But what kind of leeway exists for this rule?
Case in point:
On Tuesday evening, my good friend Nalin went for a jog. Now, he came home, showered, and threw on some pyjamas. He then realised he was missing some vital ingredients for the meal he had planned, which meant a quick trip to Coles. Obviously he wasn't about to go in his jimjams, so he got changed into some clean clothes, including a fresh pair of undies. Nalin ended up wearing these clothes not only for my supermarket jaunt, but also while cooking dinner right through until about 8:30. So let's say two hours.
The next morning, he was getting ready to shower, opened his underwear drawer and was about to grab a fresh pair when he noticed the partially worn ones staring back at him from the carpet, their bright blue fabric radiant in the morning sunlight that filtered through the bedroom window. Now usually in this instance he'd dismiss them as unfit to wear under the "clean underwear" rule. But with the current water restrictions, we can't be so quick to label clothing "dirty". So he wore them, and tbh he claimed that they were pretty comfy.
Did he do the right thing here? Or has he made a grave error in judgement?
Imho, he hasn't.