Denim is surely the favorite fabric of the majority of us. Since the appearance of the first jeans in 1853, by Levi Strauss, this piece has been emulated by many and is surely still today one of the most worn garments in the world. Its strength lies in its longevity. It lasts a long time and keeps a stylish cachet even if it is worn or torn. All-terrain, it goes with all colors, adapts to different looks and can be worn day and night.
In casual, chic or downright glamorous mode, it goes easily with sneakers and pumps. And, since its appearance, designers have had a great time adapting it at will: skirt, dress, shirt, shorts, bags, accessories… it’s on all fronts!
We bet that you still have in your closet a must-have pair of jeans that you particularly like. Too bad if it’s had its day and it’s completely worn out, even dirty, you still can’t get rid of it!
However, faced with this situation, you have three options: recycle it to make a bag or other accessory, dye it another color…or, and this is what will appeal to you the most, restore radiance by helping to revive its initial color. And all that with just one ingredient.
Want your favorite jeans to get a makeover? Here is the perfect trick.
There are different elements that work as natural pigments like black beans. Very popular in Mexican cuisine, these nutritious seeds are also used as a vegetable dye.
If you are used to soaking them before cooking them, you will surely have noticed that the water is painted with shades of blue and purple. Just enjoy the soaking water from these beans for your clothes and, best of all, without wasting food.
To revive the color of your jeans, you will need:
- ½ kilo of black beans
- 4 to 5 liters of water, plus 2 liters
- 50 grams of salt
1. In a pot, soak the beans in 4 liters of water for 6 hours. Check the water every hour, if the beans have absorbed a lot of water, add a little more.
2. Pass the beans through a sieve, without discarding the water. You can take the opportunity to cook the beans without a casserole.
3. Boil 2 liters of water with the salt until it dissolves.
4. Soak your jeans in salt water or pour the water into a bucket and put the jeans in it.
Wait for the water to cool, remove the jeans from the water and pour the liquid from the beans into them.
5. Soak overnight to absorb the color and next day wash in warm water and let dry.
6. Iron with an iron to fix the color.
You will notice a clear difference on your jeans!
Can black beans be used for dyeing?
Black beans are not only a source of vegetable protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also contain natural pigments that can be used as natural dyes to dye clothes in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. The designer Geraldine Diosa, quoted on the website of the Sustainable Fashion Academy, explains precisely that their use has many advantages.
Of course, the maintenance of the garment must be very particular. Just wash it with neutral soap and, if you want to soften it, you can use white vinegar with baking soda.
The easy option is to grate your neutral soap and combine it with baking soda to turn it into a powder detergent. You can also use an eco-friendly liquid soap.
Now you know what you have to do! Before you consider parting with your favorite pair of jeans, first go for this cool solution that will help it get its color back just by using a few black beans supplemented with budget-friendly ingredients.
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