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How often do you wash your jeans?

It’s February, the month of love. So let’s talk about our love affair with jeans. We have jeans for every occasion. Designer jeans, dressy jeans, casual jeans, mom jeans, yard work jeans, jeans that will fit someday, maternity jeans that have morphed into regular jeans and jeans we should never wear in public.

We love our jeans so much, we even have special ways we want them laundered. After all, there’s no wardrobe crisis worse than a favorite pair of jeans that no longer fit after going through the wash.

Maybe that’s why some of us (you know who you are) don’t wash our jeans after wearing them only once. Or twice.

It turns out we’re not alone. Tommy Hilfiger, Anderson Cooper and Stacy London, of the popular TLC reality show What Not to Wear, all agree there’s no need to wash jeans after every wear.denim jeans

When you finally decide to wash those jeans, check the label for special instructions first.

Here are some basic tips that will help preserve your denim:

  • Use the gentle or delicate cycle on your washing machine
  • Wash in cold water
  • Toss in detergent pacs that are gentle on fabrics but still tough on stains
  • Turn jeans inside out
  • Wash with other items that are a similar color
  • Remove from the washing machine immediately
  • Turn jeans right side out
  • Fold once at knees and hang dry
  • If you’re brave enough to put jeans in the dryer, choose a cool setting to prevent shrinkage