- Adjust your washing machine to the lowest setting, and turn your jeans inside out. The higher the temperature, the more colour will escape from the jeans. Wash in a small amount of gentle laundry detergent, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Whilst the jeans are still damp, stretch the inseam to avoid excess shrinkage and hang to dry.
How to Wash Black Jeans
Many of us find washing jeans, especially black jeans, daunting: without proper care, the colour can quickly fade. You can mitigate this risk using the following method:
- Turn your jeans inside out and put them in a cold wash with a cup of white vinegar. The vinegar will set the black dye and prevent it from bleeding.
- After the initial cycle with vinegar has run, repeat the cold wash cycle – this time using a laundry detergent like Omo Liquid, which is specially designed to keep dark colours dark. (Simply follow the dosing instructions on the bottle).
- Hang your jeans to dry, as before.
Ideally, a new pair of jeans will be worn unwashed for at least six months to prevent the colour from running. If you have a lot of white furniture, however, it is best to set the dye as early as possible to avoid marking anything. Washing jeans will always cause them to shrink a little at first, so don’t panic if they’re a squeeze to pull on after a wash – they will return to their normal shape soon enough!