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12 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Denim Jeans Like A Pro

12 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Denim Jeans Like A Pro

As you walk from store to store, you’re thinking … I’ll never find a pair of jeans that look fabulous on me. And then … there they are. You’re captivated. The display of beautifully styled jeans are inviting you to come and have a look, flirting with you, daring you.

Each style promises you something different. You’ll look photoshopped. You’ll look great from behind. You’ll achieve instant lift. You’ll have a healthier looking silhouette. You’ll appear to have legs for days. You’ll achieve supermodel status.

Excitedly, you reach for the jeans that hold the key to your happiness and quietly walk into the feared dressing room. After trying on a few pairs that don’t quite live up to your expectations, you begin to feel let down. But wait … can this be? You try on a pair of jeans that instantly transforms your body and life! You’re elated and want to celebrate, but you remember where you are, compose yourself and victoriously walk to the register. The price tag is hefty, but you’re excited to bring these beauties home and experience their joy.

You return home with your lovely purchase and realize that it’s important for you to treat these jeans with tender loving care. They were a serious investment and they must stay in your life forever. The information is conflicting as to how to care for your jeans. Machine wash, don’t machine wash, hand wash, never wash. It’s so confusing.

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To help you prolong the life of your jeans and at the same time, achieve that desired lived in look, I’ve come up with 12 essential tips for you.

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    1. Treated Jeans Don’t Need To Be Broken In

    You can wash these more often. But only wash when they have a stain or begin to appear saggy.

    2. Raw Denim Shouldn’t Be Washed For 6 Months

    They take this long to break in. Jeans conform to your body and after being washed, most of their shape is lost.

    3. Maintain The Wash Of Dark Jeans

    Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to your final rinse cycle, while doing your laundry.
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      4. Prevent Fading

      Wash your jeans inside out, in cold water, on the delicate cycle. Or wash your jeans by hand with a delicate clothes soap made for hand washing.

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      5. Do You Want To Fade Your Denim?

      Wash your jeans once in hot water.

      6. Freshen Up Your Jeans Between Washes

      With normal wear, your jeans may take on undesirable odors. Hang them in the bathroom before taking a shower (the steam will freshen them up) or place them in a plastic bag and put in your freezer for 2 days … it sounds silly, but works like a charm since it kills bacteria.

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        7. Air Dry Denim

        But if you feel you absolutely have to use the dryer, turn the heat setting to low. Take your jeans out before they are completely dry. Lay flat or hang upside down until they’re dry.

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        8. Allow Denim To Breathe

        Never pile your denim one on top of the other in a drawer or on a shelf. This also means don’t hang denim jackets or vests tightly together.

        9. Fold Your Jeans Like A Professional

        Lay your jeans on a flat surface, fold in half, from left to right. Fold the stacked jean legs in half, so the hems of the legs line up with the waistband. Fold the legs in half once more.

        10. Taking Your Jeans To The Tailor?

        Wash New Jeans Twice. Jeans will always shrink in length after being washed.

        11. Are Your Jeans A Little Too Tight?

        Lay flat after washing and tug on the damp waistband by hand. Allow them to air dry. To stretch a little extra, tug on the damp waistband while blasting it with a hairdryer, or go over it with a very hot, steamy iron.

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        12. If You Don’t Have The Time Or Patience To Try Jeans On In The Store

        The Neck Method is recommended. To Determine your jean size, place the waistline around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at the back of your neck, the jeans will fit. (This works for most women.)

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        Last Updated on June 19, 2019

        How to Invest in Yourself: 3 Valuable Ways to Change Your Life

        How to Invest in Yourself: 3 Valuable Ways to Change Your Life

        Investing in yourself may be the most profitable investment you ever make. It yields not only future returns, but often a current pay-off as well.

        The surest way to achieve a better quality life, to be successful, productive, and satisfied is to place a priority on investing in both personal and professional growth. The effort you put into consistently investing in yourself plays a large role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.

