Serious Question Time…How Often Do You Wash Your Jeans?

I've noticed a trend when it comes to washing jeans – women tend to wash them more frequently, while men are more inclined to wait until they absolutely have to.

It seems like most men rely on the "smell test" to decide when it's time to toss their jeans into the washing machine. 

Personally, I don't use the smell test, but I do prefer to stretch out the time between washes.

I've also heard that washing jeans too often can cause them to fade quickly, but how much of that is true?

Is Cleaning Jeans Only Once a Year Acceptable?

Cleaning your jeans only once a year is likely too infrequent for most people.

While denim doesn't need to be washed as frequently as other fabrics, waiting a whole year between washes can lead to the buildup of dirt, oils, and bacteria.

This can affect both the appearance and hygiene of the jeans.

What Manufacturers Say About Cleaning Jeans

According to many denim manufacturers, jeans don't need to be washed as frequently as other garments.

They suggest washing jeans every 5-10 wears to maintain their color and shape.

Some even recommend waiting even longer between washes to preserve the fabric!

What Cleaning Experts Do With Jeans 

Cleaning experts tend to agree with denim manufacturers on the frequency of washing jeans.

They advise against washing jeans after every wear, as this can cause them to fade and lose their shape more quickly.

Instead, they recommend spot cleaning stains and odors and washing jeans only when absolutely necessary to prolong their lifespan.

Ultimately, the frequency of washing jeans depends on personal preference and lifestyle. If your jeans are visibly dirty or develop an odor, it's time to wash them.

Otherwise, you can likely get away with washing them every few wears or even less frequently to maintain their quality and longevity.

Just don't wait until a whole year to wash them!


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