How to Make Fire Resistant Fabric at Home


In a fire, treated fabric creates a protective barrier between your skin and the flames. Some fabric comes from the manufacturer treated with a fire-resistant coating while untreated fabric can be made fire-resistant with a homemade solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bucket
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 4 ounces of alum
  • 9 ounces of borax
  • Stir stick
  • Clean fabric
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dryer
  • Pour the hot water into the bucket. The bucket needs to be large enough to hold all of the fabric and solution.

  • Measure and add both the alum and the borax to the hot water. Stir gently with the stir stick until the alum and borax are dissolved.

  • Immerse the fabric in the bucket of fire-resistant solution. Push the fabric gently under the water until it is completely soaked. Let the fabric soak overnight.

  • Put the rubber gloves on your hands because the solution can cause skin irritation. Wring the solution out of the fabric.

  • Place the fabric in the dryer and run it on the cool setting until the fabric is completely dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • The water needs to be hot to dissolve the alum and borax.
  • Test a small area of the fabric for colorfastness before doing the whole piece of fabric.
  • Test for flame resistance before using the fabric.
  • Do not ingest the solution, and keep it away from children as it is toxic if ingested.

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