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Name:  Amanda
Status: other
Grade: 9-12
Location: LA
Country: N/A
Date: 2/20/2005

How do I keep my blue jeans from fading in the wash? My boyfriend does not like to wash his jeans because he does not want them to fade! Please let me know so he does not start to stink!

This is an excellent question, but really it is not likely that the jeans will not fade. Even without washing them, some of the color will wear off, especially where he wears creases into the cloth, or the cloth rubs against things (the seat, the knees, etc.) This is because the indigo dye does not bond completely with the cloth as many other dyes do. There also is probably excess dye on the cloth when you buy the jeans due to shortcuts taken by many manufacturers these days. For both reasons, some color loss is inevitable whether or not you wash the jeans.

Personally I agree that he should wash them, but at the very least get him to hang them up to air out each night.

Korah Erbacher

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