These days, a great pair of black denim jeans is an absolute wardrobe essential, and a denim jacket is always in style. Therefore, keeping them looking great is a priority. Denim might be durable, but it does require special care, especially the popular coloured and printed denim currently in style, as well as anything with a deep indigo wash that has not been pre-washed by the manufacturer. Read on to discover the key tips of how to wash denim to make it look fabulous.
Laundry tips and tricks to keep your jeans bright and clean
Should you wash jeans before first wear?
Yes, absolutely. A brand-new denim clothing item should be washed separately before you wear it, as new denim can bleed a lot of dye. If you wash it with other items, you risk the chance of dye transfer, and it’s definitely not the best way to change up the colour of your clothes. Moreover, this bleeding can be present for more than one wash, so make sure you wash your new denim items separately the first few times.
How to wash denim
When you do wash them, consult any care instructions that might be on the garment’s fabric care label. As a general rule, use cold water and a laundry detergent that will respect the denim’s colour and wash, such as Ariel Washing Gel Colour & Style or Ariel All-in-1 PODS® Washing Capsules Original for coloured clothes. It’s fine to wash denim in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with other deep-coloured clothing, preferably turned inside out. If you’re uncertain about what you could wash with denim, check out our sorting guide.
How to clean jeans
With jeans come the stains on jeans. If you’ve ever wondered how to get food stains or blood out of your jeans, here’s a quick guide for you:
- Remove excess. If you can, remove the excess with a spoon or a dull knife.
- Pre-treat. Fill up a sink or bucket of water, add some detergent and let your garment soak for an hour.
- Load. Without rinsing, place the garment into the washer.
- Dose. Just fill it with the correct dose of liquid detergent and place it directly into the drum of your washing machine, on top of your dirty laundry.
- Wash. Use the cycle and temperature the fabric care label indicates.
- Unload. When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.
How to hand wash jeans
Hand washing jeans is easier than you may think. Here’s a step-by-step guide for you:
- Fill up a sink or bucket with cold water.
- Add some liquid laundry detergent.
- Put your jeans in the water, squish them a few times, then let them soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain, then refill the sink.
- Let your jeans soak for another 10 minutes to get the detergent out.
- Repeat step 5 until the water is clean.
- Wring out the jeans and hang them out to dry.
How to hand wash jeans
The most effective way to dry your jeans is to hang them and let them air dry. If you prefer using a dryer, make sure you use a low heat setting.
Common jeans washing problems
How to wash jeans without shrinking
Naturally, you would like to avoid shrinking your jeans while washing them, but how can you do it? First, you’ll need to turn them inside out and zip them up. Always use a gentle wash cycle, and the colder the water, the better. Hand washing your jeans instead of putting them into your washer may be an even more gentle way to wash them. Finally, hang them out to air dry to avoid any shrinking.
How to keep black jeans from fading
Turning your black jeans inside out and zipping them up is the first step if you want to keep your black jeans from fading. Use a gentle cycle on your washer, or hand wash your jeans if you want to be extra careful. Set the water temperature to cold, and make sure that you air dry your jeans after you’re done.
How often should you wash your jeans?
There is a lot of conflicting information on how often you should wash your jeans, but the general consensus is that the less often you wash them, the more durable they’ll be. Denim is a thicker material than your other clothing items, so your jeans won’t need a wash after every time you’ve worn them. The ideal time would be to wash them after your 10th wear or a few weeks.