Tips for Caring for Your Jeans So They Last

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I have to be honest with you, I used to treat my jeans like shit until I started dating Chris. He is a psychopath about washing your clothes properly whereas I would just separate darks and lights and call it a day. But alas, I’m finally getting better!

If you aren’t taking care of your jeans properly and are sick of replacing your jeans sooner rather than later, it’s time to start treating them with a little TLC. These tips will help keep your jeans looking brand spankin’ new for years.

Don’t Wash Your Jeans Too Often

The longer you go without washing your jeans, the better. I try to only wash mine after ten washes but the longer you can go, and the less frequently they touch water, the longer the color will last. Try to avoid using bleach on your jeans, as this will also lighten the color of the denim.

If you have a stain on your jeans, try to spot-treat the stain whenever possible!

When You Do Cave and Wash Your Jeans…

Wash them inside out, in cold water with a mild detergent, and do not put them in the dryer. Hang dry your jeans and if they end up too stiff and uncomfortable, through them in the dryer for a few seconds on low heat to soften them up.

For drying – You can either hang them flat on a drying rack or hang them by the belt loop! Always dry right side out.

How to Get Odors Out of Your Jeans Between Washes

Trying to lengthen the time in between washes? Use a little Febreeze or toss your jeans in the dryer for a few minutes to freshen them up!

What About Black Jeans?

Let’s face it: black jeans fade fast. Before wearing them for the first time, set the dye by soaking them in a tub of cold water with a cup of white vinegar and one tablespoon of salt (inside out!).

What are your best tips for caring for your jeans?

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  1. 1.24.20

    These are great tips, thanks for sharing! I hate how fast my jeans fade so I’m definitely going to try implementing these tips. Xx.

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      The fading kills me! Good luck!

  2. 1.24.20
    Emily Wilkinson said:

    All of these are great tips and ones I mostly follow! There are some pairs that I dry just because I know they stretch out!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks, Emily!

  3. 1.24.20
    rebecca said:

    OOH i definitely need to apply these tips better!! Thank you for sharing! I knew you weren’t supposed to wash them often, but thanks for all the other details.

    xx rebecca //

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Yesss! It will help your jeans last so much longer!

  4. 1.24.20
    Lizzie said:

    These are such great tips for jeans! Definitely saving this post for the future!


    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Lizzie!

  5. 1.24.20

    I pretty much live in the same couple pair of jeans so these tips are so helpful! xoxo, Sarah

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Sarah!

  6. 1.24.20

    Great tips! Denim has a huge impact on the environment, and I’m glad you’re showing people how to take care of your jeans so they last. I had read that wearing your jeans 10 times reduces your water usage by 77%. It’s a win-win for your jeans because they last longer and the environment. Sounds good to me!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Love it!

  7. 1.25.20
    Stephanie Whitman said:

    Ahh I’m so weird about my denim. I’ve never washed it “properly” because I’ve found that some of these things don’t work well for me – like hanging them to dry or letting them go a really long time without washing. I go a week between washes, but I have to dry them or they won’t fit. They tend to stretch out slightly in between washes, since I wear them nearly every day. But thankfully, I haven’t had any fading issues – even on my black pants! I’ll have to see if these tips work with other pairs I may purchase in the future (aka higher-quality denim).

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Hey – what works for one person, doesn’t always work for another! Love your schedule though. Let me know if you try any of these tips and what you think!

  8. 1.26.20
    cate said:

    Someone told me jeans mustn’t be washed but I think this is too extreme!
    Thanks for these tips(:

    Cate ღ 35mm in Style | Photography + Blogging

  9. 1.26.20
    Kelsey said:

    So many great tips!
    Xo, Kelsey

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Kelsey!

  10. 1.26.20
    Greta said:

    I rarely wash my jeans and my friends think I’m so odd! There’s a raw denim place close to where I live and they put in their care instructions that you can only wash your denim once a year!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Oh my gosh, first of all – that’s super cool! Second of all, I can’t believe they say once a year!

  11. 1.27.20
    Jackie said:

    These are great tips… definitely going to start doing that soak with my black ones! They always fade SO FAST.

  12. 1.27.20
    Marlene said:

    Great tips! I was just telling my husband he washes his jeans way too much lol

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks, Marlene!

  13. 1.27.20

    OMG I didn’t know about setting the dye in black jeans. These are such great tips!

    -xo, Azanique |

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      It makes such a difference!

  14. 1.28.20
    Kristina said:

    I am the same way- I only wash my jeans if they get a bad stain on them or if they start to stretch out. This makes them last for years & years!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      And saves you so much money!

  15. 1.31.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    Great tips! I am guilty of putting them in the dryer but that stops now. Thanks lady!

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      It’s so easy to throw them in the dryer but so bad!

  16. 2.3.20

    OH wow! I didn’t know how to set the dye in dark washed jeans! I will have to try this next time. I go about 4-5 wears, with my jeans.

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      You gotta do it! It makes such a difference!