If you’re searching for the best way to wash your jeans (if at all), you’ll likely find yourself having to answer the question: should you wash your jeans inside out? And while I’m a huge believer in the don’t wash until absolutely necessary method, the answer is simply, yes. If you’re going to wash your jeans, it’s best to do so with them turned inside out.
For one, this will help to keep your denim from fading. Plus, having them turned wrong-side-out will keep the other clothes in the wash from constantly rubbing and bumping along the outside of them. This will prevent tearing and keep them from napping up — because yes, this can happen to jeans, especially if they’re distressed or made from a stretch fabric denim blend. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way with this one, guys.
Several sources say that washing jeans inside out in your bathtub is the best possible method of getting jeans clean while keeping them in tip-top shape. But, if you’re more willing to just throw them in the wash rather than take the time to hand wash them (because who has that kind of time), turning them inside out is still the best option for preserving them.