Let’s face it, no one wants to wear wrinkled jeans, and for good reason: it looks messy and unkempt, which in turn has a negative impact on your appearance. Some wrinkles are bound to develop when wearing any garment, and that’s okay. But if your jeans are riddled with wrinkles, it will hurt your overall appearance. So, how exactly can you protect your denim jeans from this phenomenon?
Choose High-Quality Jeans
First and foremost, be sure to choose high-quality denim jeans. The quality of fabric from which the jeans are made will directly affect whether or not they wrinkle. If they are made with low-quality fabric and/or craftsmanship, they will wrinkle more easily; thus, making it difficult to keep wrinkle-free. This is because low-quality jeans often contain thin denim fabric, or even denim containing a second fabric or material (e.g. polyester). There’s nothing necessarily wrong with jeans made of two or more fabrics, but you may discover that they wrinkle more easily, in which case it’s best to choose a different variety. The bottom line is that you need to focus on quality when choosing denim jeans, as this affects many aspects of the jeans, including their susceptibility to wrinkling.
Where can you find high-quality jeans? There are dozens of stores that sell high-quality jeans and denim garments, including our store here at MakeYourOwnJeans. By shopping here at MakeYourOwnJeans, you can rest assured knowing that you are getting only the highest quality denim possible. And in turn, this will help to minimize wrinkling and other common problems faced with traditional, low-quality denim jeans.
Remove from Dryer Promptly
Another helpful tip to prevent your jeans from wrinkling is to remove them from dryer promptly. Once the buzzer goes off, go ahead and take the jeans out of the dryer and place them in your closet (or wherever else you store them). The longer your jeans sit in the dryer, the greater the risk for wrinkling. This is because jeans — like most garments and clothes — develop wrinkles after sitting in the dryer for long periods of time. Granted, drying your clothes typically removed wrinkles, but they’ll come back unless you remove them.
Remove from Washing Machine Promptly
Of course, you should also get into the habit of removing your denim jeans from the washing machine in a timely manner as well. Jeans are more likely to develop wrinkles when they are wet. Therefore, you should transfer them over to the dryer as soon as they are finished washing.
Everyone is bound to “forget” about their jeans being in the washing machine at some point in time. Just don’t make it a habit. As long as you move your jeans from the washing machine to the dryer, and from the dryer to your closet or dresser, in a timely manner, you’ll have an easier time keeping them wrinkle-free.
Use Fabric Softener
When washing your denim jeans, try adding a small amount of liquid fabric softener. How will this protect your jeans from wrinkling? Well, the primary function of fabric softener is exactly what it sounds like: to soften the fabric. But it offers another benefit that often goes unnoticed, which is to protect the fabric from wrinkling. When denim becomes softer, it’s less susceptible to wrinkling.
The key thing to remember when using fabric softener is that a little goes a long ways. Read the instructions to determine exactly how much to use. Generally speaking, though, it’s best to add a very small amount of fabric softener and gradually add more as needed. Just 1/4 cup will often suffice, as it softens the denim fabric while protecting it from wrinkling in the process. You can buy liquid fabric softener from most grocery and household goods stores, including Wal-Mart.
Check the Care Label
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should check the care label on your jeans for specific instructions on how to clean and care for them. Some jeans are made using different fabric and techniques than others, which results in nuances regarding the manufacturer’s care recommendations. Perhaps one brand of jeans requires washing and pressing, while a second does not. The only way you’ll know, however, is by reading the care label. So, look inside the rear waistband of your jeans to determine exactly how to care for them. This should reveal the best way to wash, dry and care for your jeans without causing them to wrinkle.
Watch the Humidity
You might be surprised to learn that the humidity level inside your home can affect whether or not your jeans develop wrinkles. Humidity is essentially a measurement of moisture vapor in the air. When there’s a lot of moisture in the air, the environment is said to be humid. When there’s little-to-no moisture in the air, the environment has low humidity. When jeans are exposed to high humidity, the excess moisture can promote wrinkling. So to prevent this from happening, keep a close eye on the humidity level inside your home. Ideally, you should strive for a 40 to 50% relative humidity levels. If it’s lower than this, use a humidifier to raise it. If it’s higher, use a dehumidifier to lower it.
Help My Jeans are Wrinkled!
But what if your jeans are already wrinkled? Fear not, as there are a few steps you can take to de-wrinkle them:
- Try drying them with a couple cubes of ice. The ice adds moisture to the dryer, which should smooth out some of the wrinkles.
- You can de-wrinkle your jeans by hanging them in the bathroom with the shower on the hottest setting possible.
- There are anti-wrinkle spray products that may work.
- Some people have reported success by using a hair dryer to de-wrinkle their jeans. Simply run the hair dryer slowly across the surface, at which point the wrinkles should fade.
- Always wash and dry with similar clothes. Placing your jeans in the dryer is a great way to eliminate wrinkles, but this only works if they are dried with other clothes.