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How often should you replace your Underwear or Panties?

How often should you replace your Underwear or Panties?

Keep your underwear clean and your confidence high. Cleanliness is next to godliness, especially when it comes to your underwear. But how often do we replace our underwear mindfully? Overusing underwear is like reusing a disposable mask – it might look economical, but it's not worth the risk to your health and comfort. Let's see why!

Firstly, what are the components of underwear?

The crucial components of panties include:

  1. Fabric

A good fabric feels like wearing a second skin, not a strait jacket. It should be breathable, comfortable, and soft fabric that will keep your intimate area dry and prevent irritation.

  1. Elastic Waistband

The elastic waistband is a stretchy band that sits around your waist. It's like a loyal friend who never lets you down. It needs to be durable and have a snug fit without being too tight so that it will provide you comfortable support and can endure multiple washes.

  1. Leg Openings

A leg opening of underwear refers to the area around the legs where the underwear ends and its fabric meets your thighs. It is great to wear a well-designed panty to prevent riding up or digging into the skin, providing freedom of movement.

  1. Gusset Lining

The gusset lining in Underwear is an additional piece of fabric sewn into the crotch area that offers extra reinforcement, comfort, and hygiene. It should be created with breathable fabric such as cotton, to promote airflow. A well-made gusset prevents chafing, absorbs moisture, and enhances the overall durability of the Underwear.

  1. Size and Fit:
    Proper sizing ensures comfort and support without being too tight or too loose. Wearing the perfect size in Underwear is like slipping into a tailored suit—it fits impeccably, enhances your comfort, and gives you a sense of effortless style.
  2. Design: 
    A good design is intelligence made visible, and it can add a touch of style and personality to your Underwear.

How can you assess the durability of your Underwear?

Stretch -

Consider the type of material used in the waistband and how well it survives repeated washings. You can determine the durability of the waistband of Underwear by evaluating its elasticity, stitching quality, and resistance to stretching or fraying over time. Bad elasticity is like a worn-out rubber band—it fails to bounce back, resulting in the material losing its shape and failing to provide the necessary support or comfort.


If your Underwear is too tight or too big to wear, its use can become uncomfortable and restrictive as a bad fit is prone to riding up or sagging, leading to constant readjustment and irritation throughout the day. A proper fit creates less strain and friction which prevents excessive pulling and stretching, which in turn enhances comfort and promotes the durability of Underwear.

Frequency of wear -

The durability of Underwear is inherently tied to its frequency of wear. Repeated use can lead to stretching, loss of elasticity, and fabric wear, impacting its longevity due to constant friction and washing, accelerating deterioration. Rotation of Underwear with proper laundering practices is pivotal in extending the lifespan of Underwear, ensuring comfort, support, and value over time.


What are the consequences of not replacing your Underwear?

Failing to replace your Underwear is as good as using an expired medicine, it loses its effectiveness and may even pose a threat to your well-being. Do you know how?

Hygiene concerns

Good hygiene is the first step to good health. Old and overused Underwear is an invitation to several bacteria, sweat and bodily fluids which once built up can lead to an unpleasant odour and increased risk of bacterial and fungal infections. Bacteria from the groin area or fecal matter can travel to the Underwear and subsequently to the urethra, increasing the danger of UTIs (urinary tract infections). Hence practicing good Underwear hygiene is crucial for maintaining genital health, preventing infections, and ensuring comfort and confidence throughout the day.

Physical discomfort

The worn-out fabric reduces softness and increases roughness against the skin, causing irritation or chafing, and compromising the structural integrity of old Underwear with the risk of tears, holes, or seam separations. This in turn can not only affect the appearance of the Underwear but also decrease its functionality and lifespan where frayed edges or exposed seams can lead to discomfort and may even lead to skin irritations and cuts.

Loss of confidence

Confidence and personal hygiene are like the sun and the sky—they brighten your day, illuminate your presence, and make you shine from within. But this can turn into a dull and frustrating day if you keep using the same old worn-out Underwear that you constantly need to adjust, affecting your productivity and mood. Additionally, the odour coming out from the worn-out Underwear can leave one embarrassed and conscious, leading to a lack of confidence and self-esteem.

How Can You Make Underwear Last Longer?

  1. Rinse them in cold water.
  2. Use gentle detergent.
  3. Detour from fabric softeners.
  4. Air dry instead of using the dryer.
  5. Wash them separately from other clothing.
  6. Skip bleach, which can shrink elastic.
  7. Don't squeeze them out vigorously.
  8. Store them in a cool, dry place.
  9. Rotate between pairs to reduce wear.
  10. Mend small tears or loose threads promptly

How to repurpose old Underwear?

While natural fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, bamboo viscose, and wool are biodegradable and can be composted, contributing to a more sustainable approach to textile disposal, you can also donate them to an organization that recycles textiles or give them back to the brands will take back your old Underwear and recycle them.

Using old, overused Underwear is like relying on a tired companion - they may leave your company and stop supporting you anytime and anywhere. We understand the significance of your hygiene, as a clean body is a temple for the soul and clean Underwear can help you worship this temple.

Wacoal is a prominent global lingerie brand that combines science and leading-edge technology to provide stylish and comfortably fit lingerie to every woman. Explore a wide range of supportive, breathable, seamless, soft, moisture-wicking and durable Underwear at Wacoal, because not every old is gold, sometimes it's just old – don’t forget to replace it with the new one in time!