5 Tips for Keeping Your Black Jeans Black

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Everyone loves a good pair of black jeans, right? They are so easy to style, can be dressed up or down, and go with practically everything! The one struggle when it comes to black denim is keeping it black. Read on for my top five tips for keeping your favorite pair of black jeans from fading.

01. Soak 'Em

When you first get your jeans, be sure to soak them in a vinegar solution before anything else. Mix one tablespoon of salt, one cup of vinegar, and a couple gallons of cold water and let your jeans have a soak for an hour or so. This isn't an exact science so don't worry too much about the measurements. The vinegar and salt will help keep the dye from running or fading when it comes into contact with water or heat. You'll have to give your jeans a wash after the vinegar bath to rid them of that wonderful vinegar smell so I would advise doing a vinegar soak before the first wash.

02. Freshen Instead of Washing

This is probably the most obvious and effective tip on the list. It is best to try not to wash your jeans for as long as possible. When you need to freshen them up, spray them with cold water and a little clear alcohol (like vodka or rubbing alcohol) and put them in the freezer overnight. This will kill bacteria and give your jeans the cleanse they need without a trip through the washing machine. Just make sure to take them out of the freezer with enough time to warm up before you need to wear them! 

03. Hand Wash When Necessary

It is best to use the alcohol and freezer method when your jeans feel a little dingy, but washing is eventually necessary. When the time comes, make sure to wash them inside out and by hand. At the very least, put them on a cool, delicate cycle in the washing machine. Be sure to use a gentle detergent or one formulated for dark colors, harsh detergents can strip the dye from your jeans in just a couple washes.

04. Dry Them Properly

Never put your black pants in the dryer! Even a no-heat cycle will damage the fibers in your pants and they will soon look worn. This can be a great way to break in blue jeans that you don't mind fading, but will definitely turn your black jeans into grey ones. Instead, hang them to dry or lay them out on a flat surface. It might take a little longer, but it is worth it to prolong those sleek black jeans.

05. Give Faded pairs a Boost

These tips will only help you prolong that just-bought-'em-black hue and your jeans will fade eventually. If you can't bear to give them up, or have some new jeans that are already faded, just give them a boost. Grab yourself a bottle of dye like this one and bring them back to life by soaking them according to the directions. Be sure to set the dye with the vinegar soaking method before you wash them and enjoy your new(ish) jeans!

You should now be well equipped to care for your darker denim. Do you have any tips that I didn't mention? I'd love to hear your secrets, post a comment below!

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