Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Is the glass half-empty or half-full? How often should you wash your jeans?
These are some of life’s hardest questions... luckily, we can answer one of them without hesitation.
Should you Even Wash your Jeans?
Did you know jeans were originally created for labourers and miners in
the American West? The durability and comfort of jeans quickly gained popularity amongst the rest of the population and the rest is history!
Keeping that fact in mind, jeans have come a long way since their mining days and are now considered a staple in most people’s wardrobes – so what’s the best way to care for them?
Despite their industrial origins, we believe that yes, all jeans should be washed – but how often you should wash your jeans is the real question!
How Often Should you Wash your Jeans
Believe it or not, washing your jeans is a bit of a hot topic in the science community – In 2011, a Student from University of Alberta experimented by wearing one pair of jeans for 15 months straight before swabbing them for bacteria. After which he washed his jeans and wore them for an additional 2 weeks before re-swabbing them for bacteria.
Upon re-swabbing the 2 week worn denim, the student returned a similar bacteria count on the 2 week unwashed jeans in comparison to the 15 month unwashed jeans. Mind blowing!
We must admit, washing your jeans after each wear is extreme, but so is never washing them at all. Here at Mavi, we think the perfect wash amount is somewhere between 3-10 wears.
Of course… this goes without saying, if your jeans are dirty or smelly, wash them.
The Right Way to Wash your Jeans
Here at Mavi, we know a thing or two about quality denim; including how to care for your jeans.
Here’s our top tips:
- Wash with like coloured items
- Turn them inside out to preserve their colour and finish.
- Wash in a gentle cycle with cold water.
- Avoid Bleach and fabric softeners.
- To dry, roll your Mavis in a plush towel to remove excess water. Lay flat or hang to air dry.
- No dryers! Dryers can cause shrinking and the break down of fibres.
Other Ways to Keep your Denim Fresh:
- Steam them! Steam is a great alternative to washing. It freshens your jeans up while killing bacteria.
- Spot Wash. Hand wash little spots instead of throwing them into the wash.
We Want to hear from you!
How often do you wash your jeans and what tricks do you use for keeping your denim fresh?