Jeans are foundational to fashion and style. We all know denim is comfortable, versatile, and universally flattering. Ready to be worn in any season or weather, denim is worth the investment as it will be your durable friend that helps solve your OOTD headache for years. Ranging from dark blue to white, skinny to flare, OGL sustainable denim offers jeans that are stretchy, super soft, and comfortable, while sustainable denim fabric.
When it comes to taking care of your jeans, how can you keep them looking better, fitting better, and lasting longer? How you take care of your jeans is indeed one of the most important but overlooked areas of sustainability. Here are our top tips for how to protect your denim’s longevity and keep your jeans looking fresher:
- Hand Wash
Handwashing is a great option that’s easier on both your jeans and our planet. We recommend soaking your jeans inside-out in the bathtub or bucket with cold water while using natural detergents or soaps. Then leave it to soak and sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse at least 3 times once the timer is up. By forgoing washing machines, handwashing your denim reduces energy consumption and saves water.
- Wash Less
Jeans are a type of garment unlike any others in our closet. Your new pair of jeans might feel a bit stiff, but the first couple of months are important for wearing your jeans gently. Expert recommends wearing your raw jeans at least 30 times before hand-washing them with a mild detergent and then hanging them to dry.
At OGL, we recommend washing your jeans once every 10 wears, or whenever your jeans smell stale or unpleasant. In between wears, remove odors or stains using a damp cloth or old toothbrush with natural detergent and vinegar to remove them instead of washing them. The use of vinegar will help neutralize odors, and detergent will gently lift grime without bringing the dye with it.
- Wash Jeans in Cold Water
We recommend hand-washing your jeans in cold water as doing this will maintain the integrity of the jeans. Denim fabric will lose saturation, fade, or shrink when washed with warm or hot water, so when it comes to giving your jeans a thorough clean, do it gently and with care.
When washing it, turn your jeans inside out to preserve the nice color, use natural soap or detergent, and wash with cold water only to prevent shrinkage, material warping, and fading. Cold water also saves energy and money – it minimizes the energy used to heat up the water. In this case, lesser damage will apply to your jeans and consume lesser energy, making it better for your jeans and environment.
- Let Your Jeans Air Dry
The way you dry your jeans is a very crucial part of the washing and caring process. After being washed, do not put your jeans into a dryer if possible. They are the natural enemy of jeans, as dryers will damage the denim fabric causing shrinking and warping. The best way to let your jeans dry is to leave them inside out and let them air dry. Doing this also saves energy, the less the dryer is running, the more energy you save.
High-quality denim is worth your money, energy, and the environment. If you want to extend the life of your jeans and keep them looking good, follow these tips and let us know your feedback! If there are any questions regarding our ethical and sustainable jeans, please do not hesitate to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org