Can you tell me how to wash jeans in the washer without fading them? I need them to stay looking new for longer. Thank you.
Jennie McKinney, Milwaukee
Sure, I can share the best way to wash jeans in the washer. Believe it or not, the CEO of Levi Strauss says you don’t even need to wash your jeans. Some people that support that approach recommend placing them overnight in the freezer to get rid of any unpleasant odors. But unfortunately, the temperature in your freezer may not be low enough to kill bacteria in the fabric.
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Therefore, you’ll need to wash those jeans, one way or another. Machine washing is a sure bet for freshening them up, but it could leach dye and fade them. In that case, simply wash them less. Try to let them go until they smell bad. Then turn them inside out to put them in the machine.
Always use the delicate cycle with mild detergent in lukewarm or cold water, never hot. And it’s best if you let the jeans air dry instead of using the dryer. Take special care of problem areas and getting rust stains out of clothes.
You may find you prefer to hand wash your jeans. It’s practically no work at all, and it protects them from agitation in the washer. Simply mix mild detergent in a bucket of lukewarm water, then submerge the jeans. Let them sit for forty-five minutes before you rinse them. Then let them drip dry.
If you aren’t happy with the color of your jeans, you can dye them yourself at home. You’ll need to use hot water and a commercial dye in the washing machine. But you can also dye them in a bucket, too. All the information you need is in this article here: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-wash-jeans-ultimate-guide/
Good luck on keeping your jeans looking as new as possible.