Single and Smelly? New Survey Reveals Less-Than-Stellar Hygiene Habits Among the Unmarried
Nothing like the smell of a freshly laundered shirt. Or undergarments. Or maybe not, depending on your gender and marital status.
According to a recent article, a new survey commissioned by Clorox revealed that more than half of men surveyed stated that they use the old "sniff test" when deciding whether or not they will wear their clothes again, without washing.
It gets even better, folks: this same survey found that one in eight men wears his underwear - brace yourselves - two to three times before washing.
The stereotype of single men being lackadaisical in their cleaning and personal hygiene habits is not helped by this survey. As single women continue their search for "Mr. Right," they may be further discouraged to find that while the new guy from the blind date looked good, well, his smell...well that's a whole other story.
And yet as much as some single women may lament the shortage of "decent" men, they are not the only ones who have cause to complain - or hold their noses in disgust - literally. As off-putting as these new findings may be, the reason behind the lack of clothing cleanliness, whether it's based on sheer laziness or otherwise, is not limited to men alone.
Single women that were surveyed were found to be twice as likely as their married counterparts to buy new clothes instead of actually laundering the existing items that languish in their collective hampers. Underwear seemed to be the one item that pushed these women over the edge and into the nearest department store with more than one-third of unmarried women admitting to owning over 20 pairs of these undergarments, likely in an effort to lessen the amount of times that they would need to be cleaned. So what is the lesser of two evils? Less-than-fresh outer and undergarments worn one too many times, or a credit card bill that grows monthly, along with a steaming pile of soiled undergarments that don't seem to make it to the washing machine as often as they should?
The Great Unwashed are apparently single. Based on these new findings, is this really any surprise?
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