How to wash white jeans

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How to wash white jeans
White jeans are a stylish alternative to other colours of denim. (woman in trousers image by Rachwalski Andrzej from

White jeans can be worn casually or you can dress them up with a blouse, jacket or accessories. White jeans are a stylish alternative to regular blue jeans and will last as long as your blue jeans, when taken care of properly. Proper washing of white jeans keeps the jeans white, removing stains and preventing other colours from bleeding onto the white denim fabric.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • Bucket
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Spoon
  • 2 tsp liquid hand soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic container
  • Washing powder
  • Bleach
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

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  1. 1

    Pour 1/2 cup each white vinegar and ammonia into a bucket. Add 1/4 cup baking soda and stir the mixture as it bubbles and foams. Pour 2 qt. water and 2 tsp liquid hand soap into the bucket and stir again to make a stain-removing mixture for white jeans and clothing.

  2. 2

    Fill an empty spray bottle with some of the homemade stain remover and store the rest in a plastic container with a lid. Spray the solution directly onto stains on white jeans. Allow the pre-wash to sit on the stains for 10 minutes. Baking soda and vinegar combinations work to remove stains and whiten white clothing.

    How to wash white jeans
    Make your own pre-wash stain remover for white jeans. (green spray bottle image by Jim Mills from
  3. 3

    Fill the washing machine with water, washing powder and liquid bleach, using the directed amounts of detergent and bleach. Check the care label on the white jeans for the correct water temperature. Most whites are washed in hot water, but always check to avoid shrinkage.

  4. 4

    Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the rinse cycle in the washing machine. The baking soda will further whiten your jeans, while also softening and freshening them.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash white jeans with like clothing, never with regular blue denim.
  • Remove stains from white jeans as soon as they happen to lessen the chance of permanent discolouring.
  • Avoid excessive use of chlorine bleach as it can turn whites yellow.

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