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The Rit Studio: Stovetop Technique

How to Dye Using the Sink or Bucket Technique

The sink or bucket method is one of the easiest methods to use and is recommended for dyeing single items, such as a pair of jeans or a slip. It’s also one of the best methods to use when mixing dyes to create custom colors. Dishpans and large plastic containers are a good size to use for this so long as you don’t mind their possibly getting stained. A stainless steel sink is another option for this method, , but we do not recommend dyeing in porcelain or fiberglass as the dye will stain them.

 

 

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Item(s) to dye
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • Dishpan, large 4-gallon plastic container or bucket
  • 4-Cup Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large metal spoon
  • Salt or white vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Fabric scrap for testing dye color (optional, can use paper towel)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Plastic table cover
  • Old towel
  • Chlorine bleach

Step by Step

  1. Prewash item to be dyed to remove any finishes that could interfere with the dye being absorbed evenly.

  2. Protect work surface with a plastic table cover. .

  3. Estimate the weight of the item to be dyed to determine how much dye to use. As a guideline, ½ bottle liquid dye or 1 box powder dye will color up to one pound of fabric.

  4. Fill large plastic container or dishpan with very hot water (140F), enough for the fabric or item to move freely (about 3 gallons for one pound of fabric). If tap water is not hot enough, heat some water in a tea kettle or in the microwave.

  5. Wearing rubber gloves, shake dye bottle or dissolve one package of powdered dye thoroughly in 2 cups of very hot water. Add dye to water and stir well.

  6. For cottons, dissolve 1 cup of salt in 2 cups of hot water; stir well. Add to dye bath. For silk, wool or nylon, add 1 cup of white vinegar to dye bath. If possible, wait 5 minutes before adding salt or vinegar. This will help promote level dyeing Add squirt of dishwashing liquid. Stir well.

  7. Using a paper towel or scrap of fabric, test dye color to make sure it’s the shade you want. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.

  8. Wet fabric or item with warm water, then squeeze out excess water. Smooth out wrinkles and add to the dye bath.

  9. Stir constantly — back and forth, and up and down — for 10 to 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved . Make sure the item does not get twisted or tangled as this could cause uneven dyeing. The longer the item is in the dye bath, the darker the color will be. Keep in mind that the dye color will appear darker when the item is wet.

  10. Remove item from the dye bath and rinse thoroughly in warm water, gradually making the water cooler until the water runs clear. Optional: To reduce color bleeding, use Rit Dye Fixative for all cotton fabrics immediately after dyeing, following instructions on bottle.

  11. Wash item by hand in warm water with mild detergent and rinse thoroughly once again in cool water. Or, launder item in the washing machine with an old towel.

  12. Hang dry or run through dryer with like colors or an old towel.

  13. Clean all materials used to dye immediately with chlorine bleach

  14. Caring for dyed items: For the first few launderings, wash item with an old towel or like colors in cool to warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • Barb

    thanks for instructions. It looks like you do not recommend machine dying. is there a reason?
    not long enough in warm water?
    and for dying white burlap to a natural brown color, do I add salt or vinegar?

    thanks
    found you via FB. Impressed with quickness question answered.

    barb @ Treasures from the Heart

    • ritsters

      Hi Barb, You can certainly use the washing machine. We would recommend the sink/bucket method if you are looking for a specific color as it can easily be tested and adjusted, but you can also use the same concept in the washing machine with the paper towel test. We would recommend adding in 1 cup of salt. So glad that we could help. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Judy

    Thanks for the tips. I was wondering about dyeing crocheted cotton thread (size 10). I am making a sort of lacy section for the back of a dress and thought this method would help me match the dress the best, but I was wondering if I can dye the already crocheted sections or if I need to dye the cotton first and then crochet it. I want to get an even color through the lace, not a variegated one. Advice? Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Judy, It may be best to dye the thread first before you crochet it as it could shrink some. If you are not worried about shrinkage, you can certainly dye the crocheted sections after. You should obtain an even dye as long as the material is constantly moving. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Joanne,
    Thank you for your interest in Rit. Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil that is washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier that prevents soil from penetrating the fabric as well as the dye. If polyester is dyed, it sometimes tints on the surface only, which results in a light or off color. So you can try, but you may risk ruining the item or not liking the results. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi M, Yes, it can be disposed of down a stainless steel sink or out in the yard. Hope this helps!

  • Andrea

    I am preparing to dye linen. I’m unclear as to whether I should use salt or vinegar with the coloring. Could you please advise me on this? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Andrea,
      For linen you would want to use 1 cup of salt for the dyebath. Hope this helps!

  • Mari

    Hi Barb
    I have an, older volure type fabric, recliner that is very comfy, and in good condition. But, it is the wrong color, light blue, can I dye it by brushing on the liquid dye. I want it tot be green or tan.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mari,
      We do not recommend dyeing upholstery. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions!

    • merlebuddy

      I Mari …. I saw Mari’s reply and just wanted to let you know that I used to work for an upholstery and carpeting company, albeit a long time ago, but there are carpet and upholstery cleaning companies that do dyeing depending on the fabric content. Since many of these fabrics tend to by synthetic they apparently use different types of dyes. You might want to check under “carpet repair” companies to look into that further. It does require profession equipment and materials to do the work though, so it may be cost prohibitive …. depending on the quality of the base construction of the chair and how important it is to you! Good Luck!

  • dawn

    We are trying to do tie dye but the colors do not set and they keep running into each other what are we doing wrong. we add salt to the dye mix and use 100 percent cotton shirts

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dawn,
      Here are the directions for Tie-Dyeing using the bucket method. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ You will want to make sure you have hot (140-160 degrees) water as that is what activates our dyes. If you are not using the bucket method, how are you applying the dye? There is also a way to heat set the dye in the microwave. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/microwave/ You will want to make sure if the shirts are new that they were prewashed to remove the sizing that is put on new clothing which will hinder the dye from absorbing into the material properly as well. To help reduce color bleeding we also recommend using Rit Dye Fixative. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ian

    I am dying white socks. They are above 80% cotton. Is there anything special i need to do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ian,
      You will want to make sure the water temperature is 140-160 degrees. You will also want to add 1 cup of salt to the dyebath for a more vibrant color. You will want to make sure the socks are prewashed and wet before adding into the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Dana Nicely

    I have a qn sized cotton quilt that is beige in color. I want to dye it lavender purple. What colors do i use and how much? Thanks. Dana

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dana, First the best way to dye an item and achieve the color you want is to use color remover to take the item back to white/creamy where it started. Second, have you checked the care instructions for your quilt because all RIT products require HOT water (140 degrees). There is a new Pantone Spring 2014 color called Radiant Orchid which might fit what you are looking for. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Alexie Moskowski

    I am using purple liquid dye to dye a white polyester dress. I would like the dress to turn out more of a lavender color. Any tips on how I can achieve this color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alexie,
      We do not recommend using Rit on polyester. Your results will be unsuccessful because Rit does not work on synthetic fabrics. Sorry about that.

      • Alexie Moskowski

        What if I wanted to do it on a cotton dress?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Alexie,
          Yes cotton is the best recommend fabric to use with Rit. Let us know if you have anymore questions.

          • Alexie Moskowski

            How would I achieve a lavender or lilac color if I am using purple liquid dye?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Alexie, You can find a recipe for lilac here: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/ It is a mix of purple and petal pink. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Tina

    I want to try to dye my car mats, will Rit dye work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tina, Our product is not recommended for any type of car mats. The fabric content is not compatible with RIT dye. The dye comes off on everyone’s shoes and causes a lot of problems. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kim P

    why must you use salt or vinager?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kim, The salt or vinegar make the color more vibrant. Hope this helps!

  • kathy

    I tried to dye a navy pair of pants black after I washed and dried them they were still navy what can I do material was mostly cotton

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kathy,
      Thank you for your interest in Rit. You may want to check the fabric content. If the pants are blended with polyester or spandex, this could be the reason the dye didn’t adhere. Rit does not dye synthetic fibers. You may also want to check the temperature of water your using. We recommend using 140-160 degrees. Hope this is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shelley, Absolutely! You can dye both items together. Just make sure to add in your one cup of salt. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • JL

    Hi, I need to “swirl tie dye” 25 tshirts. Does the water have to be HOT at the time of my project? I would like to mix up the dye in a bucket beforehand and then pour it into squeeze bottles for kids to do. I bought 8oz of the liquid dye. Is this enough for 25 shirts? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi JL, Yes, the water should be hot at the time of the project to ensure the proper color results. One bottle would be enough for 5-10 shirts. 5 adult shirts or 10 children’s shirts. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • pre

    what if your powder comes with salt do you still use salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Pre, We do recommend adding in an additional cup of salt to make the color more vibrant. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Ayesha Saied

    What is the best method to rinse with warm water? Bathtub/shower? Will it stain the shower walls? My plan is to dye cotton sheets and pillowcases.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ayesha, We do not recommend putting any item you are dyeing into the shower or bathtub. Also the sink should be stainless steel not white. Our product will dye the plastic bucket but it is still useable. We usually recommend rinsing the item in the container you used for the dye bath. Sheets are usually dyed in the washing machine because of their size. The item being dyed requires constant agitation. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • L

    I would like to dye 10 (6’x8′) Fishing Net Decorations for a party. They seem to be made of cotton cord. What do you suggest for even dying since they might tangle and are knotted. nL

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi L,nYou would want to make sure the material has enough room to move around freely in the dyebath. We would recommend using a large tote that you can immerse the netting in with no tangles. We would recommend using a large item to stir the netting and that can keep the cord from getting tangled. Hope this information is helpful.

      • L

        Thank you for your speedy response, it was most helpful. Would you suggest dying the fish nets one at a time?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi L, You can do them together as long as there is enough room for the material to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • Sly

    I think my situation may be unique and quite complicated….Looking to make sure I have it right.nnWe have a Nylon or Polyester (synthetic / synthetic blend) hanging sign for a tradeshow that is 12′ square x 36″ high making the fabric a total size of 48 feet long by 6′ tall and weighs 14 pounds! It is all Black with White lettering and White backside, however, after only 1 use, something red color from the black portion has leached into the white. After washing in cold water, all the white now appears light pink. We further tried to use OxyClean and Woolite, but it seems to have gotten worse instead of better.nnSince we are not having luck with turning this white, i was hoping to dye the fabric so that the black remains black and the white/pink turns to Really Bright Yellow.nn1 – is this possible using Lemon Yellow Dye or will it just turn brown?n2 – If it will only turn brown, we were thinking to use an enzyme cleaner or White Distilled Vinegar soaked overnight prior to trying to dye the fabric.n3 – if it is possible to do this, here is my shopping list and methodology that I figured on based on the notes below:nn * 60 Gallon Garbage Cann* 7 bottles or 14 boxes of Lemon Yellow Dyen* Put garbage can in my standup shower and fill with 42 Gallons of Very Hot Water (140 degrees)nn* Add 14 Cups (3.5 quarts) of White Vinegarn* Mix and then wait 5 minutes and add Some (??) Dawn to the mixn* Let soak for 30+ minutes to get really, really yellown* turn on shower with hot water and let the water overflow the garbage can down the drain till it runs clearnnAdditional Items – Big Wood Pole, Rubber Gloves, Tarp for the floor.nnIs there any possibility of success in this endeavor? Much appreciated for any advice.nThanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sly, Is there any way that you can check the fabric content? If it is nylon, it would be dyeable, but may not be able to completely cover over the dye transfer. If it is polyester, it would not dye at all. We can better assist you if we know what the exact fabric content is. Thanks!

      • Sly

        Looks like it is Polyester. I guess we are out of luck!

  • Eric

    I would like to dye bathroom shower floor one inch sandstone tiles. Followed by a sealer which permits water to seep through. Will this be permanent?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eric,nUnfortunately we have not experimented with dyeing tiles as our dyes are mainly used for fabrics. We would recommend experimenting to see if the sealer makes the dye permanent. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Stacey, Yes you can add the salt dissolved into the dye mix or just directly into the hot dye mixture. Please keep in mind that the item may dye a little lighter due to the polyester content. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Teresa

    Hi, I want to dye a white dress coral for one of my daughters bridesmaids. The dress is 49% rayon, 41%nylon,10% spandex and the lining is 100% polyester. Can it be done? Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Robyn, Dye specks are usually the result of three causes; 1) Dye specks can result if there is too little agitation, 2) if the dye is poured directly onto the fabric while in washer, or 3) if the dye has not been fully dissolved prior to adding to the washer. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the spots. You can then redye the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, You can find the recipe for charcoal grey here: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/ In the second paragraph there is a section that says former Rit Dye core colors and if you open the link it will pull up a recipe for charcoal grey. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jessica,nCongratulations on dyeing your first clothing item! The reason salt is added to a dyebath is to make the color more vibrant. Therefore, you do not have to worry that the color will fade because you didn’t add salt to the dyebath.

