How to Dye Wool With Rit

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Change the color of wool with Rit dye.
Change the color of wool with Rit dye. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Rit dye works best with natural fibers, such as wool, cotton, linen and silk. Available in both powder and liquid form, Rit allows you to change the color of your wool clothes or other wool items around the house. Dye a wool sweater to match your favorite pants or change the color of a wool blanket so it matches the rest of your decor.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 package powder Rit dye or half a bottle liquid Rit dye
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 gallons hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Large bucket
  • Large spoon
  • 1 tablespoon laundry detergent

Choose the color of Rit dye you want to use. Be aware that once the dye sets, the color of your wool may be slightly lighter or darker than the color on the packaging.

Mix one package of Rit powder or half a bottle of Rit liquid dye with two cups of hot water. If using the powder dye, make sure it is thoroughly dissolved in the water. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the dye.

Pour three gallons of hot water into a large bucket, and add in the two cups of water and dye mix. Stir the water with a large spoon so the dye is evenly dispersed.

Mix one tablespoon of laundry detergent in the bucket of water and dye. This helps your wool item dye evenly.

Place the wool item in the water and stir it with a large spoon. Continuous stirring and movement in the water helps to make sure it is evenly dyed.

Leave the wool item in the water for at least 10 minutes, but no longer than one hour. The longer the item is in the dye, the deeper the color will be.

Remove the wool item from the water when the color is slightly darker than what you want. The color will lighten after being rinsed and while drying.

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Rinse the wool item in cool water until the water runs clear, and lay it flat to dry.

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