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How To Wash Your Jeans (Without Throwing Them In The Wash)

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* Clean your denim the right way
* Washing machines will ruin denim’s wash and texture
* Sprays, soaps, and tricks to freshen up your jeans

We’ve all been there: your go-to pair of jeans are dirty or stinky, but you can’t put them in the wash. You don’t want to fade that perfect wash and worn-in texture, but at the same time, you can’t walk around smelling like dirty jeans. Thankfully, denim lovers have come up with some clever solutions to this problem. Here’are the best products and techniques to freshen up your jeans without putting them in the wash.

1. Refresh Jeans With a Spray

This denim freshener is great to have around the house, and makes a handy travel companion. It utilizes a natural formula to sterilize and deodorize jeans without changing their color or structure. To use it, just hang your jeans up, spray on the inside and the outside, and let them air-dry.

Tim Chan
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That's a great point! Though these days, some denim "purists" believe in keeping their jeans stiff and...
J. Knoble
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Why are you sending folks off? Or is this just the way to sell these unheard of...

Tim Chan
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That’s a great point! Though these days, some denim “purists” believe in keeping their jeans stiff and…
J. Knoble
4 weeks
Why are you sending folks off? Or is this just the way to sell these unheard of…
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2. Hand Wash Jeans in a Tub

The best way to remove stains and get your jeans clean is by hand washing them a tub. Sure, it might feel like a throwback (to 100 years ago), but it’s  a really effective way to wash jeans. We recommend getting a specially made wash tub like the one below, which features a built-in washboard and only costs $12.

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3. Get a Specialty Detergent

If you’re washing jeans in a tub, you’ll also need soap that doesn’t damage or fade denim. This specially made denim detergent from Florence de Dampierre ensures that your jeans will get thoroughly clean, but won’t lose any color or texture.

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4. Put Jeans in The Freezer

One of the easiest ways to quickly freshen up your jeans is by sticking them in the freezer. It’ll take away most of the smell while eliminating some bacteria, and doesn’t take time out of your day. Plus, all you need is a large zip-lock bag.

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