Green Overdyed Jeans

May 6 2024

From blue jeans to green, with the help of Rit All-Purpose Lemon Yellow and a little color theory.

  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid dye In Lemon Yellow
  • Cotton Blue Jeans
  • Salt
  • Dish Detergent
  • Large Plastic Container for Dyeing
  • Measuring Cup and Spoon
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
  • Gloves
  • Tongs
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  1. Cover work surface with a plastic cover. Gather supplies.
  2. For best results, prewash clothing item before dyeing. This removes any manufacturer’s finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  3. Fill dye container with 3 gallons very hot water (140F). Note: If water is not hot enough, heat some water in a cook pot to boiling and add to dye container.
  4. Dye Preparation: Shake dye bottle before pouring. Wearing rubber gloves, pour dye into the water. Then measure 1 cup salt dissolved with 2 cups hot water; add to dye bath. (Salt helps to intensify the color.) Then add a squirt of dish washing liquid and stir well.
  5. Test dye color to be sure you are satisfied. Dip swatch of white fabric or a paper towel into dye bath. If color is too light, add more dye.
  6. Immerse wet clothes in dye bath and stir continuously for 20 minutes. Wearing rubber gloves, move clothing item back and forth and up and down. This helps to ensure an even color. Tongs are also helpful for lifting. Continue to stir occasionally for 10 minutes or until desired color is achieved (up to one hour). The longer the clothes remain in the dye bath, the darker the color will be. Color will appear lighter when dry.
  7. To help reduce color bleeding and improve color retention, treat jeans with Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before rinsing. Follow package instructions. Remove from dye bath and squeeze out excess dye. Fill container with 3 gallons hot water and add 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) dye fixative; stir well. Immerse clothing item in fixative, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove clothes and rinse in cold water until water begins to run clear. Then machine wash with an old towel in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry. If desired, iron to remove excess wrinkles.


  • Check the fabric content of your jeans. The higher the percentage of cotton, the better the dye will stick to the fiber. 100% cotton will have the most vibrant result.
  • Light wash blue jeans will result in a brighter green. Starting with medium and darker blue washes will result in a darker, less intense green.
  • If you only want a light tint of green, use ¼ a bottle of dye or less.
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