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How to Prevent Your Black Skinny Jeans from Fading: 10 Steps

October 28, 2015 | Jeans, Pants

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Black skinny jeans tend to fade in the washing machine. The water and soap erodes the dye and discolors them. Black skinny jeans will fade regardless, but washing them regularly speeds up the process. Use these steps to prevent your jeans from fading.

First, choose when to wash your jeans. Wash your black skinny jeans every 4 or 5 times you wear them. Reducing the frequency of your jean washing will keep the color looking dark instead of dull.
Try not to wear your black skinny jeans if you are doing physical labor or any activity that could potentially soil the jeans. Freezing jeans without washing also prolongs the life of the fibers but can be messy thawing out.

Second, fill a large washtub with 1 gallon (3.79 L) of cold water and 2 tablespoons (23.95 g) of salt.

Third, soak the jeans in the salt mixture for approximately 1 hour. The salt mixture preserves the dye prior to washing, which prevents fading.

Fourth, turn the jeans inside out. Move the dark dye from the outside to the inside of jeans to reduce the amount of direct water and soap contact.

Fifth, place other jeans or dark clothing items into the wash along with black skinny jeans. You can wash black skinny jeans alone, but washing jeans with other jeans allows dyes to mix and might help keep them dark.

Sixth, use a detergent made specifically for washing jeans or a color-protection detergent.

Seventh, Use vinegar the same way you would detergent but wash with just the vinegar instead. After hanging to dry the vinegar smell is not pungent. Eight, add fabric softener into the wash.

Ninth, Select the coldest, most gentle cycle for the wash.

Tenth, hang the jeans to dry, but do not leave jeans hanging for long.

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