If there is one thing everyone has in their wardrobe it is a pair of jeans. Jeans are trendy additions to any wardrobe and they work great for both men and women. The best thing about jeans is they can be used for a casual look and an official look. If you wake up and find out it’s one of those days when you just don’t know what to wear you can just pull on your jeans, throw on a top and you are done. You will look great as long as you wear your jeans well. It is therefore important to take good care of your jeans. Most people reduce the “shelf life” of their jeans tremendously through poor care. Here are a few tricks you can use to make your jeans last longer than usual.
Jeans are not the type of garment you want to wash at every waking opportunity. As long as they are not filled with filth or mud, you can always re-wear them without looking weird on the streets. You will know when it is time to wash your jeans. They start to get stretchy at the knees and at the waist and look drab. When you notice this give them a cold wash without too much scrubbing. Do not mix it with other garments or any kind of bleach. After washing always turn jeans inside out because this holds their color. You can lay jeans to dry flat on grass or hang it on a line to drip dry.
Use color setting techniques
Jeans look great when you buy them right? Unfortunately immediately after the first wash the great dark shade simply disappears and leaves you with a slightly less impressive pair of jeans. Well contrary to popular belief, salt will not help you much. Vinegar on the other hand will work wonders when it comes to setting the color on your jeans. Before giving your jeans its first wash ever, have a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar and soak your jeans in it for half an hour. For subsequent washes you can simply just use one tablespoon or every cup of water to keep the color lasting.
Keep your jeans away from too much heat
Jeans and heat do not go together at all. This means that the drier and the iron box are two deadly jeans enemies. If you feel that your jeans is too wrinkled up after poor storage DO NOT IRON IT. Simply hang it up in the bathroom as you take a long hot shower. The steam gets in between the strands of fabric and straightens out all the wrinkles without getting it wet. If you absolutely have to iron the jeans, wash it and just as it is about to dry, iron it. Damp ironing helps the cotton in the jeans to last longer and also prevents stretching. Your jeans will retain its shape for as long as you own it.
Other precautions you may want to take with your jeans include reading the tag that comes with it. The manufacturer always includes care instructions. Follow them to the letter however trivial they sound to you. Also, hand wash is the best type of wash for your jeans.