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How To Keep Your Dark Jeans From Fading

This is going to be a quickie post with no frills – just an essential, and dare I say, life changing cleaning tip for your dark denim. I know, I know you, were hoping for my usual long winded essay. Next time, I promise!

No matter how carefully I washed my black jeans and dark denim, they always faded over time. I had just accepted this as part of life and moved on. However, when I invested in the double-sided black and white jeans you see in the cover, I realized that I didn’t have a choice but to find a solution for this issue. You see, I waited until after I’d purchased, worn, and fallen in love with the jeans to read the reviews. It was only when it came time to wash them that I realized they needed special care, and many of the reviews stated that after the first wash the black dye stained the white side of the jeans. This was simply a fact I could not accept, not only because I loved these jeans and didn’t want them ruined, but they also cost way too much for them to be anything less than perfect. 

Per usual, the internet did not fail me. A quick google search and a tumble down the rabbit hole of reddit forums, product reviews, etc. and I found my solution. Vinegar! That’s right, soaking your dark jeans in a solution of cold water and white vinegar will help “set” the dye before your first wash. As with any internet tip, there were a fair amount of naysayers, but I figured at the very least it couldn’t hurt.

I turned my jeans inside out as the tipsters suggested, and soaked the black side in my utility sink with cold water and a cup of white vinegar for 30 minutes. After that, I tossed them in a quick, gentle wash and hung them to dry. Once dry, the black side looked as dark as ever, and most importantly the white side was still pristine and stain free. 

I now do this process with every new pair of black or dark denim before the first wash and find it hugely effective. Also, remember to always wash your dark jeans in cold water and hang them to dry. This combination will keep your denim looking brand new for much longer!

If you try out this tip let me know in the comments. As always, thank you for reading and sharing!

By Paces West

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