Common Myths and Misconceptions about Denim Jeans

Common Myths and Misconceptions about Denim Jeans

Soaking Your Jeans in Seawater is Good for Them

I’m not sure how this myth got started, but it needs to go! Sure, there are some benefits associated with washing jeans in saltwater, such as the ability to make them softer, but this doesn’t mean that it’s okay to soak your jeans in seawater. Seawater contains a countless number of microorganisms that can not only change the color of your jeans, but it can also make them unsanitary — not to mention the fact that seawater smells. For these reasons, it’s recommended that you do not soak your jeans in seawater.

Your Can Clean Jeans by Freezing Them

We talked about this in a previous post here on the MakeYourOwnJeans blog. In case you missed it: sticking your jeans in the freezer is not going to clean them, nor will it kill the germs. On the contrary, freezing simply renders the germs inactive for a short period of time. Once the jeans are thawed, the germs return back to life. This is yet another denim myth that we’ve debunked!

All Denim is Rough

One of the distinguishable characteristics of denim is its rough texture. This texture is actually beneficial because it helps protect the fabric from damage. With that said, however, it’s important to note that not all denim jeans are rough. Stretch jeans, for instance, are made with a combination of traditional denim and an elastic material like polyester or Spandex. The combination of these fabrics allows for a greater level of elasticity as well as a “softer” texture.

Raw Denim is Better

Raw denim, as the name suggests, refers to denim fabric that has undergone a minimal amount of processing. Some people assume that it’s better, simply because it has less processing requirements. But the opposite is actually true: raw denim tends to have a stiffer, less comfortable texture.

Jeans Should Only Last 6 Months

Another all-too-common myth is that denim jeans should only last about six months, at which point they become too worn and/or damaged to wear. While some of the cheaper jeans on the market will likely fall under this category, a pair of high-quality jeans, such as those offered here at MakeYourOwnJeans, should last for years. If you’re looking for a pair of jeans that will last, stick with a trusted, name-brand provider and avoid the cheap “clearance” jeans sold at your local retailer.

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