There they are, those lovely, brand new jeans. We caress them once or twice before putting them on. Then, we pause and wonder how to stop blue jeans from fading, and what we need to do to keep jeans dark.
Well, okay. Maybe that’s a little overly dramatic — we don’t really caress them. But, we do wonder what we can do to keep jeans dark and what techniques would maintain that lovely indigo color.
Aye, there’s the rub — how to stop blue jeans from fading. And rub is one of the key factors, too.
Although it’s not possible for blue jeans to stay dark forever, here are a few suggestions to help delay color loss. Plus, a big secret that you won’t find mentioned very often — if at all.
Take a look at these ways to stop blue jeans from fading …
♥ Turn all jeans inside out!
Not before you wear them, of course, because then they’re hard to zip — plus you’ll get funny looks. Unless you’re Madonna. But, turn them before washing (recommended by GoodHousekeeping.com) or before soaking. Some of the color loss is from friction — clothes rubbing up against each other, as well as friction from detergent and water. Turning them inside out helps stop blue jeans from fading.
♥ Soak new jeans in cold water in washer with 1 c. vinegar to 1 gal. of water before wearing.
Vinegar helps set the color. Soak overnight (or at least for several hours). Do not add detergent, but after soaking overnight, run through the spin cycle to remove water. Let dry on a rack indoors or in the shade outdoors. The vinegar smell will disappear.
♥ Do not wash jeans every time you wear them.
If they’re not dirty or stained, you can wear them more than once before washing. The more you wash, the more color you lose. Washing them only as needed is one way to help keep jeans dark.
♥ Use a color-safe detergent that helps prevent dark colors from fading.
Purex (Purex.com) and Tide (Tide.com) are just two that offer color-safe detergents.
♥ Wash on gentle cycle.
Zip all zippers, fasten all buttons, turn jeans inside out and wash on gentle cycle to stop blue jeans from fading.
♥ Secret tip to keep jeans dark
Add bluing to the wash when you’re doing jeans. Bluing is available at most stores, in the laundry section. Follow the directions on the bottle.
♥ Wash denims together to keep jeans dark
Don’t add any other color of clothes or fabrics to the wash. Dye that comes out of one pair will also be absorbed — at least a little — into the other pairs. Don’t use color catchers because they pick up that dye instead of letting the jeans absorb it.
♥ Air dry to stop blue jeans from fading.
Don’t run jeans through the dryer, as that contributes to fading. And shrinking. (Yikes!) Dry on a rack indoors, or outdoors in the shade, with jeans turned inside out.
♥ Don’t iron jeans.
Heat can cause color loss. But, if you feel you absolutely must iron them, turn them inside out, first.
Try these methods to keep your new jeans dark longer, and see if it doesn’t make a difference. Not only will you feel good wearing jeans that still look nice, but it just might save a few pennies in giving you longer wear.
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Personal experience — many years of washing jeans.
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