There are denim enthusiasts who do not believe in washing their denim with water. Most of them love raw denim, and do not wash their jeans to maintain the indigo dye and allow a natural looking wear that is similar to what many washes accomplish, but with more depth and of course, unique.
One technique that caught my attention was the ‘freeze clean’ method. The theory behind this is that you put your jeans in the freezer to kill the bacteria. Freeze cleaning doesn’t remove dirt or dust, and certainly does not remove stains…what it does is removes the smell. While I have not tried this in the past, because I’m not such a stickler about maintaining a wash with my denim. I do have a few pairs of jeans where I don’t think should be even hand washed, like the Tory Burch painted jeans and the J Brand waxed denim, because even hand washing will break down the novelty elements like the wax coating and the painted details.
Notice the painted details? I’m afraid even hand washing will affect it.
The general consensus about freeze cleaning is to put your jeans in a plastic, reclosable freezer bag and put them in the freezer. Some say 24 hours, others say a week. I’ll be checking in tomorrow to see if there is a difference, and at the end of the week for the final test.
I have my doubts if they really do any “cleaning.” All the searches I have done inquiring if freezing kills germs and bacteria state that freezing doesn’t kill germs in food. There hasn’t been any scientific studies on whether or not it kills the germs in your jeans…however, people have been recommending this method of denim care for quite a few years so it there may be something to it.
Have you ever tried to freeze your jeans? How did it work out?
Check back later this week for an update on how “clean” my jean get from the freeze.
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