How to wash black jeans
Many of us find washing 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 Surf.
- 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!