How to Use Rit Dye Successfully

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric

  • Detergent

  • Rubber gloves

  • Rit dye

  • Plastic bucket

  • White vinegar

  • Salt

White vinegar can brighten colors during the dye process.

Rit dye is a fabric dye that is used for many purposes. It is simple to use and comes in a powder or liquid form. Dyeing results may vary, so it's best to follow the rules and directions that come with your Rit dye to ensure that you get the best results possible and the look you were hoping for. There are several ways to make sure your dyeing process comes out a success when using Rit dye.


Step 1

Choose a fabric that will hold dye well. The fabric should be made of natural fibers such as cotton, wool or silk. Don't dye polyester or items that need to be dry cleaned.

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Step 2

Wash the items you will be dyeing using a mild detergent on the recommended setting.

Step 3

Wear rubber gloves when handling dye.

Step 4

Follow the directions to the letter regarding how much dye to use for the garments you will be dyeing.

Step 5

Dye items in a plastic bucket for best results.


Step 6

Add one cup of salt to cotton or linen fabrics when using Rit dye to achieve a better looking color.

Step 7

Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into dye when you are coloring silk or wool fabrics.


Step 8

Use very hot water when using Rit dye.

Step 9

Add a tablespoon of mild laundry soap to every dye bath regardless of what type of fabric you are coloring. This will ensure that the dye color is even all over the garment.

Step 10

Wash dyed items separately in cold water to avoid staining other items.


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