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How to wash jeans properly


Jeans hanging inside out on a washing line outside

Washing jeans should be as simple as jeans are practical – but sadly, that isn’t really the case. There’s lots of advice ranging from: never washing them (ever) and treating them just like any other item of clothing. It turns out though that washing jeans can be really simple if you know what you’re doing. We’ll show you how to wash jeans, how often to wash jeans, and take you through the steps of the laundry process.

Washing machine for washing jeans?

Absolutely! This is really the best way to wash jeans. Simply turn the jeans inside out, as this will help get the inside of your jeans clean, removing skin cells and the like. During the washing process, laundry constantly touches the drum. If you turn your jeans inside out before washing, their outer surface is protected from the rough surface of the washing machine drum and the jeans will stay looking fresh for years to come.

Less is more?

It is important to really commit to doing a load of washing and not only putting in a few items at a time – this wastes water and energy. In fact, Colour Catcher laundry sheets are a great help when it comes to minimising washing loads. This is because their colour run prevention technology will allow you to forego dividing your coloured clothes into separate washes. However, if you load the machine to the brim, items like jeans won’t get properly cleaned. A machine that has some space left at the top before you close the machine door will be the most effective at cleaning.

Hot topic! What temperature should you wash at?

The higher the water temperature during washing, the greater the risk of shrinkage. High temperatures are not necessary for your washing powder to work its best. For this reason, it is best to wash your jeans at a medium temperature, or even cold. By the way, if you want to iron your jeans, turn them inside out first - this protects their colour, and your black jeans won’t fade to grey too fast.

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Dial it down...

Of course, the higher the spin speed, the drier the washing comes out of the machine. However, if the spin is too vigorous, the laundry will crease. High spin cycles can also be harder on your textiles. A lower spin speed will mean that you’re less likely to have to iron your jeans – saving time and energy!

It’s all about labels

Not designer labels – we mean the care labels (sorry, a bit less glamorous!) Jeans are not always made only of cotton; they often contain other fabrics – so relying on your knowledge of how to clean cotton might not be enough. A look at the care label is a wise move because it means you won’t accidentally ruin your favourite pair. The care label symbols will tell you everything you need to know about your favourite pair specifically.

How often to wash jeans?

In spite of some advice suggesting not to wash jeans unless they’re truly filthy, we’re fans of a middle ground and think washing jeans is important for good hygiene. But you shouldn't wash them too often either if you want them to stay with you for a long time. And how often? It's simple: wash your jeans when they're dirty. You can wear them for a few days before giving them a bath.

At Ask Team Clean, we want you to enjoy your favourite jeans for a long time to come, so we hope these tips on how to wash your jeans have helped you! If you want more laundry tips for other items of clothing, check out more great articles such as how to iron clothes, how to clean a leather jacket, and how to remove oil stains from clothes.