Care Guide: Denim

A good pair of jeans can take 10 pounds off. They can seamlessly transition from a casual day at work to a dinner party. As one of the most favored and versatile pieces of clothing, it’s amazing there’s so much debate on how to clean them.

From eschewing washes and opting for a “freezer” method instead to dry cleaning denim, opinion on the best method widely varies.

After a lot of research and experimentation (some jeans were harmed in the process of making this article), we’ve created a formula that we believe best cleans and preserve your favorite jean’s fit and color.


  • Always turn jeans inside out while washing. This will help the material not fade
  • Select the lightest possible cycle (typically a gentle or delicates cycle) and wash jeans in warm water.
  • Use a single cap of gentle detergent. Robert Shaeffer, founder of high-end denim manufacturer Schaeffer’s Garment Hotel, recommends a brand called Bronner’s, a castile hemp soap.
  • Don’t let your jeans go through the entire spin cycle. Allow for 1-2 minutes before pulling the jeans out. Unfortunately, most jeans are typically made cheaply – using an extended spin cycle can loosen dyes and cause shrinking.
  • Once the washing machine begins the rinse cycle, put jeans back in and allow the wash to complete.
  • Hang dry jeans overnight. Don’t machine dry!
  • Last but not least – our #1 pro tip: Put jeans on when they’re 90% dry. This allows the jeans to stretch just a bit before fully drying, so you don’t have to lie on the bed to put them on. (it’s ok, we’ve all been there)

Phew. That’s a lot of steps. Want your jeans professionally cared for without all the hassle? We can take care of jeans and so much more. And best of all – we pickup your dirty clothes and deliver them back to you! Check out our laundry and dry cleaning services here!