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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48908413

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Fashion designer Stella McCartney said this in an interview with the Observer this weekend, adding that she picked up the tip while working for bespoke tailors on London's prestigious Savile Row. Instead, she says, the "rule" is to "let the dirt dry and you brush it off".

It may have been a throwaway comment at the end of the interview, but something about this line stuck with readers - many of whom have been doing several loads of laundry a week.

So does she have a point? Is it better to avoid washing your clothes?

Killing the planet one microfibre at a time

This isn't the first time McCartney has recommended not washing our clothes. In fact, she has long advocated avoiding the washing machine - both for the longevity of the garments, but also because of the impact washing them has on the environment.

Laura Diáz Sánchez, from the Plastic Soup Foundation advocacy group, agrees with this, particularly when it comes to high-street clothes, which contain more synthetic materials such as polyester and acrylic.

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People definitely wash certain articles of clothing too much. But I’m definitely washing my underwear after each use. 

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2 hours ago, johnny said:

People definitely wash certain articles of clothing too much. But I’m definitely washing my underwear after each use. 

 

You ain’t a real man if you washing your underwear!

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I love all of these articles on why we should eat bugs, live in dorms with no AC, and not wash our clothes 

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I'm going to do an extra load tomorrow just because of this article, maybe even with just 1 item.

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1 hour ago, BlueAngel said:

I'm going to do an extra load tomorrow just because of this article, maybe even with just 1 item.

 

Seems like something you would do.

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I remember reading the positives of putting clothes in the freezer to kill any bacteria. I'm a sweaty fuck though so I can't live that life. 

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I use to put my jeans in the freezer. Then sun dry them. Now I don't care. Raw denim forever.

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20 hours ago, gamer.tv said:

I remember reading the positives of putting clothes in the freezer to kill any bacteria. I'm a sweaty fuck though so I can't live that life. 

I sweat too much to not do laundry, I think I have overly active sweat glands. I always run warm it sucks.

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