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

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

Nobody likes doing laundry, that's a fact. Especially if you own a lot of clothes, washing, drying, and ironing them, can be a tedious task.

However, we like to think that most people would at least go to the effort of washing their undergarments, right? So a pair of jeans can go a long time without needing to be cleaned, and a shirt can maybe last you two or three days, depending on your bodily hygiene. But you'd hope that the underwear would be essential.

However, it seems that not everyone holds the same opinion. A recent survey has revealed an extremely distressing figure that's grossing social media users out: namely, that a whopping 45 per cent of Americans reportedly wear their underwear for two days in a row or more. Yuck!

The survey comes courtesy of American underwear manufacturer Tommy John, who wanted to poll the laundry habits of people in the United States. However, when they studied approximately 1,000 Americans across the country, they discovered that nearly half of them wore the same pair of underwear for "two days or longer."

As if that wasn't bad enough, Tommy John learned that 13 per cent of the Americans polled routinely wear the same underwear for a week or more! Not only that, but men were two and a half times more likely than women to do this, or at least to admit to it when asked.

Finally, in a separate survey, (the results of which have since been posted on the company's official website) an incredible 46 per cent of the 1,000 participants surveyed claimed that they owned the same pair of underwear for at least one year, while another 38 per cent said they had no idea how long they had owned their oldest pair of underwear.

Commenting on the findings on their website, the underwear retailer stated: "It’s crucial to update your underwear wardrobe every six months to a year to ensure you’re protected from harmful infections and health risks. Women should be especially careful, as they’re more at risk than men to experience health issues due to unclean underwear."

Tommy John also provided some handy health advice for its customers. They claim that you should tumble dry your underwear on low heat for 30 minutes after washing to ensure that no germs survive the rinsing, and they also suggest that you wash your underwear separately from other clothing.

Guys, I really shouldn't have to say this, but please change your underwear every day. At the very least it will mean that people stop avoiding you.