The ideal pair of jeans may be expensive, yet there appears to be a great deal of uncertainty surrounding how to care for these priceless possessions. It's easy to become perplexed about whether to use the machine, don't use the machine, wash by hand, or never wash.
This article has listed 13 very valuable ideas, including how to wash them, when to wash them, and how to fold them like a pro, in the hopes of extending the life of your jeans no matter how much they cost—and assisting you in getting them wonderfully broken in.
1. Serious denim fans know that raw denim (super-stiff jeans with no washes, fading, or other signs of wear) can take up to six months to break in and should not be washed until then. Why? Jeans do contour to your body, but most of the shape is lost when they are washed.
2. Today's jeans, on the other hand, are treated (pre-washed to achieve a faded look) and don't require breaking in. You can wash these more frequently, but only when they're discolored or starting to sag.
3. To get rid of odors between washes, hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower (the steam will freshen them up) or freeze them in a plastic bag for two days (yes, this one really works).
4. Wash jeans inside-out in cold water on the delicate cycle or by hand with Woolite to avoid fading. Wash denim once in hot water if you want it to fade quickly.
5. To help minimize any damage, turn your jeans inside out.
6. To keep the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans, add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry.
7. Denim pieces that can be air-dried. If you must use a machine, set it to the lowest heat setting possible and take the jeans out before they are totally dry. To dry, lay flat or hang upside down.
8. How to Fold Jeans Professionally: Fold a pair in half from left to right on a level surface. Fold the stacked jean legs in half so that the hems of the legs are aligned with the waistband. One more time, fold the legs in half. Voilà!
9. Because denim fibers need to breathe, avoid cramming folded pairs on a shelf or hanging denim coats or vests in a packed closet.
10. Before taking new jeans to the tailor, wash them twice. Why? Because when jeans are laundered, they invariably decrease in length.
11. Try the Neck Method if you don't have time to try on jeans in the store. Place the waistline of your jeans around the circumference of your neck to determine your size. The jeans will fit if the waistline of the pant comfortably meets the back of your neck.
12. Are your jeans a little too tight? Allow them to dry naturally by hanging them from their belt loops and tugging on the damp waistline by hand. Pull the moist band while blasting it with a hairdryer or going over it with a super-hot, steam-filled iron for further stretching.
13. If you have a stain to remove, don't scrub it with soap or detergent. Instead, use a Magic Eraser to avoid disrupting the dye.
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