Extraordinary Statistics! Apparently, Some Americans Never Clean Their Underwear


April 27, 2018 12:54 By Fabiosa

Make yourself comfortable because what you’re going to read next will most definitely make you jump out of your skin. Recent studies showed that around 15% of Americans never clean their underwear! What?!

The statistics

Yes, laundry can be a huge pain in the bum, and life may be too busy for this: 'Ain’t nobody got time for that'. But how is it even possible that people never clean the underwear? You might think these are millennials, but actually, they are the ones who keep their clothes fresh and clean the most.

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According to the survey from Mullberrys Cleaners, 18 percent of men and 10.5 percent of women do not clean their underwear at all, where the most percent (15.7 percent) are actually middle-aged people. This raises so many questions. What do these people do then? Do they buy new underwear and throw it in the garbage after a couple of wears? Or maybe some kind of laundry service does cleaning for them? Or maybe the initial question was misunderstood, and it’s their wives, husbands, moms, etc. who are washing their underwear for them? Or maybe they wear the same underwear for the whole week or even more? Either way, the statistics is shocking.

Toxic laundry detergents

What if these people do not wash their underwear because of the toxicity of laundry detergents? Realistically speaking, it may be true, because laundry detergents actually contain harmful chemicals, from which 1,4-dioxane (Diethylene Oxide) is the most dangerous one. Some of it still can be left over in your clothes after the washing. Inhalation of the chemical may cause irritation of throat, nose, and even lungs. 1,4-Dioxane is a known human carcinogen and is just one of around 15-25 chemicals in the detergent formula.

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Natural laundry detergent

If you are willing to change something about your laundry routine to feel safer, you can try making homemade detergent. Here’s a quick recipe:


  • 6 cups washing soda;
  • 4-5 ounces of finely grated soap. The one made with coconut oil is the best;
  • lemon essential oil – optional;
  • white vinegar;
  • food processor.


  1. Add the washing soda and the soap to the food processor.
  2. Blend it until you have a fine powder. You might want to let it settle for a few minutes before opening the container to prevent the powder from floating onto your kitchen counter.
  3. Pour into a clean container and add 10-15 drops of the essential oil.

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You are ready to go! If you want to soften the clothes a bit, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to a Downy ball. You can also choose the oil that suits you the best. For example, lavender oil has antibacterial and antifungal qualities, and you also might like the smell of it more. But don’t except the clothes to smell exactly the same as the detergent you’ve made. Essential oils don’t stick to clothes as much as synthetic perfumes and chemicals in laundry detergents in shops.

Here's how you can make a natural laundry detergent in a different way:

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