How to Wash Denim Jeans
Check the Tag
Read the label on your jeans to see if there are any specific jean washing tips that you need to follow. Some jeans should be washed alone on the first wash, or washed very rarely. Make sure to follow the recommended care instructions to prolong the life of your jeans.
To keep your jeans looking the same way they did when you purchased them, wash the jeans on the gentle cycle. This reduces the wear and tear on your jeans and allows the colors and design to stay intact.
Use a mild detergent (such as Woolite) when you wash your jeans.
Never use bleach or use detergents with bleach.
You can use a mild fabric softener if you want your jeans a bit softer.
Use Cold Water
Fill the washing machine with cold water. Lukewarm water can also be used if necessary..but is not ideal. Never wash the jeans in hot water. Hot water can cause color loss in jeans, especially darker jeans. Hot water can also shrink the fabric.
Protect the Color
Turn your jeans inside out. Washing jeans can be abrasive to fabrics. Not only do clothes rub against one another, but the detergent, along with zippers, buttons, and snaps, can be damaging to the color and fabric.
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Skip the Dryer (Mostly)
Line dry the jeans. Do not tumble your jeans in a dryer. Avoid over-drying your jeans to prevent shrinkage and the loss of color to the fabric.
If you want to speed up the drying process, tumble them on a delicate cycle with low heat. Take them out while still slightly damp and let them finish drying on a rack or a line. Before you place the jeans on the line, gently stretch the seams, waistband and hems to help avoid shrinkage as they finish drying.
Hang Them Up
Fold your jeans once at the knee level and hang them on a clothes hanger or rack to dry. Over-folding while the jeans are drying can cause wrinkles and creases.
How Often Should I Wash My Jeans?
Jeans don’t need to be laundered as often as most other clothing. Most experts recommend washing them every 4-6 weeks (or 4-6 wears). In between washes, be sure to air the jeans out by hanging them up in a well ventilated area for about 24 hours after each wear.