I usually listen to podcasts or audio books during my commute back and forth from work, but sometimes I like to listen to some good old sports talk radio.
The other day I was listening to The Michael Kay Show and somehow the topic changed from the dreadful New York Mets baseball season to what the hosts of the show called “re-panting.”
The dialogue was absolutely Seinfeld worthy and I was cracking up at the back and forth on how often should you wash jeans.
Don La Greca was on one extreme arguing that jeans should only be worn once and then immediately washed.
Peter Rosenberg took the polar opposite stance. He wears his jeans at least 20 times between washings and in fact almost never washes them at all.
Michael Kay was the voice of reason and took the middle ground.
His opinion is that you can definitely wear a good pair of jeans a few times between washings, but 20 is just way over the line.
Admittedly, this is a pretty random argument to hear on a sports talk radio show. For that matter, it’s pretty random for a personal finance site too.
I never thought I’d be writing about washing jeans, but listening to these guys argue about it made me wonder…how often are you supposed to wash jeans?
Well, if you ask the CEO of Levis, Chip Burgh, you should never machine wash jeans.
Instead of tossing them in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry, Burgh recommends spot-cleaning them with a sponge or toothbrush and just a bit of detergent.
Personally, we do wash our jeans but not every time we wear them.
I agree with Michael Kay’s opinion that jeans can be re-worn a few times between washings but there is a limit.
You can only wear them so many times before you start to stink, especially when it is warm outside or you’re very active.
Kid’s jeans in particular need extra washing. Let’s face it, those little monsters can be pretty messy!
If you decide to wash your jeans turn them inside out and do it on delicate cycle so they take less of a beating and only wash them with other denim. When they’re done, skip the dryer and hang dry them instead.
So you’ve heard from the experts, but I want to hear your opinion. Drop a comment below and let me know how often you think you think jeans should be washed.