any dark denim clothing item you have- wash <em>with a cup of white vinagar.</em> This will set the color/ dyes in the garment and no bleeding. It always works for me. I do it before wearing it always.
I've heard this before but never have tried it. I just bought a new pair of indigo jeans and I will try it. Thanks for reminding me of this.
I don't use only a cup of white vinegar. I liberally pour several "blubs" -- many cups -- of it directly from the vinegar bottle into the washer as the washer is filling with water.
I buy the large bottle of vinegar. From the Dollar Store. Keep it in a bag on the floor right next to my dryer.
Wash the jeans inside out. Always. I don't know why that matters to keep the color from leaving the denim, but it does.
Wash the jeans in whatever temperature the care tag in the jeans says.
If you like, you can also put some laundry soap in the first load along with the white vinegar. Doesn't keep the vinegar from working.
However, I always do the first wash with only vinegar. Then, after the jeans have gone through the rinse cycle and spun themselves dry, I put those same jeans back through a full laundry cycle, except this time with both a LOT of vinegar as well as a little laundry soap.
Dry the jeans at whatever temperature the care tag in the jeans says. My jeans' tag says to dry them on "low," so I do. Even though it doesn't make any intellectual sense to dry them on "low," I do. I just need to dry them for a longer period on "low" than I would at "medium" or "high."
BTW, if I ever hung my jeans to dry, it would take days. Literally. I tried it a couple of times. It took 3 or 4 days for them to drip dry. That's why I do use the dryer.
NOTE -- I once had been wearing for the first time a pair of new dark blue denim jeans when although they had already -- twice -- been washed-with-vinegar-in-the-water -- before I wore them, they rubbed some dark blue on a coral-dyed leather, cross-body Stone Mountain minipurse that had been brushing against my hip as I walked.
I didn't notice that until I was at the local Jaycee Pennaze. So, I immediately went to their Purse Department to ask if they sold a leather cleaner for me to use on that purse. Showed my now (what I thought was permanently) damaged coral-colored leather purse. With a palm-sized blotch of dark blue on it where it had been tapping against my hip.
She told me that all I needed to do was this --
** Wipe the leather purse's surface where the blue stain had appared with a scent-free, PRE-moistened Baby Wipe.
Doesn't matter the brand of baby wipe. Just that it's pre-moistened. (and for some reason that I still can't fathom -- unscented)
I stopped at a grocery store on the way home to find some baby wipes. Bought their store brand. Pre-moistened, yes. Unscented, yes. Cheaper than the name brand baby wipe -- LOTS!
As soon as I paid for them, I opened the box of pre-moistened baby wipes. Pulled a couple out. Wiped my purse with it.
-- think about it. Leather purses are made of animal skin. Baby bottoms are skin.
Pre-moistened baby wipes work also to clean my glove leather Tig. And the leather surfaces on my 2-year old Rykas that I wear constantly when it rains which is much of the year. So you KNOW that my Rykas have gotten really dirty on top. The pre-moistened, store brand baby wipes made them very white again. Gotta luv it!
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