Laundry detergent is sometimes a catch-22 for your favorite dark-colored clothes. Yes it cleans your clothes, but the off-the-rack appeal of your preferred wardrobe slowly fades as time goes by. After a few washes, your costly apparel rotates into those idle hanger items that you ignore in your closet. Pour life back into your clothes with fabric dye. It’s easy with minimal mess.
Put on plastic coated gloves to protect your hands and area wear you are working.
Fill a tub or bucket with searing hot water.
In a separate cup or container, pre-dissolve the black powder dye in one cup of hot tap water.
Using a rod or stick, place your black hoodie inside the tub of boiling hot water. Swirl the hoodie around in the water to completely submerge it.
Take your black hoodie out of the water and hang it on the clothes line dripping wet with two to three clothespins. If you do not have a clothes line, construct a makeshift clothing line with any kind of wire or rope and string it across your bath tub or between two high points. Or hang your hoodie over your bath tub with a hanger.
Add the cup of dissolved dye into the tub of hot water. Stir it to darken the entire tub of water.
Place the wet hoodie into the dyed water. Again, swirl your garment around to completely submerge it. Keep your hoodie in the dyed water for approximately 30 minutes.
Wear the gloves as you remove the garment from the dyed water and place it into a plastic bag to prevent it from dripping dye on anything else.
Remove your gloves and set your washing machine on the rinse cycle. Set it for cold water.
Place the hoodie by itself into the washing machine and put it through a rinse cycle.
Hang the hoodie on a clothes line or hanger with two to three clothes pins after the spin cycle and let it dry.
One rinse should seal the black color of your hoodie, but you may also wash it again to neutralize the dye.
Fabric dye is a semi-permanent color that and can stain your floors or anything that it touches. It’s a good idea to protect your area with plastic bags and towels, or dye your black hoodie in the yard, garage or anywhere that can withstand a little splash of dyed water.