How Often Should You Wash Your Jeans?
It feels like this has become a bigger debate since the rise in social media, but how often should you wash your jeans? The CEO of Levi’s made some comments on the matter that left a few people scratching their heads.
At an event in 2014, Levi’s CEO Charles Bergh made headlines after saying he only washes his jeans if it’s necessary. Now, he’s clarifying those statements. CNBC’s Christine Tan recently did an interview with him where he said, “I never said don’t wash your jeans.” He goes on to say he spot cleans them as needed, but almost never puts them in a washing machine. Instead, he opts to hand wash them and hang them up.
Here’s where things get a little nutty. Bergh continued to say, “And if they get really gross you know, if I’ve been out sweating or something and they get really gross, I’ll wash them in the shower.” Does he mean fill the tub and let them soak? No, he does not. Bergh says to keep the jeans on and cover them in soap as you would your body.
Alright, it makes sense to hand wash your jeans. Washing machines and dryers are often rough on clothes and can cause colors to fade and extra wear and tear to the fabric. But wear them while you shower?! That seems like something a rich CEO would say. I’ll be the first to admit, I do not wash my jeans every time I wear them. On average, they go in the wash every week and a half or so. Keeping in mind, I do own more than one pair of jeans.
So, that brings up the current debate. How often should you wash your jeans? This seems like a question that has no real correct answer. Every time you wear them is likely too much, but if that’s what you are comfortable with, than so be it. If you spill a huge plate of food in your lap, you should probably wash them. If you happen to roll around in the mud, maybe throw them in.
The concern of preserving the material and color is real, and if that’s the case for you, hand wash them. I don’t suggest wearing them in the shower, but if you do, please send pics!