“Freezing your denim kills bacteria”, “freezing your denim doesn’t do a damn thing”, “you should absolutely wash your denim”, “even considering to wash your denim is a crime”. Holy h-e-double hockey stick, so which one is it?
Guys, we love our denim, you know this. And we also love looking fresh so this is a real debate we’ve got brewing. Should you, or should you not wash your denim? The true denim diehards say: never. While the frequent denim users say: duh-yea. Since there are two sides to every story here’s the down low.
Aficionados Vs. Basic Hygiene
Denim aficionados argue that that true heritage denim is designed to last a very long time when treated right. By not washing your denim your jeans are able to completely mould to your body with custom results. Every faded crease of “whiskers” on the front and “honeycomb” pattern behind the knee is seen as right of passage in the diehard denim world. Washing your jeans will bleach and soften these areas to look more generic and breaks down the raw fibres of the fabric and releasing its deep indigos. The washers of denim do have a compelling case to these points – basic hygiene. Ouuuuu. Strong play washers… Strong play.
Freezing Vs. Not Freezing
Some of the non-washing believers like to pop their favourite pair of jeans in the freezer between wears to kill bacteria. Cool right? Except our frequent denim users say, it doesn’t work. Your freezer isn’t cold enough to kill all the bacteria on your jeans. So even though your denim feels super fresh coming out of the freezer, when it comes back in contact with your body heat, the bacteria is resurrected from freezer death and you’re back to square one.
Sponge Bath for the In-betweeners
There’s a portion of denim die-hards who’s motto sounds a lot more like “wash your denim as little as possible” than “never wash your jeans”. Instead of machine washing, these people spot clean their denim with a toothbrush or sponge or hand wash the bacteria away. Spot cleaning your denim does relieve it of stains but won’t rid your favourite pair of jeans of all odours, build-up of dirt, skin, and your natural body oils.
The Hard Truth
The truth is that whether you choose to wash your denim or not barely makes a difference to hygiene. A recent study found nearly the same amount of bacteria on a pair of jeans that were worn and unwashed for 15-months straight, as on a pair of jeans that were worn and unwashed for 13 days straight. Huh.
What do you think? Should you or should you not wash your denim?
fabrics / by Grana / 08.26.16