  • Kyle

    Hi, I’m looking to dye a pair of jeans black to their more original colour but I also want to dye a hoodie with them. is 1 bottle of liquid dye enough for this? Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kyle, It depends on how much the items weigh. One bottle is enough for 2 pounds of fabric unless you are dyeing to a dark color. If going dark, we would recommend using one bottle for every pound of fabric you have. We would suggest stepping on the scale with the fabric, then weighing yourself without it and subtracting the difference. This will give you a good indication of how much fabric you are working with. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Richard

    I tried to used Aquamarine-colored dye to make some jeans with a dark blue wash into a light blue wash. I followed the instructions all the way up through Step 9, and the jeans were not the slightest shade more blue after even 30 minutes. What’s wrong? Is the water not hot enough? Could I be doing something else wrong? I want to be guaranteed that my next attempt to dye them will be successful, or otherwise I’m not spending another $6 on another Rit dye kit.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Richard, Unfortunately, there is not a way to obtain a lighter color when overdyeing an item that is already a darker shade. On items that are not blue denim, you can use the Rit Color Remover to take the color out and then redye to a lighter color. The Color Remover is not effective on blue denim because of the indigo blue dye in the material. The only way to get a lighter blue color on blue jeans would be by using our Rit Fast Fade product. It is only available in a 1 lb container at this time. http://store.ritstudio.com/proline-laundry-and-dyeing-aids/powder-dye-1-lb-fast-fade/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Trish

    I have two questions. I am dying a tank top Blue-Violet #548 using the Royal Blue liquid and the Violet liquid. I want to do it in my stainless steel sink. If I use 3 gallons of water, how much of each liquid dye do I use? Also, the top is 65% rayon and 35% nylon. Do I use 1 cup of salt? Thank you! I am so excited to try this!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Trish,nThe recipes on the ColoRit Color Formula Guide are created for dyeing 1 oz of dry weight material. You will need to multiply the recipe by the weight of your tank top. On page 3 of the Color Formula Guide, you will find examples and will give you more information on how much water to use for best results. https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf You will add 1 cup of salt to the dyebath as it is a rayon blend. Hope this information is helpful. If you have not created a studio already, we would love to see your final project on your studio!

  • Kevin Jokela

    I’m dying a 2.5yd X 2.5yd muslin sheet to use as a green screen for filming/photography. For a piece this size, would bucket dying be ok to use? I don’t want to use my washing machine just because it’s kind of old and doesn’t work super well. I’m sure it would dye just fine, I just don’t trust it to completely clean itself of the dye afterwards. Also, in personal/professional opinion, would Apple Green be able to give me a bright, vibrant color to achieve this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kevin,nYou can certainly use the bucket method for dyeing an item this size. We would recommend using something like a large plastic storage tote that will give you enough room for the fabric to move around freely in the dyebath. Apple Green is comparable in color to a Granny Smith apple. If you are looking to achieve a bright vibrant lime green, we would recommend using our recipe for Chartreuse found here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kate

    Do I need to keep the dye bath hot the entire dye time? I am trying to ombre some bed sheets, and have no way to keep the plastic tub hot.The process might take 45-1 hour, will it be fine with just the initial hot water, or what should I do? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kate, It will dye well as long as you start with the hottest water possible. You might boil some water on the stove and transfer it to the plastic tub to ensure you are starting with the hottest water. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Lori

    My bathroom carpet has about a 2 foot diameter spot that has been bleached a lighter color probably from beauty products. The carpet is a cotton blend. Can it be dyed with Rit? If so, what technique would you recommend? How much Rit should I use, and should I add salt? My carpet is almost the exact color on the Rit Liquid dye Royal Blue bottle.

  • Linda

    Should 95% rayon, 5% spandex items be treated the same as cotton? Do I add the 1 cup of salt?

  • jessica

    I have tried twice to dye a slip cover. The first time after dying when I wash it totally washed the entire dye away.. 🙁 so I tried for a 2nd time. It dyed to but not really good. There is no tag on fabric so I have no clue what kind.. should I use more dye less water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, We have e-mailed you some additional questions so we can further assist you. Thanks!

      • jessica

        My hands are the color.i want but not slip cover! Lol

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jessica, We have resent the e-mail. It sounds like the material may be polyester, which is not a dyeable fabric.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jessica, the email address (jessica021@hotmail.com) is showing up on each of the messages you have posted on The Rit Studio.com under Sink or Bucket Technique. If you continue to dye an item and the dye comes back off, then it has to be a fabric that will not accept RIT Dye. This link should help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. Hope this information will be helpful.

  • lsm

    have light pink lace curtains that I would like to dye beige. can this be done?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shawn, You can definitely dye the outlet plates, but we do not recommend dyeing the switch plates or anything that is connected to any wiring. Vinegar would not be required to use with your outlet plates. You can use a shallow dye bath for the outlet covers, but we do not suggest submerging the switch plates. Sorry about that. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sara, It is best to wash your dyed item by itself for the first few times after dyeing in cool water with a mild, non-bleaching detergent. Then, you can launder the item in the washing machine with the same color items with cool water and a mild detergent. Hope this helps.

  • Terra

    Do you have to fill the bucket with hot water? Can’t I use cold water instead?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Terra,
      Our dyes are a hot water dye. They require hot (140-160 degrees) water to be activated and achieve best results. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Carolyne

    i want to freshen up some black cotton cotton jersey jumpers that are now more of a dark charcoal gray. i don’t have access to a washing machine. the process in a plastic tub would be easiest, but the water will cool down and by the end of the hour it will be room temp. is that ok…will i still get a good result?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carolyne,
      For best results when using this method would be to heat water up on the stove before adding it into a plastic tub. You will still be able to achieve a good result as long as you start out with the hottest water possible. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tony, You will want to make sure the sheets are made from a dyeable fabric before dyeing them. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to this link: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ One bottle of Rit dye will dye 2 lbs. of dry weight fabric. We advise weighing the sheets on a scale in order to calculate the amount of dye to use. Since chemicals are pulled from a dyebath when items are dyed, you are correct that each dyebath will lighten in color. If you want to reuse a dyebath, you would need to reheat it. Also, you might want to test the color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Football Mom

    I bought my son a White Nike padded girdle for football. Well after the first game I can’t get it clean, it looks almost like mold around the waist! It isn’t. I wanted to dye the white a gray color to hide the dirt color. It’s made of polyester and spandex so should I use salt or vinegar? It doesn’t really matter how deep or takes I just do NOT like the dirty look. This thing cost a fortune an is clean an would rather it not look dirty all season. Thanks! Football Mom

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, What is the fabric content of the Nike padded girdle? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Cathy

    I have a black skirt that is 63% polyester, 23% rayon and 4% spandex that has faded. Is it possible to dye this skirt with RIt black dye?

  • julie69

    How many fluid ounces is a “cup” for use with the rit powder I’m in the UK.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It would be 8 fluid ounces. One bottle contains one cup of liquid. Hope this helps!

  • Name

    I need to dye white football practice pants with integrated pads black. What is recommended?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, What is the fabric content of the practice pants? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • jenn

    I want to dye a light pink skirt royal blue. What color of your dye should I get and use

  • maria

    Could I dye green sports visors black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maria, First, what is the fabric content of the item? This link will help https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. The only color that will cover over Dark Green is black but you will need to add 1/2 pkg of Scarlet to the dye bath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Maria, It depends on the weight of the fabric. How much do you think all of the visors would weigh together?

  • http://www.ritdye.com steve redford

    What is the likely hood of dyeing a royal blue tee shirt that has some bleach patches on it. Not trying to get it perfect, but can I blue those bleached areas to come close to matching the blue shirt or will the blue in the shirt keep getting darker too?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Steve, Frequently Asked Questions / Will Rit Dye Cover Bleach Spots?
      Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Hope this information is helpful. .

      • Kate

        How would you recommend spot dyeing areas that have bleach spots?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Kate, If you would like to try spot dyeing the areas, we would recommend following the basic spot dyeing directions: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ It may or may not be able to cover the spots depending on the extent of the bleach damage. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Paul. Fishermen have been using RIT dye over the years for dyeing their lures. This link will take you to the basic directions https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/feathers/It is titled Feathers but has always been used for this project. Hope this information is helpful. :

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jack Miller

    Hi Rit!
    I’m dying some denim black, but have always had difficulty getting it truly dark. Some of the guides that I’ve read have warned against letting items soak for too long, but if I want them to be as dark as possible, is there harm is leaving them in the bucket/washer, say, overnight? Would that be more effective or less?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jack, Whey dyeing dark colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye and agitating for up to 60 minutes for the darkest shade. After 60 minutes, the fabric will not darken more. If you let items sit in a dyebath, an unevenness of color will occur. For tips on dyeing the blackest black, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Jack Miller

        VERY helpful, thank you!!

      • Olivia

        Hi Rit,

        When you say “agitate” for 60 Minutes, if we are doing this in a sink, would that mean constantly stirring it for 60 minutes? Or what do you recommend? I am doing the same. RE-Dying a cotton leotard black that is already black, but upon purchase wasn’t dark enough to my liking.

        Much thanks,

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Olivia,
          Constant agitation or stirring is recommended for 30 to 60 minutes. Any soaking or settling in the dyebath can cause uneven dyeing to occur. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Melissa

    Hi Rit! I am trying to dye a 50/50 blend of silk and linen. Should I add salt or vinegar to the water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melissa, We would recommend vinegar because of the silk. Hope this information is helpful.

  • amparkinson

    Today I dyed a white cotton shirt yellow following your above steps. However, now that the shirt has been washed and dried, it is considerably lighter than I envisioned. If I buy more dye and repeat the process will the shirt become a darker yellow or is there only so much dye a garment can pick up?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Yes you can redye your shirt but it may not come out any darker. You will want your shirt to be wet when you put it into the dye bath, constant agitation for that it will dye evenly, then rinse until the rinse water runs clear, then wash, rinse and dry as normal. Hope this information is helpful.

      • amparkinson

        Thanks! I redyed it today and it turned out great. I really appreciate your speedy response.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lawrence, In order to go to a Dark Green the brown hue would need to be removed from the coat first with the Rit Color Remover. You would need to use 3 bottles of Dark Green and a water temperature of at least 140 degrees. We do recommend adding in the vinegar prior to putting in the fabric. Please keep in mind that using the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing the fabric requires very hot water that could potentially shrink the wool. Since you are putting it through two processes it is also a possibility that felting could occur. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • amanda

    I need to dye a pair of white leggings, gray. They are 92% nylon and the rest spandex. Will it work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, Absolutely! Nylon accepts dye very well. The stove top method would be the best technique. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar with the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sophia Phillips

    I have a soft yellow dress that I am trying to dye a golden yellow, what dye should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sophia, first you would want to check the status of your fabric to make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help::https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. While over dyeing an existing color can be a challenge. We usually recommend using RIT Color Remover first, take out all color, give yourself a clean slate then dye the item whatever color you want it to be. Remember the color on the bottle was achieved dyeing a white 100% cotton T shirt. Hope this information is helpful.

    • Lisa

      Hey Sophia, I just did the same thing last night- I’m being the Morton salt girl for Halloween and needed to turn a lighter yellow dress golden. I just used the golden yellow RIT powder and dyed it in a big bucket, letting it soak for about an hour and it turned out great! Good luck

  • Mandy

    I’m tie dying t-shirts with a classroom of 2nd graders next week. How much die will I need to color 25 shirts? Is there some way to speed the process? 10-20 minutes per shirt would take too long.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Olivia, One package of powder dye will dye up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using the low setting in the washing machine or 3 gallons of water. Certain fabrics call for 1 cup of salt to be added to the dyebath, regardless of the size of the dyebath. The salt helps to make a color more vibrant. There are tips for successful dyeing that may be helpful. They can be viewed by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Amanda

    Does this method work for tafetta

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, Taffeta can be an array of different fabrics, so it would depend on the exact fabric content of the taffeta you are trying to dye.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Regina Wohlt

    My fabric came out patchy. I continuously mixed it while dying and I made sure the fabric wasn’t bundled. Do I have to re-dye it or is there another way (if at all) to fix it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Regina, Sorry that your project did not come out as expected. We are sending some questions to your email address so we can help you. Hope this information is helpful.

    • Pr. Sara B

      Regina, I’ve learned that it’s best to start with the Rit dye-removal packet (sold in the same section as the dye). I worked really hard at dying a project once without doing that and it was patchy. But since I started removing the color first, my color results are more or less uniform. Totally better!

  • Angel

    I’m trying to dye a skirt aquamarine that was originally black. I used color remover 3 times and got it to a pale yellow and hoped that would be close enough to the cream it was supposed to be and started dying. It’s now green, if I leave it in longer will it get more blue and less green? I know I’m not going to get the color I originally hoped for but I’d settle for something more blue.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angel, Be sure to agitate the material for at least 30-60 minutes to see if it will give you more of the blue hue you are looking for. What is the fabric content of the material and how long has it been in the dyebath for?

      • Angel

        It’s 100% cotton and has been in and hour. I’ve got a bottle of navy dye too in case this went badly. Could I remove the skirt and add some of that and a little more hot water to achieve more of a blue or should I start over?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Angel, The navy blue dye could only be used on a light green shade and the result would be navy blue. Therefore, we would recommend using the color remover again. The color remover is recommended for use on the stove top in a stainless steel pot because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove dye. When you redye the skirt, make sure your water temperature is very hot (140-160 degrees) and the fabric needs to agitate in the dyebath for at least 30 minutes. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Melany,
    For us to better assist you, are you trying to use a recipe? If so which recipe? Thanks!

