By Rit Dye Team
April 14, 2017
Do you love the fit of a pair of old jeans but wish you could update the color? You only need a few supplies to take that favorite pair of faded jeans and make them new again and it's super simple!
Rit Products Used
You'll Also Need
4 gallon pot
large metal spoon
Step By Step
Gather supplies. Prewash jeans to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. 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, Rit suggests doubling the dye so I used 1 bottle of dye.
Fill dishpan, bucket or sink 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. Wearing rubber gloves, shake dye bottle and pour into the water.
Remove jeans from dye bath and squeeze out excess dye.
To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing. Add four tablespoons of ColorStay Dye Fixative to three gallons of hot water. Stir well. Place dyed jeans into the bath and stir occasionally for 20 minutes.