Some may wash their jeans after wearing them once, while others might wait months before throwing them in the washing machine. Is there a right or wrong answer for how often you should wash your blue jeans? The quick answer is it depends on what you’re seeing and smelling. Levi Strauss says their jeans can last 10 wears before you need to dump them into the machine. But is that the case for everyone?
Things To Consider
Some things leave a lasting mark on your denim. Stains and spills are inevitable and require washing right away if they occur. A small stumble with a glass of red wine may cause you to spill on your wardrobe. It’s vital that you treat the stain and immediately get it to the washer.
Additionally, consider the degree of activity that causes you to sweat throughout the day. You’re probably perspiring if you’re wearing jeans in a humid environment or working outdoors. As a result, it’s preferable if you launder them more frequently, possibly even every day. The smell test can usually tell you when it’s time.
The Case Against Washing
Unlike your favorite T-shirt or blouse, jeans are thicker and tougher. As a result, they can withstand repeated wear.
Your favorite jeans usually fit like a glove because they have conformed to your body over time. However, the cloth shrinks and weakens when washed. Washing them requires you to break them in all over again. Plus, a free zipper can snag other articles of clothing, or it can possibly fall off the track. Luckily, you can fix your zipper if you notice any issues with it.
The other half of the laundry equation is drying your clothes. This is another contentious debate for jeans wearers, considering it, once again, depends on various factors. The best answer is to follow the instructions on the care label.
It may feel like you gained 15 pounds overnight if you put on a pair of jeans right out of the dryer, but you know that’s not the case. Ideally, air-drying your denim is your best bet because jeans can fade and shrink in the dryer. After they dry from airing out, you can shake them like a wet dog to loosen them up.
Hopefully, you’re no longer confused about how often you should wash your blue jeans. The simple answer is to do whatever you feel is necessary. Although, if you don’t remember the last time you introduced them to detergent, maybe that’s a sign that it’s time.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.