Tips for Making Your Jeans Last Longer

Keep your jeans looking like new!

When you finally find an awesome pair of jeans, you want to make them last as long as possible! Finding the perfect jeans can be quite an investment of time and often money. Make it more worthwhile and frugal by doing what you can to make your jeans last longer!

steps to make your jeans last

I had the privilege of meeting Alicia recently and with her help I found a perfect jean for my body type. She is a professional wardrobe stylist and knows A LOT about clothing and textiles. Alicia is awesome at helping REAL women with real budgets find clothing that fit and flatter each unique body. I learned a lot just from shopping with her one time!

I would pay a lot more for great jeans because I believe that sometimes they are worth it, but the ones we found for me were on sale for only $18 at JCPenney! Yay!

Once you find the jeans, make them last longer by following Alicia’s tried and true steps!

For the first washing, especially with dark jeans, you should set the dye:

  1. Use a cold water cycle on your washing machine.
  2. Pour one cup of distilled white vinegar into the washing machine with the cold water.
  3. Place the jeans, inside out, into the washing machine. You can wash more than one pair at a time, but you want the dye color to be similar. No laundry detergent for the first washing!
  4. After the jeans are done washing, remove from the washing machine and reshape them. Pull the legs downward while wet to give more length and zip up the zipper.
  5. Lay flat on a drying rack and let air dry. If too stiff, loosen them up by rubbing with your hands.

Jeans release the largest amount of dye in the first wash cycle. Using the vinegar helps to set the dye and prevent it from transferring onto other clothing and onto your skin.

More Denim Care Tips:

  • Only wash your jeans every three to four wearings.
  • Alternate using vinegar or laundry detergent to clean your jeans after that first washing.
  • Use only a small amount of laundry soap with denim.
  • Always turn the jeans inside out when washing to preserve the face of the denim.
  • NEVER put jeans in the dryer. The heat breaks down the Lycra and the finish on the denim.

See what Alicia has to say about if expensive jeans are worth it. I totally agree with her!

Thanks, Chic on a Shoestring

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