Washing Your Jeans May Be Waste of Time
Student wears pair 15 months, and passes bacteria test
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2011 2:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – Not washing your jeans for months on end may be fashionable in some corners, but is it hygienic? Looks like it. A student in Canada wore his raw denim jeans for 15 months without washing them, then had the pants tested for bacteria at the University of Alberta. Results came back normal, reports dBune. He wore the pants another two weeks, washed them, and returned for testing. Results were the same.

That surprised the ecology professor who did the testing, notes CBC, though Rachel McQueen still thinks people ought to wash their jeans about once a month. The student, John Le, said his jeans did get a little smelly after the first few months of his experiment, which he solved by bagging them and sticking them in the freezer. Maybe the biggest lesson of all this, points out dBune: Wear good underwear.

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Jan 23, 2011 10:11 PM CST
Umm.... no.
Jan 23, 2011 4:13 PM CST
"Washing Your Jeans May Be Waste of Time" Really? A "Waste of Time"? I sharted in mine last night and there was some serious seepage... But if YOU say I shouldn't wash them I won't. (BTW, what do I do about the flies hanging around my ass?)
Joe Lybarger
Jan 23, 2011 12:00 PM CST
The experiment is bullcrap. He said when the jeans started to smell, he put them in the freezer. If they smelled, that means there's an increase in the amount of bacteria on the jeans. Putting them in the freezer killed the bacteria, just as washing them would have done.