To all my clean freaks out there, I know you wash your jeans every time you wear them. It's no secret that people disagree on the amount of times you should wash your jeans. But when are jeans actually dirty? Is it when you take them off at night after wearing them for less than 10 hours? Or is it every 4 months after you've worn them 46 times? That leads up to a controversal question: "How often should you wash your jeans?". The answer may disgust you.
To be honest, doing laundry is not something I enjoy. This results in my laundry bin overflowing and me waiting to see how long I can go before doing laundry is mandatory. I wash my jeans once every three months. I'm not perfect, I have my moments where I will spill something on my jeans. But instead of putting them in the washing machine I spot clean them.
The average high efficiency washing machine uses about 15-30 gallons of water per load. That's equivalent to about 56-113 LITRES of water per wash. The amount of water it takes to wash ONE load of clothes should make you stop to think, "Are my jeans really dirty?".
The huge amount of water it takes to wash a pair of jeans is not the only negative. Every time you wash your jeans, the waistband is stretching, the colour of the dye fades and you are affecting the fibres which loosen the weave.
According to the CEO of Levi's, machine washing your jeans is unnecessary. I trust the man who runs a multi-billion dollar jean company. He knows what is up with jeans. Levis also promotes hanging your jeans to dry. They believe "dryers are the natural enemy of jeans".
Jeans don't get as dirty as we think (unless you are rolling around in dirt). Even if your jeans are starting to have an odour, don't stick them in the washing machine. The alternative is hanging them outside to air out. And for spills, spot clean them. The less you wash your jeans, the better! You're helping the environment and saving money!