No matter whether you favour a pair of classic button down PJs, or you are more or a tee and shorts person, in this blog, we look at answering all of these questions and more as we take a deep dive into nightwear rotation.
This is because, as we sleep our body sweats, excreats oils and sheds dead skin cells. When wearing PJs, these bacteria-causing substances can be absorbed into the fabrics. When these are left over a period of days, they can become dangerous to your health by possibly causing infections, increasing your risk of acne and other skin conditions, and even potentially leading to cystitis.
While three to four nights is typically an appropriate length of time to wear the same pair of PJs without washing them, if you know you are prone to oily skin or suffer from night sweats, you may need to wash your nightwear even more frequently. It’s also worth noting that many people wear their pyjamas as a form of loungewear, not just for sleeping. If this is the case, and you wear PJs around the home for a number of hours prior to bed, you may have to wash them more frequently too.
Cotton/flannel pyjamas - this type of nightwear should never be washed at anything over 40 degrees. Temperatures higher than this can shrink cotton and see colours fade or run.
Fleece/thermal pyjamas - just as with silk nightwear, washing fleece pyjamas can be tricky. These thermal winter PJs should only ever be washed on a cool, gentle cycle. In many cases, it may be safer to simply wash fleece nightwear using a standard rinse and spin cycle with a small amount of detergent. This will help to keep the fleece’s fibres soft and fuzzy. Hot washes, on the other hand, are likely to damage the fleece linings of these types of PJs.
Linen pyjamas - again, while it’s important to read the care label to ensure they can be machine washed at all, as a rule, linen PJs should only be washed on low temperature cycles with a mild detergent. Linen will naturally become more absorbent and softer after each low temperature wash. However, if washed at a high temperature, it’s natural fibers can be irreparably damaged.
Based on the advice provided above, and assuming your household does one or two loads of laundry a week, you should ideally own three or four pairs of pyjamas (if you want to wear PJs each night). Naturally, this is simply a guide, and you may wish to have more than this in order to have separate nightwear options for both winter and summer, for example.
This estimation also assumes that you only ever wear PJs in bed, rather than slips, loungewear or other forms of nightwear. If this is the case, you may not need as many pairs of pyjamas. As long as you wash your nightwear at a frequency of every three to four days, and still have enough bedtime clothing options, it’s really down to you how many different styles of PJs you want in your wardrobe.
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