There's so much variety in denim these days, it's no wonder it's a little tricky to keep track of how to properly clean your jeans. The first general rule? Try to get three to five wears out of your jeans before you wash them. And after that? Here are a few simple tips to help you care for them.
For Wax Denim, Dye Denim and Printed Denim
- Wash them as little as possible.
- When you wash them, turn them inside out and wash in cold water separately, using very mild detergent.
- Ddo not put them in the dryer; hang them to dry.
- Hang your jeans in the bathroom when you have a shower; the steam will help drop out any unwanted creases and freshen them up.
To Prevent Fading: Use Salt!
- Fill a large washtub with one gallon (3.79 L) of cold water and two tablespoons (23.95 g) of salt.
- Soak the jeans in the salt mixture for approximately one hour.
- The salt mixture preserves the dye prior to washing, which prevents fading.
For Raw Denim: Put Them in the Freezer!
A large freezer bag
A freezer with some room
- Fold your jeans neatly and place inside bag.
- Seal bag and insert in freezer.
- Remove overnight or even after one week and wear as new.
- This process is touted to kill any living organisms and make your jeans feel crisp and clean again.