How To Wash Your Jeans So They Last Forever

April 9, 2015 by Claudia Saide
shefinds | Style

Believe it or not, there actually is a right way to clean your jeans, so if you’d like to maintain their color and quality, you gotta know how it’s done. We know, tossing them into the washer and dryer is just so easy, but doing so really isn’t ideal since hot water and dry heat causes denim to shrink and fade. So instead of taking the easy way out, follow the pointers we drummed up from About Style and—your jeans will be in a way happier place, and so will you.

Wash jeans occasionally—not every time you wear them. If you can’t see the actual dirt, they’re probably not really that dirty.

Avoid the washing machine as much as possible. If you really have to use it, turn your jeans inside out and only wash them on the most delicate setting.

Never stick jeans in the dryer. Either hang them to dry outside if it’s a nice day (keeping them out of the sun), or put them on a drying rack.

Skip the soap—it fades the dye—but when it is time to give your jeans a good wash, use vinegar—it’s a natural cleaner and it also helps to lock color in and prevent any bleeding. Just soak your jeans in a bath of cold water mixed with a cup of vinegar for about an hour, then lay them flat to dry. Don’t worry, the smell of the vinegar will dissipate as they dry. If you do need to use the washing machine, set it to cold and add the vinegar into the washer.

Spot clean. When your jeans get stained, don’t throw them into the wash, just attack the spot. Use a laundry stain remover, leave it on for a few minutes, then use a damp cloth to wet the area and scrub the stain away.

Try the steam clean approach. Hang them in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower so that the steam and scents from your soap permeate your jeans and leave them smelling nice and fresh.

Hand wash. If you’re dead against using vinegar, you can hand wash your jeans in a warm water bath with some gentle detergent. Soak them in a tub for 20 minutes then rinse them with warm water. Squeeze out the excess water and hang them out to dry.

Also check out how to wash silk tops and how to store boots for spring.

[Photo: Shutter Stock]



how to, jeans, tips


From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...


This Is The Comfy, Flattering Skirt *Every* Woman Should Own For Fall

I never thought I needed a skirt made from what ...


Score This Seriously Soft Topshop Sweater While It's On Sale For 50% Off

Celebrate the arrival of sweater weather by making your way ...


We Found The Best Faux Leather Leggings Just In Time For Fall And Winter

I don't know about you, but faux leather leggings ...


The Perfect Black Dress Just Went On Sale For $35 At Nordstrom

Drop what you're doing and get over to ...


Every Woman Should Own This Super Flattering $13 Tee

I can never pass up a sale. If something is ...


Filosofia's Cozy (Sustainable!) Sweaters Are The Only Thing I Want To Wear This Fall

If you read SheFinds with any regularity, then you know ...


Vincero's Beautiful Watches Aren't Just Insta-Worthy--They're All Under $150, Too!

When most people think of a watch beautiful enough to ...


These Are The 10 Best Plus-Size Pieces For Fall

One of the many reasons why I love ...


It's *Finally* Sweater Weather And These Are The 8 We're Going To Wear On Repeat

Now that what seemed like a never-ending summer is ...


The 5 Closet-Essentials You *Need* For Fat Days

Are you a pear, hourglass, rectangle, apple or full figure ...


Psst! The Perfect Satin Camisole Is On Sale For Just $20 Right Now

If you don't have a black satin camisole in ...


This Just Might Be The Most Flattering T-Shirt... Ever!

Even though I already own a lot of really great ...