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How Often Do You Wash Your Jeans? By Meicka “J”

replaced : Emeicka Johnson - Fashion Forward2 460 260There are two types of people who care for their jeans—those who wash their denim regularly and those who wash as needed. There has been a debate on who’s right and who’s wrong. The fact of the matter is, there is no right or wrong answer. Although, I wash my jeans regularly, your denim will survive washing as needed. After wearing one time, your jeans are covered with germs from natural body oils and from whatever and wherever you sit. Most of these germs are harmless. The big issue is the smell. Do you want your jeans to have an odor due to infrequent washing? I have heard of cases where vinegar was used in laundering to prevent a future odor after frequent wear, but I have not confirmed this.

Did you know by not washing your jeans you change the texture of the fabric? As you continue to wear your jeans, the fabric loosens and stretches out. Once this occurs, your jeans are “broke in” and fit the way you want them to. It’s a great feeling, but the cycle starts all over again once you wash them. So I can understand why some only wash as needed. The average wear before washing is five to six times. Ultimately the choice is yours how often you wash your jeans.

It’s best to wash denim in cold water as it prevents the color from fading. Indigo-colored jeans will bleed into the washing machine, so make sure you wash them separately. Washing denim inside out in cold water will help preserve color and fabric. Distressed denim is very trendy right now and should be handled delicately. Washing them in a mesh bag would be helpful. If you are against putting your jeans in a washing machine, you can dry clean or use Febreze fabric refresher. The main objective should be getting the best and most wear out of your jeans.