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My friends,  this is a long entertaining play that I wrote.  You may need to divide your time in reading it or you may want to read to the end.    I have an intermission.  If you would like to stop there or at any time and go to my other posts or pages, please do so.
The purpose of this play that I wrote is to entertain and to bring you “close” to a company I have loved since the 1960’s because Levi Strauss & Co. fitted my dad’s 47- foot cowboy with their 501 original jeans.   ENJOY THE PLAY.
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Four easy ways to shrink your jeans

How to shrink your jeans in four easy ways. Try it; you may find them smaller before you know it!!

In the old days—the 1950’s my family washed cotton items but hung to clothes on a clothesline.  I learned that cotton denim does shrink to a certain degree.

You can find out how much by searching Google It is best to wait when you first buy your jeans until your new jeans get to know you.

Later you can make the decision to use these different ways to shrink your pair of Jeans if they are too large.  Just remember!

Jeans do not make you skinny

The spray and soak way—an easy way too.

Fill a spray bottle–any bottle will do if you can spray without dripping it all over the place.  The cork that held the bottle was too loose and I got a nice little shower.

“Use a fabric softener”, not one of the fabric sheets but the one with the liquid softener.      Put three parts water and one part of the liquid fabric softener.

This can be done with the 501 Levi jeans or any jeans that are too large.

I like to use the dark Woolite for the dark jeans, but I have nothing to substantiate my opinions about the best fabric softener to use. Use your better judgment.

The three parts water and one part fabric softener go into one spray bottle and do a little dance to shake well.   But the directions are not quite over;  shake it, shake it well.  Of course with the top on.  

And just forget about adding detergent.  Okay?   We are talking about shrinking your jeans; not washing them. 

Spray the part of your jeans you want to shrink.  Then soak the area you want to shrink using your diluted fabric softener.

Two words–SPRAY and SOAK.  Take your time!  I think of ‘SOAK’ as one would think of as a pair of diapers or sponge.  Really more than wet, right?

Spray lightly at first is to start it off.  Use your judgment here also.  If you need to shrink the area a lot in inches, you can always do it again.

It is like once, twice and three times a charm.  Please, make sure the entire part of the area is completely soaked. Wiki says the word, “douse”  the area.                                         shrinking belly

I like this way when the waist is not tight enough.  It has begun to stretch out way too much.  Spray the waistband in front and in back–all the way around in fact.

Careful now, we are still talking about the combined softener with the water solution. because this way is really helpful if the waistband has begun to stretch out.

Again, make sure the waist is completely soaked in the water and softener combination.   There is a reminder to go slowly to shrink the waist as much as you need; not more.

This way works with the top part of the jeans need to shrink a little too.

Now put, throw or pass your jeans in the dryer.  With my dryer, I have to go and turn it around on high periodically to keep it  on the highest setting possible.

I think it helps to know the workings of your dryer, but if you have to go to the laundry mat, their dryers usually stay hot for a longer time.  It is the way of the dryer.

“Remember to use the most intense settings possible.”                                                 dry in hot heat to shrinkThe high heat should cause the soaked jeans to shrink.    I was thinking waist but anywhere you have sprayed and soaked the area will need watching.  

Be serious–that is the way to be.  You must be sure to take out your jeans as soon as they are dry.    

Air drying will not work.   It is the wrong way.   I use the heat cycle.   I always thought air drying was the way to go on a beautiful breezy day.   What do you think?                                         

Repeat as needed.   If the area does not shrink as much as you would like in your judgment the way to do it is spray and soak the area again.

The short way to remember this is to spray, soak and apply more of your fabric softener solution and try and try again.

Combinations of words help me remember; spray, soak and apply/dry.

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The Way of the Bath             

That should do it.  If you do not like this way, the next way is to do the hot bathtub solution.  Aha, this is a way to do it and at the same time have a restful way.  

I like to read and reading in the bathtub even with your jeans should make your muscles relax and the jeans to shrink.

Here is what to do and if you like to soak in the bathtub, then this is the way to go.  It also is the one to use if you are not planning to go anywhere.

Why?  Because you want your dream jeans to dry while on your body and before you take them off.

