How Often Should You Change Your Underwear?

Updated on November 29, 2019
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Jimmy is Scottish and has a dry wit, which some may find difficult to appreciate. He enjoys educating others with his various grooming tips.

This article will break down what factors to consider when thinking about how often you should change your underwear.
This article will break down what factors to consider when thinking about how often you should change your underwear. | Source

When Should I Change My Underwear?

How often should I change my boxers, briefs or Y-fronts?

There are several schools of thought on this age-old question. Some people say that you should change them once a day, others say that you should change them twice a day.

Then there are those who argue that you should change your underpants four or five times a day as the need arises. And then there are those strange people who think that you should change them at least once a year, whether you need to or not.

How often you change your underpants is entirely up to you. It is a private and personal matter between you and your extremities. But this article might help you decide that a little better.

Do you change your underwear once a day?
Do you change your underwear once a day? | Source

Changing Your Underpants Once a Day

If you are one of those people who change their underpants once a day, when exactly should that once a day be? Should it be:

  • when you get out of bed in the morning?
  • when you go to bed at night?
  • at some point in between?

Deciding when that once a day should happen is the most difficult part. If you put clean underpants on first thing after you get out of bed, you have whole day ahead of you. Through work, rest, and play, you will be wearing the same knickers. You will sweat in them, you will have to use the toilet at some point, and you might get dribbles of urine in them—or even worse, skid marks if you are not a good wiper.

You will possibly or probably expel a little wind from the rear end—or to us common folks: "fart"—when you are wearing your daily pair of briefs.

Then you go home and either have a bath or a shower. When you are clean, do you put back on those underpants that you wore all day? Kind of defeats the purpose of washing yourself, doesn't it.

Then you wear them overnight in bed, where again, you will sweat. You might even—if you have an erotic dream—get some other body fluids on them. Thank goodness you will be changing them again in the morning.

No matter when you put your daily ration of underpants on during the day, you will put them through the same routine, but maybe just in a different order.

The twice a day changer may be a little more hygienic than the once a day guy, but he is still wearing the same underwear for at least 12 hours a day.
The twice a day changer may be a little more hygienic than the once a day guy, but he is still wearing the same underwear for at least 12 hours a day. | Source

Changing Your Underpants Twice a Day

If you are one of those people who change their underwear twice a day, then you are slightly more in touch with your personal hygiene than those who only change once.

You get up in the morning and put on a clean pair. After your daily routine, you go home and have a shower or bath, and you put another clean pair on.

Of course, you face the same routine as the once-a-day guy. The only difference really being that you have more underwear in your laundry basket at the end of the week than he has.

It may really sound more hygienic, and it probably is to a point. Because through your daily routine, you are wearing the same underwear for 12 hours at a time. And 12 hours is a long time in the life of the underpant. Stains and smells have plenty of time to gather and have a little party together. At least they were clean when you put them on.

Changing your underpants just for the sake of changing them is a sure sign of insanity.
Changing your underpants just for the sake of changing them is a sure sign of insanity. | Source

The Multiple Underwear Changer

There are some guys who take changing their underwear to the extreme. You will find these guys paying a visit to the toilet or changing room several times a day.

These guys have a problem and need psychiatric help. When he pees, he changes them; when he poops, he changes them; and when he farts, he changes them. The sad fact is that this guy would change his underwear every hour on the hour if it was possible.

It may be perfect hygiene for your extremities, but think about all of that dirty and soiled underwear that you are carrying around with you throughout your daily routine. Maybe you have more money then sense and can afford to throw your hardly worn underwear in the bin every time you change them.

Did You Know?

When you fart, small poop particles are scattered into the air, and that is what other people are smelling.

Changing Your Underpants Once a Year

If you are one of those guys who think that changing your underpants once a year on your birthday whether they need changing or not, then I have to tell you some bad news.

You stink, man.

Though you probably don't care what I or anyone else thinks about your chronic hygiene habits, and you probably don't really care about anything.

You are the guy that everyone crosses the road to avoid. They smell you about 20 minutes before they see you. And when they see you, they notice that you have a funny walk.

You only walk funny because your underwear has so many stains, fluids and feces stuck to them that they are as stiff as a board.

You are the guy who has a good sniff at the laundry basket to see which clothes have the least pungent smell when you are going out on the town.

How often do you change your underwear?

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What Are Underpants?: Going Commando

To avoid any hygiene problems with underpants, there is a simple solution: don't wear them.

Going commando means there is no need whatsoever to worry about when to change your underwear. After all, if you don't wear any, there is nothing to change.

It also cuts down on your laundry, and you save money by not spending any on underwear.

© 2012 Jimmy the jock


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      21 months ago

      It actually depends on the weather, and availability of water. In Delhi, where the weather can get extremely hot during summer, I change it daily. In Bengaluru, where weather is milder, I change it every alternate days. But in places where weather is extremely hot, but water is scarce, I change it every alternate days (cant help).

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      Ireno Alcala 

      3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I thought I commented on this hub already. Hahaha! Who needs to change anyway, when you don't have any. Just kidding. Very informative article, Sir James. Shared this already.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Very funny Jimmy! Why I have missed this one? You cracked me down. My mother used to say, "you have to wear your best and clean underwear before you go out of the house shopping or so just in case you collapse on the street and people can see your panty.". Well done! I loved this hub.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Jimmy, you're too funny! Personally, I don't see any point in wearing underwear unless I'm going out in public and my pants are creeping up my crack. Saves on laundry!

