Study shows dirty truth about how often people wash their PJs

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jan 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-13 12:29:59-05

You may be sleeping in a clean bed every night, but how clean are your pajamas? Studies show some people wear those smelly PJs for close to three weeks!

According to a new poll, the average man wears his jammies for almost two weeks before they hit the wash; women even longer, 17 days. 

The top excuse for the washing machine challenged; they only wear their PJs for a few hours so there’s no need to wash right away.

Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day said, while the chances of catching something from your pajamas is slim, it can still be unhealthy.

"If you have a bacterial infection, that bacteria can be transmitted through your pajamas it's very unlikely you can get an infection from your pajamas, but if your pajamas are very tight, if you have a lot of broken skin, and if you have bacteria growing, that can theoretically be a problem,” she said.

A traditional two-piece set tallied as the most common type of sleepwear for women and for men, it’s a pair of shorts.

The poll quizzed couples between the ages of 18 and 30; let's hope as they grow older, they grow wiser, and cleaner.

So how often should you wash those jammies? Experts say at least once a week and definitely before they start to smell.

By: Linda Curanaj for FOX