How to Take Care of Denim Jeans (7 Mistakes)

How to Take Care of Denim Jeans

Jeans are a staple in nearly every man’s closet.

But did you know you’re making some serious mistakes that are causing your jeans to fall apart?

I’ll go over all of the mistakes you’re making that are destroying your denim in this article.

Washing Too Much

The first error is over-washing.

Are you tossing your jeans in the wash every time you wear them? For various reasons, this is a terrible idea.

To begin with, the more you wash your jeans, the more dye is washed away, and the faster they fade.

That’s fine if you enjoy faded jeans, but you’re really screwing up if you prefer the deep dark indigo color.

Second, your clothes are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear in the washing machine. The more you wash it, the shorter the life of the jeans becomes.

Finally, if your jeans are made entirely of cotton, they will be a little tight and stiff when they come out of the wash until the fibers have stretched out again.

So, if you wash your jeans every time, you’ll be wearing stiff jeans all the time instead of a pair that is stretched and molded to your body.

The truth is that you don’t need to wash your jeans every day. O nly when they get really dirty.

Unless you’re sweating profusely or fall into a mud puddle in your jeans, you should only wash them after five to seven wears.

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Using Too Hot Water

The second mistake is using hot water.

Hot water is the most effective at removing stains, but it has an unintended side: it causes your jeans’ color to fade faster.

If your jeans are made entirely of cotton, they are more likely to shrink when washed in hot water.

If you must wash your jeans, do so in cold water to retain the color and shape as much as possible.

If you’re trying to remove a stubborn stain, it won’t be as effective, but for everyday cleaning, it’ll suffice.

Quick tip: when washing, use a detergent that is designed to reduce color loss.

Washing Right Side Out

Mistake number three is washing right side out.

Another major mistake to avoid is tossing your jeans in the washer with the right side out.

In the washer, your jeans will rub against all of your other clothes. The jeans will wear and fade faster as a result of the friction, especially on the edges like the hem, waistband, and fly.

Turn your jeans inside out before washing them to avoid this.

Making Use of the Dryer

The fourth mistake is using the dryer.

I understand. While using the dryer is fast and handy, the dryer’s intense heat is quite damaging to your denim.

When it comes to cotton jeans, keep an eye out for shrinking and color fading. However, if your jeans contain a stretch material such as spandex or elastane, you’re putting them at serious risk.

Because the heat from the dryer destroys the bonds on your stretch materials, putting your stretchy jeans in the dryer drastically reduces their life.

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Have you checked your dryer’s lint tray? That didn’t happen by chance. It’s bits and parts of your jeans.

Every time you toss your jeans in the dryer, much as in a computer game, you’re removing another ounce of health from your denim.

Hanging your jeans to dry is the best way to extend their life.


Ironing is the fifth mistake. Some people despise wrinkles and iron nearly all of their clothing.

However, the iron, like the excessive heat from the dryer, can be harmful to your denim.

Using a high-heat iron on your jeans can do two things.

To begin with, ironing a dark fabric with a hot iron might leave shiny marks on it. Second, if you use a hot iron on those stretched jeans, the fibers will be considerably weakened, lowering their lifespan.

It’s preferable if you don’t use the iron. If you must iron your jeans, use a pressing cloth to protect the fabric and use a low heat setting on the iron.

Getting Rid of Faded Jeans

Throwing faded denim in the trash is mistake number six.

So perhaps you’ve made a couple of the washing mistakes. Your jeans have now faded in color.

Isn’t it time to toss these and get a new pair? Not so fast, my friend.

You may actually dye the jeans yourself to restore that rich dark hue if the fabric is in excellent condition aside from the fading.

Get some navy and black dye and you’re ready to go.

It’ll take a couple of hours, but your jeans will be as good as new when you’re done.

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Jeans With No Hem

Wearing unhemmed jeans is mistake number seven.

So, your jeans are a tiny bit too long. I mean, what’s the big deal?

Allowing the back of your jeans to drag on the ground causes the fabric to wear out and fray quickly.

To avoid this, you have two options.

Rolling your jeans is the first approach. You can roll and cuff them in a variety of ways, so if you want a more rugged look, this is a simple solution. It’s also completely free.

Another alternative is to get the jeans hemmed. This can be done by taking it to a tailor. If you have a sewing machine, though, you can accomplish it at home.

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  • Christopher

    Christopher has 9+ years of experience as a creative fashion designer who stays current with the latest trends.

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