Once you find a staple you love, you want to wear it as long as possible.  Case in point: Shauna’s new jeans.  She’s worn them a few times now, and asked me for tips on how to wash them so the color lasts.  Here’s a quick rundown of the basics…

How to Keep your Jeans from Fading:

1. Wash with like colors.

2. Turn jeans inside out.

3. Use cold (never hot) water.

4. Choose the gentle cycle.

5. Hang to dry.


If you’ve tried all of those and want to take things to the next level…

1. Before the first wash, use a cup of white household vinegar instead of laundry detergent.  It will seal the color so it doesn’t bleed as easily later on.

2. Salt is a preservative, so fill a washtub with 1 gallon of cold water and 2 tablespoons of salt, and soak your jeans for an hour before washing.

3. Instead of washing the jeans, put them in the freezer— the idea is that the germs will freeze off. Only wear the jeans once or twice at a time if using this method.


Any tips I forgot?  Let me know in the comments!

xo Erin (team Penny Chic)


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  1. Question! What about when jeans stretch out? Like in the knees and butt from daily wear. I feel like I HAVE to dry them in the dryer to get them to shrink back. Is this not so? Thanks for your help!

    by Jordan Reply
    • Good idea! I’m going to investigate. For now, I must admit I do the same thing as you!

      by smiller Reply
    • Vinegar actually works as a deodorizer, so they’ll smell like vinegar as they’re being washed, but not after they’re rinsed! (It’s also a great way to clean bathrooms and to get the sour smell out of dishcloths, for the record)

      by Jen Reply
  2. I have soooo many jeans this was very insightful info. I think you covered all the bases! Definitely learned tips that I had never heard of. Thanks :)

    by Sharron Reply