This goes against everything that we’ve ever been taught – that when something is dirty, you put it into the wash to get it clean. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not telling you it’s okay to walk around in dirty jeans forever, but there are better ways to keep your denim looking newer for longer, without using washing detergent.
The problem with washing detergent is that it strips fabric of its colour, colder water shrinks the fabric of your jeans (that’s why they feel so tight when you put them back on) and hot water stretches the fibres (that’s why they come apart quickly). So, what should you be doing?
- Vinegar is King
No matter how much money you spend on your jeans or the type of fabric they are made from, you don’t want to have to replace them in a few weeks because they have faded. Water and soap / washing detergent speed up the fading process. Rather opt for soaking your denims in cold water and white vinegar. Simply add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the water and let your denims soak for an hour. To dry, don’t wring them out – it stretches the fabric – rather just hang them up or lay them flat. And the smell? Once your jeans are dry, that smell will be gone (along with the dirt & germs).
Steam is a great way to refresh your jeans without having to use detergents or water. If your jeans are only slightly dirty, grab a coat hanger, and hang them up in the bathroom while you take a shower. The steam will remove any smells and don’t worry about the slight moisture that gets into the fabric, it’s not enough to do any damage.
- Fresh air
If the weather is nice outside, grab those jeans and hang them up outside, but make sure that they are in the shade – you don’t want to come back and find that the sun has lightened the fabric. You’d be shocked how quickly it happens!
- Time to chill
If you don’t have a lot of time and need to freshen up your jeans quickly, grab them and head to the freezer. Place your jeans into a freezer bag – you don’t want the ice to touch the fabric – place them in the freezer for a few hours and any smells that were on your jeans will be gone.
If your denims do become really dirty and you have no other option, wash them but leave out the detergent, opting rather for vinegar.
These tricks also work well for keeping your denim jackets looking newer for longer.
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