Black leggings are go-to pants that you can throw on at any time of the day. Versatile and pretty comfortable. Regardless of their versatility, black leggings have one big downside, and that is bleeding.

Most black leggings tend to bleed and end up fading in no time. You might just end up dumping your black leggings after washing them a few times. So, how do you stop black leggings from bleeding?

The fact is that you don’t have to break a sweat to stop your black leggings from bleeding. We’ll tell you all about it below, keep reading.

6 Ways to Stop Black Leggings From Bleeding

I understand that some black leggings tend to bleed inevitably, which is why you should learn how to stop them from bleeding. Below are a few tips to follow;

1. Hot Water and Liquid Detergent

Add one tablespoon of liquid detergent to a sink full of hot water, tap water will work fine. Soak your black leggings in this mixture for 15 minutes. Rinse them thoroughly and hang the leggings to dry.

2. Use a Vinegar Solution

Vinegar is a natural fabric softener that can help reduce the bleeding of black leggings. To use this method, add one cup of vinegar to your washing machine during the rinse cycle.

You can also add detergent if you want to, but it’s not necessary if you’re using vinegar alone. Then run a cold wash cycle with no heat drying or drying in the dryer afterward.

Rinsing thoroughly is crucial because you want all traces of vinegar gone from your garments before they go into storage or are used again.

3. Consult Your Washing Labels

In order to prevent bleeding, it’s essential to follow the washing instructions on garments. Look for these on labels:

  • Washable or Machine Washable
  • The temperature of the water, usually cold or warm to be used for washing the garment in question. There may also be an indication of what type of detergent to be used with the garment; make sure you read this carefully as different dyes can react differently with certain types of detergents.

If you’re unsure about how to proceed, don’t hesitate to contact your local dry cleaner and ask them how they would recommend washing your leggings in order to prevent bleeding.

4. Treat Your New Leggings Before Wearing

If you’re new to the legging game, we recommend treating your new leggings before wearing them. Treating your leggings is easy and inexpensive and will help prevent bleeding. All you need is some white vinegar or lemon juice, a spray bottle, and a paper towel or rag that can be thrown away after use.

Simply spray a mixture of half white vinegar and half water onto your black leggings, then rub it into the fabric with the rag/paper towel until they are soaked through but not dripping wet.

Let this sit for 3-5 minutes before blotting off any excess liquid with another clean towel or rag, making sure that all areas are dry before putting on your pants.

5. Buy Leggings With Quality Dyes

The best way to get leggings without bleeding is to buy leggings with quality dyes. A good dye won’t bleed, and you’ll be able to concentrate on your workout instead of worrying about whether your pants are bleeding.

Quality dyes tend to cost more than cheap ones, but if it is not worth spending a few extra dollars on something that’s going to last longer? You should just save up for new ones next time anyway.

6. Avoid Dryers and Tumble Dryers for Black Leggings

It’s important to note that the heat from dryers and tumble dryers can cause black clothes to fade. If you must use a dryer, use the coolest setting available. If you must use a tumble dryer, use the lowest heat setting possible.

Why Does My Black Leggings Bleed?

Dye bleeding is a common problem with dark-colored clothing, and black leggings are no exception. The dye in the leggings can transfer onto other pieces of clothing you wear over them.

This is usually caused by the dye used on your black leggings not being stable enough to prevent staining when you wash them with other colors. Fortunately, there are ways to help stop this from happening.

  • You should treat your new pair of black leggings before wearing them and every time they come out of the dryer. A good pre-wash treatment is to use some vinegar as a fabric softener and then toss them in the washing machine like normal. Vinegar helps set dyes so they don’t bleed into other fabrics during washing and drying cycles later on down the line.
  • If you have already had issues with dye bleeding when wearing your new pair of black leggings, try treating them again after each wash cycle until the bleeding stops entirely.
  • Check out some stain removers or detergents specifically designed for removing stubborn stains like blood or food coloring from clothes before using them.

Can Vinegar Stop Black Legging From Bleeding?

Yes, you can use vinegar to stop black legging from bleeding. The acidity of vinegar can neutralize the alkaline in detergent, and it will also help remove stains and soften your clothes. Vinegar is a mild acid that can be used as an alternative laundry additive or as an ingredient in homemade detergent recipes.

Vinegar is great for removing stains because it’s naturally acidic, which breaks up proteins so they don’t stick to fabrics, a process known as saponification. This makes vinegar ideal for removing stains and making your clothes feel soft and fresh again.

Will My Black Leggings Ever Stop Bleeding?

This is relative, some black leggings stop bleeding after washing severally while some do not. You have to be careful even with the ones that appear to have stopped bleeding. Hot water wash can start bleeding again after several years.

I’d say you should avoid hot temperature wash and sort your laundry before washing, you don’t want your black leggings bleeding onto your favorite white shirt.

How Do I Remove Color-Bleeding Stains From My Clothes?

Removing bleeding stains from your cloth is pretty simple and here is how to go about it. Mix oxygen bleach with hot water and then allow the mixture to rest for a couple of minutes. After that, add the said cloth to the mixture and let it soak for at least 15 minutes, and rinse afterward. The stain should have disappeared. Feel free to repeat the process if the stain didn’t come off.

How to Spot Bleeding-Prone Black Leggings

People mostly buy black leggings intending to wear them for a long time. But some leggings end up dashing this hope by bleeding. You can save yourself from this heartache by boycotting bleeding-prone leggings altogether. Here are a few tips to look out for when buying black leggings

1. Avoid leggings with instructions like color may wash down

Most leggings with this instruction will most likely bleach. Avoid bleeding issues completely by buying those without such instructions.

2. Do not use detergent

Some detergents are black dye friendly while some are not. To be on the safe side, do not use detergent on your black leggings unless there is an instruction on the leggings that expressly allows it.

3. Use cold water

The instruction to use cold water is usually written on leggings with unstable dye and will end up bleeding. If at all you are buying such leggings, wash them separately.

4. Wash before wear

Know that any leggings with any of the above inscriptions will likely bleed. For that reason, buy brands without any of those inscriptions as they are most likely colorfast, meaning they don’t bleed.


The first thing is to stop washing your black leggings with other clothes that are not black or colored. You should use a detergent specially made for your clothes or vinegar or borax which will make them bleeding-free. You can also add some salt to the wash cycle so that everything gets cleaned well while still keeping its colorfast.

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