How to Keep Levi's From Fading


Levi Strauss emigrated to the United States during the gold rush of the 1850s. He created durable clothing for miners that was originally constructed from tent canvas -- and later denim. After years of wear and tear, the color of your Levi's will begin to fade, especially if the denim is darker. This fading results from laundering your denim too often with the improper products. Save the color of your favorite Levi's jeans by washing them with the correct products and procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • Towel

Turn the Levi's jeans inside out and submerge them into a mixture of 3 cups of white vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water. Allow the jeans to soak for at least 10 to 15 minutes. The vinegar holds the dye in the material and prevents fading.

Launder your jeans together. Wait until your denim is stained, smelly or so loose it is falling off your hips before washing.

Add half of the liquid laundry detergent recommended by the manufacturer for the load's size and set the temperature setting to cold. Adding too much detergent creates a residue on the jeans that diminishes their appearance and requires them to be washed more frequently.

Pour one-half cup of table salt into the machine before turning it on. The salt helps set the dye and prevents fading.

Allow the machine to run its full cycle before pulling the jeans out and allowing them to air dry. Turn the jeans right side out and hang them outside or lay them flat onto a towel, turning them periodically to ensure both sides dry fully.

Tips & Warnings

  • Iron the jeans inside out on a low setting to remove wrinkles and soften the stiff denim.

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