Skivvies, undies, underwear, under-roos, panties, boxers or briefs, chonies, neglige, unmentionables – whatever you call them, we all want the same things from our underwear. We want the general area where our legs connect to our torso to have all day comfort and breathability and be free of moisture and odor. These are not lofty aspirations, in fact, they’re very attainable. The easiest way to achieve a heavenly bum is, of course, by wearing natural clothing.
temperature & moisture
Natural fabrics, such as cotton, and semi-synthetic fabrics, such as modal and lyocell, are much better candidates for your undies than synthetic fabrics (polyester, nylon, acrylic, etc.) for a number of reasons. First and foremost, is temperature regulation. Natural fibers are much more effective temperature regulators, meaning, they keep you cool or warm as needed. In this case, they’re most likely keeping you cooler. This helps prevent you from sweating and bacteria from growing. But you will sweat, and when you do, natural fibers are also much for effective for moisture control. Natural clothing is much more absorbent than synthetics. This will help you feel dry down there throughout the day as well as prevent yeast infections.
Another biggie is bacteria. You might be thinking, “but I wash between each wear, it doesn’t matter.” Oh, but it does. A remarkable amount of bacteria can grow within the time of that one wear and we’re finding out that when it comes to synthetics, a wash might not clean the clothing as well as we think. Bacteria love polyester. Additionally, many of us don’t wash our jeans too often – which is fine! – but this means there may already be some bacteria hanging around in that area (your crotch area).
Also, if you’re washing your clothing on a cold setting, the bacteria from your clothing is most likely not killed during the cleaning cycle. In fact, some scientists looking into the efficacy of cold cycle laundering call it ‘bacteria soup’. Not only is bacteria not fully removed from the clothing it started on, but is also subject to cross contamination, spreading to other pieces in the wash. This is definitely something to remember next time you might have a persistent flu, cold, or yeast infection.
a better wash
There are a few easy tips to help rid your wash of bacteria – and make sure your skivvies are pristine. Running your washing machine on a high setting every so often should take care of most of the bacteria growth in the machine. You can also add up to 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your wash. White vinegar helps sterilize, deodorize, soften fabric, remove stains, and brighten colors.
Oh and fundie fact – the global underwear industry is estimated at $30 billion.