There’s nothing more annoying than buying a black pair of jeans that you love and after a few washes they’re grey. Photo above is a before shot!
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You can get them back to black, see what I did there, by dying them with Dylon dye* which is no where near as complicated as it sounds- you literally put it in the washing machine drum with the clothes and press go! I re-dye my black and navy clothes about once every three months, if they’ve had a lot of wear and they’ve faded. I wear black trousers to work most days and these got a lot of wear and washing so I dye them a lot. Lesser worn items don’t get so much dying.
Dying your clothes makes them wearable for a lot longer and stops you spending more money on new clothes when you can dye your old ones to look like new, personally I find using the dye very cost effective as it’s inexpensive to buy.
You can also use the dye to change the colour of items which is fun. When I was in school I remember tie dying a jacket using elastic bands, it actually worked really well!
So this post is a ‘how to’ based on my dying sesh last week and I’ve also got some top tips for successful dying as well which will hopefully come in handy if you are going to have a go yourself! I dyed some previously black clothes and one grey pair of trousers so you can see what the pay off is like with a large load and a colour change.
I used the Dylon Wash & Dye Velvet Black* as shown below with my pile of ‘ready to dye’ clothes.
- Calculate how many clothes you can do for the colour pay off you desire- this packet says 500g of clothes will dye to the full shade and 1kg will dye to a lighter shade. I put a lot of clothes in this, there were 4 pairs of trousers (ladies size 12) 3 were previously black and one pair were grey and one pair of men’s rugby shorts (large). The more you put in, the lighter the colour pay off you will get
- With an empty washing machine empty the whole packet of dye directly in to the drum where the clothes go, it will slip through the holes but don’t worry about that (the packet says wear gloves)
- Add your clothes
- Check the packet for the cycle you need- for this one it was a 40 degree cotton cycle, (this is a full cycle so don’t use your ‘quick wash’) without any washing detergent
- Once the cycle has finished, add your detergent like normal and run another full cycle as directed, in this one another full cottons 40 degree cycle
- Dry your clothes like you normally do!
Before and after… You can see that whilst they are not super dark, for the amount of clothes the colour pay off is really good! The third pair down (in both pics) is the pair of trousers that were originally grey- you can see that the colour pay off has not been as good here. If I wanted them black black I would need to run these with a whole packet of dye on their own.
- ALWAYS read the back of the packet / instructions
- Make sure the clothes you are dying can be washed at the temperature needed for the dye, the one I used was 40 degrees otherwise they may shrink!
- Make sure the clothes you are dying are capable of dying, not all fabrics will take in the colour
- Fabrics that will dye:
- Cotton, linen & viscose
- Clothes that won’t dye to the full shade:
- Polyester / cotton & polyester / viscose mixes
- Clothes that won’t dye:
- Wool, silk, polyester, acrylic, nylon & fabric with specific finishes like ‘dry clean only’
- Fabrics that will dye:
- REMEMBER thread won’t dye so if something is white and the stitching is showing on top and you dye it black, the stitching will be very obvious once dyed! This is only applicable to polyester thread, but most thread used is polyester…
- Put the dye in the drum before the clothes to ensure an even colour pay off
- The more clothes you add to the drum, the weaker the colour transfer
- Conversely the less clothes you put in, the darker the colour they will come out
- The dye may not cover all stains or marks
- Always wash the clothes immediately after the dye cycle – this washes the excess dye out of the clothes and also cleans your machine so you won’t accidentally dye your next load of laundry!
- Remember that washing your clothes less frequently and at a lower temperature will keep the colour in your clothes stronger for longer, have a look at my ‘How I wash my clothes’ post for more washing and clothes tips!
Hope this has been helpful! Let me know on social media if you do this too or if you give this a go @juderiversblog