Dos and don’ts of washing jeans
5-step guide to the best way to wash jeans
Sort and Prepare
Separate your jeans from other clothes and sort them by color. This helps prevent color bleeding. Turn your jeans inside out to protect the outer surface and minimize fading.
Pre-Treat Stains (if necessary)
Before washing, inspect your jeans for any stains. If you notice any, pre-treat them by applying a small amount of mild detergent or stain remover directly to the affected area. Gently rub the stain with your fingers or a soft brush.
Choose the Right Settings
Set your washing machine to a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water. Avoid using hot water, as it can cause fading and shrinkage. Select an appropriate water level for the amount of jeans you’re washing.
Use a Mild Detergent
Add a mild detergent that is suitable for colors to the washing machine. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, as they can fade the color and damage the fabric. Follow the recommended amount of detergent based on the load size.
Wash and Dry with Care
Start the washing machine and let it complete the cycle. Once the cycle is finished, remove the jeans from the washing machine. Air drying is the gentlest option for jeans. Hang them or lay them flat in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. If you prefer using a dryer, tumble dry your jeans on a low or medium heat setting. Avoid high heat, as it can shrink or damage the fabric.
Can I wash my jeans in the washing machine?
Yes, washing jeans in a washing machine is generally safe and convenient. Just make sure to follow the recommended care instructions and select appropriate settings such as a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water.
Can I put my jeans in the dryer?
Yes, you can put your jeans in the dryer. However, it’s important to choose a low or medium heat setting to prevent shrinking or damaging the fabric. If you’re concerned about potential shrinkage, air drying is a gentler option.
How do I prevent my jeans from fading?
To help prevent fading, turn your jeans inside out before washing. This helps protect the outer surface from direct contact with water and detergent. Additionally, washing them in cold water, using a mild detergent suitable for colors, and avoiding prolonged exposure to sunlight during drying can help minimize fading.
My jeans have a strong odor. How can I get rid of it?
If your jeans have a strong odor, you can try soaking them in a mixture of vinegar and water for 30 minutes before washing. Vinegar helps neutralize odors. Afterwards, wash your jeans as usual with detergent to remove any remaining smell.
Can I wash raw or selvedge denim jeans?
Raw or selvedge denim jeans have not been pre-washed or treated, so they require special care. It’s generally recommended to wash them infrequently, if at all, to preserve the unique fading patterns. Instead, spot clean stains and hang them outside to air out. Some denim enthusiasts even recommend freezing raw denim to eliminate odors.
Remember, these FAQs provide general guidance, but always refer to the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer for your jeans to ensure proper care.