With National Hygiene Week in full swing, it’s only natural that we are thinking more about our everyday cleaning habits.
Over the past few years, we’ve investigated how often you should wash your bedsheets and towels and even your bras, but now it’s the turn of the hero item in many people’s wardrobes – a trusty pair of jeans.
There’s mixed reports when it comes to washing denim.
Some experts say jeans should never be washed at all – but, in our opinion, this seems highly impractical and pretty gross. Others say it’s absolutely fine to wash them when you need to.
With so much mixed advice, it truly is a minefield out there. So we’ve asked experts to set the record straight on how often you should wash your beloved jeans and how exactly to go about it.
The Lee Jeans product team say: ‘As a general rule: The less you wash dyed jeans, the better. Washing jeans too often can cause them to fade prematurely.’
Susan Fermor, from cleaning product specialist Dr Beckmann, stresses that jeans need to be treated differently from everyday clothes.
She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Unlike other garments, your jeans don’t need to spend that much time in the washing machine. Washing your jeans frequently can alter the fit and colouring.
‘Putting them on a cool wash once a month is advised, ensuring that they are kept clean and fresh.’
However, it’s worth pointing out that putting them on a full-on wash might not always be necessary.
Helen Marsden, buying director at Kit & Kaboodal, says: ‘If you wear your jeans for active days then, of course, they will need washing more frequently to keep them clean. However, if they are worn for days with very low levels of activity then you can keep them going for longer and use a damp cloth to dab away any small stains that occur in between washes, and leave them to air dry.’
When a proper wash is required, the Lee Jeans team advise to always follow the care instructions on the garment’s label and to wash them separately from other products.
They add: ‘To prevent shrinking or fading, opt for a delicate or gentle wash, use cold water and a mild colour preserving detergent, especially one for dark clothes if your jeans are blue or black.
‘Also turn jeans inside out – this protects the fibres on the outside of the jeans from friction and direct exposure from detergents, which helps prevent fading.’
Susan also stresses that a jeans wash should always be on 30C cycle – this is because a hotter temperature could accelerate the fading process.
She says: ‘Wash your jeans on a cool temperature to ensure the denim keeps its shape and feel.
‘Putting them on a 30C wash or lower is the ideal setting. If they are extremely dirty, then dab them down with a cool cloth beforehand to reduce the residue.’
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