Jeans can be tough to wear. They take a lot of work to make them fit just right, and even then they can be pretty uncomfortable.
So follow these 10 steps to customize and preserve the pair of jeans that you deserve!
1. Remove odor from your jeans
If you don’t like to wash your jeans all the time, they get stinky. Here’s a tip: fold your jeans in a ziplock bag and put them in the freezer overnight. That’ll get rid of any odors that may still be lingering.
2. Make denim one size bigger
Need your jeans to be just a bit bigger? Pick the areas you want to stretch and spray them with lukewarm water. You can then stand on the pocket of one side and pull on the waistline if you want it to be bigger. Use the same process for stretching the legs after you spray them with water: stand on the dry parts above the knee and pull.
You can also sit in a tub full of warm water while wearing the jeans. After 15 minutes of soaking, you can stretch and pull the areas by hand to make them bigger. When they are half dry, take them off and let them fully dry in the sun.
3. Wrinkle-free jeans
Use the maximum heat on your dryer to make sure you don’t end up with wrinkles. Also, you can use ice cubes in the dryer (for real) to create more steam and get out more wrinkles.
4. Bleaching jeans
Remember that different jean colors react differently to bleach. With that in mind, fill a bucket with one part water and one part bleach. Dampen the jeans so the bleach is more effective. Depending on the look you’re going for, bleach them with a sponge, a spray bottle, or a paintbrush. Only do one side at a time. Finally, rinse the jeans under cold, running water and rinse them in the washing machine.
5. Shrinking jeans
Maybe you lost some weight, maybe you bought jeans that are just a little too big. Either way, if you need to shrink them, follow these steps. Wash your jeans in hot water, and then immediately dry them at the maximum temperature. Do this a few times in a row and your jeans will shrink.
6. Get ripped
Kind of hard to believe you can actually buy ripped jeans at the store now, but that’s the way it is. If you want to rip yours the homemade way, use an older pair of jeans and cut it up with a razor or a pair of scissors. You can also use a cheese grater to get a frayed look.
7. Faded jeans
Put a quart of concentrated lemon juice in a tub and dip your jeans in the tub with water from a hose flowing on them. Let the jeans soak for a few hours and remember to check on them periodically. Once you get the amount of fading you want, run them under water and let them dry in the sun. If you need to repeat the process, go for it.
8. Distressed jeans
To achieve this look, insert sandpaper inside before you cut. Keep the cuts 1/2″ to 3/4″ apart from each other. After you cut, use tweezers to pull out excess threads. Remove the excess fabric with a lint roller. Wash the jeans immediately. After you do this, don’t wash them too often or they might fall apart…
9. Prevent color bleeding
Color bleeding can ruin the other clothes in your load of wash. One way to prevent a catastrophe is to add salt to your wash. Add an equal mixture of salt and water and your jeans would bleed.
10. Hem without a sewing machine
This is always unfortunate (and sometimes embarrassing). You rip your jeans in the crotch or the butt and you’re mortified. But it’s gonna be okay! If you don’t have a sewing machine handy (or you aren’t good at using one), use a needle and thread that is the same color as your jeans. Turn the jeans inside out. Use a straight or blanket stitch, tie it off once the stitching is complete, and iron it thoroughly. Now you’re all set!