Friday, January 30, 2009

Day 150 | I think I should celebrate

I can't believe I'm on 150 days. Just more than a month left, then I've had these jeans on every day for 6 months, without a wash. I can hear some people saying "gross!", so I decided to look at that a bit.

Jeans smell, if you sweat when you have them on, and don't allow them to dry properly before you wear them again. Most people I know do not wash their jeans after every time they wear them, but wear between 3 to 5 pairs at any given time. This gives each pair of jeans a chance to dry properly, before they wear them again. It doesn't help if you're folding them up after you wear them and putting them back in your clothing cupboard, if they're not completely dry. This will lead to the germs, that cause the smell, to flourish, and that's "gross!". I wear this one pair all the time, and I take extra care to hang them up every night, and they're completely dry the next day. No smell, hence no "gross!".

The smell is not the only reason it may be "gross!". You also have to consider normal dirt, stains and such. Here there's no help other than dry-cleaning or just self cleaning them as much as possible when it happens. But so far I've kept them fairly clean, and completely smell free. Today however is day 150, and I think I should celebrate.


  1. Darryl,

    My jeans don't smell either--ha ha!! Seriously though, I attribute that to age (I'm 38). It seems that younger guys live a lot wilder (and "grosser") lifestyle than do people in their 30's.

    Thanks for the mention too, by the way (in your last post)!

  2. you can put them freezer overnight.
    just roll the jeans up, put em in there and wait a night. this will kill the bacteria which creates a smell!

  3. According to "You are constantly sweating, even though you may not notice it. There are two kinds of sweat glands all over your body -- eccrine and apocrine. The sweat from apocrine glands contains proteins and fatty acids, which make it thick and give it a milky or yellowish colour. This is why underarm stains in clothing appear yellowish. It turns out that sweat itself has no odour. Then why, you may ask, is a sweaty person so smelly? When the bacteria on your skin and hair metabolize the proteins and fatty acids, they produce an unpleasant odour."

    That's why I think, it's important to let your jeans get as much "air" as possible when you're not wearing them. The sweat in the denim needs to dry properly every day, otherwise the smell will start. When your jeans have started to become smelly and you're forced to "freeze" them overnight, the sub zero (Celsius) temperatures will not kill the bacteria, but cause them to hibernate. The bacteria will hibernate for some time after you've taken your jeans from the freezer. This "time" allows you to get your jeans dry again, so that when the bacteria "wakes up" from their hibernation, they have nothing to do and the smell should be gone, for a little while longer.