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How often do you wash your jeans?

How often do you wash your jeans?

How often do you wash your jeans, Fashion Police?

If it’s more often than once every three months, then prepare for a shock, because a team of brave volunteers in Australia have undertaken a study to prove what The Fashion Police have known for quite some time: that jeans don’t really need to be washed all that often.

The project, led by Tullia Jack, as part of her masters thesis, saw 30 men and women wear the same pair of jeans five days per week, for three months, without washing them. And how did the jeans smell by the end? “Not that bad,” apparently. Jack’s groundbreaking conclusion: “You really don’t need to wash clothes as often as you think. Stains come and go, they just wear off.”

To us, this seems kind of like those expensive studies we’re always reading about in the press, which tell us things like “if you’re thirsty, water will help” or “if you eat too much food, you might get fat”. Indeed, we discussed the issue of clothes washing last year, and most of you seemed to be in agreement that, for most clothes, excessive washing is just bad for them: it fades the colours, changes the shape, wears out the fabric… and while a well-worn pair of jeans can look even better than a brand spanking new pair, this is particularly true of denim, which we tend to wash only when it needs it (or when we want the jeans in question to fit a little tighter).

Obviously this isn’t the case with all garments and some most definitely need to be washed after every wear, but where do you stand on jeans? Are you flabbergasted by the news that they don’t need to be washed constantly, or did you know it all along?

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