The Ritsters' Studio
By The Ritsters
September 12, 2013
Learn how easy it is to dye your jeans any color you want with Rit Dye. The bucket or dishpan method of dyeing makes it so easy and helps you get just the color you like, right out of the bottle. Or, you can mix several dye colors together to create your own custom color.
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
White 100% Cotton Jeans
Rit Liquid Dye (1 Bottle)
Fabric Scrap to Test Dye Color
4 gallon pot
large metal spoon
plastic table cover
Step By Step
Prewash jeans to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
Fill dishpan or bucket with 3 gallons very hot tap water (140° F). Note: If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a tea kettle or in the microwave.
Estimate the weight of your dry jeans. (If possible, use a food scale.) These jeans weighed 14 ounces. As a guideline, ½ cup (half bottle) of liquid dye will color up to 16 ounces of dry weight fabric. To achieve a dark, more intense color, we suggest doubling the dye so we used 1 bottle of dye. You can use any color you'd like!
Dye Preparation: Wearing rubber gloves, shake dye bottle and pour into the water. Then measure 1 cup of salt; dissolve with 2 cups very hot water and stir well. Add to dye bath.
Add squirt of dishwashing liquid and stir well.
Wet jeans in warm water and squeeze out excess water.
Immerse jeans in dye bath and stir continuously for 20 minutes, then occasionally for 10 minutes or until desired color is achieved (up to one hour). The longer the jeans remain in the dye bath, the darker the color will be. (Color will appear lighter when dry.) Stirring helps to ensure an even color.
Remove jeans from dye bath and squeeze out excess dye. Rinse in cold running water until water begins to run clear. Then wash jeans in warm water with mild detergent, rinse, dry and iron.