Do I really have to wash jeans

Washing Jeans Correctly: These Mistakes To Avoid

It is the classic in every wardrobe: jeans. But it should also be washed from time to time. How to properly care for your favorite trousers so that the fit and color are preserved for a long time.

Most jeans today are no longer just made of coarse and robust denim - the blue fabric that is mainly used for jeans. The former work trousers have long since developed into a fashion accessory that comes in different shapes and colors.

Depending on the type of fabric and color, the washing temperatures and the way of drying the trousers also differ. To ensure that you have something from your jeans for a long time, you should observe the following care instructions when washing.

How often do you have to wash jeans?

To anticipate: Jeans do not have to be cleaned after each use. It is often enough to ventilate your trousers - for example in dry weather overnight on the balcony. In addition, small stains or dirty areas can either be removed carefully with a brush or a damp cloth. Read about what clothes are good for airing.

Do you have to wash jeans individually?

As with almost all laundry loads, you should presort colors well. It is advisable to always wash dark and light colors separately. The reason: otherwise light-colored fabric will quickly discolour or take on a gray haze. For jeans this means: you should wash dark trousers either individually or with similarly dark cotton items, light-colored jeans either separately or with similarly light textiles.

Our tip
If you are washing your jeans for the first time, you should machine them one at a time. This is especially true for dark jeans. Because colors often 'bleed' heavily when they are washed for the first time.

Which washing program for jeans?

Many washing machines have a special jeans program. Here the water level is higher and the fibers are less stressed. If the machine does not have a jeans program, you can select "Minimum iron" or "Delicates".

Why always wash jeans inside out?

The following applies to all types of jeans: turn them inside out each time you wash them or turn them inside out. Only the inside of the trouser legs rub against the drum and the color does not fade. In addition, you protect the rest of the laundry because the zips and buttons of the jeans cannot rub against them.

Can you wash jeans at 60 degrees?

The question of whether jeans can be washed at 60 degrees cannot be answered across the board. It depends on the fabric and the mix of fabrics that the pants are made of. Classic cotton jeans can be washed at 60 degrees.

Washing machine: Jeans can be easily cleaned in the machine. (Source: Shotshop / imago images)

However, you should not put the pants in the machine too often at high temperatures. This puts a lot of strain on the fabric, which can shorten the life of your jeans. In addition, the fibers become thinner and the trousers lose their shape. If the jeans are only slightly soiled, the ideal washing temperature is 40 degrees.

Can you throw jeans?

Normal jeans can be spun at high speeds, but the fabric is still more stressed than at lower speeds. 1,000 to 1,200 revolutions are recommended.

If your machine has a jeans program, the pants are automatically spun at the end. The spin cycle is then optimally matched to the fabric.

How do you wash and spin stretch jeans?

As soon as a pair of jeans has some stretch in the fabric, a washing temperature of 30 degrees is recommended. Because: At higher temperatures, the stretch fibers can be damaged and the trousers may 'bulge', mostly in places such as seat or knee creases.

Even high spin cycles put a strain on the fibers of stretch jeans. Because when spinning, the items of laundry are pressed strongly against the drum by centrifugal forces and are under tension. Stretch fibers can tear and the trousers lose their fit after drying. You should therefore spin jeans with a stretch component at 700 to a maximum of 1,000 revolutions.

Our tip
Sensitive stretch jeans should generally not be ironed, as heat can damage the fibers.

Can jeans tolerate fabric softeners?

What many do not know: fabric softener is taboo if jeans are to retain their typical wearing properties. As the name suggests, this laundry additive makes the fibers softer. Of course, jeans that have been softened are more comfortable to wear at first. However, fabric softener wears out jeans in the long run. As a result, it loses its robust effect, which is typical of jeans, and resembles trousers.

Fabric softener should also be avoided with stretch jeans. The additive attacks the elastane fibers (also: elastane) contained in the pants, which make up the stretch effect. Read why fabric softener is also considered a health risk.

Drying jeans: The pants can air dry - but not in direct sunlight. (Source: Gottfried Czepluch / imago images)

Can you put jeans in the dryer?

In general, jeans, especially those with stretch, do not tolerate the tumble dryer well. If you can set a gentle cycle on your dryer, you can put the trousers in there from time to time. It is best to air dry a pair of jeans on a clothes horse. You should avoid direct sunlight, otherwise the color may fade.

If your jeans form fluff, this is a sign that the fabric is losing fiber and the pants are thinning. In this case, you should avoid high temperatures and spin cycles as well as drying in the tumble dryer.

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