Tricks on Keeping Your White Jeans Bright & White

How to wash white jeans - tips and tricks on keeping your denim white and bright

Summer is the season for white denim. They’re fresh, chic and instantly elevates any ensemble with a minimalist gleam.

The perfect pair of white jeans can take you anywhere, from the office to date night and even to weekend brunch. The only downside? White denim will also show everywhere you’ve been.

By the end of the day, your white denim may not be looking quite as white, a slosh of coffee from the morning, a smear of sauce from lunch, and maybe that bottom is looking a little dingy from hopping in and out of Ubers.

Keeping white denim looking clean and crisp can be a challenge, but you don’t have to live in fear of spills and stains. Read on and follow these tricks on how to remove stains on white jeans and keep them looking white!

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Tips & Tricks on How to Wash White Jeans,
Remove Stains, and Keep Them Looking White

1. Prevention is Key

Before you wear your white jeans out, use Scotchguard (just $5 at Walmart) to protect them from stains before they happen.

Protecting your white jeans with a stain repellent can be the difference between that drop of olive oil wiping off your pants easily and having it really set in there as a stain. 

2. Eat with a napkin on your lap

Not only is it good etiquette, eating with a napkin on your lap is a great preventative trick has personally saved me from accidental stains so many times.

Whenever you sit down for a meal,  place your napkin across your lap. And if anything happens to accidentally fall (and Murphy’s Law says it will since you’re wearing white jeans), you’ll be protected!

3. How remove stains on white jeans

White denim can seem like a magnet for stains, attracting all kinds of dirt, debris, and stains. If you have an accidental spill on your white denim, the key is to treat it immediately.

If you’re out and about, keep a stain stick like Tide-To-Go ($2.94 from Walmart) handy in your purse. If you happen to be without a stain stick, treat the area with a little bit of warm water and a touch of clear soap.

One of my favourite stain removers I swear by is Folex ($8 from Walmart). It lifts stains like wine, coffee, and makeup like magic. I had originally purchased it for pet messes on carpets, but quickly discovered it was great for stains of all kinds and good to use on light colored fabrics since it’s clear.

4. How to wash your white jeans

The trick on how to clean your white jeans is to keep them separately from other items in your laundry and only wash with pure whites. This simple step can preserve the quality of the white color of your jeans and keep them looking bright.

If you have time, you’ll also want to give them a second rinse to get all the detergent out before you dry them, because the alkaline in detergent can also cause yellowing over time. 

5. Pass on the bleach

I know it’s tempting, but do not reach for chlorine bleach. Not only is bleach terrible for your health and the environment, but it weakens and ultimately yellows fabric over time.

Instead, add White Brite ($3.97 at Walmart) or a cup of distilled white vinegar, if natural products are more your thing, to the wash cycle.

6. How to dry your white jeans

It’s important to dry your white jeans on low heat or air dry them. Don’t just toss them in the warm dryer cycle because the higher heat temperatures cause a yellowing effect to the fabric. 

7. Store your white denim inside out

In addition to white denim inside out too, but storing them inside out to prevent darker denim from rubbing off on them or having dust collect on them and cause yellowing.

Following these tips and tricks I’ve noticed such a difference in how easy it is to keep my white jeans whiter longer.Have any tips for keeping you whites bright to share? Let me know in the comments below! 

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white denim looks of the season below!

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  • Alli Smith
    April 28, 2017

    I’m guilty of reaching for the bleach when I get stains on white clothing. Oops. I do wash whites separately because I’m a fanatic when it comes to sorting clothes before doing the laundry. I love white clothes in the summertime, especially white denim.

  • Christy Maurer
    April 28, 2017

    I love love love white denim! I had some white denim shorts forever but I finally had to get rid of them because of stains.

  • Candy Kage
    April 28, 2017

    I like the look of white denim but have stayed away from it because of how hard it is to keep nice and bright. Will have to try some of your tips.

  • Sarah Bailey
    April 28, 2017

    These sound like some great tips, I am awful at managing to keep on top of keeping clothing in the best condition I could when it comes to washing.

  • Tammy
    April 28, 2017

    I didn’t know about storing them inside out. And I did learn the hard way about the bleach. Cut outfit.

  • Pam W
    April 28, 2017

    My white denim seems to get dingy so fast. I need to try these tips.

  • OurFamilyWorld
    April 29, 2017

    These are very useful tips. I’ve never thought of storing them inside out. I will do this from now on. I love white jeans, too.

  • Rebecca Swenor
    April 29, 2017

    These are all awesome tips for keeping white denims bright. It is so important to keep them separate when washing them. Turning them inside out is a great idea too. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • Maurene Cab
    April 29, 2017

    I’ve having trouble with this problem. This is certainly helpful. I didn’t know bleach is not beneficial in this case.

  • Sazzad khan
    February 19, 2020

    O my gosh . She is looking gorgeous. Her aggresion is showing a tremendous denim show.

  • alimackin2013
    June 11, 2020

    Oh love this and ditto for anything white, thanks for posting!

    Allie of

  • krish
    June 26, 2020

    NIce Article

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