Want to learn how to soften jeans without harming the fabric? There are ways to soften stiff cotton fibers and help set the dye for increased comfort. Softer jeans will mold to your body better, creating a custom fit that’s both beautiful and comfortable. You’ll still have the versatility jeans offer but with increased functionality and less chafing in sensitive areas. For new pairs of jeans or old pairs that just never seem to get any softer, try these tips on how to soften jeans.
Things you'll need:
- 1 cup of table salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 qt. bleach
- 1 cup fabric softener
- Rubber gloves
- Soften jeans with salt. Fill your washing machine with warm water on the lowest water level setting. Pour in one cup of table salt and add the jeans you wish to soften. The salt will melt in the water and penetrate the tough cotton fibers, slowly softening them and allowing the dye to get better absorbed for a softer feel. Complete the wash cycle as usual and dry the jeans in a clothes dryer.
- Soften jeans with homemade softening detergent. Fill your washing machine with warm water on the lowest water level setting. Pour in 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 a cup of white vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar will act as a softening detergent once you add your jeans. Complete the wash cycle as usual and dry the jeans in a clothes dryer.
- Soften jeans with fabric softener. Fill your washing machine with warm water on the lowest water level setting. Add one cup of fabric softener and your jeans. Allow the machine to complete the agitating cycle, then start it over again two additional times. The immersion while stirring will soften the jeans fibers. Complete the wash cycle as usual and dry the jeans in a clothes dryer.
- Soften jeans by crushing the fibers. Washing your jeans often will slowly soften them by breaking in the fibers. You can amplify this effect by drying your jeans in the clothes dryer and taking them out while they are still hot. Roll the hot jeans and leave them to cool down. This will cause the cotton fibers to stretch and soften your jeans.
- Soften jeans with bleach. Though bleach will weaken the fibers in jeans, if used moderately, it can soften jeans easily and quickly. However, bleach will lighten the shade of your jeans. Therefore only use this method if you are looking for a more faded look as well as softer jeans. Fill your washing machine with warm water on the lowest water level setting. Pour in one quart of bleach during the agitation cycle. Once the bleach and water are mixed, stop the machine and press your jeans under the water using rubber gloves to protect your hands. Complete the wash cycle as usual and dry the jeans in a clothes dryer.
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