How To Make Your Denim Last Longer

Claire Miles
Aug 30, 2021

When it comes to denim, we all have our favorites. We might have dozens of pants in our closets, but there will always be one pair that we find ourselves wearing over and over again. Although we might think our favorite jeans will never let us down, the truth is the more we wear them, the more likely they are to get damaged. Here are some tips to help you make your denim last for many, many years.

Turn them inside out before washing.

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If you don’t want your dark jeans to slowly fade, remember to always turn them inside out before washing. This small act will help stop the dye from running in the wash, as well as prevent it from fading if you air-dry your clothes outside.

Always wash them with cold water.


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Not only should you turn your jeans inside out before putting them in the washing machine, but you should also make sure you are washing them with cold water. You might not notice this in the short term, but warm water makes your denim shrink and fade over time. Depending on how often you wash them, your pants can lose their perfect fit and color in a matter of months or years.

Use the right laundry detergent.

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When washing dark jeans, always use a laundry detergent designed for colored clothes. The problem with the other detergents is that they are made with chemicals that are not that right for dark colors. Known as optical brighteners, these chemical compounds are made to make white clothes look bright white, but they can make colored garments fade.