How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black

Everyone needs a good pair of black jeans. But what if your good pair of jeans is starting to look a bit tired and faded?

Do you have a pair of denim jeans that still fit perfectly but you never wear?

Bring your jeans back to life with our easy to use Rit Dye. You will see below just how easy it is to update your wardrobe.

How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black »

How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black »


•  Jeans

•  Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye Black (017015)

•  16 Litre dye container

•  Dishwashing liquid

•  Large metal spoon

•  Rubber gloves

 •  1 cup salt

How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black »

How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black »

How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black »

How To Dye Your Blue Jeans Black »


1.   Gather supplies. Prewash jeans to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.

2.   Estimate the weight of your dry jeans. (If possible, use a food scale.) As a guideline, ½ cup (half bottle) of liquid dye will colour up to 500 grams of dry weight fabric. For black or other dark colours, use 1 bottle of dye per 500 grams.

3.   Wet jeans in warm water and squeeze out excess water. The wet fabric will absorb the dye more evenly and prevent splotchy results.

4.   Fill dishpan, bucket or sink with 12 litres of very hot tap water (60° C). 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.

5.   Measure 1 cup of salt; dissolve with 2 cups very hot water and stir well. Add to dye bath.

6.   Add squirt of dishwashing liquid.

7.    Stir well. Test dye colour to be sure you are satisfied. Note: If colour is too light, add more dye. If colour is too dark, add more water.

8.    Immerse jeans in dye bath and stir continuously for 20 minutes, then occasionally for 10 minutes or until desired colour is achieved (up to one hour).

9.    The longer the jeans remain in the dye bath, the darker the colour will be. (Colour will appear lighter when dry). Stirring helps to ensure an even colour.

10.  Remove jeans from dye bath and squeeze out excess dye.

11.  Rinse in cold running water until water begins to run clear. Then wash jeans in warm water with mild detergent, rinse, dry and iron.  

You’ll love it – It’s just like having a new pair of jeans!

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