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Post# 1148403   5/10/2022 at 11:40 (210 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        

Hi guys,
I read something on the internet that's disgusting to me. It talks about how you should never, ever wash your jeans unless you really have to. That's nasty, not to mention very unsanitary.
How can people stoop to this level? I don't have time to baby my jeans or freeze them or treat them like a fancy suit. I don't know you, but I will continue to use the normal cycle with warm or cold water depending on the color content as I've always done.
I do my laundry once a week, that includes jeans with the color content that matches. For example, I wash dark blue jeans with the darks, and light blue ones with light colors.
It's like we've gone from washing jeans on the delicates cycle to not washing them at all. No thank you. Normal cycle is just fine with me. I've never had any issues with the cotton cycle.


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Post# 1148444 , Reply# 1   5/10/2022 at 21:21 (210 days old) by WindRivers (Wind River Range, WY)        

I didn't thoroughly read the article, though I remember reading similar.

It strikes me as something for people who don't work but have money to waste on fads and fashion statements.

I don't have evidence to prove this, but I suspect dirt and bacteria wear down denim fabric about as much as washing does. At least I seem to remember my mother saying clean clothes last longer.

I buy cheap jeans that I think last about as long as expensive fashion brands, I work and play in them, then I wash them. I avoid anything that doesn't recommend machine washing.

I've never been a cool fashionable guy, but at least I don't stink.



Post# 1148458 , Reply# 2   5/11/2022 at 00:16 (210 days old) by robbinsandmyers (Conn)        

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Having been stuck in a check out line at the store many times behind people that smell like anything from under arm B.O., lingering fart fumes, either alcohol or cigarette abuse or both sweating through their pores, to raw unkempt ass I can see how there are some people out there that not only dont believe in washing themselves but their clothes as well never see water.

Post# 1148462 , Reply# 3   5/11/2022 at 04:05 (209 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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As a registered nurse in a hospital, I can attest to the number of people out there who don't know what a bar of soap is!  And the funny fact is that most of them can afford their beer and cigs but they don't buy shampoo, soap, or deodorant.


Post# 1148473 , Reply# 4   5/11/2022 at 09:27 (209 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
cleanliness

I care about cleanliness. I don't stink either, and I do not wash anything that's not machine washable. Not washing jeans... Give me a break! My parents would KILL me if they found out that I didn't wash my jeans.
I promise you, if I did get a girlfriend, and she never washed her jeans, we are breaking up. I will never put my reputation for cleanliness in jeopardy.


Post# 1148477 , Reply# 5   5/11/2022 at 10:44 (209 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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The thing about not washing jeans, or washing infrequently, is not new.† I recall it was touted several years ago.† I imagine the advice is aimed primarily at fashionistas and white-collar ... not truck drivers, farmers, mechanics, veterinarians, and such.


Post# 1148478 , Reply# 6   5/11/2022 at 11:04 (209 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
to askolover...

I would be disgusted just being a few feet away from these people. Apparently, they're either too rich or too lazy to do laundry, or both.

Post# 1148483 , Reply# 7   5/11/2022 at 12:20 (209 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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I read something about never washing your jeans years ago. Utterly revolting. Hell, I wouldn't even reuse wash water. No suds saver washer for me.

 

Some people are just disgusting. That's all. Be it with themselves, their clothes and/or their homes. Sad part is, there's nothing we can do about it other than to make a hasty retreat.


Post# 1148488 , Reply# 8   5/11/2022 at 14:28 (209 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
worse

That's worse than washing jeans on a gentle cycle. I mean, what is wrong with this society? If I was in front of these people, I will have loads and loads to say. No pun intended. I will continue to take it with a pod of tide.
Have these people ever heard of using the normal cycle and switching the temp to cold?


Post# 1148498 , Reply# 9   5/11/2022 at 18:20 (209 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Carlstadt, NJ)        

Don't wash your jeans, just stand them up in the corner until you put them on again.   laughing


Post# 1148543 , Reply# 10   5/11/2022 at 21:57 (209 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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It does sound disgusting but on the other hand 100 years ago overalls probably didn't go thru the wringer everyday.
Mrs Walton probably didn't wash 7 or 9 pairs of overalls or jeans everyday.
Probably didn't wash 10 pairs of underwear everyday either.


Post# 1148544 , Reply# 11   5/11/2022 at 22:42 (209 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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And Olivia Walton got her first washer that Ben got her, an old wringer washer from a more wealthier person by working it off . Scrubboards before that for Olivia and Grandma for that entire household and probably the same Granny Clampets Lye soap. LOL

Post# 1148545 , Reply# 12   5/11/2022 at 22:55 (209 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
not washing jeans

I wouldn't even stand my jeans up. I'd just put them in the laundry like a normal person and wash them every week. I have plenty of jeans.
How did we get from counseling dirt out of them to not washing them at all?


