Everyone has their own preference when it comes to caring for their jeans. Some don't wash their jeans at all, others wash after each wear, some will put them in the freezer. At Hers His & Home we like to keep it simple - if your jeans are dirty, wash them. This blog is more focused on raw denim, so if your jeans are already rinsed, wash when needed. The best and easiest way is inside out, on cold and hang dry.
When it comes to raw jeans people might hesitate because they think they are a lot of work. It's actually quite the opposite. All you need to do is wear your jeans, wear them often, everyday if you want. Once you can start to smell them and they have an oily film all over, it's time to wash! (This timing varies but it's usually about 6 months, depending on how often you wear them... you'll know.)
Depending on how intense you want to be, washing can really be done in three ways.
1. In a tub, with cold water and a little bit of detergent. Let them soak for about an hour, rinse out the detergent, then hang dry.
2. Throw them into the machine and let it do the work for you. Turn them inside out and set the machine to a cold wash/ delicate cycle and put in a small amount of detergent.
*Note that cold water is better to wash in because it reduces shrinkage and helps keep the color longer.*
3. Dry Cleaning... leave it to the real professionals. Crisp, Clean and Ready-To-Go.
DO NOT DRY YOUR JEANS
Yes, we said it. If you think you spent a decent amount of money on your jeans it's best to keep them away from the dryer. Many think that drying them will shrink them back up after they have relaxed a bit, it actually will break down the cotton and make them looser the next time. Cold water does the trick, shrinks them right back up. Hang dry, it's better for the environment and your jeans.