Don't Wash Your Jeans After Each Wear and 4 Other Things You Didn't Know About Washing Your Clothes

You may not think you wash your jeans enough, but chances are you're actually throwing them in the laundry basket too often. According to Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi's, you should wash denim pretty infrequentl y .

At Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference last week, Bergh, who was there to promote Levi's sustainably line "WellThread," revealed that the year-old pair of jeans he was wearing had never been washed:

Although going longer than a year before washing sounds like a long time, it's not all that uncommon to wear jeans for several months before putting them in the laundry. According to a survey, the average woman washes her jeans after 2-3 wears while only 30% do so after each wear. If you're looking to decrease the amount of washes, Bergh suggests using laundry detergent on a sponge or toothbrush to spot-clean stains.

Here are four other surprising tidbits you probably didn't know about washing your clothes!

You Can Wash Silk At Home

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You know those pesky little "Dry Clean Only" labels on any item of clothing with a texture even close to resembling silk? I have a few blouses from Forever 21 bearing those washing instructions and I downright refuse to dry clean something that cost $12. However, you can wash real silk at home too. It takes a bit more time an energy than just tossing a cotton t-shirt in the dryer, but if you follow this basic guideline you should be all right:

My Custom Tailor has a step-by-step method for washing your silks.

Wool Shrinks More Than Any Other Fiber

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If you've ever shrunken a wool sweater down to doll-size in the wash, you know what I'm talking about. When you determine your method of cleaning a garment containing wool, fabric composition is key.

To wash a wool garment by hand, use lukewarm water only. According to Woolcrafting, you don't want to rub or wring the sweater as you wash. A gentle squeeze is enough to get the excess water out.

You Can Save Accidentally Dyed Whites

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Once, my boyfriend and I accidentally washed a red cloth napkin in a normal laundry load and stained a bunch of white clothing light pink. If only we'd known this little trick from HowStuffWorks, we may have been able to reverse the damage:

Vinegar Makes Great Fabric Softener

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Tired of dumping chemicals into your washing machine for a softening affect? Turns out, vinegar makes a great alternative to store bought fabric softeners. Here's how to master this trick:

I bet you're really looking forward to your next laundry day now. You're welcome!