when is it bad luck to wash clothes

When is it Bad Luck to Wash Clothes According to Superstition?

Fred Bahnson 

Washing clothes may seem like a simple job, but it turns out, some days are better to avoid than others. Superstitions have surrounded laundry day for decades, and the purpose of this article is to explore which days should be avoided to prevent bad luck.

Why Some Days Should be Avoided for Laundry

1. New Year’s Day

Washing clothes on New Year’s Day is considered bad luck. Some people are so superstitious that they don’t even wash their clothes between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s unclear why this superstition exists, but some believe that washing your clothes could wash away your good luck for the whole year or even wash away a loved one.

2. Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Many Catholics don’t perform any chores on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to prevent bad luck. As per legend, Christ was slapped with a wet garment on the way to his crucifixion, hence washing clothes on these days is considered cursed.

3. The Sabbath

Many people view Sunday (or Saturday, depending on their beliefs) as a day for family, rest, and the Church. Therefore, it’s best not to engage in any household chores on the Sabbath.

Bad Luck to Wash Clothes According to Superstition

4. Chinese New Year

The first two days of Chinese New Year are avoided to prevent offending the Water God as it’s considered his birthday.

5. Tuesdays and Fridays

In Bosnia, washing clothes on Tuesdays and Fridays has been linked with bad luck and could even open a portal to hell!

6. Thursday

In some cultures, it’s believed that doing the laundry on Thursdays could bring bad karma.


As per superstition, it’s best to only wash clothes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Except for when New Year’s Day falls on either of these days, in which case, it may be best to forgo washing clothes for that week! Whether you believe in these superstitions or not, now you have some excuses to skip doing household chores!