Just like blue denim, a white pair of jeans is a definitely a wardrobe staple….especially in the hotter months of the year. While it can be a challenge to keep white denim looking crisp and clean, there’s no need to worry about the risk of staining them. Here are some tips to put your white jean woes at rest:
1) Hang dry: To maintain the crispness and shape of your jeans, avoid excessive drying time and the high temperature setting on machine dryers. Instead dry your denim naturally.
2) Lie Flat: If hang-drying your jeans is not an option, lie them flat on a table with a clean towel placed underneath to prevent dirtying them.
3) Iron: Although hang drying can leave your jeans quite stiff, a quick pressing with an iron will restore its soft feel. Just be sure to monitor your iron’s temperature.
4) Treat stains immediately: Don’t wait till you get home or for when you have time. Immediately apply an on-the-go product like Clorox’s Bleach Pen Gel or Johnson Baby Wipes. Both products will help shrink the stain’s size, making it much easier to remove the stain in your wash cycle later.
5) Use warm temperature: Warm water will help remove germs & dirt, but again monitor the water’s temperature.
6) Use bleach sparingly: While bleach can brighten white denim, its harsh chemicals can actually break down fibers and leave your jeans with a yellow stain
7) Wash separately: As easy as it is to wash all your clothes together, be sure not to! White-only loads will prevent your jeans form picking up color from other fabrics
8) Add baking soda: Rather than conventional fabric softener, add ½ cup of baking soda to the washing machine during the rinse cycle. In addition to softening your jeans, baking soda will also whiten them to.
9) Wash inside out: Turn your jeans inside out before washing to help protect the outside seams as well as to prevent wear and tear.
10) Say bye-bye: There comes a time where the best option is to toss out your jeans. After many repeated wearing and washing, your white denims may begin to discolor & take on a grey/yellow tint. Take it as as a sign to invest in a new pair!