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laundry tips for jeans

Chances are you bought those jeans or that denim jacket because you liked the color and texture of the denim as it was when you purchased it.

New jeans and jean jackets - all denim actually - has been specially dyed to get that rough-and-tumble look and that perfect-for-you color. 

To keep your (or your kid's) denim duds from looking like they're relics from your grandmother's flower power days requires a bit of special laundry treatment on your part from the day you bring your jeans home.

Not to worry - these laundry tips for jeans can help you keep that denim looking sharp and feeling cozy.

And once you have the jeans-washing-routine down, getting your favorite pair clean safely will be a snap.

Laundry Tips for Jeans: Wash New Jeans Separately, Inside Out

These laundry tips for jeans can keep your denim looking good from the day you bring it home.

For starters, wash jeans separately the first time. The dye in most jeans transfers readily during the laundry cycle to its fellow bathers.

You'll also want to turn the new jeans inside-out in cold water to prevent fading (unless you want them to fade, of course.)

Keep both new and washed jeans away from laundry detergents with bleach for the same reason.

Avoid Frequent Tumble Drying

Try to keep your jeans out of the dryer as much as possible. Heat may damage the fibers of your jeans; and dry cleaning isn't any better, as it can cause discoloration.

When you have to toss those jeans into the dryer, tumble dry while the dryer drum is cool, and choose a delicate setting if your dryer has one, or a cooler temperature.

To extend the lifespan of jeans, the best drying method is laying them flat to dry.

With this method, you may need to iron your jeans. Plan to iron them while the jeans are still a bit damp for best results.

Don't Spot-Clean Jeans

Don't try to spot-clean denim. Instead, wash the entire pants, so you don't create a faded area where the spot or spill was.

By putting these laundry tips for jeans into play, you're sure to have your comfy, cozy favorites looking sharp for years to come.

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