How to Care for Jeans

These tips from Paige Speyer, owner of Wink boutique in Georgetown, will lengthen the life of your perfect pair

By: Kate Bennett

1 “Wash jeans inside out to maintain the color,” says Speyer. “This is especially important with black and dark-colored denim. Additionally, try to avoid washing too many times. One wash per five to six wears is about right.”

2 Another trick she suggests: “The first time you wash a new pair, add about a half cup of white vinegar and a pinch of baking soda to the washing machine. It will help prevent fading.” Washing in cold water instead of hot also helps.

3 “Hang to dry,” Speyer says. “This is a must for me.” At five-foot-eleven, she can’t risk shrinking the length of her jeans, so she hangs them instead of tossing them into the dryer. “Make sure any flap pockets are buttoned closed when drying, and align the seams if you have a pair of wide-leg or bell-bottom jeans.”

4 “For serious repairs, such as holes or rips, DenimTherapy.com is amazing,” says Speyer, who is impressed with this website’s ability to match the color perfectly. Ship off your damaged pair, await the estimate, and in about two weeks the jeans will come back looking like new.

Read our complete guide to jeans, Denim: The Perfect Fit.