Blue Jeans: Three Months, No Washing

How long can you wear the same pair of jeans without washing them? The most common answer you hear is "one semester." An Australian researcher (and college student) put the question to the test by asking volunteers to wear a pair of jeans five days a week for three months straight.
Melbourne researcher Tullia Jack recruited 30 volunteers to do just that - and will soon exhibit the grimy garments at the National Gallery of Victoria so the public can put them to the pong test.

She hopes the unusual experiment for her Master of Philosophy thesis will challenge our culture of "extreme clean".

Despite stains and spills ranging from tuna and avocado to motor oil and chocolate, Ms Jack says the expectation dirty denim will be whiffy is much worse than the reality.

"Not washing your jeans isn't nearly as bad as it sounds," the Melbourne University student and RMIT fashion lecturer says.

"You really don't need to wash clothes as often as you think. Stains come and go, they just wear off."

Thirty people of all ages took part in the experiment. Several of them decided to stop washing their shirts as well. Half the participants ended the three months saying they still didn't plan to wash the jeans. Link -via Fark

(Image credit: Mike Keating)

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Well, as a woman that wears pants that are form fitting, I don't really wash based on smell I wash based on fit...as they get smaller once they are washed and then steadily stretch out the more they are worn for the most part. If they'd stay the same size I wouldn't wash as much.
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