  1. if you need your entire jeans to shrink.  Maybe read a little and drink some tea or coffee.  If you want to snack in the tub, be careful to get your jeans soaked.
  2. Fill the bathtub with very hot water; at least as hot as you can stand it.
  3. keep testing the water.  Just with brushing your hand through the water.   Too hot?  Well, you know what to do.  But when you do add some cool water, keep adjusting to seeing that it will be hot when you go in the tub.
  4. Carefully slide in the tub or stand in it and slide in slowly.  Remember it is hot.
  5. Stay in the bathtub for at least 20 minutes.  Keep adding some hot water if it gets too cold.   This might be a way to lose some weight. Ya think?
  6. When you get out of the bathtub, dry off just a little.   Enough so you do not ruin the carpet or slip on the floor.
  7. Go outside if it is a sunny day.   Sit on a plastic chair, not one of the cushion chairs.

When sitting or lying down, move around so that your jeans dry at the same time.

If you have to do it in the house.  Sit on a plastic chair or just walk around as little as possible.

If you have just the top part of your jeans to dry, try this next method.  Now it is more dangerous to get yourself burned, so pay attention to the directions.

Buy!  I think I will go and take a long bath now.  The little girl says after your jeans are dry.  “You look nice and the jeans look good on you.

sweet smiling girl

 

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The Boiling Way

1.   Turn your jeans inside-out.  That is an expression all of us is familiar with when told you can not put your arm through your sleeve.  

Or, in this case, to turn your jeans inside-out.  Doing it this way with the jeans inside-out will prepare the jeans to soak correctly.      

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This step is especially necessary if shrinking new jeans with a fairly dark wash.   If working with a pair of light wash jeans or an old pair of jeans that have already faded, you might not need to turn your jeans inside-out and can skip this step.  

But if you want to be completely sure turn the pair inside out.   

2.  Boil water 3/4 full in a large stockpot and get a pair of tongs to lift your jeans up and to lift the jeans in the boiling water.  

Fill the large stockpot of water halfway to three-quarters full of ordinary tap water.   Set it on the stove and bring it up to a full, rolling boil using high heat.

The pot needs to be full enough to immerse the jeans.    

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3,   Dunk your jeans in the boiling water.   Use tongs to put the jeans in the boiling water.   Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes as the water continues to boil.   Do not cover the stockpot as it continues to boil and soak your jeans.”      

 Check periodically to make sure the fabric stays completely under water and if need be, push the jeans under the water from time to time using your tongs.   I keep repeating myself about the tongs but do not want anyone to get themselves burned accidentally.

4.   Dry your jeans in the dryer.   Common sense tells you that you need a large pan or some item to put the hot wet jeans to carry them to the dryer.

I have not had to use this way but am sure you can find a container to take the jeans to your dryer.

So the directions for this step:  Remove your jeans from the boiling water and take them to the dryer immediately.

[Turn the dryer to the highest heat setting possible and dry your jeans completely.  Please do not dry too long.]      

           [The intense heat of the dryer will further tighten the fibers already tightened by the hot bubbling hot water from               the                            stockpot.]

Make sure you use the tongs to handle the jeans since they will be very hot.  (When you get as old as I am you will repeat directions several times.  ugh! )  

Let me know how this turned out for you!   Any problems?  Email me at judy@findmejeans.com

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The ironing way

Wash your jeans in hot water either by your washing machine or by boiling them.

Using your washing machine will allow you wash your jeans as you shrink them while boiling your jeans is faster.      http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016) 

The boiling method is also slightly more flexible.   If you wanted to shrink just a portion of your jeans, like the waistband or your legs, you could put under only that part into the boiling water.  

Hold in place using the tongs.          

If using the washing machine method, add detergent as usual with a little liquid fabric softener.  Dark Woolite is good for dark jeans in my opinion.  

                                                              wash-268090_640Make sure the water is hot for either method.      

Put your jeans into the dryer and dry them until they are damp, but not soaked.   Set the dryer on the highest heat setting.

This is especially important if you used the boiling water or if the washing machine did not put your jeans through the spin cycle.            

Your jeans must be still wet, but not dripping wet.  You could spin them in the washing machine until dry enough to put in the dryer. Spin a little; not let it rain.

Iron the jeans until dry.   Place you damp jeans on the ironing board and iron your jeans until dry.   Use a moderate heating setting.

