How to wash jeans correctly to preserve the shape and colour of your favourite denim

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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you've probably been washing your jeans all wrong.

We've all been there, you wash your favourite denim and then they're stiff as cardboard, or you spend 10 minutes wriggling on the floor trying to get back into them. Worse still, the colour has run and faded and now they're no longer quite right.

So what's the answer? Well you've probably been washing your jeans wrongly in the first place.

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According to multiple sources, including denim brands, you really should avoid washing your jeans entirely.

So how do you keep your favourite jeans from smelling like a teenage boy's bedroom?

Essentially it's the bacteria that starts to create odour, so the best way to keep your favourite jeans smelling fresh, is actually to fold them up and slide them into a ziplock bag and then pop them into your freezer for a few days.

The icy temperatures kill off the bacteria and subsequently kill of any odour – this method will also save you washing your favourite denim, but we do, of course, suggest you let your jeans thaw out to room temperature before sliding back into them.

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However, what if you have to wash your jeans because of spillages?

First of all, make sure to wash them inside out to protect the colour as much as possible and only wash them when you really need to. Denim, like leather, wears and fades and in our opinion, for the most part gets better with age, so washing really should be kept to a minimal, especially if you've splashed out on high quality denim.

According to Huit denim, you should wash your jeans with cold water, as this will help preserve the colour and the size and where possible, hand wash them in the bath, as this is gentler than a machine.

If you're worried about dye running when you wash them, add a cup of distilled white vinegar and a tablespoon of salt to help indigo dye stay put.

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Leave them submerged to soak for about 45 minutes and then triple rinse them.

If you can, allow them to drip dry – either on the line outside or in the shower, or lie them flat on some towels. Do not wring them as this can break the fibres.

And in order to avoid jeans feeling super tight when you put them back on, put them on when they're 90 per cent dry as they will still have a little give so you can stretch them back to your perfect size.

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