Colored jeans are coming back into style, and it’s great. No longer do you have to just wear blue. You can now choose them in any color you like. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than a pair of classic black jeans.
Of course, over time, your black jeans will start to fade.
They’ll turn from svelte to a faded gray. You have a couple of options. Either you can throw them away and buy a new pair — or you can use this handy trick to restore them to like-new condition.
It’s easier than you think to fix your faded black jeans!
Yes, it involves using dye, but don’t let that scare you off. You can find all the materials you need at a local fabric and craft store. What’s more, you can transform your jeans right at home.
Take one and a half gallons of water and combine it with half a cup of black dye. Empty the mixture into a container. Make sure it’s big enough to hold all the liquid once you put the jeans in. And of course, select a container you don’t mind getting stained — dye tends to stick to materials after it makes contact.
Grab some rubber gloves and a pair of regular kitchen tongs to avoid staining your hands.
Mix the water and dye well, then add a cup of salt.
Let your jeans soak in the dye and salt for an hour, then remove them using the tongs.
Drain the water and rinse the jeans well in the sink or tub — you don’t want dye dripping all over the floor. The rule of thumb is to keep rinsing them under the faucet until the water runs clear.
Then, wash your jeans on a regular laundry cycle and dry.
They’ll be returned to new condition so you can keep wearing your favorite jeans.
Some commenters on YouTube had a few additional pieces of advice.
“Good idea, You need to try a small amount of white vinegar while washing it, it gives more consistency to the color and prevent it from fading, repeat it in every wash, and there you go,” said one commenter.
Others emphasized the importance of using fabric dye.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but we usually think first of hair dye, which would make a mess without staying on the fabric. It’s also important to use hot water since dye doesn’t set very well when using cold water.
“This is fabric dye not hair dye, you need to tell people that and water is supposed to be warm or hot not cold at all and also need vinegar while doing it otherwise color will come off easy in next wash,” [sic] wrote another commenter.
While there’s certainly something to be said for simply buying a new pair of jeans, many people are now emphasizing the importance of reducing waste and saving money by repurposing clothes. For them, hacks like this can make a huge difference!
Check out the easy tutorial below.
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