How to Stop Blue Jeans Bleeding

Washing your blue jeans is a surefire way to stop them from bleeding.

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Life can't get much better than when you've found that perfect pair of jeans. You know, the ones that accentuate every curve just so, that fit you like a glove and are so comfortable. There's just one minor problem -- your jeans bleed and you end up with blue denim stains on the rest of your wash load, which kind of bursts your bubble. The remedy? A long hot soak -- not for you, but for your jeans. After stopping the bleeding, you can indulge yourself with your own hot bath.


Wash your blue jeans by themselves or with other jeans to get rid of loose dye and to stop them from bleeding on light-colored clothing. You'll no doubt notice more bleeding when your jeans are brand new.


Use the hottest water possible when washing jeans to set the dye. But look at the care tag first to avoid shrinking your new find. It won't matter how much your blue jeans bleed if they don't fit you anymore.


Take your pants out of the washing machine as soon as the rinse cycle is done. You don't want to give the blue dye time to migrate to neighboring garments, which is a real possibility if you let the wet clothes sit too long.


Break down and buy a package of color-catching sheets. Throw one in the washing machine whenever you wash the offending jeans. The sheet looks like a fabric softener but is treated with chemicals that pick up loose dye before other clothes can catch it.

Things You'll Need


1.Laundry detergent

2.Color-catching sheets


Tips & Tricks


Wash your jeans several times before wearing if needed.


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