How to Washing Jeans Denim

Jeans are a very popular item of clothing and a vital part of many people’s wardrobes. They are comfortable and versatile, and can be dressed up with a shirt and jacket or worn casually with a t-shirt. Most jeans are made primarily of cotton, so they are durable and will last a long time with proper care. Learning the basics of how to washing denim jeans will help to keep them looking good and lasting for many years.


  1. Set your washing machine to the gentle or delicate cycle
  2. Put a mild or good quality laundry detergent in your washing machine prior to washing jeans.
  3. Allow your washing machine to fill with cold water.
  4. Turn your jeans inside out prior to putting them into the washing machine to keep the fabric looking its best.
  5. Read the label care symbols on your jeans to see if there are any specific jeans washing tips that you need to follow.
  6. Put your jeans in the washing machine with only other jeans or clothing of similar color and begin the washing cycle.
  7. Remove your jeans from the washer when the cycle has finished.
  8. Turn your jeans right side out to begin the drying process.
  9. Fold your jeans once at the knee level and hang them on a clothes hanger to dry.


  • If you are washing a pair of jeans for the first time, wash them alone or with other items of clothing that are darker colors. The blue dye that is used to color jeans will usually fade with the first wash.
  • If you have a pair of jeans that you would like to shrink the size a bit, wash them in warm water and put them in the dryer. Be sure to understand that they will shrink, so make sure you want them to be smaller or fit tighter.
  • If you prefer, you can wash your jeans by hand in a sink or tub. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and wring them out by hand before hanging to them to dry or putting them in the clothes dryer.
  • Adding fabric softener to the rinse cycle will make your jeans softer when they are dry.
  • If washing a load of just jeans, put no more than 5 pairs in a load set on full at one time. Jeans are heavy and too many in one load can cause the washing machine to run slower and not wash them properly.


  • Do not wash jeans on the heavy duty cycle of your washing machine unless they are extremely soiled. This can cause the fabric to wear out sooner than if you wash them on a less vigorous cycle.
  • When learning how to wash jeans, keep in mind that they may shrink if you use hot water or dry them too long in the dryer. The higher the cotton content, the more likely they are to shrink.
  • Never use bleach when washing jeans. It will not only cause them to fade drastically, but can cause the material to be damaged.
  • If you are hanging washed jeans outside, never hang them in direct sunlight. This can cause the color to fade.

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