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Substituting Spanx for undies

Spanx are not meant to replace underwear. Not only that but, you shouldn’t wear Spanx often—keep them for special occasions. These and similar shape wear are made from synthetic fabrics that don’t breathe well.

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Failing to replace them

Your underwear likely needs to be replaced every few years, even with proper care. It goes through a lot. It thins out easily, and once that happens, it exposes you to germs.

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Not using wipes

Consider keeping some baby wipes or similar wipes in your bathroom for times you go number two. A lot of bacteria gets trapped back there that we don’t know about, and transfers onto our undies.

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Drying them outdoors

Don’t hang dry your underwear outdoors. It seems like the quickest way to dry them but, when you hang underwear outside, you risk birds and other animals leaving feces on them, and all sorts of germs falling onto them.

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Getting ones with tags

Treat yourself to tag-less pairs. Those with tags leave you scratching away, opening up your skin, and making it more sensitive to bacteria.

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