We’ve talked before about how to pick the best jeans for you and what the different fits all mean. Regardless of style or fit, all denim should be treated and cared for properly in order to ensure your jeans last for as long as possible.
No other garment is as widely accepted and loved all around the world as jeans are; They’re so versatile, comfortable (if you have the right fit for you), and easy to wear. So easy to wear, in fact, that we don’t give them a second thought when we put them in the wash, yet we hem and haw when they suddenly fit us or look differently without realizing it’s really all our fault. The biggest misconception in clothing care is that jeans are to be treated just like any other garment.
Jeans needing special care does not mean it has to be complex or time consuming though, it just means different. We love our jeans and all the comfort and practicality they provide us, so below are the best 3 tips to keep your denim looking nice for as long as ours:
- Lock in that beautiful wash. To maintain that nice looking color they had when you first got them you can soak them in vinegar. Yes, you read that right; mix one cup of distilled white vinegar to a cold water bath and soak your jeans for about an hour and then lay them flat to dry. The vinegar smell will go away, we promise. This will lock in that color and keep your jeanslooking newer for longer.
- Wash them in cold cycle. Always. If you must absolutely use your washer make sure you wash them in a cold cycle and inside out. Washing them inside out will help in keeping the color of your jeans looking nice and new and using the cold cycle will make sure your jeans don’t shrink, which leads us to our next tip.
- Don’t ever use the dryer. Very few people actually realize that denim continues to shrink up to as many as 10 washes. Yes, you read that right. Some people size up when buying denim with the anticipation that they will shrink in the dryer, but they don’t realize just how much denim can actually shrink, which probably leads to a lot of confusion about how they feel they’ve gained weight even though the scale says they have not. For this reason it is always better to just lay them flat to dry or drip dry. We promise you will see a huge difference and will never go back to using the dryer for your jeans.
We all have those “going out” jeans that really barely get dirty since they’re for that date night or special occasion. These jeans are likely also your most expensive ones and for those we would recommend you just freeze them. Yes, freeze them. I know, we were skeptical too but this trick, which is also used by museums for very old garments that can’t stand to be washed, actually works! Freezing your jeans means all the bacteria is killed without you having to damage them with water.
Whichever tip you choose to employ, we just hope your jeans provide you with the same exciting feeling from when you first bought them.