So you have been successful in finding a nice pair of jeans and you are happy that they fit well. Great! The only problem is they won’t last forever, especially if you are going to wear them every day. Yes, of course, good quality matters but sometimes; it is our laundry habits that are taking a toll on our Selvedge denim jeans.
Here are top 3 tips to make your jeans last longer:
- Wash less and if you do, use cold water
If you hate doing laundry, you are going to love the fact that jeans don’t need to be washed often. When you won’t wash them, their color will not fade away. If you are a clean freak, on the other hand, then you would want to wash them every other day. Take it easy my friend, wash once or twice a week and that would be enough. Before doing that, make sure you turn them inside out and you use cold water. If you are washing the jeans for the first time, put 2 spoons of salt in the water to set the dye.
If you can’t help but wash your jeans after every 2 days, it is better you wash them by hand. Fill the sink with cold water, add a drop of detergent and let them soak for a while. And no, there is no need to scrub. Just leave them in the water for an hour and then come back and hang dry them. Read more on how often to wash your jeans here.
- Air dry them
We are all guilty of tossing our jeans in the dryer because in no time, you will be ready to wear them again. Wait! This is not good if you want to make them last longer. Experts recommend to always air dry your jeans. You can either hang them indoors or out in the sunlight. This will preserve the colour. If you feel your jeans have become stiff because of air drying, then you can stick them in the dryer but on the lowest heat just for a couple of minutes. Once they are soft, you are ready to wear them.
- Keep your hands away from the bleach
No matter how much you love using bleach, keep it away from your denim jeans because it is their enemy. It won’t just ruin the colour but also damage the yarn. If you are worried about a tough stain use other ways to get rid of it without washing your jeans. Make sure you scrap it off your fingers immediately or use a wet cloth to wipe it off for the time being. If the stain still does not go away, then put them in the washing machine with some lukewarm water. Even if it is a white pair of jeans, keep them away from bleach otherwise you will turn it into yellow.
Don’t let your best pair of jeans get damaged because of common washing mistakes. Take care of them and see how long they last.