When it comes to washing jeans, there are all kinds of myths and folklore about the best method of denim care. The ideas range from the dubious, like storing jeans in the freezer to remove the smell, to the downright silly, such as washing jeans with coffee grounds to maintain the color. There is even a large group of people who believe jeans should never be washed, no matter what. The truth is, denim does require special care, but you can still wash your jeans in the washing machine.

How To Wash Your Jeans

When it is time to wash your jeans, there a couple of important steps to take. First, be certain you’ve removed any items still in the pockets. The last thing you want to do accidentally wash jeans with an ink pen. Next, be sure to wash your denim with cold water and a mild detergent. It is important to avoid strong detergents because denim is susceptible to fading. Also, be sure that you wash your jeans with similar colors as the dyes used to color the denim may wind up tinting lighter clothes. Finally, one trick that does help preserve the color of jeans is washing them inside out.

Always Check The Tags

Nearly every piece of clothing includes a tag sewn inside with washing instructions. For most pairs of jeans, the directions will be along the lines of “machine wash in cold water with similar colors.” This is a direct go-ahead from the manufacturer that your jeans can go into the washing machine with the rest of your clothes. However, if you own some specific types of denim, such as raw selvage denim that is loomed by hand, then the tags may indicate to “hand wash only.” In these instances, the best thing to do is soak your jeans in cold water with a mild detergent for about 20 minutes before gently rinsing then air drying. Otherwise, you may risk fading colors or altering the structure of the fabric.

Should I Dry My Jeans?

Depending on the type and quality of denim, your jeans may need to be hung up to dry. However, most manufacturers do make their jeans for everyday use. This means many jeans can be tumble dried on low heat. While washing denim is as easy as any other clothing, double-check the care instructions before throwing them in the dryer.