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How To Dye Fabric: An Expert Guide

There are times when you buy something thinking it’s one color, but the bright lights of the store or the picture you see online might end up deceiving you.

So the only way for you to recover from that is to either go back to the store and replace it with one that you like.

Or, if they don't have a replacement, then you have to dye to the color of your choice. Dying does not only come in handy for these moments; sometimes, you might even want to change the color of your old clothes and give them a new look.

Either way, there is a guide on what you should do and the steps you have to take.

How To Dye Fabric: two easiest methods

Method 1

Here, we’ll show you the step-by-step guide for method 1.

  • Step 1

First and foremost, at the very beginning of the process, you have to fill your washing machine with some hot water. Just add enough so that the cloth you plan to put inside has enough space to move around freely. This will make dying easier and better.

  • Step 2

The next step would be to add the proportion of dye as stated on the packaging. Choose a dye of your choice.

  • Step 3

Now, before you put the fabric into the washing machine, take the garment and soak it in hot water. Make sure you wet it well and not just dampen it. This way, the dying process can be executed smoothly.

  • Step 4

After that, take your cloth and open it up completely and make sure it has no wrinkles. If it does, then chances are the dye will be light on some portions and darker on the others.

That is not how it should be if you want it to be one solid color, but if that's the effect you want to go for, then you could keep it wrinkled.

  • Step 5

Next, you are going to set your washing machine to the longest washing cycle. The garment should bathe in the dye solution for half an hour at least before you start the washing machine.

  • Step 6

Once the cloth has finished its cycle in the machine, take the garment out and take it to the sink. You should run it under some cold water to take all of the excess dye off the garment. Rinse it thoroughly under the water.

  • Step 7

The dying, for the most part, is done. Now, you can either opt for drying your cloth on the clothesline or the drier.

  • Step 8

Finally, clean up the washing machine by setting it up to the highest power level and use a cup of bleach to clean it up. And you're done!

Method 2

Here, we’ll show you the step-by-step guide for method 2.

  • Step 1

This method is useful if you don't have a washing machine at home, or might not want to make the machine dirty with the dye.

So, the first thing you should do with this is to fill up a bucket or your sink with hot water. Just like you did with the machine, fill it with enough water so that the garment can move around freely.

  • Step 2

Add in your dye solution to the water. Make sure you add in what is recommended to you on the package for the best result. Stir in the mixture to the water with your hand or a spoon if you don’t want to get your hands dirty.

  • Step 3

Now, before you put the cloth into the water and dye solution, you have to wet the fabric. You can do this in the sink or a bucket. Wet it properly and don’t keep any dry patches.

  • Step 4

Once you have taken it out of the bucket, just smooth out all the wrinkles from the cloth and dip it completely in the dye solution. As you are doing the work with your hands and not a machine, the cloth has to be stirred continuously for about 10 to 30 minutes.

  • Step 5

After the 30 minutes is done, take the cloth out and then dip it in some cold water. Keep rinsing it until the water runs clear, and no excess dye comes out of the garment. Then, wash it using some sort of mild detergent to take out all remaining dye from the item.

  • Step 6

The last few things you have to do with the garment is to rinse it again with cold water, as thoroughly as possible and then pop it into the dryer or hand it on a clothesline. Both would do the same job, so either is fine.

  • Step 7

And finally, for the last step, you have to clean out the sink or the bucket you dyed the fabric in. Use some bleach and the job should be done.

Conclusion

Follow either of the two methods because both will give you the same results, and that is a freshly dyed garment. Now, you have to decide which will be easier for you, the washing machine or the sink.

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