How to Wash Brand New Denim

denim jeans
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-10
What You'll Need
Laundry detergent, powder or liquid
Some stores carry detergent especially for dark clothing
One cup of distilled white vinegar

Ever since Levi Strauss & Co. came on the scene back in the 1800s, denim has become one of the most popular materials to hit the airwaves. Denim is used in all sorts of items like new jeans, but learning how to wash brand new denim is important if you want it to look good.

With so many denims to choose from fashionistas and the rest of us can enjoy denim fashions ranging from dark denim to black denim to faded and even stonewashed. Overall, denim is an affordable and easy material to take care of. Here are some important tips on how to wash brand new denim whether it is a skirt, shirt or a new pair of jeans.

Step 1: Fill Washing Machine

Start by setting the wash cycle to normal and by adding cold water. Be sure to wash the new denim in question on its own. When new, denim has an excess colored dye that could bleed and stain other clothing.

Step 2: Add Detergent and Something Extra

Add detergent of choice and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar at the same time. Allow these two ingredients to mix together for a few moments.

Step 3: Dunk Denim

Turn the garment inside out and place it in the washer; immersing it with your hands before closing the lid of the washing machine and before the cycle begins.

Step 4: Let it Wash

Step back and let the washing machine do its work; going through its normal cycle of washing and cleaning.

Step 5: Let it Spin

After the wash cycle is completed and the excess water has been spun out of the denim article, and the machine has stopped, remove the denim garment.

Step 6: To Dry or Not

If you want the denim garment to shrink, place it in the dryer at high speed for about 60 minutes.

Step 7: Line Dry

If you do not want the denim to shrink, remove the article from the washer and either line dry it or lay it flat on a towel to dry.

Step 8: Rinse the Washing Machine

To avoid any potential dye marks or stains fro the new denim, set the washing machine on rinse and let it run through a cycle.

Depending on what color the denim is and if you want the garment to fade or stay the same deep dark color that it was originally purchased, try not to wash the article more than once a week. Also, by adding the cup of vinegar, the dye will not bleed as quickly if the denim is a darker shade. Keep any acids like lime or orange juices away from the denim. Some denim lovers take their denim garments to the cleaners to be dry cleaned and others keep them in the freezer. The freezer does not clean them, but it does get them back into shape. If you want to distress your denim, here is our guide.