October 21, 2011


Roshini Raj, MD, Health’s medical editor and coauthor of What the Yuck?!, fields your most personal and provocative questions.

Q: Can you really get your jeans clean by freezing them?

A:  You saw that viral video, too, huh? Chilling your Levi’s or Sevens may de-stink them temporarily, but it definitely doesn’t remove dirt or stains. We don’t know for sure whether the trick kills bacteria, but, as with frozen food, it probably just keeps them from multiplying until the jeans are thawed, at which point the surviving organisms can multiply again. So forgo the jeansicles and toss your pants in the wash instead.

Got an embarrassing question? Send it to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

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