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Freezer Jeans

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Have you heard about the new trend to not wash your jeans? People are turning to freezing their jeans periodically to kill any germs and refresh them. I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet. I am willing to try to extend the wearing time between washes. Instead of automatically throwing my jeans into the laundry basket I will throw them back into my dresser. Let’s see how that goes.

Even Carl Chiara, director of brand concepts and special projects for Levi Strauss & Co. believes in washing rarely, never putting them in a washing machine and drip drying them. Read more about it here.

Maybe I will be posting in the future about trying the freezing method or the Levi`s method but until then…

I am also extending the wearing time of my PJ’s. It was normal for me to wash them after one use. A co-worker suggested that they don’t need to be washed as often. I tend to agree.

Reducing water, power and chores is always a good thing.

How often do you wash your jeans and PJ’s?



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “Freezer Jeans

  1. I heard about this “jean-freezing” business last year on Apartment Therapy, and thought it was crazy. Apparently, people are doing this? I cannot imagine putting dirty clothes in the freezer with our food, even if the jeans are in a bag! I tend to wear my jeans 4-5 times before washing them – some might call this lazy, but I am helping save resources with my laziness. 🙂

    Posted by Erin | March 14, 2013, 3:31 pm
  2. I don’t wash my jeans (and other pants) unless they are visibly dirty, so it could range from weeks to months before they get washed. I also only wash my pyjamas once or twice a month.

    I can’t imagine washing clothes after only one use! I even wear my shirts 2-3 times before I wash them. If they don’t smell and aren’t visibly dirty, they don’t need to be cleaned.

    Generally, I do a load of laundry once every 2 weeks, but I am also living alone so that makes a difference.

    Posted by delilah22 | March 16, 2013, 5:08 am
    • I’m really going to reduce my washing. The kids clothes are another thing altogether. It’s really amazing how gross their clothes get in only a few hours! My toddlers clothes were covered in pudding earlier today. Don’t even ask about the face!

      Posted by stephanieough | March 23, 2013, 9:47 pm
  3. Hello there, nominated your blog for an award cos I love what you do. Xpam. http://plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/blog-awards/

    Posted by Polythene Pam | March 19, 2013, 6:49 am

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