London, Dec 2 (ANI): Talk about dirty secrets - a new UK survey has revealed that one in five people admit to wearing their pants 250 times or more before buying new ones.
Millions of Britons are still wearing greying, fraying and ill-fitting underwear they have owned for more than five years.
Almost a third of people (29 per cent) admitted they would be "turned off" sleeping with a new partner as a result of unsightly undies, reports the Daily Express.
In addition, laboratory tests conducted for the study found living bacteria and in some cases even E.coli on 83 per cent of all tested supposedly "clean" underwear samples that were over a year old.
The study, by online shopping site Kelkoo, questioned 5,000 UK adults and uncovered the awful truth lurking in the nation's underwear drawers.
It also found three per cent of Britons admit to wearing 10-year-old underwear and more than a quarter of the nation (26 per cent) said they wear boxers or briefs that are at least five years old.
Half of all respondents admitted to often wearing mismatched lingerie, while 18 per cent also owned up to wearing pants that were full of holes (17 per cent), fraying (15 per cent), ill-fitting (13 per cent) or featured childish cartoon characters (9 per cent).
In addition, over a quarter of men and one in 14 women said they were happy to wear briefs for at least two days before putting on a clean pair.
A further 14 per cent of men and three per cent of women confessed to wearing them for as long as three days or more before washing them. (ANI)