The Best Ways to Keep Unwashed Jeans Smelling Clean

You want to know the secret for making your jeans feel great and last longer? Don’t wash them. Sounds gross right? Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. The longer you wait to wash your jeans, the longer they will last among other benefits. But that doesn’t mean your jeans won’t get dirty. Even worse, it’s no secret that not washing your jeans can make them smell after some time. Thankfully, we’ve got your back with some tips to keep your jeans smelling fresh without going through a machine wash.

Tip #1: Freezing

The biggest reason jeans begin to smell is from the bacteria that rubs off your skin onto the jeans. The bacteria is the root cause for the odor. One way to combat the bacteria is to freeze your jeans. The cold temperatures will kill a good amount of the bacteria that accumulates on the jeans. You can just fold the jeans and throw them in the freezer unprotected. However, this can leave the denim susceptible to anything else that might be in the freezer. Try putting the jeans in a canvas bag or any other bag that breathes, not a plastic bag.

Tip #2: Spritzing with Vodka

Another way to make your jeans smell better is to spray the denim with vodka. It doesn’t have to be an expensive brand, any cheap option will work. All you have to do is put some vodka in a spray bottle, hang up your jeans and spray away. You don’t have to soak the denim, a light misting should do the job. The alcohol should do all the work by taking the odorants with them when it evaporates.

Ok, so those are two great ways to keep your jeans smelling clean, but it's not going to get rid of that grease stain from last week’s taco Tuesday. Don’t forget to spot clean any stains or marks that have found its way onto your denim. The best way to do this is blotting a damp washcloth with a little bit of detergent on the stain. Make sure to blot rather than scrub as this will pull the stain out of the fabric. And remember, if you try both these tips and bad odors are still lingering, it might be time to finally throw those jeans in the wash. Just make sure you hang them up to dry afterwards, rather than tumble drying.


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