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Wondering how to wash chinos? You're not alone. Continue reading to learn how to wash chino pants and get answers to questions like: Do chinos shrink? How do I treat stains on chinos? What dryer cycle should I use for chinos?

Not as dressy as work pants and not as casual as jeans, chinos fall in the middle of the dress spectrum. Chino is a twill cotton fabric that originated in China and was first used in military uniforms. Created to be durable, comfortable, and long-lasting, it eventually crossed over into civilian wear, where we see it in uniforms and workwear today!

Originally, chinos were earth-toned, but today, they come in a variety of shades of and look great paired with neutral tops and accessories. Designed for style and comfort, chinos are the perfect fit for laid-back workwear or effortless weekend wear.


Pretreat stains on chinos before washing with Stain Solution. Focus on susceptible areas such as the pockets and pant hem.

Use a Stain Brush to work in the solution as needed, then proceed with soaking or washing.

Machine Wash

Prepare to wash by turning the item inside out - this helps to achieve the deepest clean. Wash with our everyday Signature Detergent on the normal cycle with warm water to achieve the deepest clean. This solution contains bio-based ingredients and stain fighting enzymes for an exceptional clean!

For an extra touch of softness to fight that stiff-pant feel, add the appropriate amount of Fabric Conditioner to the softener dispenser of your washing machine.

Wash chinos with like colors and fabrics only to help prevent dye bleed.

Dry & Finish

Most cotton chinos can withstand tumble drying with medium to high heat. Always check tags first to ensure you're following manufacturer instructions! We love to add Wool Dryer Balls to the machine drum to cut down on static and make drying more efficient. To ease ironing, remove from the dryer while still damp or line dry.

Always launder chino pants prior to making any alterations in fit or length. Use hot water and a warm to hot dryer cycle to ensure there will be no further shrinkage.


Chinos can be hung to prevent wrinkles, or folded (which may leave fold marks).

Always store items clean. We recommend storing in a breathable cotton storage bag..

Storing in plastic encourages yellowing and can trap mildew-causing moisture, a prime environment for bugs.

All techniques are based on textile science. Not all garments perform and react as science would predict.