I have recently decided to have my own No Wash Challenge with my jeans as part of my challenge to myself to get my house neater and more organized in 2015. I want to do something this year that I have never done before. That is right. I will no longer be washing my jeans. What??!!?? I have been doing a lot of reading lately about how we are not supposed to wash our jeans.
That’s right! Did you know that you are not supposed to wash your jeans? Seriously you are never supposed to run your jeans through the washing machine!! Many people freak out when they learn this and I will admit that I was a little shocked to learn about this as well.
Levi’s brand announced earlier this year that you are not supposed to wash your jeans and there were posts everywhere. Social media exploded with people questioning who did or did not was their jeans.
In one great Yahoo! article entitled “#StyleHack How to Break in Your Jeans the Right Way” there is a lot of information that explains to you why the denim has been woven as a material that needs to be broken down. The best way to break down denim is with a little bit of natural dirt and not washing in a machine. Actually if you wash your jeans you are going to lose the look that you want and end up with a flat denim look.
Basically the little particles of dirt are what is going to break down the material. So to make sure that you avoid having that flat looking denim that you hate, you are going to have to stop washing your jeans. Plus washing them is also going to make the fabric seize up which is why so many times your jeans are uncomfortable or stiff after having been washed.
Now, I know what you are thinking…am I going to stink if I do not wash my jeans? No, there are actually a few different ways that you can keep your denim smelling fresh without ruining the natural fade and whiskering that you desire.
**Freeze Your Jeans — Freezing your jeans overnight will kill the bacteria that cause them to smell. All you have to do is throw them into the freezer.
**Spray with Vodka — All you need to do is put some vodka into a spray bottle and spray your jeans. Then lay them out where they can dry on their own.
**Just Use the Dryer — Some people want that more fitted feeling that they get after their jeans have been washed. If you want that feeling, just throw your jeans into the dryer for a short (20 minute) cycle.
So basically you can really get the amazing denim looks that you desire just by deciding to quit washing your jeans.
So I am going to be taking the no wash challenge and will be sharing my journey with you in the coming months. Plus you never know how great my jeans might end up looking now that I have accepted the challenge.
I’m also excited about a few of the great things that I have been able to find through the Yahoo! gift guide for neat freaks. This is helping me find great things that are going to help me reach my new goal to do all things better in 2015.
One of the biggest problems in my house is keeping the bathroom counters cleaned. Seriously they are always covered in toothpaste!! If you are trying to be neater this year then I think that the Milano Toothpaste Squeezer ($205) is something that you MUST have. I love that it stands on its own and that it would help me to keep everyone from squeezing the tube in the wrong place and spilling toothpaste all over my bathroom counters.
Another huge issue that I have is trying to keep our floors cleaned. It does not fail they are always looking terrible even right after I have swept and mopped. Since I am the mom of four crazy kids I think that they each need their own dust mop slippers ($3 per pair) to help clean our floors that seem like they cannot stay clean!
Finally I always thinks that our furniture looks scummy and dingy. I clean it but for some reason it seems that just my children sitting on it seem to make it look like it needs to be cleaned again. For anyone that has been seated on our furniture you will know why the Murchison-Hume Everyday Furniture & Upholstery Cleaner ($9 per bottle) is going on my shopping list. I can’t wait to see if it can really make my couch look new like it claims.