Almost everyone has an opinion on how often you can wear jeans before throwing them in the washing machine. Some people argue that wearing denim more than three times is disgusting. Others wear at least ten times a single pair of trousers before washing. A few, like Levi's CEO Chip Burgh, refrain from washing to maintain the quality of their clothing.
Considering that your body sheds more than 30,000 cells every day, it's quite disturbing to think about what lurks beneath the surface. We have therefore decided to investigate whether all the deposits of dead skin and bacteria pose a health risk.
But first, how often do you wear jeans before washing?
Around 63 percent of men's health readers stated that their denim is used at least four times before washing, according to a Twitter survey. A surprising 37 percent said they never wear jeans more than three times before washing.
"One is the only correct answer, especially when you arrive by public transport," a Twitter user told us.
Several people explained that frequent washing helped restore the fit and shape of the pants.
Overwhelming, most people wore jeans for a long time, and in fact, 23 percent said they wore them at least 1
Okay, but is it a health risk to wear dirty jeans?
Wearing dirtier clothes Jeans more than 10 times before washing sounds pretty disgusting, but their chances of getting bacterial infections are quite low, says Dr. Steve Xu, MD, and a lecturer in the Department of Dermatology at Fineberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.
"The skin is a pretty good barrier to infection," he says to Men's Health. Most healthy men do not have to worry who n you do without laundry.
But there is a possibility that you may develop an itch or a fungal infection in your genital area according to Dr. med. Adrienne Haughton, MD and Director of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology at Stony Brook Medicine.
"Many men will have athlete's foot," she explains Men's Healt h. If you do not wear socks before putting on your underwear, the fungus can be transferred to your groin and transferred to your jeans. The fungus will continue to grow if your pants get unwashed.
"Just walking and moving around the mushroom will just keep growing," she says.
Men with eczema, open wounds, or even dry skin are more likely to develop a bacterial infection, she says. More often, oil in your pants could cause acne or folliculitis, she says.
So, how often should I wash jeans?
According to Haughton, there are no medical guidelines that specify how often clothing should be washed. Cleansing expert Jolie Kerr recommends washing after 5-10 washes after Esquire . If you really want to preserve the longevity of jeans, always turn the clothes over and choose the hand wash.