  • Roger Baker

    Hello, I just found a nylon coat that I want to dye black. Can I use more than 1 package and leave in the dye pool for up to 10 hours to ensure that it is super black? Also, Add Vinegar so the dye will take better?
    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Roger, The dye is only active as the water is hot. The agitation is also what helps the dye adhere. You should get good results if you use the stove top adding in 1 cup of vinegar and stirring it constantly for 1 hour. We would not recommend allowing the material to soak in the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jana

    Hello there,
    I am wanting to dye a large drop cloth (6 x9′) to a burnt orange color. I can’t use the washing machine. Please tell me your suggestions and maybe a formula? Thanks!!

  • Jan Sharpe

    Hi: I am interested in trying to dye a few slates from a vertical blind. I do not know what kind of fabric, but they do have a slight nap and are not room darkening. I did considering using a spray paint for fabric but thought RIT may also work. I will be dyeing them a darker colour than they are now.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jan,
      We may suggest searching online or contacting manufacturer about the fabric content of the blinds. We can better assist you if we know more about the fabric content that you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susanne, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover first to lighten the original grey color and the pink prior to overdyeing. The two areas could still dye two different shades of grey. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Grant

    Is there a way to successfully dye100% polyester?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Grant, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • Orkila

    Hello, I have 8 hanks (1950 g) of wool/cashmere/10% Nylon yarn that I want to dye to knit a sweater. Do you have any tips to ensure all of this yarn can be dyed to match (I am concerned about dye lots and might try to do it all at once). Also any thoughts on keeping the yarn tangle free within it’s hank? I am also a bit concerned about felting- do I really need to keep the yarn in motion while it is in the dye bath? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, If the material is not dyed all at once it does run the risk of coming out different hues. The agitation does help the dye to adhere evenly and can cause felting to occur. We would suggest stirring the material as much and as gently as possible. Letting it sit in the dye bath would likely cause the material to dye an uneven color. To try to minimize tangling we recommend ensuring there is enough room for the fabric to freely move around and stirring very carefully. Hope this helps!

  • Wanda

    i forgot to add vinegar to my silk – can i add it later, like make a dpecial rinse to set the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Wanda..From our FAQs:
      Salt or white vinegar is added to the dye bath to help intensify the color. Salt is added when dyeing cotton, linen, ramie and rayon. White vinegar is added when dyeing silk, wool and nylon. If you have forgotten to add the vinegar, the dye will still dye your item. You should be able to rinse until the rinse water runs clear, then wash, rinse and dry as normal. Hope this information is helpful. . .

  • amanda

    i am dying cloth diapers do I need to wash them first before I dye them? they are new

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, Yes, we do recommend washing new items prior to dyeing. This will remove any fabric finishes that may have been applied. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. How long are you agitating the fabric in the dye bath? You can try using the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing ensuring there is at least 30 minutes of agitation with no soaking. It is also a possibility that the underarm areas are dyeing different due to deodorant residue that has affected that area of the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

    • TSI

      Hi. Thanks for the quick response. 1 hour each time as I wanted it super dark. Same result with regard to the underarms. Is there anything I can do? The rest of the shirt is perfect.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi, Unfortunately, if you obtained the same results using the color remover first and again dyeing black, it appears the fabric in the underarm area has been damaged. Sorry about that.

  • suzyq

    Hi, I am wanting to dye 100% cotton fabric a dark grey color. I have one package of Rit pearl grey and one of Rit black. I want to create a bank look and found a product called Tie-Dye Resist that function much like wax would. The instructions on this tye-dye resist say it can easily be removed by washing it in hot water in the washing machine. The Rit dye instructions say to use hot water to dye the fabric. One can see my dilemma. Is it possible to achieve the color and effect I desire by using Rit dye with warm, rather than hot water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It does require a water temperature of at least 140 degrees when using a dark color such as black. This can cause the resist to wash out quickly. It is best to use lighter colors that do not require a long dye bath time to achieve the desired results as you can stick it in and pull it out after a few minutes. You likely would not be able to achieve a dark black hue and a batik design with the resist when using such a dark color. Sorry for any inconvenience.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi SuzyQ, If you want to give it a try, you can attempt this process with the Elmer’s blue gel glue. Be sure to let the glue dry first. We would recommend using a bucket technique, so you can keep an eye on the color and remove it as soon as it develops the shade you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • Val

    I have a pair of gloves that are 87% polyester and 13 % elastane. Can these be dyed?

  • Rach

    Hello.
    I followed the instructions to the letter, in the exact same way I dye with Dylon dye, but using this dye it came out speckled, patchy and uneven, despite all my efforts to maintain even dyeing. It ruined a whole heap of fabric and an entire days work, which is pretty upsetting. I’m trying to figure out why results were so much poorer. Is it a difference in dye quality between brands? Any advice is welcome, I can’t afford to let this happen with any more fabric.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rach, So sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have e-mailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • Tiffany

    Hi! I asked this over on your Facebook page too, but I am really hoping I can get an answer soon as we are needing to get these done! Do you have to create a new batch of dye for every fabric you dye? We are dyeing cheesecloth for newborn wraps and we got this perfect light creamy yellow by mixing 10 cups hot water, 1/2 tsp taupe, 1/4 tsp sunshine orange, and 1 tsp Aquamarine. the first wrap we dye comes out perfect! The ones that follow just keep getting greenier and greener…it’s like the first one soaks up all the orange color!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tiffany,
      A new dyebath needs to be created. The fabric from the first dyebath will have absorbed most of the dye and the same color will not be achieved in the second batch if more dye is not added. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Tiffany

        Is it possible to dye them in bulk somehow do we have to do each one individually? 🙁

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tiffany, How many wraps are you trying to dye? Would it be possible to jump on a bathroom scale and advise how much the combined weight of all the wraps would be? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

          • Tiffany

            I have about 25 wraps left to dye so about 46.25 ounces

          • Tiffany

            I think I would rather do them on the stove in batches of 5 so it came to 9.30 ounces. Should I just multiply my formula I have now by 9.30 or should I multiply by how much once piece of fabric weighs?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Tiffany, You can multiply the recipe you are using by the number of wraps you are planning on dyeing if you were originally calculating the recipe per wrap and achieving a satisfactory color. Make sure the fabric has enough room to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • Sandi

    I’d like to dye this crochet dress/overlay. I believe it is 100% cotton. Due to the crochet-style, do you see any issue with the dye process? Also, how colorfast is the finished product, as I would wear this as shown, over the white polyester slip dress.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sandi, first you would want to check what type of yarn was used on this item. Item should be prewashed and wet when put into dye bath. Constant agitation up to 30 minutes then rinse until the rinse water runs clear (this will remove all of the excess dye from the item) then wash, rinse and dry as normal. You might check out RIT color stay dye fixative(https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/). Hope this information is helpufl.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nancy, Thank you for reaching out. It depends on the fabric content of the pointe shoes. Satin can be made from both dyeable and non dyeable fibers. We have e-mailed you some information on dyeing shoes. Hope this helps!

  • Kay

    Hi. I have a Yellow satin dress that i want to dye black. What colors do you recommend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kay, First we would recommend checking the status of your fabric to make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. We have a file titled: Overdyeing an existing color which we will send to your email address. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Caroline, If the material was new, it should be prewashed and wet when you put it into the dye bath. You could use the RIT color remover to take all the color out and redye it the color you want it to be or you could double up on the amount of dye recommended and dye over the existing color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • kathy wells

    Dying bridal headpiece (delicate flowers) aquamarine. Turned out more ‘blue’. What to do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kathy, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project. Thanks!

  • Angela

    Hi! Is there a solution you could recommend to get a very pale gray color to dye a small piece (16″ x 12″) 100% linen?

  • Amber

    I only have one half cup of salt on hand. Will this still work or is it absolutely necessary to use a whole cup of salt? I’m dying cotton blend white fabric to a lemon yellow color of the liquid RIT dye.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, The salt helps make the color more vibrant, so the dye will still adhere even if only half cup is used. Hope this helps!

  • Anna

    Can I dye silk rug?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anna, Thank you for your question. Is the rug a washable silk? Can the rug be submerged in hot water and does it contain a rubber backing?

      • Anna

        Care label says dry clean and it doesn’t have rubber backing. Any way, my husband is not happy about this rug and color and about to throw it away, so I just was curious to give it another try. Thank you

      • Anna

        It’s a woven of viscose silk and chenille yarn.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Anna, We do not recommend dyeing items that are to be dry cleaned only because Rit dye requires very hot water (140 to 160 degrees) to activate and set the dye. Viscose silk is a dyeable fabric. Chenille can be made from various fabrics, some of which do not absorb Rit dye. A list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics can at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Anna, The basic dyeing directions for RIT are: you take your prewashed, wet item and put it into a dye bath of HOT (140 degrees) water, give it constant agitation for up to 30 minutes, then rinse until the rinse water runs clear, then wash, rinse and dry as normal. The color you see on the container of RIT was achieved by dyeing a white 100% cotton T-shirt. Not all colors can cover over an existing color. Hope this information is helpful,.

          • Anna

            So finally I find the time to complete my project! And I am so happy, go it turned out! My area rug is huge, so sink or backet or any other “bowls” was not an option. So as anyway we were ready to throw it away, I decided to try first thing that came across my mind. I took empty spray bottle from one of my household products and made my mix right in the bottle. I laid my carpet in the driveway and just sprayed it. I didn’t put any exact amount of paint or vinegar, just approximately same amount every time I mix. I finished 2 bottle of RIT liquid. And when I was done just sprayed some spots what appear lighter. Let it sit under the sun for half an hour, then rinse with water (like 100 times) the water still was not clear, but almost… 😉 I use automotive rubber scraper with long handle to squeeze all the water out after each rinse. Then I washed my rug with carpet cleaning machine, let it dry and Ta-da! I love love the color and my new area rug!

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Looks great Anna! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Karla, You can use the Rit Dye Fixative to help set the dye into the fabric and reduce color bleeding. Make sure you are rinsing in cool water. Did the jeans soak at all during the dye process?

  • Tama

    I dyed some white 100% cotton fabric a pretty brown and it came out great except there are a few odd, tiny flecks of red and blue in it. I pre-washed and used salt so did I do something else wrong?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tama, Dye specks are usually the result of three causes; 1) Dye specks can result if there is too little agitation, 2) if the dye is poured directly onto the fabric while in washer, or 3) if the dye has not been fully dissolved prior to adding to the washer. The spots can be a multitude of different shades, especially if it was undiluted pieces of dye that caused the spots. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Debbie,
    We would recommend using our recipe for Beige found the following link from our Archive Color page under Color Library. https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf The black will not be able to take on the color since it is so light, so the white portion will take successfully. We would recommend making sure you have enough room for the fabric to move around freely in the dyebath. Without free movement or if the quilt gets twisted upon its self, an uneven dyeing can result. Hope this information is helpful.

  • franie

    I have seven white t-shirts I have dyed twice in the washing machine but they still do not come out a dark navy blue. What do you suggest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Franie,
      We have emailed you some questions about your project so we can further assist you.

  • Lauren

    Hello, are the 2 cups of water used to mix the dye and the 2 cups of water used to dissolve the salt part of the original 3 gallons of water used to dye the garment, or are these 4 additional cups of water? Also, should the salt be added 5 minutes AFTER the garment is in the dye or 5 minutes after the water is heated BEFORE the garment is added to the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lauren, If using powder dye, thoroughly dissolve it in 2 cups of very hot water first to avoid dye spotting. Stir dissolved powder dye or well-shaken liquid dye into dye bath until evenly dispersed. One package of powder dye or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric in 3 gallons of very hot water (140-160 degrees). We recommend doubling the amount of dye used for dark colors. If possible, delay adding the salt until 5 minutes after the fabric has been in the dye bath. The delay will help to promote level dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Vern

    We are making some WWI Sandbags for a museum where I volunteer. They are the typical burlap (sandy color) and want to know how we should treat the burlap. Do we need to use any additives such as vinegar or salt? They are larger than the typical sandbags used today and are a dark green/brown color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vern, We would recommend adding in salt with the dye. Hope this helps!

  • Jess

    hi, i am wishing to dye an black and white skirt as i want the white to become yellow, do you recommend that this would work, or would the black come off or fade ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jess, The black could appear to fade some or become a little dull due to the overdyeing of the fabric with yellow. Hope this helps!

