Denim experts believe that natural elements like air, a little dirt, and body oil – all add beauty and character to jeans. I’m not an expert but I have experienced that a ‘little dirty’ pair of jeans have a different look and feel to them. The feel which says – yes I’m worn day in and out and and my owner loves me !!
The good news for anyone who hates doing laundry is that jeans don’t need to be washed often. In fact, they shouldn’t be washed often. This keeps the color from fading.
You know it’s time to wash your favorite bottoms if:
Your jeans are constantly damp.
Mudwash/ played in mud/ dirt.
Puked/ pooped/peed ( this can happen if you have a small baby around)
Just smell gross.
Depending on your work environment and kind of activities you do, you can easily wear jeans for at least a dozen number of times or even more before they actually get washed.
- Hemming – Do not hem your raw denim jeans prior to washing as the denim will naturally shrink in length
- Wash Separately – Due to the natural indigo bleeding during washing, always wash your raw denim separate from other clothing pieces.
- Water Temperature –The hotter the water, the greater the shrinkage and color fading.
- Detergents : Avoid any kind of detergents. Soak your jeans in cold water and vinegar instead of washing them. Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to 3 buckets of cold water and soak your jeans for about an hour. Hang or lay flat to dry. Don’t worry about smelling like vinegar—the odor goes away after your pants dry. This technique locks in the dye’s color, keeping your jeans dark and your furniture clean. And if you must use a washing machine, toss in a cup of vinegar on a hand-wash setting—and no detergent please.
- Avoid bleach, dry cleaning, do not tumble dry.
- Wash, air dry and iron inside out.
- Drying – Always air dry. Do not use a dryer or any instant drying methods – it will damage the fabric and ruin the fit, color and overall quality.
- Spillage – If you ever spill any liquid on your denim, dry rub or dab with a paper napkin or washcloth. Do not use soap or any other cleaning solution to spot clean as you will risk losing some indigo dye and create an uneven fade.
A bonus tip:
If you are in a hurry and you don’t have time to wash your denims then the best solution to get rid of odors is to steam your jeans.
Did you know ??
- Raw or “dry” denim is denim that hasn’t been washed after dye is applied. When washing for the first time, toss in two spoonfuls of salt to help set the dye.
- Washing jeans frequently results in their fading and also stretches them out.
Do you have any denim care tip to share ?
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And in case you missed reading my previous post “9 fun ways to wear denims in summer” , click here .