This one is arguably more common sense than myth these days, but the premise here is that tumble drying is not good for your jeans. Let’s start by looking at what happens when you tumble dry your jeans.
Tumble drying accelerates wear and eventual breakdown, Greg elaborates. “It also changes the way the denim feels.”
Danny Hodgson from Rivet and Hide says tumble drying is bad for any fabric but adds that “people do this if they have sized wrong and want to get as much shrinkage as possible.” The only time I’ve tumble dried a pair of jeans myself was for that exact reason.
“If you desperately need to shrink a pair of jeans,” Merv Sethi from Okayama Denim says, “we’ve advised people to run the gentle cycle on the dryer and toss the jeans in, checking them every 10-12 minutes to regulate the shrinkage.”
Gordon of Blue in Green stresses that whether this myth should be busted or confirmed is subjective. “As a blanket statement, I would not say that tumble drying is bad for your jeans.”
However, it’s not that simple, as he explains: “There are many factors to consider before making this sort of statement, such as what sort of dryer is being used, the cycle it’s run on, how wet the jeans are, and whether the denim is stiff or soft to begin with. These factors are all relative to the outcome of using a dryer for your jeans.
The bottom line is that whether this myth should be busted or confirmed is a matter of personal taste.
MYTH STATUS: CONFIRMED