How to solve blue denim bleeding

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How to solve blue denim bleeding
Maintain jean colour while preventing bleeding. (jeans image by Jan Will from

Jeans are one of the most common items in a wardrobe, yet they are also one of the most difficult articles of clothing to wash at home. You probably don't want your dark indigo jeans to fade. In addition to that, you don't want the dye from your jeans to bleed onto your other clothes. With a few tricks and a little extra care, you can prevent bleeding and maintain the quality of the clothes in your closet.

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Things you need

  • 1/8 cup clear vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder
  • Two strips of cotton fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Wash your jeans alone before ever wearing them. Use your regular washing powder and add a 1/8 cup of vinegar to the water. The first wash will allow the jeans to bleed without harming other clothes, while the vinegar will help retard fading.

  2. 2

    Turn your jeans inside out and evenly pin a strip of cotton fabric to the inside hem of each leg.

  3. 3

    Thread a needle and stitch the fabric to the inside hem of each leg. Be sure the stitch is on the hem so it does not show through on the other side. The cotton fabric will provide a barrier between your jeans and your shoes, to catch any dye transfer.

  4. 4

    Close off the stitches by tying a secure knot and cutting off any excess thread.

  5. 5

    Wear your jeans.

  6. 6

    Wash your jeans with like colours. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to your washing powder to make the indigo dye less soluble and less likely to bleed.

  7. 7

    Continue to wash your jeans in future cycles with like colours.

Tips and warnings

  • Never wash jeans with whites or light colours.

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