        1. Develop Your Skills

        Improving your skills doesn’t always mean investing in higher education, though that’s surely an option, and perhaps a necessary one depending upon your career field. Investing in your knowledge and skills can take many forms.

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        In addition, expanding your level of knowledge and skill isn’t limited to the business arena and doesn’t necessarily need to be formal. There are many “skill investment” avenues.

        • Advance your education –  extra classes, advanced degrees, relevant certifications, are all valuable investments. Take classes, either in person or online. (Lifehack also offers this Masterclass that helps you to break free from limitations.)
        • Utilize available training – enroll in workshops, attend conferences or participate in webinars.
        • Expand your knowledge – there’s a lot of information available on nearly any subject imaginable. Read books, articles, white papers, anything related to the talent or skill you want to work on.
        • Keep current – stay abreast of the latest trends or advancements. Subscribe to publications, read blogs of experts, and follow the latest news.

        2. Explore Your Creative Side

        There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. We may need to unearth, and hone our individual creativity.

        Creativity, in any form, helps us to grow personally and professionally, to view problems and solutions in different ways and to utilize other parts of our mind that may have been previously untapped. It’s important to keep in mind that creativity has many faces. It’s far broader than being a painter or sculptor; it’s also about trying new things.

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        • Learn a new language –  take a class or use language training software.
        • Try gourmet cooking – enroll in a formal class, by a new cookbook, or ask someone you know who enjoys cooking in a different way.
        • Write something – a book, short stories, poetry, anything.
        • Explore the outside world – try gardening, bird watching, or landscape photography.
        • Enjoy music – play an instrument, learn a new one or join a music group of some kind.
        • Create something tangible – paint, sculpt, make pottery, make jewelry or design your own clothes.

        Choose some form of activity that you have never tried, haven’t practiced in years, or have never explored fully.

        3. Nurture Your Mind and Body

        Nurturing both your mind and body allows you to have more to give now and in the future — more energy, more knowledge, more compassion, more ideas, greater strength, physical and mental endurance.

        Expand your mind. Learning new things and keeping your mind active even in simple ways helps to grow and maintain your mental ability.

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        • Read – anything and everything.
        • Explore culture – attend performances, listen to different style of music, travel, or join an organization or group comprised of people from different backgrounds.
        • Open your mind – engage in conversations with those who disagree with you. Look at an argument and try to make a case for the opposing point of view.
        • Keep your mind active – play word games, (yes, even Words with Friends counts,) board games that include strategy, or try using your brain to perform simple calculations rather than relying on a calculator.

        Care for your body. Your body is like a well-oiled machine. If you care for it in the way that you might maintain an expensive car, it will perform marvelously and last for a very long time. Remember the basics:

        • Give it high quality fuel – meaning to make healthy food choices as often as possible. What you eat does play a large role in your energy and ability to perform. You truly are what you eat.
        • Don’t push it too hard – meaning to rest and relax often, slow down and don’t overload your system. Also, don’t shift gears too quickly; it causes stress and damage to “your machine,” A.K.A. your body.
        • Get regular and necessary maintenance – meaning to go to the doctor when you’re sick – don’t put it off until you totally break down. Better yet, use preventative maintenance; get check-ups, take appropriate vitamins and pay attention to irregular or erratic behavior.
        • Polish the exterior – meaning to take care of the outside too. Many people dismiss this as frivolous and self-indulgent, but it’s not as long as you don’t go overboard. We’re not talking about facelifts and Botox, we’re talking about getting a fabulous haircut, and wearing clothes that make you feel confident and attractive.

        The Bottom Line

        Investing in yourself truly makes a difference in your life, your well-being, and your ability to thrive and perform to the best of your ability. The extent to which you invest in yourself, mind and body, not only shapes the way you interact with the outside world, it often reflects the opinion you have of yourself.

        Your future is in large part determined by your willingness and ability to invest in yourself now.

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