How often you should really wash your jeans - and it’s less than you think

Denim jeans
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Jeans are one of those classic clothing items that many of us have in our wardrobe, as they can be worn for so many occasions and it doesn't take much to build an outfit with them.

However, if you've ever wondered how often you actually need to wash them, you might be surprised - as it's a lot longer than you might have considered.

Whether you own one pair of beloved jeans or ten, knowing when you should chuck them in the wash is a must. Unlike soft furnishings around the house, clothes don’t need to be washed on a regular basis but instead, it depends on how many times you wear them.

Salah Sun, head of product marketing at Beko Plc UK & Ireland, said: "We’ve all skipped laundry day once or twice, but did you know that not washing your clothes, bedding, and towels, as often as you should, could be bad for your health?

"These soft fabrics are perfect for dirt to cling to and since they come up against our skin and faces often, keeping them clean and knowing how often to wash them is a must.”

Denim is a hard-wearing and sturdy material, so unless you spill something, you can often get away with wearing them a fair few times before anyone questions it. You should be able to get away with washing them every 10 wears or so, but if you're doing any strenuous work in them, you might need to stick them in the wash more often.

Salah said: “Washing your jeans is most likely a task you leave until the last possible wear, but they could be bringing in all manner of dirt and grime from outside. Washing your jeans, before they start to smell, is important for a clean home and so you’re never left without your favourite pair when you need them most.”

The discussion around how often you should wash denim made headlines a few years ago when the CEO of jeans company Levis said you should actually never have to do it.

Chip Bergh instead recommended spot-cleaning any stains or marks with a toothbrush, rather than sticking them in the washing machine. He said: "The point I was trying to make… it was a wake-up call to consumers that we go into autopilot and after we’re finished wearing something, we just automatically toss it into the laundry.

"A good pair of denim doesn’t really need to be washed in the washing machine except for very infrequently or rarely."

He justified this by saying that washing a good pair of Levis jeans or shorts actually causes damage to the material and is actually a 'waste of water'.

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