The question of how often you should wash your jeans can be surprisingly controversial. The general consensus can range anywhere from 3 to 10 wears, and if you talk to serious blue jean wearers, they’ll tell you to never wash them.
Self-proclaimed “jean head” Paul Dillinger, who is Levi’s VP of Design Innovation, counts himself in the latter category but acknowledged that this question is a matter of personal taste. “Everyone loves their jeans, but everyone also probably will have a different answer to the question of how often should you wash them,” he said. “It really depends on the kind of jeans and what you’re looking for from your jeans.”
After all, there are some serious pluses and minus when it comes to washing your jeans. While more frequent washing might help keep smell and stains at bay, going longer between washes can help keep your jeans looking newer for longer and it cuts down on the amount of laundry, which is also more eco-friendly.
Tips about Jeans washing
1. Tidy up before washing
Before washing jeans, pay attention to packing and finishing other impurity objects inside and outside the pants, such as hard objects, lighters, wallets, sand and gravel.
2. Prevent deformation
The zipper should remember to pull it and button it up to be correct. To avoid deformation of jeans, deformed jeans do not look good and are not good to wear. If there are other metal chains, you need to do a good job of handling them to avoid scratching the pants.
3. Preventing inter-dyeing
You should know that the jeans are colored with indigo dye, whether machine wash or hand wash, there will be color loss, so dark colors and light colors are washed separately, because dark pants are easy to lose color when washing, mixed together easy to inter-dye.
4. Pay attention to the washing water temperature
If you have some knowledge of laundry, you should know that washing clothes, even jeans, is also afraid of heat. Do not even think about using hot water to wash, because more than 20 degrees of hot water to wash clothes, will destroy the fabric of the clothes and pants, easy to deformation.
5. Clean the surface layer
Jeans, jeans are the same, in order to protect the surface intact, are trying not to use gravity cleaning, especially machine cleaning, so when cleaning, it is best to reverse the surface layer, then the inner surface into the outer layer, to play a protective role.
6. Choice of cleaning agent
What kind of detergent do you use to wash your jeans? Laundry detergent? Remember to use a mild detergent, no bleach. Strong acids and alkalis are not acceptable and have an effect on the color of the jeans. Laundry detergent with enzymes has a bleaching effect.
After washing, it is natural to let the pants dry. The best way is to dry naturally with the wind. Natural blowing is more comfortable than drying in the sun, which is also an invisible damage to the pants themselves. If you encounter wet weather, you can use an iron, or a dryer to assist, but pay attention to the temperature.
But whatever you do, don’t use dryer sheets with your jeans. The chemicals will coat the fabric, and after prolonged use, this will make it harder to get them clean, since they’ll be coated in chemicals. Plus, the chemical film can build up and weaken fabric over time, not to mention potentially cause health issues.