If you want to stop your dark denim from fading. Set the colour in your dark denim jeans before you wear them. Set the colour by handwashing them in a bucket of cold salty water (use 1 cup of table salt) before you machine wash them.
Then they will stay looking fresh and new for way longer and they will hold their colour much better.
Adding one cup of water to one bucket of water made no sense. Just as well I read on to the fine print.
I think the infographic was supposed to say 1 cup salt to 1 bucket cold water 🙂
It took me a few seconds to figure it out too.
I remember when I tried to dye some jeans years ago using Dylon and it stated that I needed to add salt to the Dylon mixture.
You can do this in your washing machine as well. Just heavily salt the wash water and run them through a cold (only) wash cycle. You should always run denim through the wash alone the first time anyway, since the indigo color can fade onto other clothing.
I’ll have to try this with my new jeans. For older already faded jeans I’ve had success re-dying them. I use one packet of denim color dye and half a packet of black dye and then I soak them in a bucket for a couple of hours.
Made a mess but the jeans came out looking brand new! This does work best with jeans that have some synthetic fabric (the little white strands). 100% cotton tend to take on a purple hue because the cotton absorbs too much dye.
It was cheaper than buying new jeans. Plus I could keep wearing my favorite pair of jeans without having to worry about looking scruffy.
Great tip – also good for applying to new bathers!