Why do my jeans smell after one wear?
April 17, 2014 5:40 AM Subscribe
Recently my jeans have started lasting only one wear before beginning to smell musty. About halfway through the day, I notice that I've been sweating enough to make the waistband slightly damp and there is a distinct odor coming from my jeans. It comes back quickly after washing, and I've never experienced this before in my life - I'm used to jeans lasting a week or so before switching them out. How do I keep from making my jeans smell, or how do I eliminate the odor permanently in washing?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I started noticing this in the late Fall, nothing like it has ever happened before and I've never had odor issues previously (well, maybe some shoe odor on a rare occasion, but only in old cheap cotton shoes).
This happened to new jeans I've bought in the past week, which started smelling musty after two wears. I'm just a little baffled as to how it started in the first place.
I can't think of why it started as I haven't changed my diet in that time and can't think of any differing environmental factors since the Fall. My office is heated through the winter but I never feel too warm, and it's not like I haven't been in other extended heated environments in the past.
My best guess is some sweat built up bacteria at some point in all of my current jeans and they're not being properly washed out. I've tried starting to wash them separately from everything else in the hot water setting, tried using borax powder when washing them, and I've tried switching detergents (I use perfume-free detergent), but to no avail. This is driving me crazy and is quite embarrassing, and I'm having to do laundry much more often that I'd like because I only have 5 or 6 pairs of jeans.