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Should I dryclean my jeans, and if not, how should I wash them

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  1. Question (posted by name redacted due to extreme embarassment): Should I dryclean my jeans, and if not, how should I wash them?

    Answer (posted here by @LA Guy , administrator, denim wearer and washer, recovering engineering chemist): I feel that it's overkill to dryclean your jeans, but if you are very concerned about keeping them from losing more indigo dye then they already have, them by all means, go ahead. Indigo is a surface dye, afixed to the surface of the warp yarns by use of a reducing agent, and will wear away with abrasion.

    That said, I've found that it's fine to wash your jeans inside out, on a delicates cycle, and to flat or hang dry them. More careful people handwash them using woolite dark, but I'm far too lazy to do that.
    This Q&A was first posted in our I have a Jean thread (clever, right?) Want to ask a question or contribute your knowledge to the community? Join the discussion here.

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  1. Jimmy Balantyne
    Thought you were going to say 'remember to turn the machine on though'.
  2. HJ1967
    Well, I gues it depends on how dirty they are. I think that washing machine would do in most cases. Remember to turn them inside-out first!
    Good luck!
  3. Jimmy Balantyne
    Are they cashmere jeans? If so, yes you ought to dry-clean them.
  4. dbjapan
    In Japan we have laundry bags that we use to protect clothing in the wash.
    I would say (like the others) to turn the jeans inside-out then I would put them into the bag folded in half (waist) then in half or thirds (length).
    After that, a gently wash in cold water with the correct detergent and then hang dry.

    It will keep your jeans looking new.

    Here is a link to some google search pictures of the kind of net I am talking about (you can buy them in the states for cheap too off of the internet.

  5. ike_hiking_boots
  6. josepidal
    "No, just turn them inside out and chuck them in the washing machine" +1
  7. kenneth cooke
    No, just turn them inside out and chuck them in the washing machine

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