How to Dye Denim With Tea

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How to Dye Denim With Tea
Use black tea to give jeans a worn look. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Using tea to dye clothes can give them a vintage look. To make jeans appear older and more worn, use tea to add a yellow shade to the denim. If you have rips or light spots on the jeans, it will turn those darker as well, adding to the vintage look. Dyeing with tea is a simple and inexpensive way to add interest to a pair of jeans.

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Things you need

  • Teapot or medium saucepan
  • 10 black-tea bags

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  1. 1

    Fill a teapot or medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil.

  2. 2

    Remove the saucepan from the burner. Add 10 black-tea bags to the water and let steep until the mixture is very dark, about 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Put the jeans into the washing machine and pour the tea on them. Wash and dry the jeans as you normally would but without detergent.

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