  • karen

    Hi I’m dyeing a slip with nylon, lace, a satin ribbon on it. It’s a older slip thats white and I’m dyeing it a dark red. I’m doing it in a storage tub. Do I add salt or vinger???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karen, While nylon is a fabric that accepts traditional Rit dye, both lace and satin can be made from polyester. Please advise what fabric the lace and satin are made from. We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • karen

    Please get back to me soon. I want to do it today. Thanks

  • http://www.ritdye.com Bonnie Russo

    hi, I just did 2 dresses tonight and they came out very beautiful and evenly colored. However, I was hoping they would have been a little lighter and not so bright. Is there a way I can just lessen the color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bonnie, You can try the Rit Color Remover on the stove top keeping a really close eye on the fabric. Unfortunately, it does work very quickly so it may remove too much color requiring you to redye the material again. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lori, The cotton portion of the dress will dye well, but the built in slip that is polyester will not accept the dye. We would recommend trying to the stove top method if possible for best color results. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Mike83

    I’m trying to dye a pair of white nikes to navy blue and I don’t know what kind of fabric it is

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      We would suggest checking with the manufacturer of the shoes to determine what type of material you are working with. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Megan, The dye may not be able to cover over the stain or it may still be noticeable after dyeing. Traditional Rit dyes would work well on the cotton portion, but not on the acrylic. In mid-April we will be releasing a synthetic dye called Dye More that will work beautifully on both the acrylic and cotton. If you wanted to try dyeing it, we would recommend using the Rit Dye More for best results on that fabric type. Hope this helps!

  • Joyfully

    Great instructions above. But I have a couple questions.
    Garment: white crochet dress (feels like 100% cotton, but black identity tag was cut out years ago) with sewn in polyester cami dress beneath.
    Problem: yellow spots, possibly from washing in “hard” water and a light (dark ivory or light tan) stain about 2″ round – darkest in middle but radiates to complete fade in a very awkward spot.
    Questions: Is there any lightish Rit color that would dye the entire dress to the same color or do I have to get rid of the spot first? I already tried bleach, didn’t work.
    If I wanted to do a “Dusty Rose” color, do you think it would make the spot disappear?
    Are some color families better at coverage than others?
    I understand from the other questions that the poly cami probably will not hold the color. Do is reject the color all out or will it be splotchy?
    Do you think it would be best to wait until you release your new Dye More in a couple weeks? and will it be available at all Joanne Fabric’s?

    Thanks for a speedy reply, if I don’t do this soon, I may put it off forever… which would be a shame because this is such a great dress!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. If the outside shell is 100% cotton, we would recommend trying Rit color remover to see if it would remove the stains because dyeing over spots will result in an uneven color result. Rit Dye More would be the appropriate dye to use since you are working with polyester. It is now available to order at The Rit Studio: http://store.ritstudio.com/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=ShopNow Hope this information is helpful.

  • Noel Waddell

    My fabric dyed beautifully with one acceptation the thread in the pants is still white. What would you suggest I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Noel, When you use RIT dye and the thread does not cover, then the thread is made from polyester. You might consider checking out the New RIT DyeMore colors to see if there is something there that you can use for the thread. This link will take you to the colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/. You might be able to find the colors at your local Hobby Lobby store. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Candi, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Unfortunately, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover.

  • Diana

    I need lemon yellow and lime green lace. I have totes full of cream or antique white lace. I don’t know what they’re made of. Is there a way to tell if the lace is cotton or polyester? If I buy lemon yellow or lime green dye, will it work correctly with the cream colored lace?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Diana, We would recommend dyeing a test swatch to see how well the dye will adhere to the fabric. If the traditional dye does not take well, then we do have a daffodil yellow in the Dye More line that will work on polyester. To achieve a lime green you can try mixing the daffodil yellow and peacock green for a brighter yellow. If you find out it is cotton, please e-mail a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you. Hope this helps!

    • jonathon claxon

      If you can pull a thread off of the lace. Try burning it. Cotton will burn but polyester will melt before it burns. Do this as safely as possible of course. This is fire I’m suggesting.

  • Karen

    I have some black jeans that fit perfectly but have faded over time to a charcoal gray color, and I would like to try to restore them to black. Are there any recommendations for black jeans, such as using a bucket versus a washing machine? I appreciate any help with this.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rebecca, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, only the 55% cotton would accept the dye resulting in a lighter shade to occur than what is expected. We do have a synthetic dye called Dye More that will work well on both the cotton and polyester fibers. The closest to emerald would be the peacock green. Check out the colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lauren, Thank you for reaching out. The rayon will dye well. Make sure you add in 1 cup of salt and agitate constantly for 30-60 minutes. The slip of the dress will not achieve color with our traditional dyes. The Dye More could be used, but we do not have anything in that line at this time that would come close to achieving a mint green. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • emily

    Hey I just dyed a number of things for an art project but completely forgot to add salt before I used in and now it has salt like residue. Do you have any suggestions on how to resolve this ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily,
      For us to better assist you, we need some clarification on if or when you added the salt. Look forward to hearing back from you.

  • Anthony

    I just got 2 pairs of sandstone brown Carhartt overalls, because they are no longer made in black. I tried to dye one pair using the bucket method with 2 bottles of black, and they only came out dark brown. Should I bleach the other pair first, and use more dye? I would like them to be a really dark gray if not jet black. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anthony, What is the fabric content of the overalls you are trying to dye?

  • Barb Rigall

    I want to dye a pair of white canvas tennis shoes a light beige. I have never dyed anything before so and help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sabrina, The dye bath can be reused, but it will not produce the same color results as the first item has depleted much of the dye pigment from the dye bath. It is best to add in some additional dye and reheat the dye bath before dyeing another item. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Bayah, Thank you for reaching out. The dye could potentially adhere to the lettering on the shirt. What color are the letters on the shirt?

  • Peter Burkle

    I have a seat cushion that is made up of a SUperfecta Stretch Knit Fabric. This fabric is not recommended to be cleaned in hot water as it may shrink. What would be the best method to dye this material? I would be going from a white to a gray. Also, once dyed, would the dye rub off/come off as people are sitting on it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Peter, Rit now offers 2 different dyes, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. Both dye lines require activation in very hot water and, for this reason, we would not recommend using our dyes because of the concern of shrinkage. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jackie, On the back of the bottle at the very top you should see a section labeled washing machine and then directly below that there is one labeled sink dyeing. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Amber Edwards

    Hi, I’m planning to have a tie dye station at my daughter’s birthday party. It will be at a park so my question is, can I use cold water? I may jot have a way to transport that much hot water and I don’t want to use the bottle method because I don’t think it’d be as much fun. Thank you in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, Thank you for reaching out. Our products do require hot water for proper activation and color. If cold water is used, there is no guarantee as to the color you would achieve on the fabric. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Kathryn

    I’ll be dying a cream color tencell dress to a light tan/hint of pink dress. I have ordered the camel, tan, and petal pink dyes to create my color. should i use salt or white vinegar in the dye bath for a tencell fabric? thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kathryn, Due to the type of fabric you are dyeing, neither salt nor vinegar will need to be added to the dyebath. Hope this helps.

  • Julia B.

    Hello. My husband’s nursing uniforms somehow got bleach spots on them. They are royal blue in color. I bought two bottles of RIT dye. I have never dyed anything before and these are important. How do I proceed? They are 65% polyester, 35% cotton material. Thank you!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Julia, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. Normally we would recommend Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color, which offers the best chance of an even color result. However, color remover will not remove dye from synthetic fabric. If you dye over the fabric, the spots will still appear a different color/shade. There are 12 colors available in the new DyeMore line, which can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Information on how to use DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, It would depend on the weight of the fabric. You could do 1/4 bottle of dye or 1/2 package if the shirt is 1/2 pound or less. You would use just enough hot water for the fabric to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • Jen Larson

    I’m going to dye a crop top that is made out of cotton in the same container as a skirt made of 90% polyester. Will it come out the same? Should I still add the salt to it?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Victoria Skotvold

    Hi i am trying to dye a white pair of denim shorts to the color of the shorts that i’ve attached in the photo. what blend should i use? I was thinking the teal green blend (Kelly Green and Royal blue), but does anyone else have any suggestions to get an even more exact color? Thank you in advance!!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Victoria, Thank you for your request. Please send the image to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create the best match for you. Thanks!

  • Renee

    If you are using a mixture, in this case yellow and brown to get gold, and use your recommendations for the one quart mixture, does the one quart then go into three gallons to dye a youth shirt and leggings, or is there a conversion of quart of mixture to gallon of water? Thanks!

  • Tracie Lewis

    my shirt is 65% polyester and 35% rayon. so I don’t add salt or viniger????

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tracie, Thank you for reaching out. When dying polyester you would use Rit DyeMore which is a synthetic dye. Salt and Vinegar are not needed when using this dye. Hope this help!

  • Tracie Lewis

    so, I have RIT liquid Dye. do I not use this??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tracie, The original All-purpose Rit dye will not dye 20% or more on synthetic material. It will look like it is working then when rinsing the dye will bleed all out. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Tracie Lewis

    the shirt is not 100% polyester

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Christina, Thank you for reaching out. The material would be dyeable, however, Rit does contain salt which can cause leather to become dry or brittle. If you decide to dye it, make sure to condition the leather afterwards. The sink or bucket would be a good dye technique to use: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/

  • Macy

    I’m dyeing a woven cotton blanket, just like hospital blankets and I was wondering if the woven pattern would change my dyeing process? And from what I’m reading I would add a cup of salt to my dye mixture, is that right? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Macy, The fact that the blanket has a woven pattern will not have an effect on the dye process. One cup of salt is added to a dyebath when dyeing cotton to help make a color more vibrant, it does not help to lock in the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Caroline

    Hi, I want to dye a large white table cloth (6ft table) with flared skirt, purple. Would it work best to dye it in the washing machine? Would I need more that one dye packet/liquid for a dark purple? Do I need to add a color stay in a separate cycle once its finished? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Caroline, It can be done in the washing machine as long as it has enough room to freely move around. It depends on the fabric content of the tablecloth. If cotton, for a darker purple, you can double the dye quantity for the weight of the fabric. The Color Stay Dye Fixative would help set the dye on cotton fabric and reduce color bleeding. hope this helps!

      • Caroline

        Thank you! The material & size is 6 Feet Linen Spandex Fitted Stretch Tablecloth with Sway, 72 by 30 by 30 – not sure how much I would use? It will definitely have enough room in the machine. It’s a front loader – do I add in the drawer or the drum – when and where do I add the dye fixative and will it work on linen/spandex?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Caroline, Rit’s all-purpose dye will dye the fabric. If the fabric contains a small amount of spandex, it would not harm the dress. If there is a larger percentage of spandex, it could damage the elasticity due to the hot water required. As for the dye amount needed would depend on the weigh of the fabric. If using liquid one bottle will dye 2 pounds dry weight as a box of powder will only dye 1 pound dry weight. Here are the instructions for as front loading washing machine https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/

  • http://www.ritdye.com Desiree Gomez

    I have a maroon dress that’s 92% nylon and 8% spandex and I want to dye it purple. Will it catch on or should I hold off on it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Desiree, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the maroon color from the dress. It can then be dyed purple. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Theresa Sanchez

    I made some tie dye shirts which came out pretty but apparently I did not follow directions well enough. Now how cn I set the colors so they dont run?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Theresa, If you are looking to set the dye, we would suggest using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. It will help to reduce color bleeding and set the dye into the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Vicki

    i am going to be doing a church event tonight and tie-dying 45 shirts. i have a (4) 5 gallon buckets. do i use 1 cup of salt to 1 bottle of liquid and 3 gallons of water? please advise as i have found many directions. THANK YOU

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vicki, Thank you for reaching out. You can add one cup of salt per dyebath to help make the colors more vibrant. Hope this helps!

      • Vicki

        Yes, that did. Do i use 1 8 oz. bottle to 3 gallons of water?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Vicki, Shake all liquid dye bottles before pouring the dye. Measure and mix ½ cup liquid dye in about 2 – 3 gallons very hot water (at least 140ºF). If using powder dye, dissolve 1 box in 2 cups very hot water; stir well before adding to water. If water is not hot enough, heat water in a tea kettle or the microwave. The hotter the dye bath, the stronger the colors will be. For dark or bright colors, double the amount of dye used. Note: If dyeing multiple items at once, the amount of dye and water should be increased based on the weight of the shirts. As a guideline, 1 bottle of dye or 2 boxes of powder will color up to 2 pounds of dry weight fabric (about 6 – 8 size small t-shirts).

  • Sunrise250

    “… use fixative immediately after dying.” Does this mean immediately after rinse water runs clear or immediately after removing from dye solution?

  • Kate

    I’m trying to dye a pair of red fishnets black. Should I remove the color before I dye them? Also, should I add salt or vinegar to the dyed water before I put them in?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. If all-purpose can be used we recommend using Rit color remover to reduce/remove the over all color prior to dying.

