I’ll let you in on one of my dirty little secrets: I don’t wash my jeans after every wear. Egads! There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of years, with Anderson Cooper confessing that he washes his jeans about four times per year, and Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh stating that jeans should seldom be machine washed. He was wearing a pair that had not been washed in a year. A sponge or toothbrush along with a little detergent is what he recommended.
Once a year sounds a little oogy to me, and even four times per year can be dicey depending on where you wear them and what you do in your jeans. I typically wash mine after every third or fourth wear (again, depending on what I’ve been up to). On my volunteer days at the animal shelter, you better believe the denim hits the machine immediately. But, for the low-dirt contact days, I like to hang them somewhere in the open so they can get some air between wears. The closet doesn’t work well for that since the doors are usually closed and I haven’t purged enough clothing yet to allow for good air circulation.
So, here’s what I came up with: pot rack hooks on a towel bar in my master bath. Yep, less-than $10 for a pack of six pot rack hooks!
The towel bar is on the inside of the master bath door, and across the room from the shower, so I never use it for towels. It works perfectly for airing my jeans. You could also hang these in your closet if you have the space. It keeps me from having to fold them after wearing – they can enjoy the wind in their threads. Feel free to share your tips in the comments. We can all use another shortcut in our day!