There’s nothing like a new pair of jeans. Of course, there’s also nothing like a comfortable old pair. If you want your comfy jeans to look as good as your new ones though, there are a few things you can do to keep them looking newer, longer.
1. Buy Quality
That pair on the rack may be cute and cheap, but that doesn’t mean you should buy them. Keeping jeans looking great starts with good quality denim with strong stitching that won’t come apart. The old mantra “you get what you pay for” is often true when it comes to a nice pair of jeans.
2. Gentle Detergent
There is no shortage of choices on the market when it comes to laundry detergent. But when it comes to washing your jeans (and anything, really), you should be careful that your detergent isn’t doing more harm than good when it comes to color. A lot of detergents that tout stain-removing power can actually make colors fade faster. Look for a laundry detergent that’s labeled color-safe.
3. Line Dry
Sure, it takes a while to line-dry jeans. But it’s also a lot safer and more gentle than a tumble-dry session. Even if you just hang them over your shower rod, get used to letting your jeans air dry. You’ll find your color lasts longer, and you’ll avoid inadvertently shrinking them.
4. Wash Inside-Out
You’ve probably heard this before, but washing your jeans inside-out really does help to minimize color loss and bleeding. You should also zip and button them, to keep the metal from scratching up other items that may be in the load — including other jeans.
5. Use Bluing
Surprisingly, a lot of people have never heard of laundry bluing. It’s an old-fashioned blue dye-like additive that is most often used to boost the look of whiteness (really — it’s science!). However, you can help keep your jeans nice and dark by using more of it. Just be careful, because it’s a difficult stain to remove if it drips on you.
6. Wash Less
You really don’t need to wash your jeans as often as you might think. Sure, you probably wear them more than once between washings, but you can probably get a way with washing them only when they start looking dirty. Every time you wash, you’re breaking down the fabric a little. If you wash less frequently, you’ll definitely help your jeans last longer.