Victoria Beckham has been turning heads in the fashion world for years now. It’s pretty clear she knows a thing or two about fashion, right?
So, imagine our surprise when we discovered that the multi-millionaire, supermum and confessed jeans-a-holic, rarely washes her beloved jeans?
Gross? Or ingenious? Turn out, Victoria may be on to something with this no-wash thing. And you may want to jump on board after reading this.
Ban Jean-Washing Like Beckham
The Beckhams are pretty much the world’s most perfect couple. With their adorable four children, their unabashed love for each other and their ridiculous good looks, it’s safe to say the Beckhams are winning at life.
So, how can you be like Victoria and win at life?
Stop washing your jeans.
Recently Victoria shared her secret to keeping her jeans looking so good all the time. They’re actually covered in dirt!
“If the kids spill [something on them], then I have to wash them, obviously, but even then it’s only on cold wash. And normally, no, I just don’t wash them at all,” she says.
So, like, never ever? That’s a lot of dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria to worry about.
Experts weigh in on the jean-washing debate
According to jean designer, Donna Ida, washing your jeans after every wear (and attempting to squeeze your booty into your now-shrunken jeans) isn’t really all that necessary.
In fact, it could ruin them.
Ida recommends sticking to every five to six wears when washing your jeans but The Cleaning Institute suggest every three wears.
“I wear jeans five to six times without washing them,” Donna admits. “Only ever cold-wash and line-dry them. Hot temperatures ruin jeans.”
Donna also suggests choosing the gentle setting and line drying them. Not tumble dryer for jeans.
What about bras and jammies?
If you’re like us at Mum Central, you’re probably a little baffled at the suggestion we’ve been wasting years and years washing our jeans. And it may make you think twice about how often you really have to wash your clothing.
I mean, underwear is obviously an everyday washing item, right? As are T-shirts, bathing suits, exercise clothes and socks. But bras?
Nope. Every three to four wears is enough, according to The Good Housekeeping Institute.
“Every few wears should be sufficient, but it does depend on your activity level,” says Lexie Sachs, product analyst in the Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “For instance, if you’re outside on a humid day and end up sweating a lot, you’ll want to wash your bra sooner.”
Um…what??? So not only have we been wasting our lives washing our jeans daily. But now our bras also don’t need to make the daily trek to the laundry either?
What kind of laundry sorcery is this?
But it gets even crazier. Pyjamas, for example, only need to be washed every three to four wears (or less if you shower before bed). Here’s a few more “when to wash” rules that might surprise you:
- Bed sheets – at least every two weeks, more often if you sweat a lot at night
- Leggings and tights – after every wear.
- Suits – after three to five wears.
- Bath towels – after three to five normal uses, but they must be hung to dry between use. However, if the towel contains bodily fluid (ahem…we’re looking at you, MEN), then it needs to be washed before using again. Because no one like a crusty towel.
Looking for ways to save time on the washing? Have a look at these 17 smart laundry tips.