Jeans are considered one of the most stylish and notable apparel today. Denim jeans are something that is popular around the world and across any social division. Considering their popularity across the world it would be natural to have certain myths about them not all of which are true.
- Don’t wash raw denim: The biggest myth about denim is that raw denim mustn’t be washed since that would ruin its fabric, or fade. Although it is true that continuous washing of raw denim might damage its fabric, or fade, it is worse to allow bacteria to deteriorate the fibers of the garment by not washing raw denim. The best solution for washing raw denim is to avoid washing for initial 6 months, but in case there are some stains it is vital to get rid of them as soon as possible.
- Denim jeans are uncomfortable: Some denim users believe that jeans are uncomfortable. However, there are a large variety of jeans some of which can be skin tight, while others are more flexible with technologies like Performance Stretch, etc.
- Hot water resizes Denim Jeans: Many denim users believe that jeans would resize according to the user’s body if the user wears them in a hot bath, and then lets them dry out completely. In reality, though the jean size would remain the same after the above. In order to stretch undersized jeans, an individual must merely add moisture which can be achieved through spraying lukewarm water on jeans. Adding moisture to jeans loosens the jean threading, and allows the individual to fit in them.
- Freezing denim gets rid of germs: Some denim lovers believe that putting denim in the freezer is the best method for refreshing and sanitizing denim. This is a false claim since cold temperatures can’t kill off all the pathogens in clothing. Washing the denim is what would truly get rid of all the germs.
- Expensive denim is sustainable: Denim users believe that the more expensive a denim the greater the chances that it is sustainable, but in reality, the price of denim isn’t related to its sustainability. The price of denim depends on the prices of raw materials, manufacturing costs, etc. There are some expensive denim brands that don’t abide by the sustainability principles and some sustainable denim brands which are cheaper than many of their competitors.
- Denim is indigo-dyed cotton fabric, which makes it sustainable: Denim is a twill weave cotton fabric that is dyed with indigo (used to be extracted from the plant Indigofera tinctoria). The extraction of indigo required minimal water and no chemical fertilizers. Eventually though as the demand for indigo surpassed its supply a synthetic alternative for indigo was developed which used petrochemicals and produced toxic waste. Today, even the fabric for denim isn’t always sustainable due to the presence of synthetic fibers such as polyester, and elastane. Thus, denim isn’t always sustainable, so there is a need to introduce sustainability wherever possible such as with the use of Hand Made Stones (HMS) instead of Pumice Stone in the stone washing process.
All in all, we see a large number of myths for one of the most popular apparel today, denim. And many more myths are introduced daily, but it is best to avoid them until certified.