Drying Jeans

We recommend laying your jeans flat to dry. If you line dry, turn denim inside out and hang them from the waistband using clothespins or binder clips to avoid excess fading and stretching. Denim fibers usually tighten after washing and loosen with wear, so don't worry if they initially feel a bit snug after a wash, or a bit loose after several wears.

How long does it take to air dry jeans?

Air drying jeans can take anywhere from a couple of hours outdoors in the sun to a full day or more indoors during cold or humid weather.

If you're in a pinch and need to speed the process along, run your jeans through the dryer on low heat until they're nearly dry, but not overheated. Then, remove from dryer and lay flat until they're completely dry. 

 

Do jeans shrink?

With the exception of raw denim, most jeans have been washed several times during their production process so by the time they are purchased, most of the shrinking that will occur has already taken place. The best way to reduce additional shrinkage is to air dry your jeans after washing. 

 

How to unshrink jeans (the bathtub trick)

We've all been there – you accidentally put your jeans on a full speed, regular or high heat drying cycle and now they're a bit too snug. If you've ever needed to unshrink your jeans, just try the bathtub trick. Hey, it may sound strange but it works.

  1. Draw a lukewarm bath.
  2. Put on your jeans as best you can and sit in the water for 30 to 60 minutes. The warm water will help the fibers stretch and mold to your shape again.
  3. When the time is up, get out of the tub and walk around wearing your jeans in the sun until your jeans are dry.

 

How to shrink jeans

If your jeans have stretched out during wear, washing them should help the fibers tighten up again. To shrink your jeans even more, you can try running them through the dryer on medium or high heat. The only time we recommend putting denim through the dryer is when you want them to shrink.