Not Washing Jeans?!

United States
October 24, 2007 6:17pm CST
Ok, before someone yells at me for not knowing the obvious, I do know there has long been a trend of people who don't wash their jeans (sometimes never) for months at a time, but lately I've been seeing a mainstream movement regarding not washing jeans. An article in GQ about not washing jeans often to help them fit better, look better, distress better, and last longer really got me interested in this topic. So I've finally begun to accumulate a small collection of jeans (I'm a guy and have about 10 pairs) and I didn't used to wear jeans (I wore more raver/goth type pants before I started to enjoy mixing jeans into the mix) until about 2 years ago, so like any idiot I used to wash my jeans regularly every 2 weeks or so like most clothes. I realized a few of my pairs began to become loose and lose alot of their shape as well as their washes fading. Also the jean material itself started to wear thin quicker then with normal wear. Of course I also put them in the dryer too. Finally about a month ago I found the GQ article and confused I asked a few friends and they all said that 'yes, it is a good idea to not wash your jeans often, maybe once a month depending on amount of wearing. I started doing that and tonight upon reaching for some jeans that haven't been washed in about 4 wks, I realized the one pair had become crispier and more natural looking from lack of washing, so I knew this not washing thing was where it's at. What do you all think about this? I've heard of people washing a pair of jeans only once a year, and in between that only exposing them to warm water every few months. They say their jeans look unique and feel unique. But I mean what about sweat, dirt, and grime. Sure the dirtying of jeans makes em look custom worn, but the sweat and dirt can become smelly and strong odors. GQ suggested Febreeze on the jeans between wears and also keeping dryer sheets in the jean's drawer to keep them smelling good. You don't do this with underwear and t shirts because of BO and smells, so what do you all think about washing jeans only every few months? I though every few weeks was sufficient, but apparently there are people that live by the never wash your jean mantra.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I've heard this before too and some ppl don't wash their jeans. But you brought up a valid point. If your not washing your jeans how much dirt, sweat and grime are you putting back on your body everytime you put the jeans on. To me it would be like wearing the same underwear day after day and just spraying them to keep them smelling nice. I grew up wearing jeans and I would do a load of jeans every week. I'd rather have them wear out a little quicker then have them stinky. BTW, the crisper jeans you reached for may have been crisper b/c of all the dirt, grime and sweat in them. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@raychill (6530)
• United States
24 Oct 07
I'm super picky about my jeans. I apparently lost weight as most of my jeans are now too big. The few I have that still fit have holes in the knees so I can't wear them to work. So currently I only have two pairs I can wear to work. And I pretty much wear jeans everyday. So I usually wash them about every other week or after 3 weeks. I definitely agree that jeans don't need to be washed all that often like other stuff AND they do last longer and better if they aren't. But if they start to smell or you get them dirty, wash them! I would wash them once in a while though. I mean, febreeze and dryer sheets only go so far. You also have to realize GQ would be talking expensive $150 type jeans and such. They probably can last better than cheaper stuff most people have (I mean, mine are from Target).
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
24 Oct 07
oooh I couldn't imagine going through life and not washing my clothes for that long, I guess maybe you could get away with it for awhile by wearing extra underwear and such but I found washing jeans made them fit better, as I like jeans to be tight.I think I would prefer to wash to make sure I am clean and fresh...