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Old 07-01-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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The Myth of the Frozen Jeans | Surprising Science

What do you guys know about this? Does it actually work or is it just a myth?
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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The article you linked to already has two scientists suggesting that one could best accomplish the reduction of bacteria by washing your jeans. One says that freezing will do nothing. Now we already know from highschool science, that freezing bacteria just puts them in a dormant state but does not kill them. This is why we freeze food. So the bacteria cannot destroy it since they are dormant.

If you really want to kill the bacteria, put your jeans in your dishwasher (WITH NO DETERGENT!!!), and select the sanitizing rinse. This will raise the temps to above 215F.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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I had never heard this one before. But it makes sense: Bacteria can't generate smelly gases while dormant. So after washing your jeans, put them in the freezer until you wear them next? Sounds like too much trouble.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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The other thing to consider is you're still using energy to freeze them unless of course you put them outside and it's below freezing.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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The other thing to consider is you're still using energy to freeze them unless of course you put them outside and it's below freezing.
Good one! Next winter I'll take them outside.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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freezing your jeans is certainly no way to kill bacteria, and levis looks pretty silly for suggesting it is.

i found this bit from the article pretty hard to believe as well:

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How often you wash your jeans may depend on how comfortable you are with the growing amount of dirt and sloughed skin on the fabric; the bacterial load doesn’t seem to be much affected by how often you go between washings. A somewhat unscientific experiment by a Canadian student found little difference in the bacterial load between one pair of jeans worn for 15 months without washing and another pair worn for 13 days.
'somewhat unscientific' to be sure. he merely swabbed the surface, comparing jeans that hadn't been washed in 13 months vs. those that hadn't been washed in two weeks, completely forgetting to test jeans fresh out of the washing machine. plus, they're completely ignoring all the stinky fungi..
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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The whole idea of freezing jeans came from denim-freaks who buy $400+ Japanese reproduction raw selvedge jeans and wear their pants for literally years on end to get the distressed fades & creases that are so coveted & fetishized by them. If you wash raw jeans you'll lose the site-specific fading, so they've tried crazy things like freezing & nuking their jeans in the microwave to kill odor-causing bacteria without water or solvents.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:35 AM
 
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You can go a couple of days before needing to really wash your jeans. That's about it, imo.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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Jeans are work clothes here; and "work" means hard, dirty, sunup-to-sundown, horse-riding, machinery-pounding, bull ropin', filthy, greasy, sweaty and even covered in manure, dirt, hayseeds, sandburrs, and cactus work. No one in their right minds would waste time or energy trying to 'kill germs' by putting them in the freezer. Like NJBest says, it doesn't kill the bacteria, only makes them dormant; why waste time and energy? It isn't only not "green", it isn't practical.

If you want a 'distressed' look, try wearing them 16 hours a day, on a cattle range or on a farm, actually 'stressing' them. Of course, they won't stay distressed and frayed for long - the holes and frays will catch on a piece of wire or machinery and rip apart!
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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You can go a couple of days before needing to really wash your jeans. That's about it, imo.
it depends; in cold weather, if you're just sitting around and not working up a sweat, they could go longer.

but certainly not for the months on end that levi's is suggesting.

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