Should we wash our pants after every wear? The results are in.

How often other women actually wash their pants, PLUS their clever hacks for pushing out those wash times even more.

Jeans, to wash or not to wash, this is the question.

Like you, I’ve heard that jeans shouldn’t be washed often because it fades them and simply isn’t necessary. As a busy mum and clean freak, I felt certain I couldn’t be the only one struggling to wrap my head around this idea – motherhood can be a dirty job after all – and it turns out I’m not.

Personally, I wash my pants if I’ve worn them all day, but if I wear them for half a day I put them aside to wear again (but don’t fold them back up and put with my clean clothes).

Turns out though, we all have very different answers to this question, and some pretty nifty hacks on keeping pants clean without washing too! Here’s what the community have shared:

Every Time I Wear Them

“Every time I wear them. Jeans change shape pretty quickly and I love the look/feel of well fitting denim.” – Cindy-Leigh

“After each wear… I didn’t know that there was any other option!” – Kris

“Every time I wear them! I have a 4 year old who thinks my clothes are his napkin or tissues.” – Maree

“After every wear – cannot seem to wear something more than once, also applies to clothes I have tried on and then changed my mind on.” – Sue

KAT’S TOP TIP: Use a lint roller to help remove pet fur from your pants, or wrap some packing tape (sticky side up) around your hand to dab onto your clothes to pick up the fur.

Occasionally – Every Other Time

“For Jeans and denim shorts after 2/3 wears and air them in between, but I do employ the sniff test and if I have spilled something on them then off they go to the washing machine.” – Loryn

“I air my clothes much more than wash them (depending on the item of course!). Jeans at least 3-4 wears before washing them.” – Julz

“When they don’t pass the sniff test.” – Hannah

“After using public toilets or when they are visibly dirty.” – Danielle

“On a skinny day so when they shrink and tighten a little I know I’ll have success fitting back into them.” – Gemma

  SHOP THESE JEANS: Motto’s jeans are so super comfy! I am wearing the colour Chambray in Ankle Length (full length on me because I’m a shortie LOL).

Rarely

“You aren’t supposed to wash denim very often – it’s recommended to throw them in the freezer to rid any odours. I don’t wear denim anymore but when I did, it was less than weekly.” – Kathleen

“According to Who What Wear, you should be washing jeans every four or five wears, because anything else will fade the dye. They should also be washed in cold water instead of chucked in with a normal wash. The CEO of Levi, Chip Bergh, caused controversy when he claimed people should never wash their jeans.” – Tanya

“My hubby only wears his on weekends and they get washed when they walk themselves to the laundry.” – Stacy

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11 comments

Rhonda April 30, 2019 - 6:42 AM

I work part time. I have my work clothes on for half a day. If I have worn clean pants one day, I then turn them inside out to air them. I then get a second day of wearing them before I wash them.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 9, 2019 - 9:04 AM

Great tip Rhonda! Anything to save a little washing hey? Kat x

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Shendelle Swaine May 2, 2019 - 12:00 PM

I want to wash mine less, but at the moment as a mum of three, I usually wash them after wearing them for a full day. Occasionally they make it to a second day, if that second day is not so much ‘going out’. My black jeans especially need washing after one wear because every mark shows. Unfortunately even the cold wash fades them though! I worked for Jeanswest and would recommend the freezer trick to customers, but I’ve never tried it, haha.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 9, 2019 - 9:06 AM

I completely understand Shendelle! I was a mum of 3 kids under 2 for a while, and my jeans definitely didn’t make more than a day back then. Just remember that these days are so short lived x

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Linda M. Thomas May 2, 2019 - 7:03 PM

I do the same. I occasionally use my pants, so I wash it every 2 or 3 days. Daily washing your pant makes the dye fade. I really appreciate this article since it’s gives idea to everyone.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 9, 2019 - 9:07 AM

Thanks for your feedback Linda – happy to hear that the article was helpful x

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Kim E May 4, 2019 - 11:10 PM

I wash my jeans inside out, and hang them on the clothesline inside out, then they don’t fade as quickly.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 7, 2019 - 10:11 AM

great tip Kim!

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Kate May 24, 2021 - 11:43 AM

I wear my jeans 3-4 times before I wash them. Feel more comfortable after wearing them for day or do

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 7, 2021 - 10:23 AM

I agree.

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Nick Topa July 17, 2021 - 10:21 PM

I probably wash my jeans about 4 times a year, probably about 30 wears between washes.
I find the crotch wears down and tears if I wash them frequently and they usually just get worn as work pants or general outing pants.
I’ll wash if they get ‘messy’ but not likely before.

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