Four Ways to Prevent Dark Wash Jeans From Bleeding

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Raw, dark indigo denim is the best. But the bleeding that tags along, not so great. I have ruined many a handbag by letting it come in contact with spanking new dark jeans. Regardless of price tag, it’s bound to happen. But there are ways to mitigate the problem. I’d still stop short of wearing new dark jeans on anyone’s white couch, but you might save a handbag or two.

How to Stop Your Dark Denim From Bleeding

1. Rinse with Vinegar

Do this before your first wear and regular wash: Fill your washer to the lowest level and add 1 cup of white household vinegar. Add jeans inside out and let soak for an hour. The acidity in the vinegar will help set the dye. Then wash with a bit of soap in cold water. Some suggest washing in water first, but an initial vinegar rinse works well.

If you want some extra assurance or your jeans are super duper dark, soak them in a bucket or the bathtub overnight in a mixture of one cup vinegar and water. Roll the jeans in a dark or old towel to release excess water. Lay flat to dry.

2. Rinse in cold water

Turn the jeans inside out and rinse in cold water—no detergent. You can repeat washing until the bleeding stops, but only if you don’t mind some fading. The more you wash, the more they will fade. Roll the jeans in a dark or old towel to release excess water. Lay flat to dry.

3. Soak in Salt Water

Soak your jeans overnight in a bucket with water and one cup salt. Like vinegar, it will lock in the dyes. Roll the jeans in a dark or old towel to release excess water. Lay flat to dry.

4. Wear only dark clothes with your dark denim

Kidding, sort of. But no method is 100% guaranteed to work. So caution might be your wisest choice, at least for the first few wears!

Clothes already stained? Try using acetone nail polish remover to smaller stains to help remove dye.

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