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10+ Fatal Mistakes We Often Make When Washing Our Jeans

In 1853, Levi Strauss first made pants out of sail canvas that marked the beginning of the history of jeans. This item had been an element of working clothes for more than 100 years. But in the ’60s jeans blew up the fashion world and became extremely popular and expensive (by the way, there are jeans in the world that cost $1.3 million). That’s why it’s so important to take care of our favorite piece of clothing.

Bright Side wants to tell you how to keep your pairs of jeans’ incredible bright color that attracted you to them in stores in the first place.

Washing by hand

Handwashing is preferable when it comes to cleaning jeans since it’s more gentle.

  • It’s better to wash jeans in a bathtub, not in a bowl. It will allow you to straighten the item during soaking and washing.
  • During soaking (not for more than 1 hour), add 1 glass of vinegar and 2 tbsp of salt. Mix all the ingredients in a small amount of water before pouring in the washing water. Such a mixture will help keep the bright color from fading.
  • Don’t use water that is hotter than 105° F.
  • Forget about washing powders: they make metal details look faded. Use a liquid detergent, a shampoo, or a soap.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean jeans paying more attention to dirty spots: first, from the inside, then from the outer side. Don’t rub your pants against each other!
  • If you use a soap, don’t put it directly on the fabric, but instead, a brush.

Machine washing

Experts claim that machine washing isn’t that good but let’s be realistic: we don’t usually have the time and effort to wash clothing by hand.

  • Turn your jeans inside out and empty your pockets.
  • Choose the delicate cycle: the temperature of the water shouldn’t be more than 105 °F and there shouldn’t be more than 600 spins (or just switch the spin cycle off). The high temperature affects the color and even the size of an item. If your washing machine has the denim mode, you may choose that.
  • Use liquid washing detergents. Add half of a glass of vinegar to the water before rinsing to keep the bright color from fading.
  • Wash your jeans with other dark clothes (black, grey, or blue ones) since it’ll help keep the color of fabric from fading.


Drying is also really important.

  • Denim fabrics don’t like bright light and high temperatures. Forget about drying machines and a hot balcony. Let the item dry naturally avoiding direct sunlight.
  • Don’t wring out your jeans, remove all excess water with your hands.
  • Straighten the fabric.
  • Before hanging your jeans, hang a folded towel to avoid creases.

Here are some more tips to help preserve the color of your favorite jeans.

  • All in all, the less you wash your jeans, the brighter the color will be. If you accidentally stain your clean pants, try to remove the spot without washing the whole item. Don’t forget about the above-mentioned rules!
  • If you just want to refresh your jeans, put them in a freezer inside a zip-lock bag. To get rid of all smells, you can spray a mix of water and vodka in the ratio of 1:1.
  • Try to use a washing detergent that is suitable for dark clothes: it’s more delicate.
  • If there are leather details, slightly rub them with glycerin to keep them from cracking.
  • If your jeans look crumpled, spray some water on them, fold them in half, and roll them. You may also store them this way to avoid wrinkles and creases.
  • Some people wash jeans while wearing them: they sit in warm water, use a brush to remove stains, stand up, rinse their pants with their hands, and walk till they dry. Don’t forget about your health and stay in a warm place if you decide to use this method!

Do you have any life hacks that help you take care of your jeans? Share them with us in the comments!

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