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How to Care for Your Denim and Make It Last Longer

Posted by Paul Clapham on
Close-up of Wash Clothing Company denim dungarees, focussing on detachable straps and bib detailing on a grass backdrop.

Extend the Life of Your Denimwear - Overview

Close-up of regular dark blue dungarees with white stitching.

There are a few simple things you can do with your denim at home to give it just a touch of extra TLC so that it can continue to look its best. From your go-to jeans to dungarees or even a denim skirt, these tips apply to all your favourite denim pieces.

Stop Washing It

Lots of publications have reported that you shouldn’t be washing your jeans any more than every five wears. Maybe even less frequently. How does this compare with your laundry cycle? If you’re washing them too much, you’re compromising the quality of the denim fabric and allowing the colour to fade much faster. Cutting back on chucking them in the wash works a treat. Great news all around, right?

Wash Your Denim with Care

When you do wash your jeans or other denim pieces, use gentle detergent and cool water and make sure you turn them inside out.

After you’ve washed them, skip the dryer and air dry in the shade hung from the waistband for optimal drying. Also, make sure you pull them out of the machine asap after the cycle instead of leaving them to set with creases.

Several pairs of jeans pegged out on a washing line.

Get Your Storage Right

Storage is important to make sure your jeans or dungarees look their very best every time you put them on. Folding and piling your denim clothing puts creases in them that can stay forever. Especially if they’re stacked up for weeks at a time. Equally, hanging them doubled over a trouser hanger gives them a strong crease down the middle that can compromise the quality of the denim.

Instead, use clip hangers and hang your jeans long ways in your wardrobe to avoid any excess creasing. If you don’t have the wardrobe or hanging space to do this with all your jeans, try rolling instead of folding when storing them in drawers or within shelving.

Put A Stop to Unwanted Distress

Some jeans are born to be distressed. However, if your denim isn’t supposed to be ripped and frayed, keep an eye on wear and tear. As soon as you start to see any accidental fraying, head to a tailor or seamstress and have them repaired before they become too much of a problem. By making sure you keep on top of any unwanted distress, you’ll never have to chuck away that pair of jeans that just got too ripped.

Rail of denim dungarees of various denim shades.


And just like that you’re treating your denim apparel with a little more care and making them last much longer. Your jeans and denim overalls are almost certainly some of the most worn pieces in your wardrobe so make sure you give them the respect they deserve after all that hard work. Treat them right and you can invest in the denim pieces you love and keep them for twice as long.

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