Post# 1148548 , Reply# 13   5/12/2022 at 00:42 (209 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

I wash my jeans, or anything else for that matter, after one wear. Doesn't matter if I have the day off and hypothetically never leave the house the entire day (which is very rare). Wife does as well. I couldn't imagine wearing something several times before washing it, or never washing it, or sticking it in a freezer instead of washing it.

Some people are disgusting, it's like the article I read about the average person washes bedsheets every couple of months, vacuums once every couple of weeks, etc. Oh, and wearing shoes indoors -- apparently it's normal for people to wear shoes in their house vs. not -- that sends shivers up my spine. No offense to people who do wear shoes in the house, but ewwwww!

@askolover my wife is an RN as well and has come home with some really disgusting and descriptive tales about how some patients avoided a shower like the plague. Often as we're both sitting down to dinner, lol. I don't know how she does it. Oftentimes her patients are already bathed before they get to her as they go through (heart) surgery as she's CICU, but not always.


Post# 1148550 , Reply# 14   5/12/2022 at 02:47 (208 days old) by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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I wear my jeans and all other pants 3 to 4 days in a row and wash them warm at 40į in a normal cycle.
After a messy job like an oil change or similar I`d even wash them in hot water at 60į.

Wearing fashionable clothes and getting them really clean is not a contradiction to me, that`s what fast fashion brands and end of season sales are for.
If things wear out a bit faster the financial damage is still manageable.

I understand if someone spends a crazy amount like $ 200 or even more for a pair of jeans they don`t want them ruined after a couple of washes.
What I don`t get is why the article doesn`t recommend taking those jeans to the dry cleaner`s. Would be way more sanitary than washing infrequently in cold with very little detergent on the gentle cycle, freezing or not washing at all.
You`d think if someone can afford really expensive clothes then they should have the money for proper care as well.






Post# 1148563 , Reply# 15   5/12/2022 at 10:14 (208 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
Even if I had expensive jeans...

I would use the normal cycle with warm water at most or cold water at least. I am not convinced that jeans should be washed on gentle.

Post# 1148574 , Reply# 16   5/12/2022 at 16:07 (208 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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there also wrinkle control or perm press thats like normal cycle but with a combo of gentle speed

Post# 1148582 , Reply# 17   5/12/2022 at 18:13 (208 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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Much ado about nothing. Just because you read something on the internet about washing or not washing jeans doesnít mean you need to heed this advice. Use your own good commonsense and experience and you wonít go wrong.

BTW, this idea about not washing jeans has been around for decades. In the 50ís some guys used to wear a brand new pair of jeans in the shower and then let them dry on their body while wearing them. This was supposed to have a two fold benefit, one they would dry conforming your body and not shrink and two they wouldnít fade. Then in the late 70ís and early 80ís when designer jeans hit the market washing jeans was frowned upon. People didnít want them to fade or fray. But then those that were against washing jeans at least had them dry cleaned.

When I was in HS during the mid to late 60ís we always washed our new Levi 501ís at least 2 or 3 times before wearing them so they wouldnít be so stiff, shrink to fit better and they would fade a bit so they didnít look brand new.

Iíve always washed my Leviís or jeans in hot water on the normal cycle. And I wear my jeans for 5-7 days before washing them, unless Iíve done some exceptionally dirty work or perspired profusely. I change my underwear daily so the jeans arenít coming into contact with any body soil. When I was still working I washed my jeans after the second wearing.

Back in the early 70ís most guys my age went commando and didnít wear underwear at all. Then I would wash my jeans after 1 or 2 wearings depending upon what Iíd been up to.

Iíve always preferred my Leviís or jeans softer and more faded than dark indigo blue. They are just more comfortable that way.

The one thing I really donít get is this new distressed look for jeans with the ripped knees and tears in other areas. And they pay sometimes over a $100 for this Salvation Army Thrift shop look.

Eddie


Post# 1148594 , Reply# 18   5/12/2022 at 20:47 (208 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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"The one thing I really donít get is this new distressed look for jeans with the ripped knees and tears in other areas."

The first round of this trend started in the 1980's. I didn't understand then and still don't understand it now.


Post# 1148598 , Reply# 19   5/12/2022 at 21:54 (208 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
common sense

I am going to stick with my own common sense. To preserve color, I just use cold water with dark jeans. I've never washed them inside out and they came out just fine. As for the dryer, I found that the heavy duty cycle wasn't necessary as the normal cycle provides a happy medium.
I won't let anyone try to council me on how to wash. I know what I'm doing. I can use the normal cotton wash and adjust the machine to cold, using a heavy duty laundry detergent and still look presentable. Medium heat on the dryer is just over 140 degrees fahrenheit with optimal results. Although jeans are slightly damp around the very edges, I am okay with it. They still have plenty of life and don't need to be bone dry.


Post# 1148599 , Reply# 20   5/12/2022 at 21:57 (208 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
common sense

I am going to stick with my own common sense. To preserve color, I just use cold water with dark jeans. I've never washed them inside out and they came out just fine. As for the dryer, I found that the heavy duty cycle wasn't necessary as the normal cycle provides a happy medium.
I won't let anyone try to council me on how to wash. I know what I'm doing. I can use the normal cotton wash and adjust the machine to cold, using a heavy duty laundry detergent and still look presentable. Medium heat on the dryer is just over 140 degrees fahrenheit with optimal results. Although jeans are slightly damp around the very edges, I am okay with it. They still have plenty of life and don't need to be bone dry.


