“How to” make jeans soft
Originating from the small town of Nimes in the south of France, denim was originally designed to allow wearers to buy new jeans back, slowly breaking down the fabric and dye during normal wear and tear to make it soft. Even today, freshly bought dry denim is still hard and uncomfortable to wear, but there are ways you can deliberately wear them to make the fabric more comfortable.
Wash your jeans
1. Remove the label of your new jeans.
Cut them off with scissors and do not pull too hard to avoid holes.
2. Turn the jeans upside down.
Turn it inside out so the outside of the jeans doesn’t wear out.
3. Pour the fabric softener into the washing machine.
Do not pour fabric softener directly on your jeans. Start by filling the washing machine with water and mixing the fabric softener into the water. And only then put in the jeans. There are many types of fabric softeners, you can choose your favorite brand.
You can use 120 to 240 ml of fabric softener (depending on the capacity of the washing machine).
You can also replace fabric softener with 270 grams of salt. Salt makes the fabric soft and chemical-free.
You can also mix 45 grams of baking soda and 120 ml of white vinegar to mix your own natural softener. They have a cleansing and softening effect.
Do not pour anything else, such as laundry detergent or laundry detergent, into the washing machine.
4. Run the cleaning program multiple times.
If you use a commercially available fabric softener, you will need to wash it multiple times. Other types of softeners, such as salt, only need to be cleaned once. Soak your jeans in water containing a softener to soften the fabric fibers. If you use commercially available fabric softener, it’s best to wash it 3 to 4 times.
It is best to remind yourself with a timer of the end time of each cleaning program.
5. Dry your jeans.
If you’re worried about your jeans shrinking excessively, there are many ways to dry your jeans. You can put in 4 dry balls or clean tennis balls, which also make the fabric smooth.
If you don’t mind the jeans shrinking slightly, you can dry them with the dryer’s heat program.
If you’re worried about jeans shrinking, you can choose to air dry them naturally, or dry them at the lowest temperature in a clothes dryer.
Make jeans soft
1. Roll the jeans tightly into a ball.
After drying the jeans, you need to roll them into a tight ball. Fold the jeans in half from side to side and roll them tightly as you can, trying to keep the jeans fibers as far apart as possible. Wait 15 minutes.
You have to do it while your jeans are still hot. Letting them cool in a spherical state grinds the fibers older and softens the fabric.
2. Use pumice.
After the jeans are spherical for 15 minutes, you can spread it out and gently scratch the inside of the jeans left and right with pumice or sandpaper. While scraping, remove more and more fibers that have accumulated.
This process helps break down the outer fibers and makes the inside of the jeans look like they are normally worn after wearing them for a long time.
3. Wash the jeans twice with warm water.
For the second wash, insert 1 pair of clean sneakers and 120ml of fabric softener, or any of the natural substitutes described above. Don’t put anything else in the washing machine.
Sneakers remove excess slurry from jeans, and they also act as a second agitator for jeans to strike.
4. Wear jeans that have become soft.
As long as you wear jeans all the time, they will continue to soften. After each wash and dry, you can roll them up for 15 minutes to make them more comfortable to wear.
To get your jeans worn, you can scratch the front of the jeans with a pumice stone, just as you used to scratch the inside of the fabric.
Unless you want to bleach your jeans along the way, don’t use bleach as a fabric softener to avoid leaving irreparable marks on the fabric.
Washing too many times may cause jeans to shrink. If you don’t want your jeans to shrink, you may have to limit the number of washes. They’re not as soft, but they don’t shrink excessively either.
Quality fabric recommendation: soft denim fabric