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How to wash your jeans less
If you feel like washing jeans less is a weird way to live a little greener, rest assured that I once felt the same. A pair of jeans takes a surprising amount of water and energy to produce, and it also takes a large amount of water and energy to maintain. An easy solution to reducing our carbon footprint is to wash our jeans less. This keeps our jeans from deteriorating quickly, and we'll use less water and energy to care for them.
I’ve tried to cut down on my jeans washing the last few months and after much Googling, I’ve fallen into a great routine. It only takes a few minutes of jean maintenance, and my jeans smell fresh even though I’m washing them less. Here’s what works for me.
After I wear my jeans:
-Spot clean any stains with a wash cloth and gentle soap (if needed)
-Spray them with natural fabric spray
-Hang them to air dry for a few hours
-Fold them neatly and put them back in my closet after dry
When my jeans eventually need a wash:
-Turn them inside out
-Wash them on a delicate cycle with cold water
-Put them on a do a couple squats to make the fabric feel a bit softer.
That’s it! I’m currently at 5-6 wears between washes and feeling great. Let me know if you give it a try!
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