How to Dry Jeans

by Ruth Altman ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep jeans looking brand-new by washing them in a delicate cycle and line drying.

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Since the dawn of the blue jean in 1873, men and women across the globe have made denim a perennial classic wardrobe staple. Whether your favorites are skinnies, bootcut or straight leg, jeans can always do the trick when it comes to looking fashionably casual. When it comes to drying your jeans, be gentle and kind to your denim for long-lasting color and wear.

Line Dry for Best Results

Drying a pair of jeans in the dryer will inevitably fade the fabric over time. That's because the process of machine drying is fairly abrasive to fabric and the scorching heat can often "fry" fabric, leading to shrinking and fading. Avoid the dryer and line dry your jeans instead, if possible. If you don't have a line to dry your jeans, lay your denim out on a towel to air dry. Although jeans are a bit stiff after air drying -- unlike machine drying, which tends to soften clothing -- the garment loosens easily once worn. For the best possible look and feel, wash your jeans in cold water and inside out, with all buttons and zippers closed, to ensure the color stays fresh and new.

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