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Do You Wash Your Denim?

Fergie 2013/01/04 21:00:00
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For most of you, this might be somewhat of a rhetorical question. Who doesn't wash their clothes, right? While most people throw everything in the wash, including their denim, the problem with washing your favorite pair of jeans is that they can shrink and will definitely fade, even after just one wash.

Instead of buying jeans a size too big and hoping they shrink down enough, and replacing them throughout the year once they fade, our friends at Madewell have a solution.

On a blog post Friday morning they explain, "Though it may sound strange, we say don't wash your jeans. What to do instead? Pack them in a plastic bag and freeze them for a day or two. All unsavory elements will disappear..."

I've actually heard this from my fashion-savvy friends before, and I know a lot of people that swear by it. My advice is that if you plan on doing this instead of washing, buy your jeans a size too small so that they won't stretch out too much from wear... but what do you think? Do you wash your denim?

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  • Tordgaard 2013/01/04 23:06:07
    Yes
    Tordgaard
    +20
    It's simple - wash your clothes. Anyone fool enough to believe that freezing dirty clothes will eliminate the need to wash them will soon have a shrinking circle of friends.

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  • EdWhiteSpace 2013/01/09 05:02:41
    Yes
    EdWhiteSpace
    +1
    I'm more concerned with being clean than my jeans fading too quickly... and I'd be very concerned about people so concerned their jeans were fading that they'd wear unwashed clothes.
  • Burning Bright Embers 2013/01/09 01:34:57
    Yes
    Burning Bright Embers
    +1
    Just wash them in cold water, they don't shrink or fade that way.
  • kat 2013/01/08 17:12:49
    Yes
    kat
    Ewwh! In the freezer with my grocery items..no way. It may kill germs but wouldn't remove dirt.
  • Nat Turner 2013/01/08 08:35:06
    No
    Nat Turner
    +1
    I think funky denim is cool...NOT!
  • unseen 2013/01/08 01:28:22
    Yes
    unseen
    I have to my mom makes me (Im 14) nd I kinda have to listen to her she my mother
  • Sperry23 2013/01/08 00:26:23
    Yes
    Sperry23
    +3
    Of course. Who likes stinky jeans? Moreover, who likes being with someone in stinky jeans

    By the way, the freeze drying only works for some odors and it doesn't remove dirt, oils, and general grot which destroy the fabric faster than washing.
  • Nuala a.k.a BlueRaven 2013/01/07 21:01:21 (edited)
    Yes
    Nuala a.k.a BlueRaven
    +3
    Washing is a must. Why the hell would I freeze them? I wash them, dry them, hang them. The only time they don't fit is when I gain weight. The only time they are dirty is when I don't wash them. I love worn out jeans, they are comfortable and special.
  • SoD 2013/01/07 18:56:41
    Yes
    SoD
    +1
    I hang my jeans after wearing them so they can air out.

    I wash my jeans when I can smell the crotch stink after getting out of the shower.

    The shower cleanses my olfactory pallet, thus allowing me to smell my jeans long before they become truly ripe.

    I usually wear one pair of jeans per week.

    If I have a special social engagement, I either wear khakis or a fresh pair of jeans.
  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/07 18:04:59
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    I let them air dry afterwards.
  • C-Breez 2013/01/07 17:48:14
    Yes
    C-Breez
    yup sure do!!
  • lylamerican 2013/01/07 17:39:16
    Yes
    lylamerican
    +3
    Wash inside out and hang dry, last forever!
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2013/01/07 17:32:06
    Yes
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +1
    What is this question
  • TooSweet umapath... 2013/01/08 05:44:37
    TooSweet
    Uncanny
    apu
  • harley oldman 2013/01/07 15:56:46
    Yes
    harley oldman
    YEP....and adjust the fitting after washing by leaving the top button loose or leave the zipper half way down.
  • smitty 2013/01/07 15:36:59 (edited)
    Yes
    smitty
    +3
    This is just silly unless you put on jeans and sit on your couch all day log.

    Doesn't bacteria just go dormant in cold?

    Don't even get me started if you go commando in your jeans.

    "I've actually heard this from my fashion-savvy friends before.." Ha do you believe everything your friends say?
  • Mo 2013/01/07 15:17:03
    Yes
    Mo
    I would probably forget and go crazy trying to figure out where my pants were.
  • yoana 2013/01/07 14:57:04
    Yes
    yoana
    always,and I never had any problem,it depends a lot of the quality
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  • ChristinaStarr 2013/01/07 12:36:20
    Yes
    ChristinaStarr
    +1
    I'm not sure why I wouldn't.
  • La 2013/01/07 10:35:14
    Yes
    La
    +3
    And it has never, ever caused a single pair of my jeans to fade or shrink. I actually buy jeans a little small because I know they'll wear in.
  • Scorpio... La 2013/04/17 12:14:45
    ScorpioMaurus
    My favorite brand are Gloria Vanderbilt, I have never had an issue with fading or shrinking either.
  • baxter 2013/01/07 09:57:23
    Yes
    baxter
    +1
    Yes i do
  • ClassyJessie 2013/01/07 08:08:13
    Yes
    ClassyJessie
    +1
    My friend used to put her clean clothes in the fridge if she didn't have time to dry them...it kept that damp danky smell out
  • vio-sonne 2013/01/07 08:06:17
    Yes
    vio-sonne
    +2
    Freezing won't take out everyday grime or stains.
  • Katie 2013/01/07 07:47:38
    Yes
    Katie
    +1
    I don't always put it in the dryer though
  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2013/01/07 07:09:25
    Yes
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    +2
    Because it would start to stink after a while if I didn't.
  • Stan Kapusta 2013/01/07 07:03:51
    Yes
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    Thers nothing like clean fresh smelling clothes. Freezing won't do it for me.
  • piegirl333 2013/01/07 03:48:12
    Yes
    piegirl333
    +2
    ....wait a second!!! I don't have denim jeans... =P
  • Okie Lady 2013/01/07 03:23:39
    Yes
    Okie Lady
    +2
    Nah! Just wear them till they rot and fall off, then go buy another pair.
  • Sarina 2013/01/07 02:46:20
    Yes
    Sarina
    +2
    I don't want dirty jeans.
  • belle 2013/01/07 02:33:54
    Yes
    belle
    +5
    always have and always will, I want clean denim jeans to wear..
  • zcberry 2013/01/07 01:29:17
    Yes
    zcberry
    +1
    I wear them twice, then I'll wash it.
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  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/01/07 01:22:51
    Yes
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    I'll stick with washing. beside I like them after they have faded a little. In fact for a while people bought pre-washed and and even with hole. They actually cost more than new jeans at the time.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2013/01/07 01:17:58
    Yes
    TimothyBrianFoley
    +2
    not wearing dirty clothes

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