Denim is a tough material, but that doesn’t make it any easier to know what you should be doing to take care of your jeans. Read on to find everything you need to know about washing and caring for your jeans.
There are a lot of opinions out there about whether or not you need to wash your jeans at all. We’ll take the middle ground and say that while you don’t need to wash your jeans nearly as much as you think, it’s still a good idea to wash them every once in a while!
But how do you go about washing your most important wardrobe staple?
There are a few signs that it’s time to wash your jeans, beyond the smell or visible dirt. If they’re stretched out or sagging at the knees, it’s a good bet your jeans are due for a rinse. And yes, it’s OK to put this revered garment in the washing machine, although hand washing will reduce wear and tear. Just make sure you read the washing label first for any specific instructions.
1. Turn your jeans inside out.
2. Fill your laundry sink with cold water and a small amount of detergent.
3. Soak the jeans fully under water for 15-30 minutes.
4. Rinse well.
5. Roll them up and press down to release any water (don’t wring them!).
6. Dry flat or on a line
1. Turn your jeans inside out. It will help preserve the colour. Make sure zips are zipped up and buttons are fastened.
2. Wash them on a gentle cycle with cold water.
3. It’s best to line dry your jeans, but if you do dry them in a dryer, remove them while they’re still slightly damp - otherwise they could shrink. Use a medium to low setting.
WASHING DISTRESSED OR RIPPED JEANS
Follow the steps mentioned above, but make sure that you use a gentle cycle and a gentle washing detergent - hand washing is the best option.
Be sure to avoid the dryer, since this could further fray any rips. If you have to use the dryer, use the lowest heat setting.
Try to limit how often you wash your jeans, since repeated washing can risk damaging the distressed look.
WASHING BLACK JEANS
Follow the same steps as above, but make sure you use a colour-preserving detergent for black or darker jeans to prevent fading.
It’s also a good idea to skip the dryer and go straight to the clothesline to air dry.
WASHING WHITE JEANS
White jeans can look fantastic, but they do come with a greater risk of getting dirty or stained quickly. Here are our top tips to protect and wash your white jeans:
Once you’ve found a pair of jeans or a denim jacket that fits perfectly, you won’t want to let it go. There are a few ways you can try to keep your jeans in better condition for longer.
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