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Old 10-13-2009, 10:01 AM
Location: NJ/SC
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Couple questions about this...

1. I have a lot of black clothing that are slightly faded, can I dye them to look like new? What is a good product to use? How do I not ruin my washer?

2. MY DH wants to dye a pair of jeans white for a Halloween costume. Can he do that with bleach or will it just make spots? How would he do this?

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Old 10-13-2009, 01:10 PM
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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I have never had luck getting a truly even black from the washer...always streaked or spotted somewhere from folds or cramping...but it does seem to work better if the garments are thoroughly wetted before placing in the laundry instead of introducing to the dye bath dry. Some swear by adding salt to the water. I've tried machine, stock pot, bath tub, you name it. Was glad to find someone with a VAT, which she used to dye garments and cloth with professional dyes...but she's in Boca somewhere, and that was 15 years ago.
Maybe someone else will have a better way.

Bleaching jeans...he probably won't get pure white without eating some fabric, and the stitching may remain gold or blue depending on the composition. There is a RIT 'dye remover' but that won't take it to white...
Since it's past-season, he might very well be able to hit a Marshalls or Penney's and get a cheap pair of white jeans and not kill the pair he's already got, unless these are beaters he doesn't care anything about? Hydrogen Peroxide was always added as a boost when we kids were bleaching designs in to denim, but I don't know if it's actually safe or recommended. Being kids, we did not consider such things (toxic fumes, etc.) as important.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:43 PM
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To bleach jeans white will make them rip. Just get some white dickies. I used RIT dye to redye my blacks in hot water in a big pot. I don't think the washing machine does a good job. I also filter the water that I am going to dye with. It seems to make a difference. If you can iron it after you dye it do that. I also pop it in the dryer before washing.

Run dark stuff through the dryer after that just in case. If you do the washing machine method all you have to do after is run a load of hot bleach water through an empty load. It will remove all the dye. Do it right after use. And I still would put a rag load through afterwards just in case.

Check out woolite or cheer for darks. It does make a difference for washing you dark stuff.
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:44 PM
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RIT: CHOOSE A DYEING TECHNIQUE (http://www.ritdye.com/Choose_a_Technique.8.lasso - broken link)

THey suggest the pot method for black on the website. (i need to do this too)

p.s. I used the liquid stuff not powder
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