How Often Should You Wash Your Kids’ Pyjamas?

This one time, I made a seemingly innocent statement, about how I only wash my kids pyjamas once a week (more if they are actually dirty, but often just the once).

My kids are 3 and 5 now, and when they wake up we generally change them into their clothes. And then at the end of the day they have a bath after dinner, and straight into PJs. So there’s not much room to get them dirty. PLUS, they’re 3 and 5 – they don’t often spill stuff on them; but yes it still happens.

PJ’s get washed once a week. In between washes, the PJs get stored underneath the pillow; just like we used to do as kids.

I asked my Mum what she did with us, and she also said “just once a week for all of that stuff”. She had 4 kids and unless the PJs were dirty, then they went for another round until the weekend.

Just like my own Mum, I do a load of washing every single day. However it’s usually a medium to large wash. On the weekends it’s a super wash because of all the extras. Two reasons for this … 1) I hate doing laundry, and 2) keep costs down.

HOWEVER, fascinatingly, so many of you wash your kids’ PJs every single day! A lot of you said “I’d wash them once a week, but the kids get them dirty” – which is fair enough!

Heaps of you, said “Yuck, we wash them every day regardless if they’re dirty because kids sweat during the night”.

Let me be the first to say that each of us is allowed to do whatever we want … So I took it upon myself to Google the shit out of this and find out what the “professionals” say. I use the term “professionals” loosely because it’s the internet. Loads of people think they’re professionals …

Here are some links that I personally found interesting (some of these are about washing adults clothes but the same rules apply):

What I learned from the above “research” is that once a week is probably a stretch (so even I admit that LOL), but as long as they aren’t dirty it’s ok; especially if your kid has a bath/shower before bed.

However, ideally it should be every 3-4 wears.

Washing kids’ clothes doesn’t need to be a massive chore. Unless children have sensitive skin, most experts agree you can wash their clothes along with yours anytime you see stains or they start to smell. The problem is that kids tend to get dirty more often than adults do, so those stains and smells pop up more frequently. One general rule is that the lighter and softer the fabric, and the closer it hugs the body, the more often you need to wash it. But as long as you don’t notice dirty patches, kids can wear clothes multiple times before they’re ready for the laundry pile.

That last part was taken from the Good Housekeeping website – couldn’t have put it better myself!

How often do you wash your kids’ PJs?


How Often Should You Wash Your Kids Pyjamas?

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