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Easy Tips to Wash Your Jeans and Make Them Last Longer

The best way to care for the most used item in your closet!


Washing Jeans

Whether you’re a fashionista or not, there’s nothing that matches any attire like your jeans. They are good quality and dependable. Knowing how to wash jeans correctly will help you further increase their lifespan.

You'll find many conflicting views on the best way to wash your jeans. Some believe jeans should be hand washed while others insist that they should be washed in a washing machine. Let's end this confusion once and for all. You can safely and correctly do both. Here's everything you need to know about how to wash jeans.

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There’s nothing that matches any attire like your jeans. Knowing how to wash jeans correctly will help you further increase their lifespan.

  1. Washing Your Jeans in a Machine

    Before tossing the jeans in your washing machine, be sure to read the wash care label. If machine washing is allowed, turn them inside out and put them inside. Make sure that there are no light colored garments in there together in the machine while washing your jeans. Your jeans may color bleed. It is best to wash your jeans separately or together with other dark colored clothing items. Use suitable liquid laundry detergent. You may use Comfort Care Liquid Detergent. It is specially formulated to keep your clothes (and specifically your jeans,) looking and feeling new for longer! Set the machine on a 'normal' or 'heavy' wash cycle depending on how dirty it is. Use cold water. It is wise to take out your jeans from the dryer while it is still slightly damp. Stretch it out on an even surface and run your fingers through its edges to smoothen out creases and folds. Doing this will help you retain the original shape of your jeans for longer.

  2. Washing Your Jeans By Hand

    If your jeans have some decorative or sequin work, you must hand wash your jeans. You do not want to damage the delicate embroidery work with the tumbling action of a washing machine. Read the clothing care label to know the optimum temperature of water to be used while cleaning your jeans. Fill a bucket with water. Add effective laundry detergent. Check the packaging to understand the correct usage instructions. Now, swirl the water to ensure that it is properly dissolved in the water. Soak the jeans in the detergent solution for 15 to 20 minutes. Take out your jeans and drain the dirty water. Scrub the jeans gently with a clothes brush to remove any detergent residue or dirt. Soak your jeans in clean water for another 15 minutes. Roll your jeans to remove excess water and hang them on the clothesline for drying.

  3. Washing Your Jeans for the First Time

    If it's your new jeans, we suggest you wash them by hand for the first time. Read the clothing care label. Turn them inside-out before washing. You must wash your new jeans separately to ensure that there is no dye/color transfer on other lighter colored items in your laundry. Once you've finished scrubbing, rinse them properly. There should be no detergent residue. Hang them on a clothesline away from direct sunlight. Ensure that the room is well-ventilated.

  4. Drying Your Jeans

    Simply knowing how to wash jeans is not enough. To keep them in top shape, you must also know the best way to dry your jeans after washing. You must set the dryer on a “delicate” cycle with low heat setting unless the clothing wash care label says otherwise. Too much heat from the dryer can ruin your jeans' shape. If they are made from a stretchable fabric, the heat will surely damage your jeans' stretching capabilities. It is best to remove the jeans from the dryer when they are slightly damp. Use your fingers to even out the creases on your jeans and spread them out on a flat surface. Doing this will help you maintain the shape of your jeans for longer.

  5. Washing Ripped Jeans

    For washing your ripped jeans or jeans with tasseled hems or frayed holes, you can use clothing pins. They will hold the openings together and prevent damage due to machine agitation. Ripped jeans have delicate threads connecting the edges. They can be damaged in the machine. If you want to prevent these threads from possibly tearing apart during the wash, you must hand wash your ripped jeans.

  6. Close the Zippers of Your Jeans

    Always check if the zippers are closed before tossing your jeans in the machine. Unclosed zippers can snag or tear against the stitching, damaging your favorite pair of jeans.

  7. Avoid Cramming Your Machine

    For effective cleaning, your jeans need to tumble and circulate freely during the wash cycle. Cramming your machine with clothes will affect your machine's performance. Also, the chances of wear and tear because of the clothes rubbing against each other increase dramatically in an overfull wash. You may think that it will save you some time by getting more clothes laundered at once; however, you may end up losing time untying the laundry knots and tangles you'll wind up with at the end of the cycle.

  8. Wash Light and Dark Colored Jeans Separately

    You may think that it makes sense to round up all your pieces of denim together for washing. However, you must inspect each piece individually. The extra dye from your dark colored denims may get transferred on lighter colored ones during the wash cycle. Again, this means you must wash and dry them separately.

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Your denim jeans are a classic and may never go out of style. They are also comfortable and easy to maintain. With the right care you can make them last forever. You can do this by using the washing tips and techniques given here.

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