  • Karina

    I’m trying to dye the lower half a child unitard green. It is a nude unitard that is 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex. I was planning on using this method. I am concerned that the color will leak onto the nude half when I rinse it. How should I go about doing this? Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Karina, To apply the dye you might try painting or spot dyeing the dye on. You can mix two tablespoons into two cups of water. We then suggest spraying on the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative and letting it set for 20 minutes. If it does not contain any metal, you would microwave it for 1-2 minutes wrapped in saran wrap and then rinse it really well. The Color Stay Dye Fixative should help from eliminating any color bleeding from the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Elizabeth Kelch

    I have a pair of winter weight, combat boots made of suede and gore-tex.
    Can you guess at how they will take a color?
    They are currently tan. If I try to dye them purple are they likely to come out.brown? Can you offer any suggestions for a color that will not end up a dull grayish or brownish?
    I believe the best dye method will be the bucket method. Do you agree?
    I presume using the bucket method will also cause the rubber soles to take some color also?
    Any guidance, advice, or educated guesses about the likely outcome for my boots would be great to hear.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for reaching out. Suede is dyeable using Rit’s all-purpose dyes. However, we researched gore-tex and found that products engineered with GORE-TEX® fabric are waterproof. Rit is a water base dye so the if would not be able to dye over the gore-tex.

  • Cbarringer

    I am dying black sweatpants that have been bleached. I have 2 pairs of them and am using 2 bottles of dye. Do i use one or two cups of salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. As for how much salt you would only use 1 cup per dyebath.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Karen, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. Since the shoes’s balance is man-made (synthetic), Rit DyeMore would be the recommended dye line to use. Graphite is the darkest color in the DyeMore line, which dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Often the man-made material in tennis shoes is polyester, which would not achieve black. There may also be a water repellent finish that would keep the dye from adhering to the shoes. Should you want to review instructions for using DyeMore, they can be viewed by going to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • Elizabeth

    I need bright orange pants. I purchased white scrub pants and a bottle of red and a bottle of yellow dye. What ratio of red to yellow should i use to get a bright orange (think safety orange)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for reaching out. Often scrubs are made from polyester, which our Rit all-purpose will not work on. To better assist you we will need to know the fabric content of the scrubs.

      • Elizabeth

        Cotton polyester blend 50/50.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Elizabeth, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. Due to the 50/50 blend, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. There is an apricot orange available in the new dye line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries this new dye. We are not able to offer a color recipe for a bright orange due to the limited colors in the DyeMore line. Should you want to experiment mixing DyeMore’s racing red & daffodil yellow, you can dip a paper towel or piece of cloth into the dyebath to test the color. Hope this helps.

  • Rosie

    I am dyeing a skirt that is linen with a cotton lining. Do I need to add anything like salt or vinegar to enhance the dye’s absorption? How about for a polyester dress?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Rosie, Thank you for reaching out. With the linen and cotton you could use a cup of salt, this will help you bring the true color out. The salt will not help adhere the dye to the fabric. Synthetic material such as polyester you would need to use our dye DyeMore, synthetics do not use salt or vinegar for color enhancing nothing is needed. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rosie, The rayon would be the same as cotton one cup of salt to help make the color vibrant. All methods work well with all purpose but for the DyeMore the stove top is highly recommend for that constant heat.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ellen, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric color – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. If you would like to try spot dyeing, the instructions can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Amanda Nicole Fogal

    Hi! Tonight I dyed a drop cloth with your royal blue liquid dye in my sink. The color came out consistent but MUCH duller than I wanted. Is there another blue/green I can dye over it to get a more electric color? I left it in the dye bath for 30 minutes and used salt. Like I said, any way I can make it brighter?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, You can achieve a brighter hue by increasing the water temperature. You might try stating with boiling water. You could try overdyeing with Teal if you are looking for a blue/green. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sam, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the existing color before dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sara, Thank you for reaching out. Please send us a photo of the color you are looking to obtain to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a match for you. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove the dye that was applied. Bleach can alter dye results. For best results, we would suggest using Denim Blue or Navy Blue on the stove top keeping the water as close to 160-180 degrees as possible. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Navy Blue does have purple undertones and can turn more of a purple hue if the water is not hot enough (160-180 degrees), if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes), if not enough dye is used for the weight of the fabric, or if the item has a special finish. If the water was purple, it sounds like it could have been due to water temperature. Do you still have the bottle available? There is a 5 digit manufacturing code stamped on the top of the cap.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kate, Thank you for reaching out. Are the carpets you dyed able to be placed in a washing machine, or, are they attached to the floor? Once we have this additional information, we will be better able to assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ashley, The Rit Color Remover would be unable to remove color from indigo blue jeans, but would work to remove/reduce the color of the purple jeans. If you wish to dye them black, you can overdye without using the Rit Color Remover first. When going from purple to navy blue, we would suggest trying to remove/reduce as much of the purple as possible with the Rit Color Remover. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Julie S.

    Hello, I am planning on dyeing a small doll that is only about 5 inches tall. Is there anywhere measurements on how much dye to use for small projects? Also I know the dye works best warm/hot water. Does it work alright in warm/cold water? I am afraid to use too hot of water with the doll since they don’t give much washing/ material instructions (the doll is meant for crafts). Also will the dye work with polyester? This is my first dyeing project, so I am open for any kind of tips. Thank you!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Julie S.

    Hello, I am planning on dyeing a small doll that is only about 5 inches tall. Is there any measurements on how much dye to use for small projects? Also I know the dye works best warm/hot water. Does it work alright in warm/cold water? I am afraid to use too hot of water with the doll since they don’t give much washing/material instructions (the doll is meant for crafts). Also will the dye work with polyester? This is my first dyeing project, so I am open for any kind of tips. Thank you!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Julie S.

    Hello, I am planning on dyeing a small doll that is only about 5 inches tall. Is there any measurements on how much dye to use for small projects? Also I know the dye works best warm/hot water. Does it work alright in warm/cold water? I am afraid to use too hot of water with the doll since they don’t give much washing/material instructions (the doll is meant for crafts). Also will the dye work with polyester? This is my first dyeing project, so I am open for any kind of tips. Thank you! Sorry, I don’t know how to make the picture smaller.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Julie, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. Very hot water is required to activate the dye. Using cold or warm water will not achieve a successful result. Since you are working with polyester, Rit DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ There are 12 colors available in this new dye line http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/, which can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, or, at our website or through Amazon. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Yes we have. Here is the information we have on using a crockpot: https://www.ritdye.com/2015/06/12/how-to-dye-yarn-in-a-crock-pot-with-rit/ Hope this helps!

  • Marge

    I am dying a pair of my husband’s croc fabric loafers. They were black but now have faded to almost grey. I am using Rit Liquid Black Dye in a bucket. Any other suggestions other than to follow directions on bottle? Thanks!
    Marge

  • http://www.ritdye.com Denise Christy

    I have a couch slip cover that has been faded by the sun and would like to dye it with your dye for synthetic fabric. I believe the fabric is a microfiber. Can I use the bucket method for the synthetic dye or do I have to do this on the stove to maintain the hot temperatures for the duration of the dying process.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Denise, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use DyeMore in the bucket you would just need to boil water on stove top and pour into bucket or tub you are using. With the bucket method the color may not be as bold due to the water not being on constant heat but will adhere to material. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ricky, Thank you for reaching out. You might try redyeing. We suggest using the stove top when dyeing black and keeping the water at a simmer. Stir constantly with no soaking for about 30 minutes. We also recommend doubling the dye quantity when dyeing black, so use 1 bottle per pound. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jamie, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alicia, Yes, you could definitely use the bucket technique to obtain a golden hue on the white fabric depending on the fabric content of the material. If cotton, you will be very successful. If it is a synthetic requiring Dye More, you would need to start out with boiling water in the bucket. Hope this helps!

  • Anita

    I tried removing the color out of my blue jeans using the color remover but was unsuccessful. I used hot water and used my stainless steel sink. The jeans looked like they were losing color. They turned a light green color. When I rinsed them they turned back blue just lighter. I used two boxes of the color remover. What did I do wrong?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Anita,
      Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately Rit Color Remover can not be used to remove the color from blue jeans. Indigo must be removed with a chlorine bleach. For the full chemical reasoning behind this: Rit Color Remover is a reductive type bleach which chemically transforms or dissolves the Indigo into a soluble form. When the Rit Color Remover is rinsed from the jeans, the soluble Indigo dye is oxidized back to its original insoluble form and the color is still there.
      We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Anita

    Help! I tried dyeing my jeans black with navy blue but my jeans came out blotchy.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Anita,
      Thank you for reaching out. Blotchy color can occasionally occur when the items being dyes are not continually stirred for the full 30 minutes or more. Stirring the fabric promotes consistent exposure to the dye, resulting in “level dyeing” or even color. Should you decide to try dyeing your item again please make sure you have enough water for the item to flow freely in the dye bath and stir/agitate continually without letting it soak. Each bottle of dye is good for 2 pounds of fabric. We would suggest weighing the fabric before use to guarantee best results.
      Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Holly, Be sure to wash the item prior to dyeing with detergent. You would want to choose either a bucket or washing machine technique. The fabric should have enough room to freely move around. If the item is a light color right now, two boxes would be enough for 1 pound of fabric. If it is a grey hue or already black, you could use 1 box per pound. Hope this helps!

  • LILLIAN PORTER

    I got a spot of bleach on a favorite taupe top and the spot turned pale orange. Should I bleach the whole thing before dyeing? I chose camel color as the closest color

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye.
      Should you decide to try and dye the top, we recommend using Color Remover to lighten the shirt to the same color before dyeing.
      Hope this helps!

      • LILLIAN PORTER

        I bleached the whole garment, which emerged with a uniform and unusual orangey-beige, shade which I really like

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lillian, Thank you for sharing your experience! Glad you liked the end result.

  • Chris

    Hi. I have some black chef pants/coats that must have got some bleach on then.they have some splotches of brown , I want to dye them back to all black, will the black rit dye do this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Chris,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye.
      We can not make any guarantees but should you decide to try and dye the pants, we recommend using Color Remover to lighten the pants to the same color before dyeing.
      Hope this helps!

  • Callen Hinton

    Hello, I have some white socks. I’m trying to dye them a dark turquoise blue and a light mustard yellow. What should I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Callen, Thank you for reaching out. If you would send us a picture of the colors you are trying to achieve we can try and create a recipe for you using our dyes. You can e-mail the pictures to: colorformula@theritstudio.com , once we recieve them we will pass those to our dye specialist to try and create the match. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Leslie,
    Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend mixing 1 package of the powdered dye with just under half a cup of hot water to dissolve the powder thouroughly. You can then mix the dyes in even amounts the recipe calls for as it will be the same strength. Please keep in mind that we recommend using a paper towel to test the dye bath’s hue before dyeing your garments. This will ensure you get the correct shade intended in your dye bath.
    Hope this helps.

  • Sonya daniels

    hello, I’m trying to dye a white flower girl dress to Ivory. I’m purchasing taupe rits. Do you think a purchase the right color to achieve a ivory color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sonya, What is the fabric content of the dress you are looking to dye?

  • Sonya daniels

    100% polyester

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sonya, The Dye More would be needed for the polyester. We do not have a specific recipe for ivory, however, you could try lightening the sandstone with more water. Dye More can be found at Hobby Lobby or some Joann fabric stores. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • Sonya daniels

    Okay thanks, can i weigh the dress on a regular scale to get a weight? Wish me luck.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sonya, You can stand on a scale by yourself and then with the garment in hand to get an idea of how much the garment weights. Hope this helps. Good luck!

  • Mary

    I am trying to do a project with my husband for his boss and his wife expecting a baby any day now. We are dyeing a set of onesies for a newborn will this work and will it be safe for the baby

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mary, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use Rit dye to dye the onesies. Rit dye is not harmful and non-toxic and can be used on newborn and up clothing! You can find step by step instructions on how to dye here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ and see projects here: https://www.ritdye.com/?s=baby+clothes . If you are dyeing cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, silk, wool, or nylon you can use Rit All Purpose if the material has polyester or a blend then you can use DyeMore for synthetic material. Hope this helps.

  • Marci

    We dyed a white cotton t-shirt with the liquid pearl grey color. It turned out with a definite purple hue to the shirt. What may have happened? Can we use some black dye to make it a darker color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marci, Pearl Grey has purple undertones and can dye a purple hue if the water is not hot enough (140-160 degrees), if not enough dye is being used for the weight of the fabric, if there is not enough agitation or if the item has a special finish (if it had not been prewashed and was new). You could make it darker with black. Black works best in a water temperature of at least 160-180 degrees. Hope this helps!

      • Marci

        We followed all of the instructions as you listed above. I am wondering if there is a pH issue. I have read that for some colors you need to add soda ash to make the solution more basic. Could this be the problem?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Marci,
          Thank you for reaching out. We would not recommend using soda ash as Rit dyes are heat activated and it would not be necessary. We would recommend to check the water temperature and make sure that you are using water between 140-160 degrees or about a simmer. If the temperature is not correct then the hues can be different then what they where intended to be.
          Hope this helps.

          • Marci

            I measured the water at 155 degrees. I tried a second time with more dye and now the shirt is darker purple. I would like to try the black to get rid of the purple. Should I bleach it out first or just put the black on now?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Marci,
            We would not recommend bleaching the fabric as bleach is very damaging to the fibers. Thus the dye would not be able to take successfully over the bleach. If you wanted to try using the grey again then we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/lighten as much of the purple as possible before re-dyeing. Should you decide to make the sheets completely black then over-dyeing would be fine. Black works best in a water temperature of at least 160-180 degrees. Hope this helps!

