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I came across a very interesting chart the other day some of the details of which I thought I'd share. It listed how many days you can wear your clothes before for want of a better term they begin 'to hang' or more simply begin to smell.

 

I came across a very interesting chart the other day some of the details of which I thought I'd share. It listed how many days you can wear your clothes before for want of a better term they begin 'to hang' or more simply begin to smell.

Obviously matters like this are quite subjective, and their are no hard and fast rules. So Let's focus on socks. Take for example the lad about town, a regular Gym goer and out to impress. For those guys, changing socks several times a day is not unheard of. I knew someone once who claimed he never wore the same socks twice. (No mention of whether he washed them when he took them off or just put them back in the draw though).

Of course these are the exceptions, in a mans world the question of the suitability to wear an item of clothing for the second or third time can be decided in a number of ways. In the case if socks, there is the good old fashioned sniff test. No pong then they are good to go. Alternative decision making tools, include the adventurous throw it at the wall test. Chefs use a similar technique when cooking steak. The firmness of the meat determining its state. The impact from the socks collision with the wall decides its suitability for future use. A soft brush means it still retains some of its freshness whilst a firm thud brings future use into question.

With socks although the recommendation is only wear once between washes, it failed to include a caveat regarding the option of wearing the sock on the other foot or maybe inside out. These little tricks can greatly extend a socks foot life by several days.

I would imagine that intrepid adventurers like Bear Grills or Ray Mears would be able to fill a book with handy little tips on extending a socks foot-life. Such gems as leaving the socks by an open window thus allowing nature the opportunity to freshen up the footwear or should it rain then a unplanned but welcoming wash. A wet sock whilst uncomfortable to put on quickly dry's through body heat. Important things to know if you have socks on a limited budget.

One thing the chart highlighted was the weekends, and the unwritten rule that goes without saying on Saturdays and Sundays all bets are off. All clothes are allowed to be reused during this time. That is unless you are confronted by that modern day phenomenon 'The Intervention' a confrontation from A N Other highlighting the unpleasant odour you are trailing. This can be dealt with in several ways. Repent, apologise and freshen up. Deny everything and blame the family pet, if none are available invent one. Or if you are in denial and see this as a temporary problem. Sight the recent revelation by Take That's Gary Barlow who claimed he hadn't washed his hair in fourteen years and his golden locks have now started self cleaning themselves just as your socks will start doing shortly. And if you thought Sock hygiene is a minefield let's not get started on underwear, think we'd best leave that for a future issue.

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