Have you ever been advised to wash your jeans less? You can ruin the piece with too many washes. There are tricks that can help.
Few pieces are as democratic as jeans. Versatile, easy to wear and very comfortable, they are women’s best friends all over the world. But, if you’ve heard that jeans are a delicate piece when it comes to washing, know that it’s true. Therefore, it is important that wash your jeans less??
In fact, although denim is a resistant material, if it is washed frequently it tends to fade (and get that dull and worn look), to shrink and deform. Everything we don’t want to happen to our favorite pants, right?
But don’t worry: it’s possible to walk around with clean jeans, and away from bad odors, without having to wash them often, in the washing machine.
Thus, there are easy alternatives to the type of washing we are used to, and that make all the difference in the durability of the piece.
5 tips to wash your jeans less
(and so that they are always like new)
Freeze your jeans
We know well that it may seem an absurd idea, at first glance. But the truth is that one of the ways to keep your jeans clean and odor free is to put them in the freezer for two days.
The low temperatures help to eliminate the bacteria present in the jeans, which are responsible for the bad smell.
In this sense, instead of putting your jeans in the wash right away, try freezing them. Then, just take them out of the freezer, let them dry and they are ready to wear.
Hanging your jeans in the bathroom
Another tip that works really well, to give your jeans a clean look, without actually washing them, is to hang them in the bathroom while you shower.
In addition to smoothing the fabric, the water steam and the fragrant aromas of the shower gel will eliminate bad odors and leave them smelling as if they had just been washed.
An easy tip that really works.
Soak them in salt
If you love your jeans, but they’re already getting wrinkled and looking bad, don’t worry. A good solution is to soak them in a bowl with cold water and coarse salt for 10 minutes.
In fact, the salt helps to preserve and revive the color, which makes the jeans regain the vivid color they had when you bought them.
Then, just lay them out in the shade, without twisting them, and you’ll see how your favorite pants look like new again.
Hand wash with vinegar and salt
When the pants really need to be washed, and you’ve given up on the previous tricks, it’s best to wash them by hand.
So, in a bowl of cold water, add vinegar and salt. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, replace it with coffee. Leave for an hour, remove and lay out the pants in the shade, without twisting.
In addition to preserving the color and shape, this is a good way to keep the fabric looking like new, avoiding the friction of the fibers.
Not to mention that vinegar eliminates all bad odors.
If you really have to wash them in the machine, prefer short cycles.
When you feel like you really need to wash your jeans, and if you cannot wash them by hand, it is important that you choose a short cycle, for delicate items or specific to denim, in the washing machine. And always wash them inside out.
Equally important is that you use detergent for delicate items, and that you choose low or no spin. The more twisted your jeans are, the greater the risk of warping and fading.
Then, just spread them out in the shade, avoiding direct sunlight.
All these tips will not only make your jeans look impeccable, but also make them last longer.
Everything we want when we buy one, isn’t it?
Article originally published December 2021. Updated November 2022.