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To stone wash jeans at home, add some river rocks to the washing machine, start the machine as usual, add detergent and a splash of bleach, and throw the jeans in the wash. Let the jeans soak in the wash tub for three to four hours before finishing the... View Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to teach you how to stone wash jeans. For whatever reason, stone washing is coming back. Like everything else, it was really popular when I was a kid, and now it's popular when I'm in my late twentie's, so, I'm going to show you how to do it. I'm a pro. You grab the jeans that you want to stone wash and remember that you can repeat the process as many times as you need before you get the desired look, so don't be too generous with the bleach at first. Turn your washing machine on like you're going to go through a regular cycle with your jeans, add laundry detergent and find some river rocks. Those are the little stones that are perfectly smooth. If you have running water near your house, they'll be near a creek or any type of running body of water. If you don't, you can go to the store and buy these kind of rocks. They're really good for decorations nowadays, so they're easy to find. Get about two handfuls of these rocks and throw 'em in the water with the laundry detergent. Add a splash of bleach. Don't add too much bleach because you can always repeat this process, like I said, if you want 'em even more stone washed. Throw your jeans in there and let your washer go through it's cycle as usual. When the wash cycle begins to end and the water begins to drain out, you want to stop the washer machine and let the jeans sit in that solution for three to four hours before you turn the washing machine back on and let it finish it's cycle. That three to four hours is what's really going to let the bleach do it's work and the agitation when when the washer is going is really what's going to help the stones do their job. Take your jeans out and put 'em in the dryer. If you want to see what they're going to look like, you need to see what they look like dry. It's kind of like when you dye your hair. You want to see what they look like dry so pop 'em in the dryer. When you take 'em out, if that's what you want 'em to look like, then great. If not, repeat this process. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you stone wash jeans.