In the case of thermal underwear, how often should you wash it? Well, for starters remember that thermals are usually wicking, which means that they draw moisture away from the skin. So, even if they smell clean (and it’s okay, we all smell clothes from time to time to decide when to wash them – it’s not just you!!) they will need regular laundering to keep them fresh and to retain their wicking properties. Even a modern synthetic wicking fabric will not work as well when it starts to get dirty.
Make sure that your family knows how to wear layers of clothing to get the best effect and to prolong the life and wear of each garment. For instance, thermal underwear is obviously not designed to take a beating from, let’s say for instance, children’s food messes. Get your kids to wear their day clothes or PJ’s over their thermals and if your children are only little, put smocks, aprons or bibs on them to save their outer garments from wearing too fast too.
Thermals and other undergarments designed for warmth are not generally designed to keep out the weather (!) like a good coat or jacket will do. Remember, each layer has a different purpose, for instance the outer layer is designed to cope with the wind and other elements when skiing. Getting everyone to wear appropriate outer clothing will save the lifespan of your thermal underwear and also make it work more effectively.
If there are wool garments or silk garments (silk is sometimes blended into thermal garments for its superior properties in just about everything), ensure that they are washed in a gentle washing powder or liquid designed for that kind of fabric. Just throwing silk or woollen thermals into the wash with everything else will make them wear out a lot faster, pill and become uncomfortable to wear, stretch out of shape and possibly discolour too. Try hanging thermals on Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers instead of bunching them up in your drawers, it will help them keep their shape. But make sure that thermals are never washed in hot water on a non-gentle cycle and in a non-gentle wash soap – they must be always be washed in cold or warm, with gentle wash or gentle soap, and they need a gentle cycle in the machine. Your thermals will end up pilled and felted and shrunken if you don’t observe this basic thermal underwear rule!
Hopefully you can take some of these tips and implement them in your household if you are keen to find more ways to manage your household’s thermal underwear and other cold weather clothing. It’s not easy to run a household, but remember – you are already doing a great job!