Guide to keeping your jeans and denims from fading

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At one time faded jeans were all the rage and quite trendy. The more faded and soft they were, the more stylish they seemed to be. However, current trends range from dark, unfaded jeans to washed-out, highly distressed denims. If you like the former trend, you may want to give a little thought as to how to keep them blue for longer. Here’s how to keep jeans from fading.

Jeans are one of life’s comfort clothes. It always feels good to wake up on Saturday morning and slide on a pair of casual denim blues. These days, jeans can go almost anywhere from a day of shopping at the mall to a casual evening dinner. Keeping them looking their best is all about how you treat them (while not wearing them) and here are six simple ways to keep denims from fading.

Wash them infrequently

This is rather an obvious one; the more you wash them, the more likely they are to lose their color. Unless there are very noticeable spots or dirt patches, try to wash your jeans as little as possible. Alternating several pairs of jeans will help you avoid washing them too often.

Turn them inside out

Before placing your jeans in the washer, turn them inside out. This helps to protect the dye and causes less external wear to your jeans. Jeans tend to last longer when washed in this manner. This is possibly one of the simplest ways to preserve your jeans.

Cold water and vinegar

One simple solution that will help to keep your jeans darker for longer is a vinegar pre-soak followed by a cold water wash. Simply dilute vinegar with water and soak your jeans for ten minutes. Follow up with a cold water wash in the washer. The vinegar helps to set the dye in the jeans and cold water is less likely to cause dye removal than is hot water.

Use a laundry detergent meant for darks

Most detergent brands have washing powders or fabric detergents designed specifically for dark fabrics. These are available in most supermarkets, mail order or online. In a pinch, you can use any very mild detergent, but if you have a pair of dark jeans you particularly cherish, invest in a detergent for darks.

Avoid the dryer

The heat from the dryer can promote fading. Line drying is your best alternative for preserving color long term. If this isn’t an option, use the dryer on a cool setting and for the shortest time possible.

Avoid direct sunlight

Direct sunlight has a bleaching effect on material. Leaving your jeans out in the direct sun to dry will increase the amount of fading that will happen. Instead, leave your jeans out in a shaded area to dry where there is a draft.


In addition to the above tips, try to avoid getting down on your hands and knees or other positions that my cause your jeans to show premature wear. If you want your jeans to stay dark, give these tips a try. Not only will you preserve the color, you can increase the lifespan of your favorite denim blues. These tips will help extend the colour fastness of your denims, holding back the faded look for as long as possible.

If you have any tips of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below; we will add the best ones to our list.

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Aeisha Iyambo

Freelance lifestyle and fashion blogger. Loves skinny jeans, vintage denim, leather bags and nail art. When not writing, she can be found watching series or taking long walks.

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