  • sandy

    I want to use rit dye on my rug where a small patch got clorox on it, how would you proceed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sandy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the material of the rug? This will help determine which dyeline to use. If you wanted the same color we could try and create that color using our dyes, you would just send a picture of the rug to colorformula@ritstudio.com and we will try and match with dye recipe. Once we know material we can go over methods to dye your rug!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jayee,
    Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend continuous stirring and agitation through out the 30 minutes to an hour of being in the dye
    bath. This will guarantee a even dye coverage. Please keep in mind that our dyes are heat activated. We would recommend boiling your water
    for the dye bath before putting it in the bucket as it will cool down during dyeing. A long as your water is hot and you are continually
    agitating the dye bath then you should not have any trouble with the canvas being a bit thicker. Hope this helps!

  • Bev

    I have a salmon-colored cotton t-shirt that was stained with red wine. I couldn’t get the red completely out and now some of the color is lighter than the rest where I was too vigorous in stain removal efforts. I would like to dye it to a navy blue color. I understand that the dye is intended for stain-free fabrics, so it might not work. I’m trying to find the best chance to remedy it. Should I use the color remover first and then try the dye? It’s ruined now, so anything should be better than how it looks today!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bev, We would recommend first using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. This will give you the best chance of an even color result when you dye the t-shirt.

  • Tina Fayard

    Is it bad if you don’t wet the cloth before putting it in the dye? I am a first timer making something for my daughter and had to dye the fabric.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tina,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend wetting the fabric before dyeing to help the dye absorb into the fabric evenly. Other then even dyeing to prevent discoloration, this wont effect how the dye turns out. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lexy, Thank you for reaching out. A few questions: What is the fabric content of the material? How long was the material agitated? Water temperature? How much did the item weight and how much dye was used?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jan,
    Thank you for reaching out. We recommend leaving the fabric in the hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes while agitating continuously so that the dye will attach to the fibers of the fabric. What type of fabric is the 50/50 shirt made from? Please get back to us at your convenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cori, Thank you for reaching out. One bottle would be enough for 1 pound of fabric when doing from white to brown. We would suggest double checking the sweatpants tag. If they contain a high percentage of polyester, you would have better results using Dye More.

  • Jane Carey

    want to dye 2 wide white panel sheers about 63 inches long a teal color. I purchased Rit dye emerald green and royal blue. what would be the amounts of each color and what would be the best way. Do not want to use washing machine.

  • Kelsey Bailey

    I am looking to tie-dye some 50/50 cotton-poly blend t-shirts. Will your product work for this type of material? Do you have any suggestions for what to use to reduce bleeding? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kelsey, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the polyester being 50% you would need to use DyeMore our synthetic dye, you will have to use the bucket method and boil the water on the stove. DyeMore needs higher heat of 180-212 degrees to activate the color you can find step by step tie-dye instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ . We do have Color Stay Fixative that helps with bleeding but will not work on the poly blend since polyester is 50%. In rinse process make sure you are rinsing until water runs clear this is getting rid of all the extra dye that did not adhere to the material, this will help prevent bleeding or dye transfer. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cindy, Unfortunately, we do not have any products that reduce fading from the sun as direct sunlight can cause our dyes to fade quickly. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • heidi

    So I want to dry a rug it is part polyester What can I use to dye it? The rug is originally white and want to dye a plum any suggestions

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Leon, For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color and redye. Redyeing over it as it is will only continue to create an uneven dyeing. Vinegar helps to make colors more vibrant on nylon, silk and wool, but would not help to set the dye. We do have a Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative that can help reduce color bleeding and set the dye. To ensure it dyes evenly, you want to stir constantly for 30-60 minutes with no soaking. Hope this helps!

  • rosie

    I would like to dye a large painters drop cloth about 7×12 feet. Any suggestions on the best way to do this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rosie, It can be very difficult to achieve an even color on such a large item. If you want to give it a try, you would want to find an item that would allow the material to be able to move around freely and be constantly stirred/agitated.

  • shelly

    my husband bleached a tan pair of shorts and they turned pink. They are 100% cotton. I would like to dye them camel liquid color dye. Will they turn that color or lighter

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shelly, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric color – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Heather Tashner

    I will be bucket dying & I will machine wash after
    Do I wash then in Warm or hot water. I have front loader machine.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Heather,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend rinsing/washing in warm or cool water. Hope this helps.

  • Donna Sahlen

    I have 7 pounds of curtains to dye. I don’t have a big enough container to hold 21 gallons of water, by your calculations. Can I do it in batches using the same dye solution? I have a front load washing machine, which you don’t recommend for curtains!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the curtains?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Teresa, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the shirt?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Teresa, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove/reduce the existing color prior to dyeing it blue. The Rit Color Remover is not effective on some synthetics like polyester.

  • Jenni

    Beginner question: What do you do with the dye water after you are done dying? All the sinks in my house are plastic or porcelain, so I’m worried about just pouring it in there and ruining my sink. . . Also, I’m not sure if this is the correct way to discard of it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jenni,
      Thank you for reaching out. Pouring the dye down the sink would work fine as Rit All-Purpose dye will not harm the pipes. We do recommend running some water down after it to rinse out any residue. Hope this helps.

  • Elizabeth

    I would like to dye a white cotton dress however, it is lined in 100% acetate. The dress’ care instructions read “dry clean only”. Can I still dye it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Elizabeth,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Hope this helps.

  • Steve Kavanagh

    I want to dye a large stuffed animal (tiger) deep black, so it resembles a panther. Will it work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Steve,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the stuffed animal made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • Steve Kavanagh

        I don’t know for sure as tags are gone. It is very plush and soft, so I think it has polyester as a component.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Steve,
          If you believe there to be polyester in the fabric then we would recommend using the Graphite hue in our Rit DyeMore line of dyes. It will dye all fabric black, except 100% polyester with which it will dye a dark grey hue. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Heather Wojciechowski

    Is there a way to make a small batch for tie dyeing?

  • Chelsea

    I want to dye my couch covers black. They’re blue denim. Like straight up blue jean material. How long would you suggest soaking each piece for the denim to fully turn black and how many times should I wash it before I put the covers back on my cushions to avoid the color transferring to skin or other clothing while sitting on it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chelsea, We recommend doubling the amount of dye used when dyeing dark colors, which would be 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid per 1 lb of dry weight fabric. Also, when dyeing black over dark blue, 1/2 package of brown powder dye should be added to the dyebath. Very hot water along with constant agitation is required for at least 30 minutes up to 60 minutes. If fabric is left to soak, the dyebath cannot be evenly distributed and the color result will be blotchy. After dyeing fabric, we recommend washing with warm water and detergent to remove any excess dye, then you can place the covers back on the cushions. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Chelsea

        They’re very very faded. Darker in some areas but other areas are almost white. The couch is 20 years old. Should I still add brown?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Chelsea, When dyeing fabric that is uneven in color, because all fabric accepts the dye evenly, the color result will still be uneven. Normally, we would recommend first using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color prior to dyeing in order to achieve a more even color result. Unfortunately, color remover is resistant to indigo dye in jean fabric. Since there are various shades, if you would still like to experiment dyeing, we would recommend leaving the dark brown dye out.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Marie,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the material made from? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • hidden from ya

    What gets the rit stain out of my porcelain sink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We are sorry to hear you have stained your sink. For dyeing in a sink, we only recommend using a stainless steel sink. You should not use a fiberglass or porous porcelain sink or bathtub because they could become permanently stained. You might try using a scouring cleanser or bleach, but we cannot guarantee either of these will be able to remove the dye. You might also try searching the internet for other products.

  • Erin

    What is the best way to dye a large item, like a jumpsuit/coveralls, without the result of a patchy dye job?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erin, When dyeing fabric, there needs to be enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. Constant agitation is very important for at least 30 minutes. Any bunching of fabric, or, soaking of fabric in a dyebath will cause a blotchy color result. What is the fabric content of the jumpsuit/coveralls and what do they weigh? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • Carol

    Regarding dying cottons, instruction says to add 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of water. It that REGARDLESS of WEIGHT? I am dying cotton scatter rug that weighs about 6 pounds. (I will us an old large boiler pot that my grandmother used for canning).

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carol, Rit powder dye should be dissolved in 2 cups of hot water prior to adding to either 3 gallons of very hot water. This is to ensure all the granules get dissolved so that you do not end up with specks of dye on your clothing after dyeing. One package of powder or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to l lb of dry weight fabric. When dyeing dark colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. You will went to make sure there is plenty of water in the dyebath for the rug to move freely and constant agitation is required for at least 30 minutes. When dyeing bulky items, it can be difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed throughout the fabric. This can cause a blotchy color result. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Darlene

    I am trying to die a sheet set for my daughters college dorm. We are trying to get a coral color. Can you tell me what my best option to get this color would be.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Darlene, We have e-mailed you a recipe for coral.

  • Sevval

    Hi, I wanted to dye and old black and white 100% cotton backpack into black. What dye and method would you recomend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You can use the Rit all-purpose Black dye on that fabric. Please keep in mind the material would not dye a solid color. The pattern would still show through.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Stevondra, Thank you for reaching out. The dye can be saved in air tight, sterile containers. When you reuse the dye, you will want to heat it up and stir well. If mold occurs, dispose of the dye. You may also need to add in some additional dye when reusing as the first time it is used quite a bit of dye will be absorbed into the fabric and will not reproduce the same color when used again.

  • Tasha

    I am trying to make my curtains a bright orange colour and it turned out a light colour with what looks like red spots please help me to get a bright orange

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tasha, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the curtains? What color did you use? What is the existing color of the fabric?

      • Tasha

        It 100% polyester and they were white to start also I just used orange powder.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tasha, The all-purpose dye is not very effective on polyester. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove the dye applied and redye using the Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

          • Tasha

            I can’t find an orange in that kind of dye

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Tasha, It is called Apricot Orange. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ We would suggest trying Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabric, Wal-Mart or it can be ordered online.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Christie, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can dye polyester using our synthetic dye DyeMore. You can find the 12 core colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ , and the step by step directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . DyeMore works just like All Purpose Rit only needing higher heat of 180-212 degrees in the water to activate the color. Hope this helps.

    • Teresa Acosta Bee

      Hello,
      I just read above that you suggest not using anything that says dry clean only, as the heat can affect the item. I also have a polyester dress to dye, but it is dry clean only. Do I just follow the usual directions for polyester??
      Thanks !

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello,
        Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Patricia

    Hi,

    I have olive green colored jeggings that I want to dye black. It is made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. It said to wash the jeggings in cold water. How do I go about the dying process?

    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Patricia,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Please get back to us with additional questions.

      • Patricia

        I actually usually just wash these jeggings in warm or hot water and they seem fine. Would the dying process still be a problem? Thanks!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Patricia, Since the leggings were not effected by the hot water when you washed them, although we cannot guarantee the results, they like should be dyeable.

          • Patricia

            Thank you! If I wanted to take the risk and dye them…can I dye them straight black or would I need to take out the olive green color first? Thank you!

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Patricia, You can dye black successfully dye over the olive green color, however, we recommend adding 1/2 package of scarlet powder dye to the dyebath in order to achieve a more true black. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Deborah Burnett

    i am dyeing a very small piece of white rabbit fur. approximately 6″. do you have any recommendations? Help!

  • Diane Wilcox

    I have a sun dress made I India, 100% rayon, hand wash. Had a few small stains and treated with oxi spray spot remover. Instantly my lime green color were the spots are turned a pale yellow. If I add dye the dress will the yellow spots turn the same color? Or should I remove all the color and start over?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Diane
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. Sometime deodorant, stains, and industrial dyes/coating on fabric can result in the dye not taking or making the dye a different shade. Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Diane,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. Sometime deodorant, stains, and industrial dyes/coating on fabric can result in the dye not taking or making the dye a different shade. Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
    Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Therese, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Hayley

    Hello, I have a few items I want to dye black that are already coloured. One Item is a cotton dark purple sweat pant, another is a cotton dark blue zip hoodie, and lastly I have a rusty orange sweater that is cotton/wool based. How would I go about dyeing these the darkest pure black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Hayley, Thank you for reaching out. With all 3 items you can dye using Rit All Purpose dye, since you are dyeing Black we suggest to double the amount of dye needed. One box of powder will dye 1lb of dry weight and the bottle will dye 2lbs of dry weight example: if your material says 2lbs we suggest using 2 bottles of liquid to double the amount. This will help make really dark. You can also agitate up to an hour instead of 30 minutes. The longer the agitation the darker the color. You can go to our website and look up all the different dyeing methods we have and choose the one that best fits you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques .Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Xenu Ate My Baby!

    It says to get item(s) wet, then squeeze out water then add to dye bath….what are the problems if I add an item to dye bath that is dry?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend wetting the fabric in order to ensure that the fabric is able to absorb the dye while in the dye bath a little easier and give it a even hue all over. Hope this helps.

