Everybody has their favorite pair of jeans. Every time you wanted to look good, that was your go-to pair. It has seen the inside of a washing machine too many times and it has become faded.  You can make them presentable again.

You can dye your own jeans back to how they looked like in their glory days. You can either use a washing machine, a bath tube or a bucket. The bucket might be the safest option, since you don’t want to ruin or stain any equipment. You can purchase Rit Dyes in a variety of places, like pharmacies, grocery stores or at Amazon. It comes in powder form or liquid and in various colors.

To turn faded dark blue jeans back to its original color you can try out black dye or blue dye depending on the look you want to create.

Fill a bucket with hot water. Rit suggests to put half a bottle per one pound of fabric in 3 gallons of water. Submerge your jeans in the bucket and stir with a stick, to prevent the dye from leaving remnants on your fingernails. To keep the color evenly spread over the jeans you have to stir constantly to keep the agitation going for an hour.

Once the hour is up, you can pour the water down the drain and clean up immediately. This way the dye won’t stain, since it is for a short period of time on the surface. Rinse the jeans with cold water, until it runs almost clear and continue to wash them inside out in a washing machine. You can put in an old towel to ensure that all the excess dye is gone. After the first cycle, you can optionally run an empty cycle to ensure your washing machine is clean as well.

Once your jeans are air-dried you will see the change. Rit doesn’t dye 100% polyester materials, so the stitching will maintain its original color, while the rest of the material soaked in the dye.

So take an old pair of jeans from your closet that you haven’t thought of in years and experiment!

Source: Primer