Frugal Friday: Not dead, just needs dying!


My favorite black jeans have become faded after what I figure is some 250 too many hot cycles in my washing machine.  Look.  When you find a pair of jeans that make you look skinny, you’ll do anything to save them.

Nevertheless, they look like I got them at the Salvation Army – which is where I was preparing to take them.

Today I ran across this tip and I’m going to try it on my jeans and a few other favorite pieces of clothing that are beginning to look weary. You can make them look almost like new by dying them to refresh the color.  Jeans,  cotton shirts, even table cloths can perk right up with a package of dye.

If you want to change the color of an item to update it, make sure that you go darker. Color remover helps, but it doesn’t always remove all the color. You can dye four items made of the same fabric and get four similar but not identical colors so be prepared to be somewhat surprised, usually pleasantly.

Before you dye something a darker color, check the stitching. Often the thread is polyester and will not take dye well.

I’m going to try this on my tennis socks which are all a putrid color of pink.  I washed them with a red towel that I didn’t know was in the bottom of the washing machine. Bleach didn’t work, so I’m going to try white dye.

2 thoughts on “Frugal Friday: Not dead, just needs dying!

  1. Emily,
    I’ve been dying for years. Been to dying parties, etc. for preparing fabric for quilting plus just regular dying of clothes. One thing I’ve found out is that polyester items will not dye. Natural fibers take dyes very well.
    Unless you’re dying something very small which can be done on the stovetop, you’ll have to use your washing machine. Some colors may need more than one box/bottle of dye-just read the instructions very well. Also, remember to clean out your washer after dying and before washing regular clothes.
    I didn’t even know anyone used hot water anymore. Have you considered cold water? I know you’re clothes aren’t dirty enough for hot water, unless you’re washing your gardening clothes.

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