Emma Elwin

Notes from a Swedish stylist

Four ways to care for your jeans

Posted in Style
by Emma Elwin on 13 March, 2015

Washing machines is a tough place for any material, denim is no exception.

Since denim is one of my favorite fabrics, I have through the years learnt a few tricks to keep my denim from losing shape. Here’s my list of four things to think about when caring for your jeans!

Wash jeans less frequently

Washing machines is a tough place for any material, denim is no exception. So the more you can reduce that agitation on your jeans, the better. As a basic rule of thumb, if jeans aren’t visibly dirty, do not machine wash them. Maybe airing them for an hour outside and some lavender laundry spray is what they really need.

Spot clean isolated stains

Spot treat isolated stains instead of washing your jeans! This will reduce the wear and tear on jeans resulted from frequent washing cycles and keep your jeans looking new for longer. Just add some spot cleaning to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes and rise only the area of where the spot has been.

Try hand washing

In real life, many of us don’t have the time or patience to hand wash our jeans. But if you’d like to give it a try, doing so can definitely help your favorite jeans last longer. To wash jeans by hand, fill a bathtub with six inches or so of warm water and mix in a capful of a gentle laundry detergent. Turn the jeans inside out and submerge your jeans in the tub, stretched out flat, and leave them to soak for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, squeeze out as much water as possible, and then hang to dry. A nifty trick that can help prevent your jeans from bleeding and keeping the color longer is to add salt and a bit of vinegar to the washing water.

Hang jeans to dry

Help your jeans keep there proper fit and avoid wrinkles by hanging them to dry. It’s easy on the fabric! The worst enemy of jeans is a clothes dryer, never use one to dry your jeans! Just simply hang your damp jeans by the legs on a sturdy pants hanger and place them on a shower rod or rack to air dry.


Jenny: It destroys the elasticity in the jeans... the heating I mean destroys them..
March 13, 2015

jesse.anne.o: Why is the dryer the worst for jeans? Is it just bad for clothes in general?
March 13, 2015

M O V A Y O G A: Yes hand washing :) and just few drops of vinegar keeping the color longer
March 13, 2015

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