Keeping white denim looking clean and crisp can be daunting but you don't have to live in fear of spills and stains. Follow these laundering tips and calm your white jean woes.
1. Hang dry
Excessive drying time and a high temperature setting on your machine dryer can make your jeans shrink. Instead, hang dry your denim to maintain its shape.
2. Lie flat
If hang-drying your jeans is not an option, lie them flat on a table with a clean towel placed underneath to prevent dirtying them once again.
Hang drying your denim can leave them quite stiff, but giving them a quick pressing with an iron will soften them right up. Just be sure to monitor your iron's temperature and steam settings to avoid burning the fabric.
4. Treat stains immediately
Don't wait until you get home to treat a stain on your jeans. Immediately apply an on-the-go product like Clorox's Bleach Pen Gel ($5).
The stain should shrink in size and lighten in colour instantly, and it'll be much easier to remove in your wash cycle later.
5. Use warm water
White denim should be washed in warm water to help remove germs and dirt. However, be careful not to go too hot, as high temperatures can cause shrinkage.
6. Use bleach sparingly
While bleach can brighten white denim, its harsh chemicals can actually break down fibers and leave your jeans with a yellow stain.
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7. Pre-treat stains before washing
Using a pre-treatment product such as Tide's Stain Release Pre-Treat Spray ($5) on your white denim before throwing them in the wash is an effective way to remove stains with just one wash.
8. Wash inside out
Between the rinse and spin cycle, your washing machine can place a heavy toll on your denim. To help protect the outside seams, as well as prevent wear and tear, turn your jeans inside out before washing.
9. Rinse and repeat
White denim should undergo two rinse cycles to completely rinse out any remaining alkaline detergent. The solution can yellow your fabric.
10. Use a mesh laundry bag
If your denim has any kind of embellishments, buttons, or hooks you wish to protect place them, inside out, in a mesh laundry bag and wash on a delicate cycle.
11. Add baking soda
Instead of using conventional fabric softener, which can yellow fabric, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the washing machine during the rinse cycle. Not only will the baking soda soften your jeans, it'll whiten them too.
12. When to toss
After many repeated wearings and washings of your white jeans, it might be time to let go. When your denim begins to discolour and take on a grey or yellow tint, it's time to move on to the next pair.
Taking the proper steps to care for your denim is the best way to maintain your jean's shape and colour, and even add a few more wears to their life. By following these laundering tips, you can be sure to keep your white jeans looking like new.
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