Rit Dye Saved My Shirt

I love classic pieces of clothes. Little black dress, crisp white shirt, well fitting jeans, a tailored black shirt. They are versatile pieces that go a long way and if purchased as quality pieces, can last you a long time.  I have a tailored back shirt that I LOVE.




BUT it was going grey. My lovely black shirt was going grey. Fading, loosing life and on its way to the goodwill pile.

I took pity on the shirt and wanted to bring it back to life. I grabbed a box of black Rit dye for under $2 and went to work. My thinking was ‘it is on its way to the donation pile…what can go wrong?’

The best thing that could happen was the shirt would come back to life and would be vibrant again. The worst thing that could happen was the dye wouldn’t take and I would be only out a few bucks.

I followed the directions for dying fabric in a pot. I even added 3/4 cup of salt to the mix to help the dark color set. I did this because the fabric content had cotton over 50%. I let the shirt sit submerged for about 45 minutes.

Pro Tip: I did have bits of the shirt pop out of the dye solution so I used a plate to weigh the shirt down. I used a pyrex cup to keep the plate weighed down.

As you can see from the results this was well worth my pennies, taking a chance with a box of Rit dye in hops it would save my favorite black shirt.

What extents do you go to in saving a treasured item?


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1613080269 Janice Groff

    Have you had any repercussions in your washer as a result of the black dye?  I’ve been warned that it can stain the washer and/or transfer to your whites……any truth based upon your experience?

  • http://www.howipinchapenny.com Sarah

    I haven’t had any issues. I did a double rinse in cold water with JUST the dyed shirt in the machine. I also have a stainless steel drum. I wonder if that makes a difference.

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  • http://www.howipinchapenny.com/ Sarah Mock

    I have not. But i have a stainless steel washer drum. I am not sure if that makes a difference. I did rinse the shirt A LOT before rinsing it AGAIN in the washing machine.