How To Set Color In Jeans

Dark blue jeans are always in fashion, however, many people do not know how to set color in jeans to keep the dye from bleeding onto other clothes in the wash. This sort of raw denim, also known as sushi denim, can not only ruin other clothes, but can discolor furniture and your skin as well, as the color rubs off on the surface it touches. Knowing how to set the color in blue jeans can save you a lot of money and heartache by keeping the dye only in your blue jeans and not everywhere else.

Materials Needed:

  • Raw Denim Blue Jeans
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer
  • 1 bottle of white vinegar
  • Retayne

How to Set Color in Jeans:

  1. Add one cup of white vinegar to the washing machine. White vinegar is known to set the dye in clothes. It is important to add the vinegar before adding the jeans.
  2. Add only your jeans to the wash. Adding other clothes before the dye has set risks having the dye bleed onto other garments. Run the wash cycle as you normally would.
  3. Transfer your jeans to the dryer. Not only will the color be set in your blue jeans, but you will also notice that they will not fade as much with additional washes.
  4. Repeat the same procedure using Retayne if you find that a white vinegar wash was unsuccessful. This laundry additive is made solely to set color in clothing and can be used with other clothes that bleed as well. You must, however, wash with cold water because hot water deactivates Retayne.
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