Keeping White Jeans Clean

White jeans are a summer staple for many of us. They pair perfectly with colorful tops and tunics and look crisp and bright when they are freshly cleaned. Keeping white jeans way, however, can be a chore, and it’s not hard to end up with dingy looking jeans that never seem to return to their original white.

After many a pair of yellowed or greyed white jeans, I finally have my white jean maintenance down to a science.

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First things first - While bleach would seem the natural answer, it actually reacts negatively with some of the other materials that are often seen in white jeans such as a cotton/poly blend and spandex. It’s necessary in extreme situations – like the first time I splurged on a , paired them with a red and white striped top for an effortless travel look, and immediately upon getting out of the car at the airport, walked into the giant tire of an SUV, leaving a huge black tread mark up and down my leg. Bleach fixed that one, but in general, steer clear or you could end up with not so bright whites over time.

Now, on to what you should do:
  • Always launder your white jeans after just a wear or two. You don’t want dirt to set, so even if they look mostly clean, toss them in the laundry. I finally bit the bullet and got a back up pair of my favorite white jeans so that I never have to get to that third wear, when they start to look a little tired.
  • Treat stains immediately. I always have a stain stick on hand so that even the smallest spot can be taken care of as soon as it happens.
  • Tackle any spots with a stain remover before laundering. I tend to opt for gentler stain removers for clothing to extend the life of my garments and I love the packaging of these adorable dreft products.
  • A scoop of Oxi-clean brightens whites without damaging them like bleach. If you do nothing else to keep your white jeans white, do this. 
Follow these steps and your white jeans will always look as good as new. For a few of my favorite pairs of white jeans, shop the links below.


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