Yep. The more you wash your jeans, the faster they lose their shape and color. I try not to wash my jeans unless they have a visible stain that I can't get out by spot cleaning (or unless I've worn them on a plane, which, for some reason, leaves me feeling more germy than usual).
But I wouldn't make you go around in smelly jeans!! If you start to catch an unpleasant whiff of yourself in your favorite denim, throw it in a plastic zipper bag and place it in the freezer for 2 days. This will kill the odor (and the germs) without sacrificing that beautiful dark wash!
(A side note to moms: This trick also works with stuffed animals that can't be machine washed.)
If you simply MUST wash your jeans after every wear, wash inside-out in cold water, and add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final since cycle, which will help to maintain the color. Hang to dry. But you will be buying new jeans before I do!
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