Tips for Machine Washing Your Jeans.

If you don’t have an area to hand wash you jeans, this is not a problem. There is nothing wrong with popping your denim in the washing machine. There are a few tips though to get the best results if using this method. We wouldn’t recommend to wash anything else with your jeans as the indigo will bleed.

Posted on March 01, 2017

1. Turn Jeans Inside Out.

Turning your jeans inside out will help stop the indigo from running too much. This will also stop and buttons and rivets hitting against the drum.


2. Add denim friendly detergent.

Use a denim friendly detergent, The laundress, Mr Black or Dr Bronner Castile soap are widely used. These detergents also help to preserves the colour, fades and quality of your precious jeans. You can also used the ratio of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt to use instead of a detergent.

(Illustration by Peter Gamlen)


3. Cycle Setting.

You want the washing machine to replicate the gentlest factors of a human hand washing. If you can stop your machine before the spin cycle it would be better for your jeans to be taken out before this stage. Vertical crease lines can be create from the spin cycle. If you can’t stop your machine before the spin, set the washing machine on the lowest spin and temperature setting. Nothing hotter then 30 degree celsius. Once the machine has finished the wash do not leave your jeans in the drum, this will create wash lines. If you have taken you denim out before the spin cycle, you will need to wring the water out. Roll your jeans up and realise the water. Do not twist the jeans.

(Illustration by Peter Gamlen)


4. Drying.

Hung over a shower rod overnight is the best option as its indoors and away from sunlight. When they are still slightly damp, put them on to stretch them out. You can also let them dry laying flat. Do not tumble dry. The dryer is denim kryptonite, the dryer damages the cotton and weakens the fabric.

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