There’s nothing like your favorite pair of jeans. You know the ones — those super flattering baby blues you wore on a first date, to almost every girls’ night out and just to run errands last weekend. They’re your wear any time, anywhere pair and you don’t know what you would do without them. So, how do you make sure you don’t have to? We have a few denim-defending tricks up our sleeves…
Ok, this may seem weird to some, but it’s recommended that you only wash denim twice a year to preserve that special wash and fit you love so much. Everyone can be the judge of when their jeans really need freshening up, but perhaps think twice next time you go to throw your prized pair in the hamper.
It may be even crazier than not washing them, but freezing your jeans overnight can kill bacteria and smells. Simply seal your folded denim in an airtight bag and store in the freezer for a night or two. Thaw, wear and — voila! — a fresh pair!
When freezing just isn’t doing the trick, washing your denim is the next logical step. Hand washing is always best, but using a machine is fine, too. Just make sure to use cold water and turn your jeans inside out. To keep dye from fading or bleeding, throw a cup of white vinegar into the wash. And avoid dryer machines, if possible. Air-drying is the best way to keep the shape and fit of your jeans.
Whether it’s you or the jeans changing shape, sometimes your favorite pair just don’t fit like they used to. If your denim is too loose, shrink them by washing in hot water and drying on high heat. When your pair fits too tightly, wear them in a warm bath. We’re not kidding! The warm water will stretch the fibers to fit your shape. Pretty cool, huh?
There will come a day when it’s time to find a new favorite pair. But, that doesn’t mean your old denim can’t fill a new role in your wardrobe. Try turning them into a cool, distressed style using sandpaper and scissors. Or maybe even summertime short shorts. They call them cutoffs for a reason!