How to Dye Clothes at Home


Dyeing clothes at home can be a quick and easy way to design your own style or refresh some faded fabrics. Dyeing clothes at home is easier than you think; it can be done via some simple steps, with little mess and some great results.

Things You'll Need

  • Large stainless-steel pot
  • Stainless-steel spoon or tongs
  • Water
  • Rit Dye (color of your choice)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wash any clothing you wish to dye to remove any dirt or film. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets, as this will leave a film that can affect the dyeing process.

  • Decide what color and kind of Rit Dye you want to use. Rit is available in powder or liquid form, and both forms will yield virtually the same results.

  • Read instructions that accompany your Rit Dye, to determine how much to use. Instructions will vary depending on the size and weight of your garment.

  • Boil the instructed amount of hot water in a large steel pot on your stove. Bring water to a nice boil and then leave it on low heat.

  • Add the instructed amount of Rit Dye. Stir in mix with a stainless-steel spoon or stainless-steel tongs.

  • Dampen your garment with warm water in the sink. Then wring it out and throw it into the pot with the dye mixture.

  • Constantly watch your mixture. Stir it every five minutes or so for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the color level desired and instructions for your individual dye.

  • Remove pot from heat. Using rubber gloves, remove your garment from the mixture. If you have a backyard, it may be best to take your pot out there to do this step, to avoid staining anything in your kitchen. If you are indoors use a stainless-steel sink.

  • Rinse garment with cool water until water runs clean. If you are in your backyard, it may be easiest to do this with a hose.

  • Wash garment in a cold cycle and dry. For future washes, always wash your garment alone in a cool wash. Since some dye may come off with washing, it's best to run an empty wash after washing your garment to remove any residual dye from your washer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never leave your pot with boiling water unattended, as this can be a fire hazard. Also never let your garment touch the burners, as this is also a fire hazard.

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