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Style for Style: How to Properly Wash Jeans

We all have a pair of favorite jeans that we want to last a lifetime. Unfortunately dry-cleaning is expensive and handwashing is a pain. The problem with machine washing and drying jeans is they tend to fade and lose their stretch over time. Fab to the rescue!

To learn how to care for jeans

Wear jeans a couple of times before washing — unless of course, they're dirty or have a stain. Less washing will help preserve the color of your jeans. Invest in a detergent that specializes in color washes such as Caldrea's Dark Wash ($12). Don't forget to wash in cold water — hot water will melt that gorgeous dark stain away. Also, set your dryer to low or medium heat to avoid over drying, which can cause your jeans to lose Lycra and thus, lose that precious stretch.

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rebelde816 rebelde816 9 years
Great post!!
hooligan hooligan 9 years
I just got some Woolite Dark for my dark jeans, and a tub of Oxy for my white jeans. I read somewhere (was it here, Fab?) that to keep white jeans bright, soak them overnight in Oxy Clean before washing.
kimmbot kimmbot 9 years
I find that using fabric softener in the wash and then line-drying my jeans keeps them from losing their shape or shrinking so small that I need a shoehorn to fit my butt into them.
Salernol928 Salernol928 9 years
Also Woolite now makes a detergent for darks. Probably cheaper than the Caldera and more available. (Target ect)
weirdy weirdy 9 years
Thanks a lot ace.. am so getting the first pair.. I usually wash my jeans in cold water and then air dry it and go over it with a slightly warm iron to get wrid of any wrinkles
madamoiselle007 madamoiselle007 9 years
wash your jeans inside out! it works :)
kaylianasue15 kaylianasue15 9 years
kgtg1 i totally agree with you!
IslandGirl IslandGirl 9 years
Dancerdoc: Yes my best friend swears by washing her dark jeans inside out with some vinegar in it (in cold water). It really does work! (
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 9 years
Oooooorrr... how about you think about how environmentally unfriendly (and often times unnecessary) it is to tumble dry your clothes and hang then on a radiator, drying rack or washing line instead? Just a thought :)
advo advo 9 years
Good post. Totally needs to treat my jeans better!
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
Hmm I always wash and dry on hot thinking that they will shrink since they stretch out so much when you wear them. I guess I would rather have tight, slightly faded jeans than a baggy butt.
Fashion Fashion 9 years
Glad you all liked the story — thanks for finding the jeans ace!
bbkf bbkf 9 years
Washing and drying them inside out really helps.
Missy-Prissy Missy-Prissy 9 years
I always dry my jeans lightly on cool for 15 - 20 minutes and then hang dr afterwards. Its easier to press them that way.
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 9 years
Thanks Ace! I though they looked like shobop photos!
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
I was taught to wash jeans on cold, dry for 10 minutes on low, then hang dry! Even still, I dry clean my favorite pairs. :)
mlen mlen 9 years
thanks ace!!
amh678 amh678 9 years
Thanks, Fab!
ace ace 9 years
a little shopbop research has yielded the style of jeans for you ladies wondering! 1st pair: Paige Laurel Canyon; here's the link: 2nd pair: Seven Ginger; here's the link: 3rd pair: J Brand 9" Mid Rise 14" Cigarette Leg Stretch Jean; here's the link: good luck in your search for new jeans! :)
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
Something that also help my dark jeans: Wash them inside out! :)
Rini Rini 9 years
I know that Laundress also provides a wash just for jeans. Being a college student I just use Tide but I always do my jeans in one wash of just denim. I also just air dry my jeans and then press them lightly with a warm (not hot!) iron to smooth out wrinkles.
okmaebe okmaebe 9 years
Good tip! I love my extra-dark Silver Jeans!
deanna024 deanna024 9 years
OK, so I'm not crazy about my lycra-infused jeans (and other cotton pants) shrinking. I admit, I'm a laundry sinner and wash and dry all the way. My jeans and other cotton pants with lycra have gotten tighter lately, but the rest of my clothes fit fine. Glad to know I'm not imagining things and gaining weight. I'll be sure to follow these laundry tips from now on. I've been converted!
KatyinPrada KatyinPrada 9 years
The 1st one looks like Paige jeans
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