The Handbook - How To Guides
31 Days: Style Tips and Tricks
Volume 3

All the tips and tricks needed to shape up for 2011. Each day brings new, expert advice on how to look your best and live life to the fullest, while having a little fun doing it.


How to: Properly Clean Jeans

When to wash your jeans is a matter of personal taste. But you'll know it's time when they get baggy at the knee or saggy in the seat. Or if you get something messy on them. Here's the best way to preserve the pants you wear almost daily.


How to

For the least amount of shrinkage and indigo loss, fill the bathtub or sink with cold water. Turning them inside out will keep them even darker. If you're looking for a little shrinkage with some color fading, use warm water. Add a small amount of a gentle soap (see below) and let them soak for 45 to 60 minutes, occasionally agitating them by hand. Remove them from the water, rinse with cold running water and hang until completely dry. The less launderings you do, the more individual character your jeans will naturally take on.


Gentle Jean Cleaners



To maximize the fading and whiskering of your raw denim, most aficionados swear by a minimum of 6 months to a year in between washings.


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