Washing jeans

Washing your jeans

Did you know it is actually better to wash jeans less often?

But when they do need a clean, there are some easy ways to make sure you keep your jeans looking great and avoid any shrinking disasters when you wash, dry and iron your jeans.

Machine washing

  • Read the label on your jeans for specific laundering instructions. NB: Some jeans should be washed on their own as the dye can run.
  • Close zips, fasten buttons and turn jeans inside out before you wash (this reduces colour loss and fabric abrasion on the right side).
  • Wash the jeans on a gentle cycle at a cool temperature (30°C) with similar colours.
  • Avoid over-loading your washing machine to reduce creases and ensure a more thorough wash.
  • Use a gentle (no bleach) washing detergent, or one designed for dark colours, to help prevent colour fade. Avoid using too much detergent – a little usually goes a long way.

Hand washing

  • Fill a bath with approx 15cm of cool water and mix in a gentle washing detergent.
  • Submerge your jeans in the bath, stretched out flat, and leave them to soak for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well, squeezing out as much water as you can, then dry.


  • Turn the jeans the right way out and pull them into shape whilst damp. Either line dry or, if possible, dry flat to reduce the need for ironing.
  • Avoid tumble drying as this can cause shrinkage, extra wear and tear and it also costs more.

Ironing your jeans

  • Turn your jeans inside out.
  • Set your iron to a high heat (cotton) setting using steam (please ensure you refer to the jeans care label – your jeans may need a cooler iron setting if not made from pure cotton).
  • Use a soft cotton pressing cloth between the iron and the jeans.
  • Iron the pocket bags first.
  • Lay one leg at a time flat on the ironing board matching your seams (side to side). Iron the seams flat and then iron the inside of the leg. Flip the leg over and do the other side. Repeat this process for the second leg.
  • Iron the waistband.