When is it time to replace your underwear?

When is it time to replace your underwear?

Let's talk about an essential part of our wardrobe that we often forget to pay attention to: our underwear. We all love the feeling of a new pair of undies, but how often should we replace them? Here are some signs to keep an eye out for that indicate it's time to refresh your underwear drawer.

Here are 5 signs it’s time to replace your underwear:

  1. Holes and fraying
  2. Loss of elasticity
  3. Persistent odour
  4. Stains
  5. Discomfort

Holes and Fraying

We've all been there. You put on your favorite pair of undies and notice a small hole that has turned into a gaping rip by the end of the day. Holes and fraying can occur from normal wear and tear or from washing them too frequently. Not only do they look unappealing, but they can also cause irritation.

Loss of Elasticity

As we all know, our underwear is meant to provide support, but when they lose their stretchiness and start to sag, they're no longer doing their job. If your underwear is looking like a pair of droopy socks, it's time to say goodbye.

Persistent Odor 

Even after washing, if your underwear still has a lingering odor, it's time to toss them and invest in some fresh pairs. This can be caused by sweat, bacteria, or other factors, and it's not only unpleasant but can also be a breeding ground for infections.


Let's be real, sometimes stains just won't come out. While a small stain here and there may not be a big deal, excessive staining is a clear sign that it's time to replace your underwear. Whether it's from a little spillage or a mishap during that time of the month, stained undies aren't cute or hygienic.


It's also important to consider the type of material your underwear is made of. Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester or nylon, don't allow your skin to breathe and can trap moisture, leading to irritation, odor, and even infections. Instead, consider investing in underwear made from natural fibers, such as organic cotton. These materials are breathable, absorbent, and less likely to cause skin irritation or allergies. So, when it's time to replace your old undies, consider switching to natural fibres for a more comfortable, healthy, and sustainable choice.

So, how often should you replace your underwear? 

The short answer? It depends. You may have heard the rule of thumb that you should be replacing your underwear every 6-12 months, but depending on the overall quality of the underwear, how you care for them and how frequently you wear them, you can extend their life significantly. Keeping your underwear drawer fresh and clean is essential for maintaining good hygiene and ensuring optimal comfort.

By keeping an eye out for the signs mentioned above, you can ensure that you always have fresh, comfortable, and hygienic underwear in your wardrobe. So, let's say goodbye to old undies and hello to a fresh new start with organic cotton!

How to recycle your old underwear

Bota offers underwear recycling via our Top Drawer Detox Kits. We've partnered with a Canadian textile recycling partner to create a system that processes or repurposes your old underwear in the best possible way, depending on the state of the garment. Specifically for underwear, this means turning your old pairs into things like insulation and furniture batting. So not only are you reducing waste, but you're also helping to create sustainable products that benefit the environment.

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