Jun 8, 2018 Denim

Never Make This Mistake When You Wash Jeans

by Kristen Nichols

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.

1. It is recommended to wash your jeans about every five to 10 wears.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. When using the washing machine to dry your jeans, make sure to use a medium to low heat setting.

Go on to shop our recommended washing machine plus our favorite jeans to buy this season at the end.

LG TWINWash System with Sidekick ($2580)

The LG TWINWash with Sidekick allows you to tackle small loads that are a big deal (aka your jeans) when you can’t wait or wash two loads at the same time.

Paige High Rise Sarah Straight ($229)

These high-rise jeans are so flattering.

Available in sizes 23 to 28.

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.

Balenciaga High-Rise Distressed Slim-Leg Jeans ($695)

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

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

3x1 Shelter Austin Crop Malone ($265)

A signature jean style in 3x1’s collection. 

Available in sizes 24 to 31.

J Brand Sadey Cropped Slim Boyfriend Jeans ( $230 ) ($161)

These versatile pants will go with everything. 

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Eve Denim Charlotte High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans ( $295 ) ($180)

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 pair of go-to denim.

Available in sizes 24 to 30. 

Brock Collection Wright High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ( $475 ) ($333)

The perfect cut.

Available in sizes 0 to 12. 

Frame Le High Flare High-Rise Jeans ($220)

Black denim is always flattering.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Grlfrnd Karolina Customizable High-Rise Skinny Jean ($210)

Wear yours with fun sandals.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

H&M Shaping Skinny Jeans ($60)

You can never go wrong with skinny jeans.

Available in sizes 14 to 26. 

Levi’s 501 Skinny ($148)

Go for a light wash this season.

Available in sizes 24 to 30. 

Madewell 10” High-Rise Skinny Jeans: Drop-Hem Edition ($135)

We love the button details.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Mother Denim The Rascal Ankle Snippet ($205)

Finished with a frayed hem.

Available in sizes 23 to 30. 

Rag & Bone Cropped High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($295)

Straight-leg jeans are just so good.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Re/Done High-Rise Stove Pipe Straight-Leg Jeans ($250)

A cool, retro wash.

Available in sizes 24 to 30. 

Violeta by Mango Slim-Fit Valentin Jeans ( $80 ) ($79)

Order this affordable style.

Available in sizes 8 to 22. 

Who What Wear Crop Flare Denim ($22)

Cropped flares look great with ankle boots.

Available in sizes 14 to 26. 

Fiorucci Tara Classic Tapered ($261)

Classic and cool.

Available in sizes 23 to 30. 

Moussy Vintage Olin Wide Straight ( $360 ) ($252)

Vintage stylings without the hassle.

Available in sizes 24 to 31. 

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