Golden rules to make your jeans last longer.

7 Tips to Make your Jeans Last forever ?

Credits Catherine Jacobs

If you are reading this I’m sure you paid a lot of money for your jeans. Proper care will make them last twice as long.

Do you have to wash your jeans? Yes, but maybe not as often as you think. Make sure you use a good clothes brush to brush off the street dirt before putting them away. As a basic rule of thumb, if jeans aren’t visibly dirty, they can be re-worn without a trip through the laundry cycle. Buying jeans that are higher quality denim can help, too, because premium jeans tend to retain their shape through multiple wears and resist bagging better.

 

Turn them inside out. Always turn jeans inside-out before tossing them in the washing machine.

 

Know the correct setting. You can help protect the fabric of your favorite jeans by choosing the delicate setting of your washer. This uses a lower speed of agitation and a shorter washing cycle than normal or other settings, so your jeans are less at risk of stretching or tearing. To prevent shrinking, always use the cold water setting—never hot—to wash your jeans.

Freezing really works. Freezing is, of course, not actually washing your jeans. It is advocated by some as an alternative cleaning process for raw denim to keep it from shrinking in water but still kill bacteria. To freeze your jeans, put them in a large ziplock bag and pop them into the freezer. Leave them overnight at a minimum. You’ll need to let them warm up a bit before putting them on unless you live in the tropics and would welcome the chill.

Vinegar and Salt. This nifty trick can help prevent your jeans from bleeding and keep the fabric color “true” for longer, and it costs just pennies. When you launder your jeans, add one cup of white household vinegar and a quarter cup of salt to the cold washing water. These natural ingredients help set the dye within the jeans fabric, providing some protection against bleeding.

Because bleeding typically occurs most the first time you wash new jeans, especially if they have a dark wash, give this trick a try on their FIRST trip through the washer. You can repeat it as many times as you like afterward, too, to maintain the denim color. Don’t worry about your jeans smelling like salt and vinegar potato chips—the scent will disappear when the fabric is dry.

Can I put my jeans in the dryer ? The worst enemy of jeans is a clothes dryer—so it’s generally advised that you don’t use a dryer to dry your jeans if you want to avoid fading, shrinking, and unwanted distressing.

So how should you dry jeans? Hanging jeans to drip-dry is easiest on the fabric. Plus, this method also reduces wrinkles and helps your jeans maintain their proper fit.

Simply hang damp jeans by the legs on a sturdy pants hanger and place them on a shower rod or rack to air dry.

 

When and how to use the dryer -If your jeans have a ​large amount of stretch and you actually want to shrink them a bit to restore their original snug fit (or you’re in a hurry to wear those jeans that you washed), using the dryer is the answer. Set the machine on its lowest heat setting for half a cycle and be sure to keep jeans turned inside-out. When you take them out, they should be damp. Hang the jeans to dry the rest of the way.

You can also toss jeans into the dryer for five minutes before you hang them to dry to eliminate the stiff feel they can have after air-drying. Be aware, though, that regularly using the dryer for your jeans will degrade the fabric and cause them wear out faster.