How to Dye White Nike Socks

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Although some Nike socks come in different colors, the majority that you'll find will be white. If you need to match your socks to your school's team colors – or are just looking for some fun colored socks – consider dyeing them yourself. You can find all-purpose fabric dye from any fabric or arts and crafts store for just a few dollars. This all-purpose dye can transform your white Nike socks into almost any color imaginable.

How to Dye White Nike Socks
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Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose fabric dye
  • Socks
Step 1

Start your washing machine, set it on the hottest water temperature setting and an extended cycle. Set the machine machine water level at "Low" or "Small." If you're dyeing several packages of Nike socks – 30 pairs of socks or more – set the water level to "Medium."

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Step 2

Add a quarter of a bottle of all-purpose fabric dye to the washing machine for one to five pair of socks. If you're dyeing multiple socks -- five pairs or more -- add a half of the bottle.

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Step 3

Soak your socks under hot water, then stretch them slightly to get rid of crumples or wrinkles. This step will help to ensure the socks are all dyed evenly.

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Step 4

Place the socks in the washing machine, and allow the dye to work through the entire washing cycle.

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Step 5

Remove the socks from the washing machine and rinse them under cold water. Once the water runs clear, place the socks in your dryer to completely dry. If you've dyed your socks a deep shade, rinse the socks under warm water first, adding a small amount of detergent. Then finish rinsing them under cold water until the water runs clear. Dry them as usual.

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Tips & Warnings

  • To wash the dye out of your washing machine, add detergent and 1 cup of chlorine bleach to the hot water of your machine. Run your washing machine using complete wash cycle to clean out the interior of your machine.

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