  • Maggie

    I mistakenly bought Rit dye for synthetics. Will it work on cotton? If so, should I use the stove method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Maggie,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore will successfully dye cotton as well. Please keep in mind that since the dye is meant for synthetics, it will need to be used on the stove top at a much higher heat to activate the dye correctly. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lyshia, When dyeing fabric,it should be constantly agitated in a dyebath for at least 30 minutes up to 60 minutes for the darkest color. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com andrea cooper

    should I mix a small amount of black (liquid) with the purple (liquid) to make a deep purple or is there another way I should do this? I have a white dress and a pair of off-white pants I wanted to do this color.

  • Katy Harris

    We are wanting to use RIT to tie dye several shirts. How many T-shirts will 1 bottle of liquid RIT dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Katy,
      Thank you for reaching out. Every bottle of Rit Liquid dye is good for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. Every piece of fabric is different so we are not able to tell you the exact amount. We recommend weighing yourself with and without the fabric to check the weight. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello David,
    Thank you for reaching out. If you are looking for a particular color, you are welcome to e-mail us a photo or pantone number so that we can create a custom color for you if possible. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Brenna, When fabric is dyed, dyes are pulled from the dyebath. If a dyebath is to be re-heated and used a second time, the color result would be a lighter or off-shade. For this reason, we would recommend creating a new dyebath in order to achieve a close match to the first sheet dyed. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend disposing of the dyebath outside in the yard. Rit dye is non-toxic and will not harm the area. The dyebath would only discolor the area for a short time. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com leanna berrios

    I dyed something using rit synthetic graphite in my sink and it stained my sink is there any way to get it out?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Leanna, Thank you for reaching out. When dyeing in a sink, we only recommend using a stainless steel sink. It is not recommended that a fiberglass or porous porcelain sink or bathtub be used because they may become permanently stained. Unfortunately, the only recommendations we are able to make are to try a scouring cleanser or bleach. You might try searching the internet for products that may remove dye from the sink. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Rose, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Since the robe is 100% polyester, DyeMore royal purple would be the recommended dye to use: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Rebecca

    I was hoping to use the liquid dye, but I can’t find it in any stores in North Bay, Ontario. I washed 2 brand new sets of white scrubs. I dissolved 2 packages of Rit dye (powder) in 2 cups of hot water and added it to the dye bath (in the sink). I stirred everything up and then added the wet scrubs. I stirred constantly for 30 minutes. They came out the right colour but with red specks. I tried the whole thing over again, (with 2 more brand new sets of scrubs) being more careful to be sure the powder is completely dissolved before adding it to the dye bath and still got the same result. What am I doing wrong?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Rebecca,
      Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like the powder isn’t being dissolved all the way before being put into the hot dye bath. We would recommend dissolving the powder in 2 cups of boiling water and for you to stir it vigorously until no granules of powder remain. Should you decide to try and dye again, we would recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Hope this helps.

      • Rebecca

        I was using too much dye. I overestimated the weight of the articles of clothing. I was using 3 boxes instead of 2 and that’s why it wasn’t completely dissolving. Lesson learned. Rit Color Remover works wonders.

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Rebecca,
          Thank you for getting back to us. We are glad to hear that it got worked out! Let us know if you ever have any other questions.

  • Ann Troicke

    I tried dying a white fleece jammie brown and it turned out grey. I did it how the directs said for stove top, it turned out stone grey. I used the polyester dye because it’s 100% polyester. I suppose worse case scenario I’ll just convince my three year old he wants to be an elephant instead of a monkey for Halloween 🙂
    I dyed it twice thinking maybe I just didn’t ‘cook’ it long enough, but the grey just got a little darker. No where near the chocolate brown the bottle has on the label.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Ann,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you a message to your personal e-mail so that we may better assist you. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Halina, We would recommend adding 1 cup of salt since the fabric contains a higher percentage of cotton. We do not recommend adding both salt and vinegar. Salt or white vinegar is added to the dye bath to help intensify the color. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Kelli, What does the fabric care tag state the slipcover is made from. Once we know the material you are working with, we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

  • hinotefanatic

    I bought dark brown to dye polyester blend curtains and used the bucket method. My test with a paper towel appeared brown but when I added the curtains they ended up purple. The tools I used were clean – any idea what could have caused this?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. We have sent a message to your personal e-mail to better assist you. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Caitlin, Salt or white vinegar is added to the dye bath to help intensify the color. Salt is added when dyeing cotton, linen, ramie and rayon. White vinegar is added when dyeing silk, wool and nylon. Since the cotton & rayon percentages combined are 75%, we would recommend adding 1 cup of salt. Hope this helps!

  • Joey Seals

    Great video with written instructions as well. I am going to dye a couple of smaller pieces of automobile carpet from around 1994 model truck (spare tire cover, etc). They should each fit in a 5 gallon bucket (2 different applications). I think the carpets are mostly nylon?? I am planning on cleaning them first, but is there anything else I should do to prep for that type of application?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Joey, If the carpet is made from nylon, it is dyeable using Rit all-purpose dye. If it is made from a synthetic fabric, our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, would be the recommended dye to use. If the carpet is made from nylon, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing tangerine. If you are working with a synthetic fabric, Rit color remover will not be able to remove the existing color. Should you choose to use all-purpose black dye, it would successfully dye over the existing color. When dyeing a dark color such as black, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used. To prep the material, along with cleaning the carpet, we recommend leaving it wet when adding to the dyebath. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Joey Seals

        Awesome and thanks! This is the best thread I have ever come across! So active for such a long time!!
        One more quick question. Is there a way to figure out what material it is? I have researched materials used around that time; however, nothing definitive! I could just try the dye remover and see if it works.

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Joey, Using Rit color remover would be the perfect way to test the fabric. If the color remover is unable to remove any color, this will be a sign the fabric is made from synthetic material. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ Hope this helps!

          • Joey Seals

            Perfect and Thank You!! 🙂

          • Joey Seals

            Ok. So the color did not come out after using the dye remover. I may not have used enough, but what I did had no effect on the color and I stirred it for 30 minutes. I am guessing that it is a synthetic material.
            The original color is more like a darker blue green. My question is: Would the All-Purpose Dark Green color change the material possibly to anything resembling more of a green? Is there a dark green in the synthetic dye? Also, are there any local stores that are carrying the new synthetic product? I have not found it. My last option is to go to black. I guess I could try the Dark Green and then go Black??

          • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

            Hi Joey, Since the color remover was not able to lighten the color of the fabric, you are likely working with a synthetic fabric. It appears you do not have a care tag on the item to check what the fabric content is? For synthetic and synthetic blends, DyeMore is the recommended dye to use. DyeMore offers 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Since the original color is a darker blue green, we would recommend using DyeMore graphite to dye over the existing color. Graphite dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Instructions for using DyeMore are found at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore. Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in their craft section, are the stores known for carrying DyeMore. We also offer a store locator at our website: https://www.ritdye.com/store-locator/?utm_source=RitStudio&utm_campaign=StoreLocator Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Charlene,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. If you dye over the stain, then it will be a different color then the rest of the item or it may not take. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Charlene, Rit will not cover stains. Before dyeing, the stains must be removed from the item. We recommend using Rit Super Stain Remover or Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing. http://store.ritstudio.com/laundry-and-dyeing-aids/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Mona, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, synthetic blends and many plastics. Curtains are commonly made from synthetic fabric. The problem with dyeing bulky fabric is that even when constantly agitated, it is difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed throughout the fabric. For this reason, the color result may be blotchy. If you would like to experiment with dyeing the curtains using the bucket method, we would recommend adding in boiling water so that you are starting with the hottest water possible. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Shannon Lonnen

    I am trying to dye a long gown that is 100% polyester a plum color. It is currently a champagne color. I washed the gown then added the purple liquid Rit Dye More dye to the washing machine and added the gown when the washer was full, turned off machine. I let it sit almost 2 hours, stirring thoroughly every 5-10 mins, but the gown barely colored. We are buying 2 more bottles of dye and going to try using a kiddie pool filled with boiling water. I can think of no way to keep the water super hot as it will cool over time. Do you have any suggestions? Also, we are looking for more of a plum color and not so much a purple color, can you suggest which colors to try blending? Thank you so much.. we are in a rush so your help is deeply appreciated!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Marcella,
      Thank you for reaching out. Due to the limited colors available in the DyeMore line, we are not able to create a color recipe for that hue at this point in time. Polyester is a very difficult fabric to dye. If the water is not hot enough then the dye will not be able to penetrate and dye the fabric. That is why we recommend using the stove top instructions when dyeing synthetics. Since the item it to large to put on the stove, your options are limited. As long as you bring all the required water to a boil and dye the fabric right away, then you may be able to have success when dye it. Please keep in mind that you should have the item in the extremely hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes of continual agitation. At least 30 minutes of agitation and constant stirring is required for the dye to successfully and evenly attach and dye the fabric. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

      • Shannon Lonnen

        I think you mean me lol..
        thank you for replying so quickly! How much water is required per bottle of the DyeMore Dye for Synthetics?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Shannon,
          We are sorry for the confusion. We did mean you! Every bottle of dye holds enough dye for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. For every pound of dry weigh fabric, you should use 3 Gallons of extremely hot water. If you are using a darker color, we recommend doubling the amount of dye used. Hope this helps!

          • Shannon Lonnen

            🙂 lol no problem about the mix up
            We will try doubling the dye, and boiling water this time… thank you 🙂

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for the great feedback! We are always happy to hear about your projects working out!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Lindsay, Thank you for reaching out. Rit offers instructions for tinting lampshades. Because black is such a dark color it may be difficult to achieve. We have emailed the instructions to you if you would like to experiment with dyeing the lampshade black. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Sarah

    How should I go about the rinsing process? I see it’s recommended to only use stainless sinks for dying, but would it hurt porcelain to rinse out my fabric after dying using the bucket method?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, We would not recommend using a fiberglass or porous porcelain sink or bathtub for rinsing the excess dye from the fabric because they could become permanently stained. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Maylene, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, synthetic blends and many plastics. DyeMore is available in 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ A bottle of DyeMore displays different shades of the color, which is to show different fabrics will result in a different shade. Polyester dyes the lighter shade of the color, while cotton will dye darker. When dyeing fabric, it needs to be immersed in a dyebath and constantly agitated for at least 30 minutes. For this reason, it is not possible to just tint a portion of the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Lori McPhetridge

    I want to dye 100% polyester white dress a pastel pink. It is very lightweight. I would be surprised if it weighs more than a pound. Any suggestions on getting a real light color

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Lori, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. DyeMore offers colors, one of which is super pink: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/dyemore-liquid-super-pink/ When dyeing fabric that is 100% polyester, the color result would be the light pink shade displayed on the bottle. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/dyemore-liquid-super-pink/ DyeMore is not recommended for use in a washing machine because because it will dye plastic parts. Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart, in their craft section, are the stores which are known for carrying DyeMore. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Louiseh

    Hi, I want to die 3 cotton covers for some small bean bag ottomans. Can I dye them sequentially in the same dye bath in a large steel pot, as long as I pay attention to keeping the times similar? Do I have to “replenish” anything as I dye each one separately (to make it easier to agitate them in the liquid)?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, When dyeing fabric, dyes are pulled from the dyebath. Re-using the dyebath will result in a lighter color or off-shade. When more than one dyebath is used for dyeing fabric, even when using the same amount of water and dye, the color result may be slightly different. If you would like to re-use the dyebath for each of the 3 covers, you would need to add additional water so the fabric can move freely and additional dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Devin, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that is white or off-white in color. We recommend using 1/2 bottle of liquid or 1 package of powder dye for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Jordan Bierman

    I have a black dress shirt that’s been bleach-stained. Will your black dye work on this?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Jordan,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Becky B.

    How permanent are Rit dyes on silk, wool, and cotton? If several fabrics (of various fibers) are dyed with Rit and then used to make a wall hanging, would the colors fade over the years or keep their original intensity? Thanks.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Becky,
      Thank you for reaching out. All Rit Dyes are semi-permanent and will fade over time. There is no way to know exactly how long the dyes will last as it partly depends on how often the fabric is washed and the housing conditions it is kept in. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Donna, Thank you for reaching out. Since you are working with cotton fabric and thread, Rit all-purpose dye would successfully dye the fabric red or green. Rit offers cherry red dye in liquid form and you might take a look at the color recipes we offer for forest green and hunter green: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf If you have a specific shade or red or green you would like to achieve, please send a picture of the color to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you. If you send a picture, please include that the fabric is cotton.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Anthony,
    Thank you for reaching out. Generally we recommend leaving fabric in the hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes of continual agitation. Please keep in mind however, that if it is real leather suede we do not recommend using Rit dyes to dye leather. Our dyes contain salt which may cause the leather to become dry or brittle. In some cases, Rit has been used successfully to stain leather rather than dye it. However, there is the possibility that the dye may rub off while wearing the item or if it gets wet. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Carolyn

    I dyed a silk dress but the lining is polyester. Will it hurt the silk if I dye it again in synthetic dye to dye the lining?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Carolyn, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend checking the fabric care tag on the dress to ensure the dress can be washed in the very hot water required when using DyeMore, 180 to 212 degrees: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Since the silk did take the dye, when dyeing over an existing color the original color will mix with the dye and take on a new hue. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Sage,
    Thank you for reaching out. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing.
    Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
    Once you have lightened the color, you can then dye the fabric a color of your choice.
    Hope this helps!

