Jeans were originally designed to withstand the rigorous work day but in today’s society they are also high fashion. This means you need to treat your jeans like gold if you want to keep them looking the best.
Some people swear you should never machine wash jeans, some swear you shouldn’t wash them at all for that matter. With busy lifestyles that a lot of modern day people lead means that most of us toss this wardrobe staple in the washer along with the other clothes every week. The biggest rule to keep your blue and black denim looking as new as possible is be sure to steer clear of these fabric damaging mistakes.
- Wash them Inside Out
It doesn’t matter the cycle you wash clothing on, the very act of machine washing and drying is abrasive to fabrics because the garments rub against each other in the turning, tumbling load. To minimize the colour loss during this process, turn jeans inside out before placing them in the washer and leave them inside out until you remove them from the dryer. It is also helpful to zip all zippers and fasten all buttons up too.
- Choosing a Cycle
The biggest aspect of keeping your jeans looking new is the cycle you wash them on. Remember the gentler you wash and dry them the newer they will keep. While hand washing and line drying is safest, it’s also the most time consuming. Unless your jeans are particularly dirty its best to wash them in cold water, select one of the gentler cycles, and dry them at a low temperature.
- Drying to Long
When fabrics are left in the dryer too long they become over dried and “fried” then end up shrinking. The majority of fabrics especially jeans benefit when you take them out of the dryer slightly damp. The best thing to do is simply tug and smooth them into shape and let them finish drying flat on a hanger
- Add Salt & Vinegar to the Wash
A handy trick to learn is put salt & vinegar in the washing machine this prevents jeans from bleeding and keeps fabric the “true” color for longer. When you have got your jeans in the washing machine ready add a cup of white household vinegar and a quarter a cup of sale to the cold washing water. Both of these natural ingredients provide some protection against the jeans bleeding.
This is a great trick to learn and you can repeat as many times as you like, this will only improve the jeans lifespan. Don’t worry about having a vinegary odour as the smell will go away as soon as the fabric is dry.
- Spot Clean Isolated Stains
If jeans are otherwise fairly clean it is a good idea to just get spots and stains of your jeans instead of throwing your jeans into the wash. This will reduce the wear and tear on jeans from frequent washing cycles and keep your jeans looking newer for longer. To do this simply apply a stain removing product directly to isolated stained area on the jeans, wait a few minutes then clean off with a damp cloth.