How to Keep Jeans from Fading

Just got through my June issue of InStyle and found these tips on keeping your jeans from fading (p. 162):

  1. Wash in cold water on a gentle setting. The general rule is every four wears, but the longer you can go, the better.
  2. Since indigo dye comes off when it rubs against other items, turn your pants inside out when laundering. (One dye-setting trick: Mix a solution of 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar with a pinch of baking soda and add to your machine cycle instead of detergent.)
  3. Ideally, hang dry. If you can't wait, tumble dry on low heat, then press with an iron along the waistband, pockets, and side seams to prevent puckering.
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