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Jeans Washing Guide: Keep Your Denim in Top Condition!


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Almost everyone has a favorite jeans that you hope will last a lifetime. But how do you best care for your jeans and ensure that they last as long as possible? Washing is essential. Have you no idea how? Don't worry, we've put together the ultimate washing guide to ensure your beloved jeans always look fresh and stylish. Discover below the best methods and secret tricks to wash your jeans and extend their lifespan.

How often should you wash your jeans?

A good rule of thumb for this is to only wash your jeans after about 5 to 10 wears, unless they look like they lost a fight against a chocolate ice cream cone.

How do I wash my jeans?

Whether you hand wash them or throw them in the washing machine, turn those pants inside out. This helps to preserve the color longer and reduce wear and tear on the exterior. Are you going to iron the pants afterwards? Iron the pants inside out for optimal color retention.


Vinegar is a clever trick to preserve color and remove soap scum. Throw a dash of vinegar into the last rinse water, but don't overdo it. We don't want vinegar-scented pants! About a quarter to a half cup of vinegar per wash is usually enough.

Follow these relaxed guidelines to keep your jeans looking and feeling great, and don't forget to check your jeans' care label for specific instructions. This way you can have many adventures in your favorite denim without worries! Optimize your denim care with our handy washing guide.

Hand wash

If you really love your jeans and want to give them the VIP treatment, consider hand washing them. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and add a little mild detergent. Soak your jeans in it and give it a loving massage to remove stains. Every now and then ask if he is still feeling well and rinse him thoroughly. Gently squeeze out the excess water.

We have listed 10 steps for the best results. Read here how to properly care for your jeans for durability and color retention. 

The 10 steps of manual washing of jeans

  • Take off your jeans, that's very practical
  • Turn the pants inside out
  • Fill the sink or a bucket with lukewarm water
  • Add ½ cup (1 dl) white vinegar (the clear kind)
  • Add a little non-bleach detergent and mix it with the water
  • Wash the jeans for a few minutes and gently remove any stains without excessive rubbing. 
  • Then let the pants soak for 30-60 minutes
  • Drain the water and rinse the jeans thoroughly
  • Put the jeans in the washing machine and run a 'spin only' program (max 900 rpm)
  • Turn the jeans over again and dry them on the line. Alternatively, you can let the jeans dry flat on a towel. Never put the jeans in the dryer!

If you follow the steps above, you will extend the life of your pants. Don't forget to check your jeans' care label for specific instructions. This way your denim will continue to look fantastic, wash after wash!

Washing machine

Nice idea, hand washing, but most of us prefer to use the washing machine. Choose the delicate wash program to protect your jeans. This prevents rough treatment and ensures that your pants last longer. Use lukewarm water, preferably no warmer than 30 degrees Celsius. Hot temperatures can fade the color of your jeans and damage the fabric. Fabric softener is a hard no-no for jeans; it can soften the fibers and reduce elasticity, causing your pants to wear out faster. So leave the fabric softener. 

Do you want to know how to wash your jeans in the washing machine without losing quality? Below we have put together 6 steps to help you keep your denim fresh and vibrant. Learn how to properly wash your jeans for a long-lasting look. 

The 6 steps for optimal results in the washing machine

  • Take off your jeans and it will be much easier
  • Then turn the pants inside out
  • Place the jeans in the washing machine and choose a 'delicate' program with a spin speed of 900 rpm or less
  • Add an appropriate amount of detergent without bleach
  • Optional: Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment of the washing machine during the rinse cycle. 
  • Once the washing machine has finished, immediately remove the jeans from the machine, smooth out any wrinkles, and line dry the pants. Jeans never go in the dryer!

Follow these simple steps to machine wash your jeans for optimal color and fit retention. 


We have listed the most important aspects of washing jeans for you. Are you paying attention?  

Absolutely do it

Absolutely don't

  • Turn your jeans inside out before you start washing

  • Don't wash your jeans too often

  • Wash the trousers gently, for example using a delicate washing program

  • Avoid using bleach when washing 

  • To smoothe? On the inside, so keep the pants inside out

  • NEVER put your jeans in the dryer

Why not in the dryer? 

“I always put my jeans in the dryer, what's the problem?” we hear you think. We explain: Denim is made of cotton, which shrinks when exposed to high heat, such as that of a dryer. This can make your pants shorter and narrower. 

The heat of the dryer can also cause color fading, especially with dark denim. Dryers use air movement and friction to dry clothes, which can lead to early wear of the fabric which can lead to holes and tears that shorten the life of your jeans. Provided you want to go for the 'worn look', you don't want your jeans to be damaged. 

Moreover, it is not wrong to use less energy and opt for more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as air drying. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I maintain the color of my jeans?

Wash jeans inside out to preserve the color. Also use mild detergent and cold water to prevent fading.

Can I wash my jeans together with other clothes?

You can usually wash jeans together with other clothes, as long as the colors do not bleed. Wash new jeans separately the first few times to prevent the color from transferring to other clothing.

How do I remove stains from my jeans?

Treat stains immediately with a stain remover before washing the pants. Follow the directions on the stain remover label.

How can I prevent shrinkage of jeans?

Wash jeans in cold or lukewarm water and avoid high drying temperatures to limit shrinkage.

Can I dry clean my jeans instead of washing them?

Jeans can be steamed to remove odors and freshen them without washing them. Dry cleaning can extend the life of the pants.

Remember that specific care instructions may vary depending on the brand and type of jeans, so always refer to the care label for the best guidelines.