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Myths About Washing Your Jeans

The Do’s and Don’t when it comes to keeping your denim jeans clean and looking new can be confusing with the many myths that exist when it comes to this clothing item.


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Myths About Washing Your Jeans

So today, we’re clearing up the confusion by busting the myths about washing jeans. So read on and explore our tips, tricks, and good old-fashioned facts about how to take care of your jeans and keep them looking as good as new.

Myths and Truths About Washing Jeans

1. Wash After Every Wear

‘How often should I wash denim jeans?’ is one of the most common questions and points of confusion when it comes to washing jeans. Some say you should wash them every 6 months while others recommend washing them after each wear. Neither of which are a good way to go to keep your jeans looking their best.

Once your jeans begin to give off an odour, that’s a sign that you need to get them into the wash. But if your jeans aren’t letting off funky smells, then we recommend you wash them after every 5 to 10 wears or so. This will help to preserve the colour and shape of your jeans.

2. Tumble Dry Your Denim Jeans

Many people have been confused by this myth, mostly because you can use a tumble dryer for your jeans. But this method is not without risks because denim is prone to shrinking and colour loss whenever it's exposed to high temperatures, like the high-temperature settings of your dryer.

So, if your jeans are stretched out, tossing them in the tumble dryer can help to restore their shape, but otherwise air-drying your jeans on a washing line is the ideal way to do it to keep your denim looking timeless.

3. Wash Your Jeans With Hot Water

This is a popular myth because of the association that hot water is more effective in removing stains. But as we mentioned, hot temperatures can cause your jeans to shrink. So always opt for a cold wash when you’re washing your jeans and don’t worry because they’ll still get just as clean as if they were washed with hot water. Washing jeans in warm water is also okay but cold water is ideal.

4. You Can Wash Your Denim With Any Detergent

Getting your jeans clean is often the goal of washing them, but who wants jeans that are just clean when you could have jeans that are clean, smell amazing, and feel comfy? Washing your jeans with a detergent will help to get them clean but without a fabric conditioner, your jeans may become stiff and they won’t get that extra bit of care they need to make them last and keep them looking new.

So always include a high-quality fabric conditioner that will infuse your jeans with a fantastic fresh fragrance, like those in our Comfort range, to keep your jeans smelling fresh and looking great. The encapsulated fragrance technology in our Comfort fabric conditioner formulation is designed to keep your clothes, fresher, for longer. Comfort fabric conditioner protects the colour and maintains the shape of your items and makes them easier to iron. So, explore the Comfort fabric conditioner range to keep your denim jeans looking new and smelling delightful.

With these truths about how to wash denim jeans, you have what you need to not only keep your jeans looking great but smelling amazing too. For more laundry tips and tricks, visit Cleanipedia today.

Frequently asked questions on washing jeans

Is it true you shouldn't wash jeans?

No. You should wash your jeans whenever they start to smell or after every 5 to 10 wears.

Will washing my jeans ruin them?

No, washing your jeans will not ruin them, it will help to keep them clean.

Is it okay to wear jeans that haven't been washed?

If your jeans don’t smell and you’ve only worn them once or twice then you can wear them without washing.

Is it better to dry clean jeans or wash them?

It’s best to follow the care instructions on the label of your jeans for the best method to wash them.

How do you wash jeans without ruining them?

Avoid washing your jeans with hot water as that can cause them to shrink and the colour to fade.

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