How to Wash New Jeans So They Won't Fade

Updated February 21, 2017

Blue jeans were invented in 1873 by the German immigrant, Levi Strauss and a tailor, Jacob Davis. The first jeans were work trousers called "waist high overalls," which were popular among lumberjacks, farmers, miners and teamsters. The baby boomer generation coined the word "jeans" around 1960 for their favourite style of trousers. Today, jeans remain a wardrobe staple despite changes in fashion trends over the years. You may have bought a new pair of jeans, but don't want the rich colour to fade. Learn how to wash them to prevent fading.

Turn your new jeans inside out.

Add one cup of white vinegar, washing powder and your new jeans to a washing machine. Set the machine to use cold water.

Stop the washing machine mid-cycle when it's filled with water. Allow the jeans to soak for several hours or overnight. The acidity of the white vinegar will help set the dye and prevent the colour from fading.

Turn the washing machine back on and complete the entire wash cycle.

Place your jeans in the dryer on the lowest heat setting for 10 minutes. Remove the jeans and hang them on a clothesline or drying rack to finish drying.


If your are unable to stop your washing machine mid-cycle, you can soak the jeans in a bathtub or bucket full of cold water and one cup of white vinegar overnight. Wash them in cold water and washing powder in the washing machine the following day.


Never combine vinegar with chlorine bleach, ammonia or lemon juice because it can cause dangerous fumes.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Washing powder
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