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Something I read online quite often that makes me chuckle
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Post# 945490   6/26/2017 at 23:01 (334 days old) by ryner1988 (Indianapolis)        

Hey all,

So I wasn't quite sure which forum to put this in, but was wondering if any of you have seen some of the laundry advice on the internet, which is sometimes just downright amusing to me.

My favorite is the how-tis on ow to wash jeans. Use the delicate cycle, only wash every few months, only wash with other jeans, don't dry, yada yada. Treat them like their your first born child, with the utmost care and gentle handling. What the hell??? They're jeans! Jeans are supposed to be durable, simple, every day items. Since when did we start treating jeans like the suit one might have worn to their wedding or like they're made of the finest material in the world? Am I just missing the point of jeans? LOL

Me personally, I wash jeans with my towels, since most of my towels are dark, and throw them in the dryer on the same heat setting as the towels, which is medium. They come out fine every time. Even on my old dryer, with high heat, my jeans were always fine being washed on warm and dried on high.

Someone shed some light on this for me. Are jeans a staple in the wardrobe, or are they an item meant to be handled with more care than we typically do? Why are online items telling us to wash jeans like we would wash our delicates?


Post# 945497 , Reply# 1   6/26/2017 at 23:12 (334 days old) by cleanteamofny ((Monroe, New York)        

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Jeans should be dried on low to prevent the dryer from having that old lady blue hair tint on the door and rear bulk head of the dryer.

I would wash Jeans and towels separately if they are washed in a top loader machine. You can get away with murder if it was washed in a front loader!

Post# 945517 , Reply# 2   6/27/2017 at 05:19 (333 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I can remember when I was a teenager my Levi's care tag read "machine wash hot"!  My mother never did, she always washes in warm.  I read somewhere that the blue staining in the dryer come from washing in cold water.  Don't know how true that is, but my dryer isn't stained blue and I always wash in very warm water and dry on hi or med heat.

Post# 945606 , Reply# 3   6/27/2017 at 17:01 (333 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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For those buying $100+ jeans I can see being a little silly like this. Heck I have known people that would dry clean jeans to try to minimize fading.

I started buying Duluth Trading jeans a few years ago. I do wear them a few times between washings but then they get a hot'ish wash and a hot dry. Finally wore a hole through my oldest pair. They outlast Levi's 3 or 4 to 1 for less then twice the cost, sold! Best jeans I have ever owned.

Post# 945607 , Reply# 4   6/27/2017 at 17:05 (333 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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yeah, cold washes will tint the dryers drum blue.......

like it or not, denim is designed to fade....that's usually when they fit best.....remember years ago when we would purchase new jeans, and wash 10 or 15 times, one to fade them, and two, the soften the stiff material.....

now they come pre-faded, pre-washed, pre-softened....

for the most part, to keep my black jeans darkest, a cold rinse and spin only, with a bit of woolite, turned inside out......over time, they still fade, and then we break out the Rit Dye....

just note, skinny jeans are just boners xrays.....

can't count how many times we see these sort of stories of proper ways of doing laundry...and wonder...Where the heck are they getting their information!

Post# 945631 , Reply# 5   6/27/2017 at 22:21 (333 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

I used to work for the Gap.

According to our training jeans were to be washed inside out so that the fading would be more even. Lukewarm water was supposed to cause the least fading. However, if the jeans were stained with something that required hot water to remove, that was fine as a one-time thing. Tumble dry medium to avoid shrinkage.

I remember when shrink-to-fit jeans came out. We were told the ideal method was to put on the raw jeans and take a shower in the hottest water you could tolerate while wearing them.

Yes, Rit Dye is wonderful. Too bad I've no machine to use for that:-(

Skinny jeans and boners.... Yes, isn't it wonderful?

Post# 945734 , Reply# 6   6/28/2017 at 13:50 (332 days old) by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

In my previous house, I had a Whirlpool dryer with a white drum, and I used to wash my jeans in cold water, in a Whirlpool Top Loader. When I sold the house, after 10 years of using those machines, the dryer drum was still shiny white.
I have been in the new house for 7 years, using a Samsung dryer, with a white drum.
Front load samsung machine. Using warm water to wash them. And my dryer drum is still shiny white.

What I think stains a dryer drum is the use of Bounce sheets. It coats the drum and exhaust pipe with a sticky film.

I never used any dryer sheets, and my drum is still white.

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