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Cut WAY Back on Laundry with This Genius Sweat-Absorbing Undershirt

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I just got back from a long, wonderful dinner with my partner, and I wore a blouse I haven’t donned in probably close to a year (even though I love it). Why?

Because I was wearing a Nudy Patooty cropped undershirt under my blouse. It’s a simple top that has built-in sweat-absorbing pads (so genius), so I didn’t get my nice blouse sweat-stained—or even at all damp—while I wore it.

The blouse is one of those that needs to be dry cleaned (which I hate to spend money on), or hand-washed and then ironed (I do this like once a year for all my “dry clean” clothes).

This top is that one that I look at hanging in the closet, and think about wearing, but then decide not to, because cleaning it is such a pain. Now I can simply throw the undershirt in the wash instead! The blouse went back on the hanger, and it’s ready to go.

Less laundry and less drycleaning saves money, time and resources; this is a win-win for me. Not to mention if you bike or walk to work, you can now get warm without getting your pretty shirt damp.

Men typically wear undershirts; why shouldn’t we? I love this idea, and Nudy Patooty undershirts (there are long-sleeve, cap-sleeve and full-body versions too), are made in Canada from soft bamboo fabric.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.