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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. At one time faded jeans were quite trendy. The more faded and soft they were, the more stylish they seemed to be. Recently, dark jeans have made a comeback with the whitewashed look “fading” into the background. If you want to stay with the trend and keep your jeans dark, you may want to give a little thought as to how to keep them blue. Here’s how to keep jeans from fading:

Cold water and vinegar

One simple solution that will help to keep your jeans dark 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.

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 one of the simplest way to preserve your jeans.

Use a laundry detergent designed for darks

Both Tide and Woolite make a detergent designed specifically for dark fabrics. These are available in most supermarkets. 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.

Wash them infrequently

The more you wash them, the more likely they are to lose the color. Have several pairs of jeans so you can alternate them and you avoid washing them too often. 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, get these tips a try. Not only will you preserve the color, you can increase the lifespan of your favorite denim blues.

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