Black jeans, which can look for sexy and sleek on the clothing rack, are one of those pieces of clothing that can diminish in beauty and quality quickly. The key is in caring for your black jeans properly. Whether they are $20 Wranglers or $200 Seven For All Mankinds, you can extend the life of your black jeans by following a few simple steps.
Turn the jeans inside out when you are washing them. This maneuver keeps them from getting too much friction during the wash and rinse cycles.
Use a gentle detergent. Woolite is one option. You can also use a detergent that is especially formulated for dark clothes. Never use a detergent that contains bleach or other whiteners. Use a smaller amount of detergent than recommended as most manufacturers overstate the amount of detergent necessary for cleaning clothes.
Wash the black jeans with other black or dark clothing. Do not wash the jeans with anything containing terry or other fluffy fibers, or you get the dreaded furry black jeans.
Remove the jeans from the dryer while they are still damp. Flatten out the creases and hang the jeans to dry. Do not dry them in direct sunlight, however. You can keep them inside out while they are drying.
Every month or so, boost the black in your jeans by dying them. After you dye the jeans, you can place them in a bucket of cold water and white vinegar to help set the dye and slow down the fading process.
- Never drying black jeans may make them lose their shape.