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How To Freeze “Dry Clean” Your Jeans

Freezing your jeans as a method of cleaning is a topic we’ve discussed a few times over the years, but it’s always worth a re-visit  for the sake of newly converted denim-heads looking for a way to clean their jeans sans-water (also, when we saw the gorgeous silver jeans in this Intermix blog pic, we knew we needed an excuse to re-post it). Here’s the run-through…


“To ensure your go-to denim stays fresh, we encourage freezing your jeans rather than washing. Associate buyer, Barbie Cavaleri, swears by this chilling technique and calls it her “at-home dry clean.”

The ‘freeze clean’ method will remove bacteria, preserve dark dyes and special finishes, and restore shape. After investing in this season’s trends, like coated jeans and leather detailing, be sure to use this method to maintain your denim’s waxy look and shine! Here’s how…

5 Easy Steps  to ‘Freeze Clean’ Denim:

Step 1: Spot clean stains and let jeans dry completely
Step 2: Fold lengthwise twice, then smooth out wrinkles
Step 3: Place jeans in zip lock bag and close tightly without air
Step 4: Place jeans in freezer for a minimum of 24 hours
Step 5: Thaw, wear, repeat!”

Instructions via Intermix.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 29 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Try This Vinegar + Oven Treatment To Remove Odor From Raw Denim

Today’s tip comes by way of Rawr Denim, assessing the crisis of jeans with odor. If the previously discussed methods of cleaning have not worked for you, you might give these two methods of cleaning raw denim a go.

How-To Clean Your Raw Denim via Vinegar Wash

1. Fill a bathtub with enough cold water to completely submerge the denim

2. Addabout 2 cups of white vinegar

3. Lay the pants flat and inside out

4. Agitate and flip several times over few hours of soaking

5. Rinse with cold water and hang dry (ideally outdoors)


How-To Clean Your Raw Denim via Oven Treatment
1. Preheat oven to 400°F and turn back to 175°F – 200°F

2. Flip denim inside out and fold to fit on center rack

3, Leave for 1-2 minutes and shut oven door

4. Remove from oven to cool down (fumes may exude from fabric)

5. Refold and reposition denim on rack for 1-2 more minutes; be mindful for denim not to scorch


In the Rawr Denim example, the jeans were not sufficiently odor-free after the vinegar soak alone, so they were put into the oven to be cured of stank.

“While this an extreme example that pertains to black sulphuric-dyed denim, the oven technique made scientific sense (i.e. sulphuric dye must be broken down into particles via heat exposure prior to being water soluble) and proved to be extremely effective.”

Rawr Denim also warns that the oven cleaning method is the most hazardous & dangerous way to clean your jeans, so proceed at your own risk!

Tutorial  & image via Rawr Denim.


—DT Staff



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Posted Dec 07 2011 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Daily Denim Tip: How To Care For The Leather Patches On Your Jeans

If your jeans’ leather patches are tarnished or have absorbed excessive oil, causing discoloration (which is inevitable, by the way), you can follow a few easy steps to keep them looking good. This guide comes courtesy of the Fifth Requisite blog, and you can find the entire process with easy-to follow-photos there.

You’ll rub Steklean or another leather cleanser on the surface of the patch. Wipe it around until thoroughly coated. Then, wipe the patch with a damp cloth to remove the cleaner. After it’s dried completely, apply your favorite leather-protecting solution to the surface. The result will be a clean, gorgeous leather patch that looks good as new.

Image via Baldwin.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jul 20 2011 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips
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