      You're little sidebar about farts reminds me of when I was little. My brother and I called farts blow-blows. I said they were brown. He said they were grey. Don't ask me why. Perhaps because he's color blind. And why we assigned colors to something you can't see is beyond me. Oh, the wonders of children's imaginations!

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      Raimer Gel 

      5 years ago

      Just ensure that you change it at least once a day. Anything beyond that does not matter at all.

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      Tanya Jones 

      5 years ago from Texas USA

      This rates right up there with a day-time show I watched a while ago. The segment was a demonstration on how to properly put on ones grundies. I was very relieved that they did an over the slacks demo. Gave me a chuckle to see the title. Then there was the Wallander novel in which he was so depressed over his divorce he hadn't changed his grundies in days. Put me off for a while but I finally went back to the series.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      thanks for the laugh! I want to know who googles this phrase and why; lol, maybe for party night and a game of trivial pursuit, perhaps to settle an argument about how often most people do this - (I think your poll pie chart settles it!), or to have your page 'accidentally' left open on someone's desktop as a 'hint'

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When you fart, small poop particles are scattered into the air and that is what other people are smelling. You crack me up. LOL!!!

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      Raimer Gel 

      5 years ago

      Change it at least once a day. Just think of the people around you.

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      6 years ago

      well i change my undies every single chance that i get so i can go to bed nice and clean not smelly and dirty

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      Kenneth C Agudo 

      7 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      I always take a bath everyday, so i change my underwear once a day, it's hygiene .

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      7 years ago from Canada

      I was always told to change my underwear before they became ripe. Well believe me there is nothing ripe about old underwear. They seem to go from freshly picked to rotten without any ripe point in between!

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      Natalie Maureen 

      7 years ago from Florida, USA

      Its awkward but honest speaking, I often doesn't wear my underwear.

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      Marco Piazzalunga 

      7 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

      ok, but you forgot that huge chunk of the world population that changes its slip every two days, not to mention that other slice who changes every 3 days. What about that other big slice of that change them every 4 days?

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I like going commando, too! Saves money all the time. LOL!!! Thanks, Jimmy!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Very funny hub. Lol @ going commando to save money.

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      James Timothy Peters 

      7 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      This is an AWESOME HUB once again from the "Great Jimmy the Jock".

      Dude, you rock!

      I thought this was VERY funny, but at the sametime beautiful and useful as well.

      Thumbs Up & More !!!

      Write On!!!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I heard of at least one celebrity who changes underwear several times a day. And while I understand the need for cleanliness you should really just make sure your bottom's clean instead of changing undies. It's like pulling a weed from the top and not the root. Funny hub!

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      Jimmy the jock 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for visiting and commenting folks, I would tell you how often I change my underwear but I don't wear any. You have to remember that I am a true Scotsman lol.....jimmy

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      7 years ago from Scandinavia

      We all wear them ,and we do not seem to talk about them, funny hub.

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      7 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Funny! I haven't been to HP for months...and months (I know, shame on me) but popped in today and found your hub Jimmy. Thanks for the smile! Yes, I agree, it had to be written, ha!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I saw you wrote this yesterday I knew it would be funny. How could it not be funny.

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      Penelope Hart 

      7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Ha ha ha! Riotous topic Knickers!!!!. This one will go on and on and on. Voting funny (first time in a year)

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      LOL! This is great, Jimmy! Ewwww on the fart info. At first, I was wondering whether it might be a helpful guide for my teenaged sons. I think they try to avoid doing their own laundry in this way.... hahaha!

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      7 years ago from Long Island, New York

      A hub that had to be written! I'm reminded of the tinpot dictator in Woody Allen's movie Bananas who declared that all citizens would be required to change underwear twice a day, and that they must wear them on the outside so the authorities can check. For me it's easy. Every time we change the clocks for daylight saving or standard time is a reminder for me to change my skivvies. Voted up and funny!

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      7 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      I wonder how frequently the Mormons change their 'special' underwear. Do they get it blessed all at once? or do they have to go to temple every time they need a change? What happens to the magic drawers when they wear out? Do they have to burn them or return them to the church? I just can't figure these things out. I also wonder why I care.

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      7 years ago

      Voted up funny!! "Did you know that when you fart, small poop particles are scattered into the air and that is what other people are smelling?" When I get up in the morning, the first thing that I do after brushing my teeth is jump in the shower. So that is one time and if I go to the gym, then that makes two. If I don't shower at the gym, then I shower when I get home again before going to bed. So twice a day for me. This was a very interesting topic with a lot of truth. Lol @ sunshine comment.

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      Dan Harmon 

      7 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I'm sorry, Jimmy, but didn't your mother teach you anything? You absolutely must have clean underwear on in case you get in a car accident so as to not embarrass her when you go to the hospital.

      This means a change whenever you get in the car. No car - no change needed. A drive to work, to McDonalds at noon and home in the evening means at least 3 pair - 4 is safer although a little tough to do if you just go through the drive thru at MacDonalds.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      7 years ago from United States

      You may save money on underwear, by going commando, but my guess is your pants don't last as long. Plus doesn't that cause chaffing?

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Who would have thought this hub just might be needed by the peeps who only change once a year! Ewww!

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Looks as though this hub was targeted toward men, but I laughed myself silly all the same (though I didn't vote in the poll).

      Voted Up and Funny

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi jimmy, yes I know, my curiosity got the better of me and I had to be the first one to read! I am also that person who sneaks around in peoples cupboards when they are making me coffee! haha! love the once a year one, how yuck is that? funny stuff, nell


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