How to Get Coral Using Rit Dye

A delicate shade reminiscent of sun-drenched coral beaches can be made by combining two different colors of Rit dye. Rit dye has been used as a home fabric dye since shortly before WW I, when Charles C. Huffman began experimenting with fabric dye in a vacant Chicago store. By 1917, he began marketing his new project with the slogan "Never say dye – say Rit!" Natural fibers like cotton and silk will accept dye the most evenly.

Things You'll Need

  • Ceramic bowl

  • Tangerine Rit dye

  • Scarlet Rit dye

  • Measuring spoons

  • Measuring cup

  • Water

  • 1 pound cotton or silk fabric

  • Washing machine

  • Detergent

  • Chlorine bleach

Step 1

Fill the washing machine with hot water.

Step 2

Measure 1/4 teaspoon of tangerine Rit dye into the bowl. Measure 1/8 teaspoon scarlet Rit dye into the bowl. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and mix until the dye powder has dissolved. Add the dye to the washing machine.

Step 3

Immerse the cotton or silk fabric in water. Place the fabric in the washing machine. Set the washing machine for a 30-minute extended wash cycle.

Step 4

Set the rinse cycle and rinse the fabric in cold water until the water runs clear. Spin dry the fabric.

Step 5

Dry the fabric in the dryer. Run the washing machine with hot water, 1 cup detergent and 1 cup chlorine bleach.

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