Let me just tell you about my love affair with this pair of Gap jeans (P.S. on sale!). I might have been guilty of wearing them every. single. day. They’re my go-to on date nights, weekend trips and lazy Sundays. It’s love, guys. To say I’m obsessed with them would be the understatement of the year.
But unfortunately, daily wear caused them to fade a bit. I know, I know. The obvious solution here is to just order another pair. But because I was craving a little challenge (and wanted to save a few bucks), I grabbed a bottle of Rit and went the DIY route. And it totally worked.
Follow the steps below to see how you can breathe a little life into your favorite pair of black jeans:
Rit fabric dye
Gloves (strongly advised. I learned the hard way)
Step 1: Fill large plastic container or dishpan with very hot water (140F), enough for the fabric or item to move freely (about 3 gallons for one pound of fabric). I heated some water on the stove, but you can use tap water if it’s hot enough.
Step 4: Because my jeans were cotton, I went with salt (If you’re working with silk, wool or nylon, use 1 cup of vinegar instead). Add salt/water mixture to dye bath. Add squirt of dishwashing liquid and stir well.Step 5: Using a paper towel, test dye color to make sure it’s the shade you want. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.
Step 6: Make sure to pre-soak your item in regular water before adding it to the dye bath. Once added, stir constantly for about 10-30 minutes. P.S. – gloves are definitely advised for this part.
After your item is finished, remove and rinse with warm water. To wash, add to the washing machine with an old towel.
And now you’re ready to wear!