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Important Notes

Instructions

To determine how much dye is needed, reference this load size guide. If you are trying to achieve a very bold color, then double the dye ratio.

Small

Gloves, lingerie, tights, socks, scarves, t-shirt, blouse, shirt, vest, pillow cover, placemats, doilies, sheer curtains

Dry Weight of Fabric
1/4 to 1 lb

Liquid
1/4 to 1/2 bottle

Powder
1/2 to 1 box

Medium

Jeans, pants, dress, skirt, uniform, sweatshirt, tablecloth, dust ruffle, canvas tote bag

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 to 1 1/2 lbs

Liquid
1/2 to 1 bottle

Powder
1 to 2 boxes

Extra Medium

Jogging suit, sweater, robe, denim jacket, bath mat (not rubber-backed)

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 1/2 to 3 lbs

Liquid
1 to 2 bottles

Powder
2 to 3 boxes

Large

Curtains/draperies, 4 hand towels plus washcloths, sheet plus 2 pillowcases

Dry Weight of Fabric
4 to 6 lbs

Liquid
2 to 3 bottles

Powder
4 to 6 boxes

Extra Large

Bedspread, chair slipcover, 2 double sheets plus 4 pillowcases, throw rug (not rubber-backed), blanket.

Dry Weight of Fabric
6 to 8 lbs

Liquid
3 to 4 bottles

Powder
6 to 8 boxes

  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the garment. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Pre-wash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Wet fabric and place item(s) in the washing machine.
  3. Set water temperature to the hottest possible setting and a wash cycle of at least 30 minutes or longer. The longer the item is in the dye, the darker the color will be.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, mix powder or well-shaken liquid dye with 4 cups of very hot water. Stir well.
  5. In a separate container, dissolve 1 cup of salt in 4 cups of very hot water if dyeing natural fibers like cotton or linen. If dyeing silk or nylon, mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 to 4 cups of hot tap water.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to the container to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Start the cycle.
  8. Remove detergent cup from detergent tray.
  9. Pour the dye solution into the dispenser.  Then, pour the salt or vinegar solution. Flush the dispenser thoroughly with 4 more cups of hot tap water.
  10. To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following these instructions.
  11. Rewash item in warm water with mild detergent.
  12. To clean the washing machine: Wipe around the inside of the lid and pour a little bleach through the internal dispenser (if there is one) as dyes can get into these areas. Then, fill washer to the highest water level there is and select the hottest water temperature setting. Add detergent with 2 cups of chlorine bleach and run a full wash cycle with 3 old towels.

To determine how much dye is needed, reference this load size guide. 

Small

Gloves, lingerie, tights, socks, scarves, t-shirt, blouse, shirt, vest, pillow cover, placemats, doilies, sheer curtains

Dry Weight of Fabric
1/4 to 1 lb

Liquid
1/4 to 1/2 bottle

Powder
1/2 to 1 box

Medium

Jeans, pants, dress, skirt, uniform, sweatshirt, tablecloth, dust ruffle, canvas tote bag

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 to 1 1/2 lbs

Liquid
1/2 to 1 bottle

Powder
1 to 2 boxes

Extra Medium

Jogging suit, sweater, robe, denim jacket, bath mat (not rubber-backed)

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 1/2 to 3 lbs

Liquid
1 to 2 bottles

Powder
2 to 3 boxes

Large

Curtains/draperies, 4 hand towels plus washcloths, sheet plus 2 pillowcases

Dry Weight of Fabric
4 to 6 lbs

Liquid
2 to 3 bottles

Powder
4 to 6 boxes

Extra Large

Bedspread, chair slipcover, 2 double sheets plus 4 pillowcases, throw rug (not rubber-backed), blanket.

Dry Weight of Fabric
6 to 8 lbs

Liquid
3 to 4 bottles

Powder
6 to 8 boxes

  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the garment. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Pre-wash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Using the hottest water setting, fill the machine with enough water for the fabric to move freely.
  3. Shake liquid dye bottle and add dye to machine. Powder dye should be pre-dissolved in two cups of hot water and then added to machine. Mix well to evenly distribute the dye.
  4. Wet fabric and place item(s) in the washing machine.
  5. If dyeing natural fibers like cotton or linen, add one cup of salt to the dyebath. If dyeing silk or nylon, add one cup of white vinegar to the dyebath. Mix well.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Items should be in the dyebath for a minimum of thirty minutes to a maximum of one hour before the rinse cycle begins. Use an extended setting, or reset the setting before the rinse cycle starts to extend the wash time. Note that the longer the item is in the dyebath, the darker the color will be. For bulky items, such as draperies or large slipcovers, we recommend stopping the wash load periodically to detangle and unwind the item. This will help prevent uneven dyeing and lighter areas from forming. Remember to wear rubber gloves when handling the item mid-cycle.
  8. To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following these instructions.
  9. Rewash item in warm water with mild detergent.
  10. To clean the washing machine: Wipe around the inside of the lid and pour a little bleach through the internal dispenser (if there is one) as dyes can get into these areas. Then, fill washer to the highest water level there is and select the hottest water temperature setting. Add detergent with 2 cups of chlorine bleach and run a full wash cycle with 3 old towels.

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