Denim divas know that washing is stressful on jeans, apt to cause color fading or at least temporarily tighten the fit. That said, you can't live forever without washing those jeans: sweat odors catch up to you, causing major dislike from your fans. Savvy jeans wearers can have it all, fumigating stinky odors from pants while being gentle enough to minimize the dreaded color fade. With a few simple steps, you can clean your jeans as often as you need to dress your best.
Things You'll Need
- Large tub
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Clothesline or drying rack
Combine 4 tbsp. salt with 1 quart of water in a large tub, using warm to hot water so that the salt dissolves.
Place your dirty jeans in the salt tub and let them soak for 30 minutes. Salt removes sweat odors in a gentle manner, and won't discolor your jeans.
Remove the jeans from the salt soak after half an hour, then squeeze the jeans to remove excess water.
Turn your jeans inside out. To properly clean the jeans after the salt soak, you need to follow up with a wash, and pulling the pants inside out protects the denim's color during the wash.
Wash your jeans with like-colored garments, using liquid laundry detergent as powder can leave streaks on denim.
Remove your jeans from the washing machine when the cycle ends and hang them from a clothesline or drying rack to air dry. You can machine dry them if you prefer, but natural drying helps safeguard your jeans' color.
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