We all know that jeans can be pricey so why not get as much life out of them as you can. I know that most of us have those favorite pair of jeans that we hope do not ever get worn out. Most people, me included, do not wear our jeans out because we all know that sometimes that hole in the knee looks pretty darn cool. But if you have a favorite pair that you wear to work (which my office doesn’t allow rips if wearing jeans) they get too faded and worn looking long before I want to toss them out to the Goodwill.
Well hang on because I have the solution to breathe new life back in those jeans. Why not get some more mileage out of your clothing when you can. Right?
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Here are two examples of jeans (these are not high priced designer) but these will work well to show you what you can expect when dying these babies. Even though the photos do not show the true tale of how worn the jeans look, I think you get the idea.
I felt like all the wearing and washing had the jeans looking too old and tired to wear to work.
So time to put some life back in my jeans. Here is how I did it.
I like the liquid Rit Dye but it also comes in powder. I used the Denim Blue color liquid.
7 Steps to New Looking Jeans
- Add the rit dye to the washing machine that is filled with hot water, about 1/4 way (this was medium setting on my machine) Keep in mind that you will need more water if you dye more than two pairs of jeans. One Rit Dye bottle will dye up to 2 lbs of clothing.
- Put the washing machine on agitate for about 10 – 20 seconds to mix the dye. Stop machine
3. Add the jeans pushing down into the washer. Be sure to wear rubber gloves or use a large unused paint stick or big dipping spoon to push the clothing into the water or you will come out with BLUE HANDS.
4. Agitated for about 2 minutes to get the dye through out the fabric. Stop the washer. DO NOT RUN THE WASH CYCLE…..IT WILL NOT BE LONG ENOUGH.
5. Let the jeans soak in the dye water for a couple of hours. You CAN NOT over dye. Make sure to leave the jeans in the dye long enough to let the fabric absorb the dye. So don’t worry about leaving in too long. Minimum dye time is 1 hour.
6. Once dyed, run through washing machine rinse only cycle – TWICE.
7. Dry as you normally would.
Here is the before and after so you can get the idea of the results.
I think the dye works perfectly. See how the worn look is still apparent in the jeans but more subtle just like when new and the thread color of the jeans stayed as they were.
There you have my Rit Dye trick for adding new life to your jeans. Do you have jeans you want to give a little more life to or just a refreshed look? I hope this has given you some ideas on ways to stretch your clothing life with just a $5 bottle of dye.
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