How Often You Need To Wash Your Coat and Gloves

Be honest, when was the last time you washed your winter coat and gloves? According to an article from Huffington Post:

"If you’re part of the 38% of people who only wash their coats once a year or less — or the 28% who wash their scarves with that same frequency — there’s good news, according to Dr. Thomas A. Russo, chief of the University at Buffalo’s division of infectious diseases.

'We tend to launder our clothes, but we’re much less likely to launder or take to the dry cleaners our coats, hats and scarves,' Russo told HuffPost. 'At the end of the day, there’s really not many infectious diseases that are transmitted by our clothes. Is there a potential risk of getting infected from your clothes? Yes, but it’s a very low number.'

So how often should you wash your coat, gloves and scarves? Dr. Jameela Yusuff, SUNY Downstate chief medical officer, says 3 to 5 times per season. Gloves you might want to wash more frequently depending on your use. Especially since they're touching everything, so aim to wash them at least once a week.


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