There is actually a right way to clean your jeans if you’d like to maintain their color and quality. Here are 7 tips to help you preserve and care for your cherished pairs:
1. Washing them too often will make the color fade faster
When it comes to a good pair of jeans, you can wear one for 5 to 10 times before having to wash them. If you can’t see the dirt, they’re probably not really dirty
2. Spot clean
Use a laundry stain remover, leave it on for a few minutes, then use a damp cloth to wet the area and scrub the stain
3. Try the steam clean approach
Hang them in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower so the steam and scents from your soap permeate your jeans, making them smell nice and fresh.
4. When it comes time to wash them, it’s best to do so in cold water
Turn the jeans inside out and make sure to either hang them outside to dry if it’s a nice day (keeping them out of the sun), or put them on a drying rack. When washing for the first time, toss in two spoonfuls of salt to help set the dye.
5. For darker washes – add distilled vinegar
While doing laundry, add half a cup so the darker hued denim will retain its color after washing.
6. Washing by hand is always better than machine-wash
Start by filling the sink with cold water, add half a teaspoon of detergent. Turn your jeans inside out, plop them in the water and walk away. Come back in an hour and rise with cold water.
7. Hold off on bleach
Not only will it mess with the color, but it could also deteriorate the yarns in the denim fabric.