12 December 2014

Cleanly Fade Away

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I don't know about you, but I don't know that "whiskers" on my jeans are that important.

Yahoo Style recently declared jeans should not be washed, but frozen (right alongside your food, mind you!!!), and simply spritzed with vodka if any dirty spots or smells remain. To wash jeans ruins the intended natural fading of lines radiating from the crotch, they claim. I kid you not! Read the linked story above if you don't believe me!!!

I've been washing jeans, not just mine, but for the whole family in every family I've been a member of, for pushing nearly half a century now. I recycle the denim every chance I get when knees, saddles, seams or pockets wear thin. I get many, many miles out of the recycled denim, as well, and I'm washing it just like I wash the jeans. Soap and water. Washing machine and dryer. Shrink them babies. Fade 'em, too. Soften the cotton.

My husband's grandfathers and uncles worked on their farms, and they wore jeans. I guarantee you they did not put their jeans in any ice box. And jeans would not have been worn dirty week after week after week. No children and grandchildren would have resulted if those cowboys had displayed such fashion sense. Wives would have abandoned those stinky cowboys lickety split.

Denim whiskers, indeed!

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16 comments :

  1. I'm with you! I wash everyday and am not going to wear dirty, stinky jeans!

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  2. Yuck! I wonder what Yahoo pays its style guy/gal. Hey Yahoo, I can conjure up some big ones myself. Having spent numerous years in the electrical trade. I can assure you my jeans would stand on their own at the end of a week.

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    1. Funny, Lizard! I can see every other day, but no washing!?!? Ridiculous!

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  3. Umm err no way hose says my ocd. What nut comes up with this stuff? Wash them along with everything else.

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    1. Nut is right, Pat. I think there must be something dislodged in the brain to think it's okay to not wash jeans!!!

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  4. Wash! Wash! Wash! That's my motto. Denim whiskers ~ good grief! LOL!!!

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    1. I'm with you, Fundy! My goodness! Whiskers in the crotch?!? I think somebody had way too much time on their hands!

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  5. I think thats a waste of good vodka lol!! Plus - some of my dirt might just need washing..... sigh

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    1. I don't drink vodka, Alycia, but that's pretty darned funny! And I like the idea of washing the dirty. It does, after all, get dirty!!! Ha ha ha!

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  6. Whiskers on jeans... how funny! Fashion gets very strange at times. Thank goodness most of it never trickles down to real life! LOL
    Yahoo's advice is even stranger, given that the stores are full of jeans that have been pre-whiskered. No need to waste good vodka.

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    1. Hilarious, Lara! I do agree, fashion is just weird. Jeans are cool, though. CLEAN jeans!!!

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  7. This is appalling! My nephew said the same thing and by the end of his week long visit, he smelled really bad. Still wouldn't let me wash the jeans. Like you I've washed jeans all my life. They get softer. Clothes aren't meant to live for ever anyway. What's sexier than a pair of faded in wear spots jeans that shrunk to fit the body they are looking good on?? This is just stupid and I imagine lazy kids across the world are quoting it to their moms. Oy. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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    1. LeeAnna, you are SO right! The best jeans are the ones that you've been wearing and washing and shrinking to fit your body perfectly, and smell is still a very big part of romance as far as I'm concerned!

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  8. Good grief! What will they think of next.... I suppose this may have something to do with the fact that many jeans contain Lycra nowadays?

    I try to minimise washing my jeans, if only to make them last longer. But sometimes they do need a good cleaning, and the washer's the easiest way to go. Plus we don't keep vodka in the house. :)

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    1. Lycra?!? I had no idea, Sue. That makes the idea even more appalling! Can you imagine not washing Lycra bike shorts!?!?!? Eeeeeeeuuuuuuuwwwww!

      I get a good two years out of my jeans with regular washing, and then I get ten or more years out of them after I cut them up and use them in other projects. We don't keep vodka in the house, either, but it wouldn't have been an option anyway. That's just ick!

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