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How to Wash Jeans

Dec 13,2023 | Hey Shelly

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How to Wash Jeans with Care To Keep Them Looking Fresh Longer
Within our wardrobe, we all have a pair (or maybe a few) of our favorite denim jeans. Whether it’s the impeccable fit, the wash, or the stylish deconstruction that elevates every outfit, these jeans hold a special place. So a little TLC and learning how to wash your jeans properly will go a long way toward preserving their look and feel, ensuring many more #OOTD moments to come.
Let’s explore various ways to care for your favorite denim styles and delve into the proper methods of washing, drying, and folding your jeans.
How Often Should You Wash Jeans?
There isn’t a definitive number of wears that require you to wash your jeans; it’s more about your lifestyle and day-to-day activities. The general rule is the less you wash them, the better for preserving your denim clothing to look and still feel new. This helps minimize the abrasion that can occur when washing and drying, which leads to fading.
If you want to keep your jeans fresh in between washes:
  • Air drying them to help deodorize
  • Lightly spray a mixture of 50% Water and 50% Isopropyl alcohol or a few drops of Witch Hazel to refresh them
  • Spot clean for any stains with an enzyme-based or mild detergent
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Care Tip: Using an enzyme-based detergent can help break down stains like sweat, oil, and blood without damaging the fabric. There are several brands that use natural ingredients to remove stains— search online for “enzyme detergents” to find the one that’s right for you.
How to Wash and Care For Jeans By Color
  • Denim Color
  • White Denim
  • Black Denim
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How to Wash Jeans Step-by-Step
To help maintain the color and shape of your new or old pairs of jeans, you should always turn them inside out before placing them in the washing machine. This helps minimize the fading and can help avoid abrasion to the hems, pockets, and fly and waistband edges.

Step-by-Step Guide for Washing Jeans in the Washer:

  1. Set your washer to a cold and delicate cycle
  2. Turn your denim clothing inside out.
  3. Wash with similar shades of clothing
  4. Add a mild detergent and follow the recommended amount per load  
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How To Wash Jeans With Rips And Embellishments
For ripped jeans with frayed hems or holes or denim with embellishment, it’s best to protect the clothing in a mesh laundry bag or hand-wash. These washing methods can avoid any further damage to the jeans or other pieces of clothing in the washing process.
Step-By-Step on How to Wash Ripped Jeans
  1. Before placing the jeans in the mesh bag, make sure to turn them inside out.
  2. Select the delicate cycle and use cool water.
  3. Add the appropriate amount of mild detergent according to the machine and load size.

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How To Hand Wash Jeans with Embellishments
  1. Start with a clean sink or container with enough cold water to submerge your denim jeans.
  2. Add a mild detergent to the water (follow the instructions for the appropriate amount of detergent).
  3. Turn your jeans inside out.
  4. Add your jeans into the water, making sure they’re completely submerged.
  5. Gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute the detergent, and let them soak for up to 30-60 minutes.
  6. Drain the water and rinse the items with fresh cold water.
  7. Push out all of the excess water and hang them to air dry.
How to Wash White Jeans
When it comes to washing white jeans, wash them separately or with other white clothes to ensure they stay as pristine as possible. Use cold water with a delicate setting and opt to choose an extra rinse to make sure that all detergent is thoroughly removed. At all costs, avoid using any bleach because it could cause yellowing or damage to the fibers.
How to Wash Black Jeans
To help preserve the deep color of your black jeans, turn your jeans inside out before placing them in the washing machine. Use cold water and mild detergent to prevent fading with a delicate cycle to minimize the abrasion. Lastly, skip the fabric softeners, which can dull the color over time.
How to Dry Jeans Without Shrinking Them
When it comes to drying jeans, keep them turned inside out and tumble dry them on a delicate cycle and low heat setting. It’s OK if the jeans are still a bit damp after drying; jeans will actually last longer and stay in shape better if you air dry them. Overheating the denim can cause the fibers to break, especially if it’s blended with spandex.
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So there you have it! A guide on how to wash and dry your denim pants with care. We hope these step-by-step washing instructions for your favorite pair of jeans with rips, embellishments, and various washes help them last longer and looking fresh.
Inspired to update the denim in your wardrobe? Explore our latest collection of denim jeans online or at a store nearest you.