When blue jeans are stiff and rough, not only are they uncomfortable to wear, but they also look cheap and unfashionable. Those that are broken in and soft look and feel fantastic, but you do not have to wash them dozens of times and wait for weeks on end. They can have a lived-in look and feel in less than 24 hours. Try one of these easy ways to soften your stiff blue jeans, and transform uncomfortable denim pants into something that feels as comfy and inviting as your oldest pair.
Wash Them with Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is good for more than just soaking tired aching feet. It can be used to magically and almost instantly soften stiff blue jeans. Add just enough cold water to the wash tub to cover the pants along with ½ cup of ordinary Epsom salt. Allow the machine to agitate long enough for the salt to dissolve. Let the pants soak about 30 minutes before starting the wash cycle again. After the machine has stopped, wash them in cold water using your favorite laundry detergent. If possible, use liquid fabric softener instead of sheets. Dry them with spiked dryer balls. They are around $5.00 a pair, and they can be used to soften hundreds of loads of clothes. Your blue jeans that used to be stiff and uncomfortable should come out feeling far more flexible and incredibly soft.
Soak Stiff Blue Jeans in Fabric Softener and Water
Another fantastic way to soften stiff blue jeans is with nothing more than liquid fabric softener. Place the pants in a bucket or laundry tub, and cover them with water and one full cup of your favorite liquid fabric softener. Let them soak for at least three hours. The longer they soak, the softer the material will become. Discard the water in the bucket, and wash them as usual with laundry detergent. Add ½ cup of liquid fabric softener to the rinse cycle. The material will feel soft, smooth and exceptionally comfy.
Add White Vinegar to the Wash
White vinegar can be used to naturally soften stiff blue jeans. Fill the washer with just enough water to cover the pants and one cup of white vinegar. Let the material soak for at least an hour before continuing the wash cycle. After it cycles through each setting, begin again using your usual laundry detergent. Do not dry the pants on a line. They will end up stiffer than ever. Dry them in a gas or electric dryer with spiked softener balls. They will safely and naturally soften the material as it dries. Your blue jeans that were once too stiff to comfortably wear should feel fabulous.
Sources: Advanced Crafting and Fabric Preparation Experience