  • Nate

    I wanna dye nylon fabic black. Like very dark black. I have the option to use a teal nylon color fabric or a tan brown color fabric to dye, which color would dye to a dark better black, teal or tan brown

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Nate,
      Thank you for reaching out. To acheive the darkest possible color when dyeing Nylon, we recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. Graphite will dye your nylon a true deep black when the dye is doubled. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the fabric agitating in an almost boiling hot dye bath for 30-60 minutes of continual agitation. Using the tan brown would be a better choice. We have a couple colors that may work for you. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
      http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/
      Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Nastasia,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the scarf made from according to the care tag? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

    • Nastasia Bassili

      Hi. The scarf is 100% wool.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Michelle
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are the sashes made from according to the care tag? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Keri Rozansky

    We used the Harvest color to dye some t-shirts for our school’s field day. The kids didn’t like the color. Suggestions for mixing the leftover Harvest with other colors to make a new not-so-brown color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Keri,
      Thank you for reaching out. If you are looking for a particular color or have a color request, please e-mail us a photo of the color and the fabric content of the material you are dyeing. The request can be sent to:
      colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Keri Rozansky

        I don’t have a specific color in mind, or a photo of what I might want. I’m just looking for a color suggestion to add to the Harvest to make a less brown color. The pictures I see online make it look more orange, but it turned out more brown than orange. Maybe another color that showcases the orange in Harvest more than the brown?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Keri, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. What is the fabric content listed on the care tag of the item you are dyeing? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are working with? Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. Traditional Rit Dyes, or our core dyes as we call them, will work well on cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, nylon, silk or wool. Rit Dye More will dye polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, golf balls, lacrosse sticks, ABS plastics and poly based plastics beautifully. In order to see if we can create the color on your particular fabric with one of our custom color recipes, we would need to know the exact fabric content from the fabric care tag. Please send a picture of the color you would like to achieve, along with fabrics listed on the care tag of the dress, to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you.

  • Debbie

    I wanting to dye Egyptian Cotton sheets..would that be the same method as on the bottle?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Debbie, Thank you for reaching out. The instructions provided on the back of a bottle of Rit all-purpose dye for the Washing Machine and Sink methods provide the correct steps to follow when dyeing. We recommend using 1/2 bottle of dye for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. Double the amount of dye for dark colors. You will want to keep in mind that the fabric needs to be constantly agitated in the dyebath for at least 30 minutes. Soaking often results in a blotchy color result. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Debbie

        They are king size sheets,could I use the bathtub instead of the washer since I could move them around easier?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Debbie, Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend dyeing in a fiberglass or porous porcelain sink or bathtub because they could become permanently stained. For bucket dyeing, you can use a plastic bucket, tub or storage container so long as you don’t mind if they become discolored. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Del, Thank you for reaching out. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. If the blue jeans are very light in color, dyeing over with a sky blue shade should be successful. Please send a picture of the sky blue color you would like to achieve, along with the fabric content of the jeans, to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jordan Lehnhof

    I used color remover on a brown cotton modal cardigan and lightened it to a pale orange color and then dyed it with Rit in Wine a few days ago. I rinsed it for 20-30 minutes but there was still a ton of dye in the water so I finally had to set it aside to dry and came back to it this morning. I rinsed it again for 5 minutes and the water was still very red so I hung it in the shower with the water spraying on it for 10 more minutes and the water still doesn’t run clear. I can’t remember ever seeing this happen with Rit before, but it’s also the first time I’ve used red dye. Is this normal? My washing machine is high efficiency and my experience has been it doesn’t rinse single dyed items evenly or I would just do it that way.

  • LaToya

    Is Rit dye waterproof after using it? I’m planning a wedding and can’t find any burgundy flowers, so I want to use the Rit-Dye Wine Color, but wonder if it is waterproof after the dyeing processing is done as my centerpiece will contain water.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello LaToya,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dye is not water proof. It is a semi-permanent dye that will bleed over time, like most fabric color. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Christine Clark

    Hello there, I have a very thin 100% silk quilt with a fine layer of cotton fill. I wish to dye the quilt Biscay Bay. The quilt is about 7 pounds in weight and is already a light teal blue colour.. How much dye is required in the liquid form please? I noticed that vinegar is to be added – would I have to also add more than the one cup advised? Also, is the washing machine the best option for dying or is it better to use the bucket (laundry tub) method? Thank you kindly

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Christine, Thank you for reaching out. When dyeing bulky fabric, it may be difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed and this can result in an uneven color. If you have a regular top load washing machine, you might find using it easier because the machine does the agitation for you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/ If you have an HE machine, which uses less water, using a bucket or tub would allow you to put in plenty of water for the item to move freely: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ One cup of vinegar would be added, regardless of the size of the load, to help make the color more vibrant. Please send a picture of the Biscay Bay color you would like to dye the quilt to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a custom color recipe for you. Please include the fabric you are working with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Kristi,
    Thank you for reaching out. Using the dye in a plastic bucket would work. Since Rit dyes are heat activated, you would need to pre boil the needed water in order for it to stay hot enough through out the entire 30 minutes of required agitation and dye time. Rit dyes are non toxic and can be disposed of outside or rinsed down the drain. After the 30-60 minutes of continual agitation in the hot dye bath, you can then rinse with warm or cool water until the dye runs clear. Hope this helps.

    • Carolyn

      I am doing this as well with some drop cloths. Since it’ll be a big load, should I still add only one cup of salt or do I need to increase that amount? Thank you!!

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hi Carolyn, We recommend adding one cup of salt regardless of the size of the dyebath. The addition of salt helps to make a color more vibrant, it does not lock in the dye. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Carmela,
    Thank you for reaching out. For a small amount of fabric, you can use 1 Quart of very hot water and about 6 tsp of dye. For darker colors you can add additional dye but we recommend using a paper towel and testing the dye bath continually to ensure that you get the correct shade. Hope this helps.

  • Josie

    Can you add salt vinegar for a more stay-in color lock ?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Josie,
      Thank you for reaching out. For most dye baths, we recommend adding 1 cup of salt or 1 cup of white vinegar after the fabric has been in the dye bath for 5 minutes. This will help the item to take the dye more evenly. When dyeing smaller items or using less than 3 gallons of water, use ½ cup of salt or vinegar. Hope this helps.

  • aokcats

    All my sinks are porcelain or fiberglass. I’d like to use a bucket to dye a couple of undergarments, but I don’t understand how I should rinse the items when I don’t have a stainless steel sink. A garden hose would only give me cold water. How do people do this??

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are non-toxic and can be disposed of outside in the yard. The dye may tint the area for a bit, but is not harmful. You might start with adding a pot of hot tap water to the bucket for the first rinse and, then, you can use the garden hose and cold water. Once the excess dye is rinsed from the fabric, we recommend washing the items in a washing machine with warm water and detergent. Hope this helps!

  • Nick

    Hi!

    I’m looking to Dye a Poly-ethylene fuel tank.

    I will be using a 70l container to fit the tank in. What amount of Dyemore is required for this amount of water?

    Thanks!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sam Wade

    Hi, I have a 3x3metre white cotton muslin which I would like to dye and get as close to the subtle mottling of this photography backdrop:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/beaf5f7f5f427f23bfe96261460ac1c01b0bcf0444b4b788b6d590de163a07c1.jpg
    I have done a couple of backdops already which have turned out nice, but the mottling is alot more pronounced. I used a 83x40cm container which I scrunched the material into, then poured 1900ml water and 100ml of rit dye on top, massaging and squashing down the fabric for aprox 2mins.

    Can anyone give me some idea’s on how to get more subtle mottling, also does the size of the container (WxL) have a bearing on how much mottling there is?.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Heather!

    We are here to help you. Dyeing a colored or printed fabric another color is called over-dyeing. The existing fabric color will greatly affect the finished color results and the rules of color mixing apply. For example, dyeing an item that is yellow with royal blue will produce green. When dyeing a print, it is important to choose a dye color that will effectively change the background color as well as the colors of the pattern. And keep in mind that over-dyeing a print or patterned fabric will not turn it one solid color as the color and texture of the pattern will affect the new dye color. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Diane,

    We recommend you dyeing the whole dress instead of spot dying that way your sure the dress is being dyed evenly.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Incitatus

    I have a bunch of black Jockey t-shirts that are all cotton and black but the black is somewhat faded. Should I just use the standard method to restore the solid black color? Any tips? The blacker the better. Thanks!

  • http://www.ritdye.com rose hamilton

    the website instructions say to mix hot water and dye, then wait 5 minutes before adding salt. I interpret that to mean add garment last. One Q&A says add garment and wait 5 minutes before adding salt. What is the best time to add garment, before or after salt?

  • Dede Gara

    I’m trying to dye my nieces flower girl dress from a true red to an apple red so that she doesn’t clash with my bridesmaids. Is there a way to do this, and if so, what color dye do I need to get?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    We have sent an email to the email provided here.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Nancy,

    Rit All Purpose Dye will be suitable for this. Here are some tips to help you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/how-to-dye-101/. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Hydi Payge

    Can you dye a curtain that is kind of a doily material?

  • Heather Parker

    Use a black sharpie!

  • Mr. Cool Face

    Hey, so I’m only using a little bit of fabric and I want to dye it with my 8 oz. cherry red dye. the fabric weighs 1 1/4 oz.. how much liquid should I use?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Karen McCartney

    How do you keep the water hot enough when using the bucket method? Also is ‘distilled malt vinegar’ the same as ‘white vinegar’ because I can only find the distilled malt in the shops. First time dyer here.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Natalie, Yes I recommend sending home a note attached to the zip lock bag

  • Matt Embleton

    Hi I have some black work trousers that came into contact with some bleach based cleaning product the trousers are 70% polyester and 30% viscose how do i go about using Rit black clothing liquid dye and what is the best method of doing this

    • Pr. Sara B

      Hi Matt,
      As I just told Regina above when dying projects I have taken to almost always removing the dye first – but in your case I would not. I have actually done the same thing as you with similar pants. If you purchase your Rit dye at a craft store or fabric store (such as Jo-Ann’s) you should be able to purchase dye that is specific for poly fabrics. If you are unable to do so, just make sure that you add the white vinegar as directed. Guessing the weight of the fabric I would suggest 2 bottles of black and using the washing machine method. This said you are going to have to be careful to take some extra steps. Along with your dye I would purchase a washing machine cleaning fluid (usually for HE washing machines, but it can be used in any kind) and thoroughly washing your machine out after that (if this cannot be purchased than at the very least expect to run 2 cycles of bleach water and a little soap afterwards and maybe putting in some old towels or something to soak up the residue). The second thing is that for severals washes of your pants later you will need to wash them with only blacks and grays or you will be staining all of your clothes. And the first time you wear the pants, expect some residue to come off on your flesh. Even when you use the vinegar, black dye just can’t seem to stay off the skin. But I would say in the end it’s better than having to purchase another pair of expensive tactical pants. Good luck!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Sue, do you know how much the veil weighs? You could possibly start out with a tablespoon of pink to a quart of water. It is always easier to go darker than it is to go light.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Dave, the fabric shouldn’t bleed if you are wanting added security try using Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative and it will reduce the amount of bleeding it can do by helping set the color.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Yvonna, can you please email info@ritdye.com a picture of of the skirt to better recommend the right colors. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Linda, If the dress is made of natural fibers i.e. cotton, linen, and rayon you should check out our favorite colors library we have a nice ivory formula I think you may like it. Please visit: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jennifer, you can dye the socks at the same time. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Terri, We can definitely assist you. Before you get started please make sure you are using the correct dyes for your material. If the material is cotton,linen,rayon,nylon,silk, or wool you can use the current dyes you have. If they are made of synthetic fibers you want to use Rit DyeMore for synthetics. Being as that you only have 3 lbs of fabric you can use the washer however you want to make sure that the washer can get up to 140 degrees F. Our dyes love hot water. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Kaylee, You can dispose of the dye bath by pouring it down the drain. It will not harm the pipes or stain the sink. It can potentially stain the toilet if it does you can pour bleach on dye stains. Thanks!

  • Michelle Garrison

    I am coloring an off white lace and cotton dress the wine color. Is the color fixative necessary, or can i get away without using it?

  • Kat Kurtzweil

    I have a 100% cotton jacket and have purchased Rit synthetic dye…can I use his and how? do I follow he stove method?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Mary,

    You would still take the same steps as if you were dyeing any other material. Just make sure the temperature is at about 140-160 degrees F. You should also agitate the fabric and leave in for at least 30 minutes. Thanks! Sade’@RitDye

  • Kathy

    Dyed a good quality 100% t-shirt Harvest Cosechar. After washing & drying it is not the deep rich color I wanted. Can I repeat the process with the this t-shirt to get the desired color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Kathy, Yes you can repeat the steps make sure the water temperature is hot, add a cup of salt. When finished dyeing use Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative this helps with color retention and reduces the amount of bleeding the fabric does. Thanks! Sade’@RitDye

 

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