Tips on looking after your Jeans

By Angela Marshall, 1st Jan 2013

Information about Jeans

Denim is a fabric made from cotton with a twill weave which the weft threads passes beneath two warp threads, resulting in diagonal ribs on the backside of the material.

Denim is a fabric that can be found in everywhere around the world. It is a tough, durable, rugged, and it can be worn all year round. It is available in a host of weights and finishes, including some that incorporate spandex to give added stretch and comfort. It is worn by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Denim jeans are cut in various styles that can be flattering to all shapes and sizes.

Although blue is still the predominant colour for denim clothing, there are all shades of colours fashionable this season. Denim’s durability allows it to be machine washed many times over, although hanging to dry is recommended to ensure the material shrinking.

Looking After your Jeans

Nearly all of us have a pair of favourite jeans, therefore it is important to look after the denim when we wash them.

Tips for Washing Jeans:

  1. It is best to wash your jeans inside-out.
  2. Water temperature should be tepid or cold so as to maintain the quality of the jeans’ fabric.
  3. Washing by hand is best for stretch denim; they should be soaked in lukewarm water and soap for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
  4. Machine wash – as most of us don’t have time to hand wash, just remember to wash on low cycle and low temperature when using the machine.
  5. Wash jeans on their own the first time as the dye may come out.
  6. Always wash dark jeans with dark items only.

If your jeans have dirt or mud on them then it helps by soaking in soap and water for 5-10 minutes. If you are unfortunate enough to get chewing gum on your jeans then the best way to get rid of it is by rubbing it with ice. The gum should come out completely once it is frozen, then clean the jeans as you usually would.  Ensure you avoid chemicals in the machine which could destroy the colour and the fabric of the denim.


If you wish to dry your jeans outside on a line then hang your jeans upside down to dry and make sure they are away from direct sunlight.  It is best to avoid tumble drying your denim, but if in a desperate hurry avoid high temperatures as they may shrink. Fold your wet jeans in half and then half one more time, then place them in the dryer. This will smooth out the fabric so you don’t have to iron them. Do remember! Take care not to have the dryer too hot.


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One Response to “Tips on looking after your Jeans”

  1. Shona Easton says:

    Thank you Angela, great tips! I never knew about the tumble dryer tip and I have had jeans come out of there with unsightly new creases in them! Will take your advice in future!

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