How to Make Liquid Dye for Tie Dye


Tie-dyeing is a hobby and art form for many people around the world. Use powdered fiber reactive dyes because they bond with the molecules of the fabric fibers, creating the most permanent dye possible. What this means is that no matter how many times you wash the fabric, the garment color will not bleed or wash away. Fiber reactive dyes will also achieve the brightest colors possible. But you cannot simple sprinkle the powdered dyes onto the clothing, you first have to make it a liquid.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. urea
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tsp. dye
  • Stainless steel spoon
  • Plastic squirt bottles
  • Pour 1 tbsp. of urea into a small bowl.

  • Add 1 cup of water to the bowl to dissolve the urea.

  • Add 4 tsp. of the dye color of your choice to the bowl. Stir the powdered dye in the bowl using a stainless steel spoon to dissolve the dye.

  • Pour the liquid dye into a plastic squirt bottle.

  • Repeat Steps 1 through 4 for each different fiber reactive dye that you'd like to use for your tie-dye project.

  • Tie-dye your fabric as normal.


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