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The Best Way to Wash Your Jeans By Hand or in the Washing Machine

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When you find a great pair of jeans, you want to make them last, which is why you shouldn’t simply throw them in with all the rest of your clothes. Instead, take special care with them. Whether you prefer to wash them by hand or using the machine, here are the exact steps to take to ensure the livelihood of your blue jeans.

Hand Washing Your Jeans

What you’ll need:

• Bleach-free laundry detergent
• White vinegar
• Towel


1. Turn your jeans inside out. Fill your tub with cold water and add bleach-free laundry detergent. Try a detergent made for dark clothing to prevent fading or swap with white vinegar.
2. Slosh the jeans around to ensure even distribution of detergent, then let sit for 15-30 minutes.
3. Drain the soapy water and re-fill the tub with cold water to rinse the jeans. Repeat as needed.
4. To remove excess water before letting your jeans dry, it’s important that you don’t wring them out. Instead, roll them in a white towel and press firmly to squeeze water out, like so.
5. Let your jeans air dry either by laying them flat or putting them on a hanger and hanging them from a sturdy place like a showerhead, where they can drip.

Washing Jeans in the Machine

What you’ll need:

• Bleach-free laundry detergent
• White vinegar


1. Make sure your jeans are machine-washable. If they are, turn them inside out and place them inside the machine.
2. Add your choice of bleach-free laundry detergent. Again, opting for a detergent that’s made for dark colors helps retain color. You can also substitute bleach with distilled white vinegar. Avoid using fabric softener since it’ll only add to product build-up in your denim.
3. Select the gentle or delicate cycle and choose the coldest water option.
4. If you choose to dry your jeans in the machine, select the lowest heat setting. However, your best bet is to let them air dry.

Optimize every aspect of your life with these interesting tips and ideas, courtesy of the professional team at Oxford at The Boulevard Apartments in Corinth, Texas.

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