Presto! Refresh!

About this time of year, many of our dark washable garments may start to look a little faded and drab.  No need to replace them.  Just refresh them.  Here’s how:

Grab a bottle of ordinary RIT All-Purpose Liquid Dye in the relevant color and a bottle of RIT Colorstay Dye Fixitive  from Michaels, Target or Joann Fabrics.

  • The powder dye is cheaper, but any dark color is a mix of vari-colored granules and you risk a speckled result if you don’t dissolve it 100% perfectly.  Don’t ask how I know this.
  • RIT’s new Dyemore product is great for synthetics, but those don’t typically fade anyway.
  • NOTE: If you have several dark pieces in variants on the same color — not quite matched navy blue, for example — this trick can make them more closely matched too!

Simply follow the instructions, submerging your items fully in the dissolved dye bath for the required length of time.  Stir occasionally to make sure all areas of the garment are able to absorb the color.  The RIT website gives detailed instruction for beginners.

Meanwhile prepare a mixture of Dye Fixative and water.  Move the dyed item directly into the Fixitive bath for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Rinse and launder and – PRESTO!  Brand-new looking items ready to go back into wardrobe rotation.

How’s that for making good use of a lock-down winter day?


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

1 Comment

  1. TC Ferrito on February 21, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve been doing this for years because dark pants fade easily. And tip is to use Woolite for Darks. It’s supposed to keep your dark clothing from fading and I think it works.

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