Post# 1148600 , Reply# 21   5/12/2022 at 22:00 (208 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
common sense

I am going to stick with my own common sense. To preserve color, I just use cold water with dark jeans. I've never washed them inside out and they came out just fine. As for the dryer, I found that the heavy duty cycle wasn't necessary as the normal cycle provides a happy medium.
I won't let anyone try to council me on how to wash. I know what I'm doing. I can use the normal cotton wash and adjust the machine to cold, using a heavy duty laundry detergent and still look presentable. Medium heat on the dryer is just over 140 degrees fahrenheit with optimal results. Although jeans are slightly damp around the very edges, I am okay with it. They still have plenty of life and don't need to be bone dry.


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Post# 1148611 , Reply# 22   5/13/2022 at 01:18 (208 days old) by WindRivers (Wind River Range, WY)        

I'm pleased to see that most members on a site dedicated to clothes washers seem to like clean clothes. :)


Post# 1148643 , Reply# 23   5/13/2022 at 16:39 (207 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Well all I know is...

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I’ve got the look they want to know better. I’ve got the look that’s all together. Working...playing...day or night; Jordache has the fit that’s right. The Jordache look!

 

Then I do a fast hip twirl with my arms raised.


Post# 1148650 , Reply# 24   5/13/2022 at 17:25 (207 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
love for clean clothes

I love clean clothes. No exceptions.

Post# 1148690 , Reply# 25   5/14/2022 at 08:28 (206 days old) by Adam-aussie-vac (Canberra ACT)        
Honestly that article

Wants to make me go into a store that sells jeans and ask them what is the recommended way to wash the jeans?

Then ask them on their lunch break to read that article and just watch the disgust creep up on their face


Post# 1148698 , Reply# 26   5/14/2022 at 09:27 (206 days old) by donprohel (I live in Munich - Germany, but I am Italian)        
But are we sure this is real?

Articles like this about "do not wash you jeans" appear and re-appear periodically over the net (I have also found them badly translated from English to other languages) but they seem to me to typical "click bait".

The history of jeans (or any other piece of clothes, for what that matters) is centuries old and nobody has ever had any problem washing them according to their personal preferences.

So, since when washing jeans has become a thing? Maybe since when someone needed to fill a web page at the lowest price?


Post# 1153594 , Reply# 27   7/7/2022 at 11:47 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
washing jeans on cottons

When I wash jeans on the cottons cycle, I feel better knowing that they will be cleaned consistently. The only changes that are made are the temps. I either use warm or cold with jeans.

Post# 1153645 , Reply# 28   7/8/2022 at 03:46 by volsboy1 (East Tenn Smoky mountains )        

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That's one thing I hated about living in California.

There so smug about smelling like crap because they didn't use deodorant and didn't bath everyday to

save the planet or wash there clothes. They would cover up BO smell with Petula , which is the most disgusting smell in the world but when you combine it with BO . I would gag it takes your breath away.

I am all for conserving and being responsible but they take it tooo far and if you are not a smelling like shit vegan,who recycles there water then your basically a animal and beneath them.

They didn't like me much anyway because, I am a from the south and they think  we are stuck in the dark ages,

I wash my clothes after every wear , I can't help it is a complex .

 


Post# 1153728 , Reply# 29   7/8/2022 at 21:30 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        
jeans

I wouldn't want to be around somebody who wears dirt-caked jeans all day, let alone dirty and smelly overalls.

Post# 1153749 , Reply# 30   7/9/2022 at 06:28 by Iej (.... )        

Iíd agree with the common sense line. You donít need to wash jeans every time you wear them, but you do need to wash them as needed and certainly after a few wears. It depends on what youíve been doing, how sweaty you are and so on. Youíre absolutely not going to have BO from wearing jeans twice.

Thereís also lot to be said for wearing jeans maybe twice or so, but not on consecutive days.

I never wear T-shirts or shirts more than one day tbh. It has happened when I was on holidays and had no luggage but itís definitely not ideal.

Also you really donít need to run most things though very heavy washes. It wears them out more quickly and fades colours. For most things, a colour detergent and lightly loaded short, relatively cool wash is fine.

The main thing Iíve found is just donít tumble dry T-shirts. I hang them on plastic hangers, spaced apart on a washing line in a covered area of my back yard. They dry in a couple of hours and they wrinkle free, smell great and donít lose shape or length.

If youíve smelly socks after a short wash, I would suggest you need to alternate your shoes a lot more. You shouldnít really wear the same shoes every day for multiple days. Itís better to switch and air them out. Most smelly sock issues come from that source. Also donít wear shoes all day. Let your feet breath. Odours mean thereís a runaway bacteria or fungus issue and thatís definitely footwear related.



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