How to Fade Black Jeans to Grey

Jeans are a versatile and popular item of clothing, but they can sometimes be a little too dark and heavy for everyday wear. We’ll show you how to fade black jeans to grey using simple techniques that anyone can do at home in this post.

How to Fade Black Jeans to Grey

It’s a subtle and straightforward way to change your look, and it can be done with minimal effort. Here are a few tips on fading your black jeans to grey. So if you’re looking for a way to lighten up your look, keep reading!

What Causes Jeans to Fade

Fading occurs in high friction areas, which is usually in the front, back, and knees. Jeans will fade in these commonly bent areas when they are washed regularly. Drying with heat (such as in a clothes dryer) speeds up the fading process by ‘cooking’ the dye molecules into the fabric; This can also cause significant shrinkage.

Untreated jeans will fade after a few washing items, depending on the materials and colors of the fabric. The dye in pre-treated denim tends to be more resistant to fading as it usually has a larger molecule structure which makes it stronger and harder to break down by the chemicals in the dye.

If you want to keep on top of your fading, try wearing a dark t-shirt underneath so your skin doesn’t show through the jeans.

How to Fade Black Jeans to Grey: 12 Best Methods

1. Lemon Juice:

This is a popular and simple option mix lemon juice, water, and baking soda in equal parts, then use the solution to soak the black jeans. After letting them sit for an hour or two, wash them with cold water and allow them to hang dry in the sun. This will result in a very light grey color. You can re-fade by repeating this process.

2. Salt Water Solution:

Another popular method is to soak the black jeans in a saltwater solution for 30 minutes, wash them with cold water, and dry them in the sun. The result will be lighter grey color without any patchiness. You can re-fade by repeating this process until you desire fading result.

3. Vinegar:

Vinegar is also one of the household ingredients that can gradually fade black jeans. Mix vinegar, baking powder, and salt in equal portions, then soak them for about 30 minutes before washing them with cold water. This will produce a darker shade of grey after drying in the sun. Repeat this process until you get the desired result.

Mix Vinegar, Baking Powder, and Salt

4. Use Hydrogen Peroxide:

Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and salt in equal parts. Then soak the black jeans for about 2 hours before washing them with cold water and hang them out to dry in the sun. This will produce a grey color without any patchiness and fade the black color in some areas.

5. Use A Laundry Ball:

If you do not want to soak your black jeans in chemicals, go for a laundry ball that will naturally help you fade them. First, fill the box of the pressing balls with water and add four teaspoons of baking soda to it. Now place the filled box in with your black jeans when washing them. This process will make them fade gradually without any side effects.

6. Use An Oven:

Another popular method is to place the black jeans in a heated oven and let them absorb some of the heat and fade naturally. However, this process will produce uneven fading and is not considered safe.

7. Use Ammonia:

Another household product that can gradually fade black jeans is ammonia. Mix 4 parts of water with 1 part of ammonia in a bowl, then soak the jeans for about 2 hours before washing them in cold water with regular laundry detergent. This will produce faded black jeans without any side effects and remove all stains.

8. Use Sunlight:

Another natural way to fade black jeans is to dry them outside in the sun. Firstly, hang them out of direct sunlight and allow them to absorb some heat from the sun. Then move the jeans under direct Sunlight for a few hours till you get your desired result. Repeat this process till your black jeans turn into a medium shade of grey.

9. Washing Machine:

Try washing your black jeans in the machine on a hot setting with regular detergent to fade them quickly. Make sure not to use any bleach while doing this. This is one of the best ways to fade jeans because it fades evenly, and patches are almost unnoticeable.

10. Use a Steamer:

Another way to fade black jeans is by using a steamer. This process will remove all the creases from your black jeans and make them look brand new. Make sure to steam from the inside of the jeans because it may cause them to rip or tear if you do not. It is better to find a steamer that can be used on jeans to make this process easier.

Using a Steamer

11. Use Nail Polish Remover:

This is one of the most effective ways to naturally fade black jeans and remove stains from them without any side effects. First, you have to soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover then rub it on the black jeans. Repeat this process until you get the desired result.

12. Use Bleach:

If none of the above methods work for you, try bleaching your black jeans to fade them. Mix salt and some bleach in a bowl and add water to it. Soak the black jeans overnight in this solution and wash them with cold water the next morning before wearing them.

This process will erase some color from your jeans and fade them, but it can also cause some damage to the fabric. Make sure you do not use too much bleach while doing this because it will ruin your jeans completely.

Some Tips and Suggestions

Here are some tips and suggestions on how to fade black jeans to grey.

1. To fade black jeans effectively, you need to apply a bleaching agent on them. This is because the dye molecules are too strong for just washing or scrubbing alone, and that will take forever to fade your jeans to grey.

2. For the first six months, wear your black jeans as often as you can, with no inhibitions, of course. Wearing them every day means they will fade faster, which means you will be able to use them sooner.

3. To fade your black jeans faster, you need to apply bleach. You can use a toothbrush or any other clean and handy tool. Wrap the toothbrush’s bristles with a paper towel, so it doesn’t drip all over your pants.

4. After bleaching, rinse your jeans thoroughly with cold water and let them dry. Do not wash! The washing process will cause the color to fade.

Rinse Your Jeans Thoroughly

5. After six months of daily wear, you can start doing what you’re supposed to do with your jeans, such as wearing them in the dirt and getting them wet. You can also bleach them repeatedly if they don’t fade much during this period.

6. If you have a pair that you don’t use anymore or a relative’s old jeans, they would be perfect for your experiment. You can also try to dye the jeans with a dark blue color and see if they will gradually fade out after repeated washes.

7. Washing is the hardest part of this process since you don’t want your jeans to fade too much in just a month or so. You can still wash them, but try to plan them well and avoid washing them when the weather is hot.

How Do You Wash the Fabric to Achieve the Desired Result

Heat is what changes the color of your jeans. For example, when you first dye your jeans black, they are just a very dark navy blue. The heat from washing will break down the dye molecule and change them to that desired black color.

The hotter the water temperature, the more dye will be removed. So I typically use hot water, and then once the jeans are fully washed, and in the dryer, I open the door and let them cool off in there with the heat still running.

Your goal is to remove as much dye as possible without removing too much indigo from the original fabric itself. You can tell if you’ve lost too much indigo if your jeans start to look like a pale blue. If this happens, you can stop washing them, and they will fade back to blue over time.


After reading this blog post, you now know how to fade black jeans to grey! To maintain the color, be sure not to wash these jeans for at least 4-5 weeks. As well as fading your pants from black to gray, you also created two new pairs that are now perfect for spring and summer. 

Not to Wash Jeans at Least 4-5 Weeks

The jeans should be faded to a light grey color when you are done. All that is left for you is to make sure they fit well and wear them with pride! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us! We hope this article has been helpful for you, and we wish you all the best on your journey into denim DIYs.

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