How to wash jeans

Two guys wearing Saburo jeans

A pair of jeans is an investment, and some might even say that jeans are an absolute wardrobe essential. They’re durable, they match almost everything, you can dress them up and dress them down. What’s not to like about jeans? 

Knowing how to wash your jeans will keep them looking and feeling awesome, year after year. Just follow our 11 tips to make sure your blues are getting the treatment they deserve. 

  1. Turn your jeans inside out.
    This is easy peasy. Just turn your jeans inside out to find that little piece of information which tells you exactly how to take care of your jeans.
  2. Read the care label on your jeans.
    Now, make sure to check if your jeans are machine washable. If they are, then wash them separately for the first few washes. If not, you can just hurry down to step 5 – 11.

  3. Use cold water and laundry detergent for jeans.
    Make sure to only wash your blues with other deep-colored clothing. This will prevent the denim from fading.

  4. Dry your jeans properly.
    Mmm, warm jeans are so fresh. Stop! Whatever you do, don’t let your blues near the tumbler. Let them air-dry on a flat surface or on a hanger. 

    This is how to wash jeans in the washing machine. Wait, stop! Are you even supposed to wash jeans, you might ask? 
    Eh, what? Don’t wash jeans? Yes, we know that some say that you should never wash your jeans. But it’s really up for you to decide. They’re your jeans! The never-wash people claim that washing the jeans will break down the denim and make the dye fade.

    So how often should you wash your jeans?
    It depends on how much you’ve worn them and what you’ve been doing in them. If they smell or are dirty, then it’s probably time for some time in the washing machine. Because, sometimes jeans smell and get dirty, and no air treatment in the world can fix that. Just make sure not to wash your jeans too often. If you get small stains, a toothbrush is your jeans’ best friend. 

    Now, let’s get back to the eleven tips for taking care of your jeans. These following steps explain how to wash your jeans without a washing machine. Yep, you heard us – washing your blues by hand as they did in the good old days.

  5. Fill a tub or a sink with cold or warm water. 
    Once again, check the label to see what temperature your jeans prefer. Fill in enough water to submerge your jeans.

  6. Add detergent to the water.
    Use a small amount of liquid detergent and mix well into the water. Yes, mix very well. 

  7. Lay the jeans in the water. 
    Move the jeans around with your hands in the water for 1- 2 minutes.

  8. Let them soak for 15 – 30 minutes. 
    Leave your jeans submerged in the water to give them a really good clean.

  9. Drain the dirty water and fill up again. 
    Let them submerge in new fresh water for about 5–10 minutes. Use your hands to move them around.

  10. Turn your jeans inside out, hang them up, and let them air dry.
    Some experts say it’s ok to put the jeans in the tumble dryer, but we recommend that you avoid this move to make them last longer.

  11. Store your newly washed jeans in the closet until the next time you want to wear them.
    Fold them, put them on the trouser rack, or hang them on hangers or pegs to make them ready for another jeans day.

Two guys wearing Saburo jeans
Light blue Saburo jeans and brown shoes
Dark haired man wearing Saburo jeans unknown green

Bonus section - three frequently asked questions about washing jeans: 

  1. How to wash black jeans?
    Take care of your black jeans so the color doesn’t fade away. First, it’s essential to wash them in cold water because if you don’t, the color will fade quicker. Wash them inside out only with other dark colors. When you mix light and dark colors, the colors fade each other out. Use a detergent that’s especially made for dark colors. 
  2. Will freezing jeans eliminate bacteria?
    No, that’s a jeans myth. They will emerge from the deep freeze odorless, but as soon as they are on your body, heat makes contact with the material, and all the bacteria and other things that were lurking will be awakened. 
  3. Do jeans shrink?
    Well, not if you don’t want them to. Make sure to follow our 11 tips and don’t let them near the tumbler. With a growing waistline, you might get the feeling that your jeans are shrinking and also if you drink too much craft beer. That’s you growing, not your jeans shrinking.
     

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