I Seldom Wash My Jeans – Personal Confessions

Since I'm a female, I generally keep quiet about this subject as women are supposed to be super clean. Of course I practice good hygiene, but I seldom wash my 8 identical pairs of ripped jeans. I began to do this before people like Anderson Cooper and other fashionistas admitted on television that they did it too. Okay let's take that a step farther, they never wash their jeans, but I eventually do.

It all began for me when I was 18 and got a bad case of strep throat. I ended up crashing for 8 straight days in my jeans at my Grandmothers. After I finally joined the world again I saw how great my jeans looked and announced to my horrified Grandmother that I was never washing them again.


Fashion legend Tommy Hilfiger has just single-handedly ended the debate that has plagued America since the beginning of time -- how many times should you really wash your jeans? -- and his answer might kick up a stink. Never! Levi Strauss recommends you wash them no more than once a month. Some designers say you should wear your jeans every day for six whole months after you've purchased them to "break them in". But, I do have opinion on those that insist on going commando in their jeans. Please wash at least twice a month!

When you're a billionaire like Hilfieger who's made a fortune selling overpriced clothes, especially denim, you can wear a different pair of jeans a day for the rest of your life and not even worry about washing them. Throw them in the trash, put on another pair, or I bet he has people that do it for him.


One of my friends bought a pair very expensive jeans at Bloomingdales, to celebrate a 20 pound weight loss. The clerk was saying the same thing - never wash premium denim. Instructions were to roll them tight like in a roll, put them in the freezer, as the bugs or germs are killed in the freezer. Cheap brands like they sell at Walmart should be worn at least 10 times before washing.

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Levi Strauss officially recommends washing your jeans as infrequently as possible, no more than once a month (for environmental reasons more than anything, as cotton is a thirsty plant and its demands threaten global water supply).

The much-reported experiment of University of Alberta student Josh Le, who wore his jeans for 15 months without laundering them, demonstrated that not a whole lot of smelly bacteria build up on them anyway. According to the National Post Le, 20, bought a pair of Nudie Jeans in September 2009. He wore them nearly every day and even slept in them for about a month to really let the sweat shape the creases. Instead, “the day I came home I triple-bagged them and put them in the freezer.” The next day, they smelled fine. So for the rest of the 15 months, he threw the jeans in the freezer every other week.


Of course he was normal and spilled food on it, wiped it off with a paper towel, and kept on going. “I wanted to push it to the extreme,” he said. Analysts compare those jeans to a pair he had worn for only 13 days, and they found the microbial load to be about the same.

Honestly now--does this bring the word "gross" to a whole new level?


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Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 11:34pm
Lol I think so... Ha ha
Comment by Lynne G. on April 14, 2014 at 9:58am

We can't imagine the less than pristine conditions in which any clothing is manufactured!!  Surely you wash underwear before wearing????  ha ha ha

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 9:31am

Hayley.. we all knew that about Hilfieger... money talks or washes in this case

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 14, 2014 at 9:31am

My daughter in law does too Lynn..

Comment by Lynne G. on April 14, 2014 at 8:12am

Geez, I wash my jeans BEFORE I wear them...ha ha ha

Comment by Hayley Rose on April 14, 2014 at 12:25am

Wow I have been doing it all wrong- I wash my jeans like every other day because I don't like how they get stretched out when I wear them- fun article!!! LOL Hilfiger just throws his away

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 13, 2014 at 11:33pm
Turn into dust gary
Comment by Gary on April 13, 2014 at 10:41pm

I can see never washing jeans that come pre-worn out with the holes and everything in them like they somehow get away with selling these days since even regular jeans only have so many washes in them before they're just lint.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 13, 2014 at 8:15pm
Yeuuuu ha ha
Comment by Shelley Smith on April 13, 2014 at 7:05pm

Blechhhh. I can't go for 13 months. Besides my freezer still has salmon in from last fall even though we canned, candied, gave away as much as we could. :)

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