We’ve been talking about what styles and cuts of denim are trending this season, so let’s discuss how to care for your jeans. A great pair of jeans is something you can invest in and enjoy for many years. Treating and cleaning your denim properly will help you to get even more seasons of wear of them.
Tips for Caring for Your Denim
One of the best ways to preserve the quality of your denim is to wait between washes. Believe it or not, it is recommended that you only wash your jeans every ten or so wears!
If you notice a small stain on them in between washes, they say to spot treat that area with a toothbrush and white vinegar or gentle soap. And if you’re worried about odors, you can always put them on a hanger and mist them with Febreze or tumble them in the dryer with a dryer sheet.
I don’t really keep track, but I suspect I wear most of my jeans somewhere between 5 and 10 times before throwing them in the washing machine. Either they are starting to look and feel stretched out, or they get a stain on them. (I haven’t personally tried the spot cleaning trick.)
Once it’s time for a wash cycle, there are a few things you can do to help prevent damage from the process. First, fasten all buttons and zippers, and turn your jeans inside out. Set the water temperature to cold and make sure to avoid bleach or harsh detergents.
Turning them inside out and using cold water helps prevent fading and shrinking. It also helps keep the color and fit exactly the way that you like it. When the wash cycle is complete, remove them immediately and hang them up to air-dry in a shady spot. While putting your jeans on, take care to pull your jeans up by the waistband rather than the belt loops.
Now that you know the best way to care for your denim, I rounded up some of my favorite styles for your shopping inspiratoin!