4 Things I ALWAYS Do When I Wash my Jeans
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A discussion that comes up about 3-4 times a year with my husband goes as follows:
“I want to get some nice clothes”, says Justin.
“Great. I want that for you too! You cannot simply throw them in the washing machine on hot and right in the dryer on hot as well. They will not maintain their shape/size”, I reply.
“Okay, never mind then”, he says.
And then he goes to Academy and buys more Under Armour t-shirts.
The point is: you have to be willing to take care of your clothes if you want them to last, fit great, and keep their shape!
I have a mix of high-end clothes, as well as a great deal of mid-range items, and the best thing I do to keep my clothes in tip-top shape is to be mindful of how I’m washing them.
When it comes to jeans, here are a few things I do to make sure they look good as new, no matter how old they may be.
One. I do not wash after every wear. Does this surprise you? I typically wash my denim after about 4-5 wears, OR I’ll wash them if I wear them to a restaurant and they’ve absorbed the restaurant aroma.
Two. I turn my denim inside out and wash on cold. Washing them inside out will help keep the color true. The cold water will also help prevent fading.
Three. I hang every pair of jeans to dry. Hanging to dry is what keeps mine from shrinking up or in. I usually lay them over a laundry basket with holes to allow airflow.
Four. I toss them to remove wrinkles after they are dry. Once the denim is fully dry, I’ll toss them in the dryer for about 15 minutes with a wet washcloth to remove wrinkles. I use medium or low heat for this!
Heat affects fabric negatively more than cold temperatures, so I try to avoid heat, whether it be in the washer or the dryer.
Following this routine has worked beautifully for me for so many years. If you’re either looking to better care for your denim, or you just bought a brand new pair for fall, this laundering routine will help your jeans look and feel great for a long, long time.