Oh dearly beloved denim, I want to preserve you and your perfect fit for as long as possible. May your color never fade and your fabric never stretch. Amen.
Step 1: Turn your jeans inside out and then throw them in the washer. When you turn your denim inside out it ensures that the color will not fade as it is not exposed to all of the chemicals in your detergent.
Step 2: Set the washer on a delicate cycle. The wear and tear we put our jeans through daily is enough on them, so it’s best to use delicate cycles when washing. If you do not want to throw them in the washing machine, or do not own one, you can let your jeans soak in a deep sink or tub. Run cold water and let your jeans chill out for about 15-30 minutes fully submerged. Only use a small amount of detergent if you are planning to hand wash.
Step 3: Release the extra water. Lay a towel on the ground and place you jeans on top. Then roll the towel up with the jeans inside and press on the towel roll. This will rid the jeans of the excess water without damaging the denim.
Step 4: Hang to dry. If you ignore Step 3 because you’re lazy, I understand… I do it too sometimes. BUT YOU MUST LET THEM AIR DRY. If you throw your new $200 Good American jeans in the dryer, you might as well throw another $200 out the window while you’re at it. Air drying or hanging your jeans to dry will prevent your jeans from shrinking and fading.
Typically I do not wash my jeans too often. Unless they are visibly stained, sweaty, smell, or are stretched out, there is no real need to wash them. Pick up your jeans and give them the old “sniff test”, and if you don’t croak over and die… (knock on wood) then by all means wear them out on the town! When you are ready to wash your jeans, follow these easy steps to make sure that your jeans will live a long and happy life.