After a great struggle and many fittings, you finally found the pair of jeans that fit you just right in all the right places. Fast-forward a few months, is there a hole in your jeans? Has it started thinking already? The chances are that you do not love your jeans enough. Like everything else, we need to take good care of our jeans to make them last longer. Here are a few tried and tested techniques that help add more years to your denim’s lifespan.
#1 Reduce the number of washes.
Do you know that frequently washing your clothes reduces its shine, and the fabric loses its strength? Yes, it is the case with your jeans as well. Frequent washes make your denim soft and rough as a result, it loses its shape and is also easily torn. It is better to reduce the number of times you wash your jeans. You can wash them after wearing them at least 5 to 10 times and keep them healthy and long-lasting. It helps.
#2 Do not iron.
We usually do not iron our jeans as it’s not required, but sometimes they get wrinkled and need a little ironing. Do not iron your denim as the heat from the iron burns the elastic. This results in loss of elasticity, making your jeans look saggy. This also makes the fabric thin and tear easily. So, say good-bye to ironing and hang your jeans in the bathroom when you shower. The steam from the hot shower will help reduce the wrinkles without having to iron your jeans.
#3 Odor-free and fresh.
Your jeans will have a bad odor when you are not washing them frequently and using them almost every day, especially during the summertime. To keep away from an embarrassing bad-smelling situation, you can count on a fabric spray to save the day. Yes, lay your jeans flat on a table and spray some fabric spray on it. This absorbs all the bad odor and leaves the jeans smelling great and fresh, good as new. No! we’re not saying it’s an alternative to washing them, but it’s a fantastic hack for the days you’re not washing them and need to feel and smell fresh. After spraying, leave them hanging on the back of a chair and let them air dry.
#4 Go for a cold wash.
Remember: Always wash your jeans with cold water. Usually, we do not give importance to the care labels and completely ignore them. Look at the care label closely. You will find one that says something like this, 20% spandex and 80% cotton, etc. This means that the fabric is elastic. Long story short, anything that is stretchy is better not washed with hot water as it burns down the elastic fibers in the fabric, and eventually, your jeans will not be able to retain elasticity. To stop this from happening, wash it with cold water.
#5 Air Dry!
Let’s not forget how heat can damage your jeans’ elasticity and cause it to rip quicker. That is why it is imperative to let your jeans air dry. It is not only economical but is also eco-friendly. You care about saving energy and saving your jeans both at the same time. If you fear the wrinkling of the fabric after air drying, put them in the dryer for 5 minutes at low heat. It will help soften the fabric and, of course, make it wrinkle-free. Do you know what’s even better? Hang them in the hot shower.
#6 Wash your jeans inside out.
Another mistake that we make is not washing them inside out. It destroys the color of our jeans and makes it look worn out. Also, it leaves the white lines of detergent and staining on the color. So pay close attention next time you wash your jeans, wash them inside out, and use a mild detergent.
#7 It’s never too late, you can still rescue your jeans.
So, you took good care of your jeans and loved it all those years, and now the time has come, no more love and care can save it from dying. Well, you can still bandage it to add up some extra days. Jeans generally start thinning and ripping at the inseam and the crotch area. When you start seeing tiny holes, mend them ASAP using some fundamental sewing techniques before they get bigger.
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