This may not shrink the jeans as much as the other ways Wiki how described but it can be effective if you only need a slight adjustment.”    http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016)  

 My favorite way is shown here.   I will give you advice on the Product Review from the page above in order to share and avoid a negative result with hanging jeans on the clothesline or with any other possible ones. 501 Levi jeans are an investment in good fashion.

jeans drying on a clothesline

How to wash jeans-label and tips

      BASIC WAY TO CLEAN YOUR DENIM JEANS 

  • READ LABEL FOR CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS for your 501 Levi Denim jeans and for tall and big, original and regular sizes.

  • The number one recommendations are to never wash your jeans or else wash then every 6 months.  (It all depends on the type of exposure you have when wearing your jeans.

  • If for example, you work outside in yard work, then probably you will need to wash your jeans.  I say to have an old pair to do this kind of work and have other pairs for extended wear.

  • Use common sense.  If you get frustrated or whatever, contact me by email with the comment box.   Various methods are added in the posts concerning the care of your jeans.)

To wash your jeans, turn jeans inside out.  ( Wash only dark jeans with other dark jeans, but use just a few together.

This is not the case with lighter colors because dark colors will more than likely fade on other light-colored jeans.)

Well here is my advice using other website and experience using common sense.

Use detergent made specifically for washing jeans or a color protection detergent.    If you like Woolite, make sure it says on the bottle “dark”  There are others you may want to use that I have included below with a link to your convenience.  Any laundry soap you use, be careful and read the label.

You do not need a lot of laundry soap.  It all depends on how dirty your jeans are, and the more you use, the longer the rinse cycle.  

This is advice that is useful for sheets, for example, if you wash them often.  I use less than what the label says because I clean them often and they are not that dirty. 

  •        Select the coldest gentle cycle to wash.  Many times the directions say to wash in warm water!

  •       Wash on gentle cycle for a couple of minutes.  May move the jeans with your hands also.  Then rinse and spin to wring out excess water.  Use common sense.   If you have the gentle cycle on your washing machine, so much the better.  

My advice is to not even wash your jeans unless they are dirty.   Again use common sense.   Jeans can stay clean, but they may smell.   Then that is a reason to clean your jeans.

 But like I said, if they are very dirty, then I would probably wash the jeans in a short warm cycle.

  •           Hang jeans on a line in your home if you do not have a dryer or the dryer you have does not have a delicate cycle or that is your decision.is not advisable to use.   It is better to hang the jeans near a window until dry.

  •           If the outside is cool, hang your jeans on a clothesline.   Or if warm outside, do not leave your jeans too long.  Allow them to drip- dry for 1 or 2 hours.  Put the damp jeans

    then on the line in your home.

  •          REMEMBERWait for the sun to go down  (one or two hours before sunset) to hang jeans on a clothesline under a tree or in a cool shade.

    jeans getting dry on a clothes line

  • If this is not possible, then hang jeans on a clothesline in the shaded area in your home until the jeans are completely dry.
         
  •           Fold jeans and put them on a shelf or drawer with enough space to accommodate them.

That’s all folks.  I just want to make one point.  If you do want to put your jeans in the dryer, you can take them out at any point, but do not completely dry them, because they will wrinkle and possible shrink just a little.  Just use common sense.

Like the rest of the post, I have my email and a comment box.  I put these there so I can get some feedback.  Oh yes, you can find my website by searching:  https://findmejeans.com

When my website comes on, then press search on the right side of the list of the posts and you will find the post, ‘How to Wash Your Jeans.’    That is important because the post is not listed.

You have to write in the search box above the list of posts or just press search which is a lot simpler.

There is a song that goes like this.

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For the Comment Section, I would really love to hear how you effectively cleaned your jeans?   What does the label say about washing your jeans?   Do you think it best to not clean your jeans at all?   How about the freezer?   Is that a good way to clean your jeans and have you tried that before?   I really would love to read your comments and others can comment what you have written too.

My email is judy@findmejeans.com  Judy, owner of the website,  https://finemejeans.com 

I will only send email to inform you of a new post or a new Website for you to check-out.   But please, please comment.

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Thanks, I hope we will have a chance to talk again.

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