So you’re into the raw denim Nudie jeans thing but you’re finding that you’re jeans are smelling kinda raw after going for some time without washing them. You don’t need to weaken and go near a washing machine just yet; there are ways to beat tame that smell and keep on stylin’ and profilin’ for weeks or months.
Check out these solutions that will help you get the distressed look you want, without causing undue distress to everyone around you. There is absolutely no need to announce that you are in the vicinity a full minute before your arrival, and having people holding their nose around you just isn’t cool (even if your jeans are to die for).
When the funk factor gets a bit too high for your taste, take your jeans outside. Hang them up in the fresh air and let the air and sunshine do a number on the the stank. You'll want to make a point of checking the forecast before exposing your Nudies to the Great Outdoors, though; you won't want to get them wet. It's going to take some time to dial down the stank, so some people like to be working on a couple of pairs of pants projects at once for continuity's sake. The best time to try this method is when the forecast is calling for sunny conditions with low humidity.
The next time you hit the shower, take your Nudies into the bathroom with you. Hang them up and run the water. You can also place them on the floor if you like. While you are getting clean, the steam will lift out the smell and freshen them up.
Another way to deal with a stinky pair of Nudies can be found right in the kitchen by taking the temperature down a few degrees. Place them in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator for a while. The lower temperature will help to diffuse the stank.
Fabric softener sheets can be used to freshen up your Nudies in a few ways. Place the jeans in the dryer with a couple of sheets. Run the cycle on the lowest setting for a few minutes to restore freshness. You can also rub the sheets on the denim directly in a pinch to freshen the fabric. You can also hang up the pants at night and stuff dryer sheets in the legs and pockets of the pants before you turn in.
This two-step method involves using two effective odor-controlling components: baking soda and freezing. Start by turning your jeans inside out and laying them down on a flat surface. Sprinkle liberally with baking soda. Fold one leg over the other. Roll the jeans from the waist down and place in a plastic bag. Leave in a freezer overnight. When you remove the jeans from the freezer, shake out the baking soda. Most of it should fall away. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any particles that remain before wearing the pants.
Grab your favorite flavor of gum and place a couple of sticks in each pocket. Fold up the jeans and put them in a plastic bag. Leave them overnight. By morning, the smell from the gum should have helped to K.O. the yeccchiness somewhat.
You can get the smell out of your Nudies using your oven. Start by preheating it to 400 degrees F. Then turn it down to 170-200 degrees F. Turn your jeans inside out and fold them in half. Place them on a baking sheet in the oven for one or two minutes. Remove from oven and fold in half the other way. Put back in oven for one or or two minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool completely before wearing.