To start with, we believe that jeans shouldn’t be washed. Well, most of the time, anyway.
But if you can’t stop yourself or you want to freshen them up a little, here are a few tips.
First of all, if your jeans have turn-ups, you need to unroll them or they’ll leave a mark. If you don’t want to leave your jeans outside to soak in the rain, the next best thing is a short wash cycle at 30°C – and forget about detergent or softener. If you’ve got a bad stain, scrub it with a sponge. Make sure you don’t overload the drum; stick to washing two or three pairs at a time. And if you want to keep their original colour, turn them inside out.
As for drying, there’s nothing better than leaving them to dry flat on a clothes line.
The same goes for ironing: manufacturers go all out to give their jeans a 3D textured look, so they’re not meant to be as flat as a pancake. Don’t do it!
But what about hygiene, you’re wondering? It’s a contentious issue abounding with misconceptions. Simply put, a regularly washed pair of jeans contains almost as many bacteria as a pair that isn’t! And to get rid of smells, the best solution is to air them outside overnight.