Today we would like to share artcile about how to soften your denim pants.
Let’s check it out denimian!
Part 1 of 2: Washing Your Denim
1. Remove all the tags from your denim.
Make sure to cut the tags off rather than pull them, to avoid creating holes.
2. Turn your jeans inside out.
Turning them inside out will usually help keep the outside free of the distressed look.
3. Put softener in the washing machine.
Do not directly pour the softener on the denim. First start running the water in the washing machine and add the softener to the water and stir it. Then you’ll add the denim to the mixture. There are multiple types of softeners to use. Choose which one you like best.
- You can use 1/2 to 1 cup liquid fabric softener depending on the size of your washing machine.
- Or you could pour 1 cup salt into the water and use that. Salt works as a good fabric softener and has the added bonus of not having lots of chemicals in it.
- You could make a natural softener with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup white vinegar. They will act as a softening detergent.
- Don’t put anything else in the washing machine, like laundry detergent or soap.
4. Run through multiple wash cycles.
ONLY do this step if you are using fabric softener. The other types of fabric softeners don’t need to go through more than once. The immersion in the water with the detergent softens the fibers of the denim. For the fabric softener, however, it is good to run through about 3 or 4 times.
- It’s a good idea to set a timer so you don’t miss the end of all the cycles.
There are multiple ways to dry your denim, especially if you’re worried about them shrinking too much. You’ll also want to put in dryer balls (about 4) or clean tennis balls, as they help with the softener.
- If you are okay with your denim shrinking down a bit, then use the dryer cycle that is high and hot.
- If you are worried about shrinking them, either air dry the jeans or use the lowest dryer setting.
Part 2 of 2: Softening Your Jeans
1. Roll into a tight ball.
Once your denim are dry you’re going to need to roll them into a really tight ball. Place the legs on top of each other and roll into the tightest bundle you can to pull the denim fibers apart as much as possible. Leave them in the bundle for 15 minutes.
- You need to do this while the jeans are still hot! Letting them cool in the rolled fashion distresses the fibers more, which softens them.
2. Use a pumice stone.
After the denim have been in a tight roll, unroll them and gently scrape the surface of the inside of the denim horizontally, using a pumice stone or sandpaper. You’ll have to remove the excess fiber that builds up as you go.
- This process breaks down the outer fibers and gives them the type of wear they would normally get after prolonged wear.
The second time you wash, put a clean pair of sneakers and 1/2 cup (118.3 ml) of fabric softener (or the natural variations detailed above) in with the denim. Do not put anything else in the washer.
- The sneakers will remove excess starch from the denim, and they will also work as a second agitator for the denim to knock against.