Nov 11, 2017 Everyday

Never Make This Mistake When You Wash Jeans

by Kristen Nichols
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Collage Vintage 

Jeans are probably one of the wardrobe staples that get the most use. They’re the ultimate pieces to wear for the weekend, a date night, and even the office. But with all that use, what is the best way to take care of them. Really, it comes down to knowing how to wash right.

While there are lots of tricks you can follow to make sure you’re taking care of your denim, it turns out the biggest mistake you can make is to stick them in the dryer at high heat. Not only does this shrink denim, but it can also distort the shape of your jeans. If you’re interested in finding out how to wash jeans the right way, we’re breaking down our top tips ahead.

  • It is recommended to wash your jeans about every five to 10 wears.
  • If you are worried about washing your jeans too often and fear they might be fading, soak them in cold water and vinegar for an hour, and hang them to dry instead.
  • If you opt for the washing machine, turn your jeans inside out to protect against fading and also to ensure the dirtiest part of the jeans get clean.
  • Jeans can be hand-washed using cold water and a little bit of detergent. Soak the jeans for about 15 to 30 minutes and rinse. To make sure the jeans are fully cleaned, try repeating this process two to three times.
  • When drying jeans after hand-washing, don’t wring them. Instead, roll them up and press on them to get the water out, then lay them flat or hang them up to dry.
  • When using the washing machine to dry your jeans, make sure to use a medium to low heat setting.

Go on to shop our favorite jeans to buy this season.

Who What Wear Crop Flare Denim ($37)

Cropped jeans are perfect with dainty heels. 

Available in sizes 14 to 26.

Violeta by Mango Jeans Bi-Stretch Push-Up Irene ($100)

Pair with a black jean jacket and boots for a simple night look. 

Available in sizes 10 to 22. 

Rag & Bone Ankle Justine Wide Leg ($265)

Pair these ankle-grazing jeans with short black boots. 

Available in sizes 23 to 30.

Paige High Rise Sarah Straight ($229)

These high-rise jeans are so flattering.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

Anine Bing Frida Jean ($229)

These high-rise jeans give you such a flattering fit. 

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

Zara High Waist Jeans ($50)

We love the multiple buttons on these jeans. 

Available in sizes 2 to 12.

Off-White Skinny Jeans ( $630 ) ($252)

These jeans are sure to go with everything in your closet. 

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($135)

A staple in every fashion girl's closet. 

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Balenciaga High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($665)

For a cool vintage look, add retro pointed-toe boots. 

Available in sizes 34 FR to 44 FR.

Re/Done High Rise Ankle Zip ($345)

Keep the look sophisticated by pairing these jeans with a white tee and simple heels. 

Available in sizes 25 to 30. 

3x1 Shelter Austin Crop Malone ($265)

A signature jean style in 3x1's collection. 

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

AMO Babe ($240)

The perfect jeans to wear with a statement top. 

Available in sizes 24 to 30. 

J Brand Sadey Cropped Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($230)

These versatile pants will go with everything. 

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

H&M+ Skinny High Jeans ($35)

Go for a retro look and add a statement blouse and red kitten heels. 

Available in sizes 14 to 26. 

Eve Denim Charlotte High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans ($295)

We love the wide-leg detail on these jeans. 

Available in sizes 25 to 29. 

Citizens of Humanity Chrissy High Rise Skinny Jeans ($220)

Your newest go-to denim.

Available in sizes 24 to 30. 

Brock Collection Light Vintage Selvedge Denim Wright Jeans ($475)

We are obsessed with every pair of jeans Brock Collection creates.

Available in sizes 0 to 12. 

Moussy Distressed Cropped Jeans ($360)

Pair these classic ripped jeans with cool statement sandals. 

Available in size 25. 

Khaite Benny Cropped High-Rise Flared Jeans ($340)

So chic when paired with simple loafers.

Available in sizes 24 to 30.

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