Guys, I look like a Smurf. Well, I guess Smurfette would be the technical term. My jeans hath bled their deep indigo dye all over me. My hands, my fingers, they look like I’m slowly transforming into an Avatar…
There’s a solution to everything though, right?
Here’s how to keep your jeans from bleeding.
But first, let’s clear up one thing–it’s not about the quality of your jeans. Designer denim will bleed just as much as your cheap denim, too.
The thing is, the indigo dye used to make your jeans oh-so-dark and pretty is also notorious for bleeding.
And that isn’t just a problem when you’re wearing a white shirt; my now-darkened Burberry tote is not happy about certain dark stains!
So, what can ya do? Here are a few quick and easy things to try to keep your jeans from bleeding.
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How to Keep Your Jeans From Bleeding
1. Wash ‘Em
Do not pass “Go” and collect $200, head straight home with those dark denim jeans and wash them right away before wearing them.
Make sure you wash them in COLD water and turn the jeans inside out.
Hot water will shrink your jeans and you will not be happy.
Don’t stick anything else in the wash so the dye doesn’t bleed and stain your other clothes. You’ve been warned.
I typically wash my dark clothes with Woolite darks to help retain the depth of color.
And if I do toss them in the wash with anything else, I use and recommend these Color Catchers.
These are amazing at soaking up dye in the wash, I use them in nearly every load!
2. Add Some Vinegar
Is this just an old wives’ tale? Maybe. But denim sources say a cup of white vinegar added to your cold water rinse will help keep your jeans from bleeding.
The vinegar is said to help seal the dye to stop or lessen the amount the denim bleeds.
What’s more, vinegar also acts as a natural fabric softener. You can add about 1/3 of a cup to a load to help soften your denim and clothing.
For tougher jean jobs, soak the denim in the bathtub with cold water and a cup of vinegar.
You can safely keep your jeans soaked overnight if necessary.
PRO TIP: Hand wash your jeans if you’re concerned about having them retain their shape and by all means, do not run your jeans in the dryer. Especially if they’re distressed.
A lot of readers have tried this and reported that it has helped or at least lessened how bad their dark denim bleeds! So it’s probably worth giving it a whirl.
Have you tried a vinegar rinse before to keep your dark denim jeans from bleeding? Would love to hear your results below!