In ancient days nothing shouted 'Clueless' like a brand new pair of jeans. People would buy Levis and torture them so that the first time they were worn was after they had shrunk and faded.
Today, people buy cheap jeans which look as if they suffered. Of course washing these cheap jeans leads to collecting threads from the washing machine.
Speaking of washing machines, I don't know the purpose of washing machines, I never met one which didn't take raw pleasure from destroying clothes or vomiting lint all over them. This destructive nature was useful in the ancient days when one needed to fade and shrink their jeans before wearing. Not any more. Especially considering the cheap crap that claims to be clothing today.
And nothing is more fragile than black jeans.
A few months ago I bought a pair of black jeans. They are now grey.
I don't want grey jeans. I want black jeans. So I had to buy another pair. And I knew I could never wash them.
I decided to try something I'd only read about. That is, sponging.
You know that a dry sponge rubbed along cloth with remove lint and dust. So I used that. Then I moved (after ten wears) to a damp sponge. Working quickly, going along the leg I got most of the surface grime. After fifteen wears, I turned them inside out and went over them with a damp sponge. So far so good.
They aren't standing by themselves and haven't picked up any high odor, so I'll see how long I can go without washing them.