How do I wash jeans: all the tricks for long-lasting denim

Do you already know how to wash jeans? Denim is one of the most popular and versatile fabrics but we often wonder whether we are washing it the right way to keep our jeans in perfect condition for a long time. These fascinating and historic garments started out as workwear and have conquered the heart of modern fashion.

In this guide we will reveal all the tips and tricks for the best way to care for denim. From the right temperature to the ideal wash cycle, you will learn how to preserve the colour, shape and elasticity of your beloved denim garments. Get ready to discover how to achieve a perfect, long-lasting look!

How often do you wash your jeans?

The frequency for washing jeans is a hotly debated topic. Some argue that jeans should be washed as little as possible to preserve their original shape and colour. Others prefer to wash them more frequently for sanitary reasons. The truth lies somewhere in between.

In general, jeans do not need to be washed after every single use, unless they are visibly dirty or have absorbed bad odors.
In these cases, a practical alternative could be ventilation: hanging them in the open air for a couple of hours will be enough to make the unpleasant odors disappear.

The ideal frequency for washing jeans depends on various factors, such as climate, level of physical activity and personal comfort. On average, washing them once a week may prove to be a good practice. Moreover, to preserve their quality, it is advisable to wash them inside out with cold water.

Remember that jeans tend to wear less if you avoid using the washing machine and dryer excessively. In summary, how often you wash your jeans is a personal choice, but with proper care, you will be able to enjoy your beloved jeans for a long time while maintaining their appearance and durability.

How do I wash jeans in the washing machine and not ruin them?

Washing jeans in the washing machine without ruining them requires certain precautions to preserve their quality and durability. Here are five practical tips that can help you:

  1. Placing them in the machine: make sure you wash them inside out. This reduces the friction between fabrics, preventing denim from rubbing against other surfaces in the wash.
  2. Wash setting: always choose a delicate cycle, preferably with cold water. High temperatures can cause the colour to fade over time.
  3. Do not overload: avoid overloading the washing machine and, if possible, wash jeans separately from other garments to reduce the risk of damage during the wash cycle.
  4. Fabric oftener: only use very small amount of fabric softener. While it can make the fabric softer, it also reduces durability. Fabric softener can also affect the elasticity of your beloved jeans.
  5. Tumble or air dry: when the washing cycle is finished, avoid putting jeans in the dryer. Let them hang dry outside or indoors, but never near direct heat sources such as a radiator.

Knowing all the helpful tips on washing machine cycles, you can wash your jeans and keep them in excellent condition, retaining their original colour and shape, enjoying the comfort and style only denim can offer for a long time.

How do I wash jeans by hand?

Washing jeans by hand is a gentle and considerate way to preserve the beauty and longevity of denim. To start, fill a sink or basin with cold water and add some mild or special jeans detergent. Make sure you follow the directions on how much detergent to use.

Put the jeans in the water and let them soak for about 15-30 minutes. After the soaking period, gently scrub the soiled or stained areas with your hands or a soft brush. Avoid using a stiff-bristled brush or scrubbing too vigorously, as this may damage the fabric.

Rinse your jeans thoroughly with cold water until there are no traces of soap or residue in the water. Squeeze and gently dab out excess water, but avoid twisting or wringing too vigorously.

Finally, let them hang dry, preferably in the shade, to prevent the sun from fading the colour.

Washing jeans by hand takes more time and care than washing them in the washing machine, but it is the best way to protect them from excessive wear and maintain their natural beauty. With the right care, your jeans will last a long time and continue to be an icon of style and durability.

Which detergent should I choose for washing jeans?

When it comes to choosing the ideal detergent for washing jeans, look for a product that is gentle but effective at removing dirt and stains without compromising the original quality of the denim.

It is preferable to use a detergent specifically for delicates or jeans, as these products are formulated to preserve the colour and structure of the fabric. Make sure that the detergent is free of bleaching agents that could cause the colour to fade.

Furthermore, it is a good idea to choose a detergent with a low enzyme content, as enzymes can weaken the fabric fibres over time. Choose a solution that is proven effective at removing stubborn dirt and stains with an intense sanitising component to wash and clean denim thoroughly. For example, if you have sensitive skin or prefer more natural options, use Chanteclair Hygienic Laundry Detergent, made with less aggressive and more sustainable ingredients.

In summary, choosing a gentle detergent specially for jeans is essential to preserving their beauty and durability, keeping your beloved denim fresh and ready to wear with style.

Take note!

Choosing the correct way to wash your denim garments requires particular care to preserve the quality and durability of the fabric. Here are five helpful tips:

  1. Wash inside out: turn jeans inside out before putting them in the washing machine or washing them by hand. This will protect the outer side of the fabric from rubbing against other surfaces, reducing the risk of wear and tear.
  2. Cold water: always use cold water to wash jeans. High temperatures can fade the colour and weaken the fibres of your favourite jeans.
  3. Gentle cycle: if you decide to wash them in the washing machine, select a gentle or delicate cycle to reduce friction and wear
  4. Less frequent washing: avoid washing jeans after every single use. Unless they are very dirty or have absorbed bad odours, wash them only when necessary to preserve their shape and colour.
  5. Towel dry: after hand washing, lay your jeans on a clean, dry towel and smooth them out with your hands to remove any unwanted creases.

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