A few washing practices can prevent your favorite black clothing pieces from losing their color, like applying a special detergent (we like Woolite Darks) and hanging to dry.

Despite best efforts, unfortunately, it's inevitable that dark pieces will begin to fade as you continue to wash and wear. So what should you do when your jet black jeans don't feel "black" anymore? Or your go-to sweatshirt doesn't look as special or flattering with its subdued coloring?

We have the answer. And not only is it nearly free but it's incredibly easy to apply and something you (likely) already have on hand—coffee.

The morning elixir, a natural dye, will turn light fabrics brown, of course, but on black fabrics, it strengthens the black dye and boosts the overall hue of garments like magic.

Here's how it's done:

  • Make two or three cups of black coffee. The darker the roast, the better.
  • Throw your faded black clothing in the washing machine and begin a rinse cycle. Use cold water and make sure to run without detergent.
  • As the washer starts to fill with water, throw the black coffee over your clothes.
  • Let the rinse cycle complete.
  • Once finished, begin a delicate wash cycle with cold water and detergent.
  • And finally, hang to dry.

This method will give your faded black clothing a new lease on life with an authentic look and feel. Try it for yourself and see.