just wondering... how do you guys do the first wash?
just throw it in the washer? dry clean?
i threw mine in the washer w/ tooooo much detergent after too short a time span. big mistake.
your best bet is to do a soak. detergents like tide, all, etc., are designed to really get dirt out. they're tough, they get off grime, thats why they're such common household items. unfortunately, when used on raw denim, tide will end up taking all the dye out. if you do a warm soak, the heat of the water will still remove dirt/smells from the jeans, but its gentle, so it wont strip the indigo/dye.