Denim, this fabric that was popularized during the conquest of the West, is a success story that has lasted for more than 150 years. This somewhat rough and durable fabric has stood the test of time to take an apparently unchanging place in the wardrobe of men, but also of ladies.
That said, how do you take care of your jeans? Contrary to what one might think, the fact that it is a raw fabric does not mean that it appreciates machine washes. On the contrary, even.
Never wash your jeans: amazing advice
Raw denim purists don't give up: such pants don't wash. Do you have to become a grunge in spite of yourself when you want to wear jeans in the respect of the rules of the art? Not really.
Even though it sounds very unhygienic, a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada has shown that not washing jeans that have been worn for a month in a row has no particular impact on the levels of bacteria stored by the denim. However, he applied extreme conditions to his little test, in particular by sleeping with his pants on, by spilling food on them wiped with Sopalin. A little trick to sanitize your raw jeans without washing: a little stay in the freezer.
According to fans of raw jeans, this is the only way to leave your pants with the famous white marks left by creases and rubbing that give each pair of pants a unique look.
Is cold washing on a delicate fabrics programme, the right compromise?
Jeans can nevertheless be machine-washed... as long as certain rules are followed. What denim doesn't like is hot water, electric dryer + powders and fabric softener. You can therefore completely wash your jeans inside out in the machine at 30°, using the program reserved for delicate fabrics, and removing the spin cycle if it is provided. Well, you may have to wait several days to be able to wear new jeans during winter washes. We can't have butter and butter's money.