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The Rit Studio: Stovetop Technique

How to Dye Using the Stovetop Technique

Dyeing items in a cook pot on your stove is one of the simplest dyeing methods and is recommended when dyeing black and other dark colors because you can maintain a constant hot water temperature (about 140F). Rit works best in hot water as the hotter the water, the better the dye adheres to the item you’re dyeing. Make sure the item will fit in the pot with room to move freely as this will help the dye absorb evenly, and use an old pot you no longer cook with or clean the pot thoroughly afterwards with chlorine bleach.

 

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Item(s) to dye
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • Large 4-gallon stainless steel cook pot
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Salt or white vinegar
  • Metal tongs
  • Large metal spoon
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Fabric scrap for testing dye color (optional, can use paper towel)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Plastic table cover
  • Old towel

Step by Step

  1. Prewash item to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.

  2. Protect work surface around stove 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 stainless steel pot with enough water for the fabric or item to move freely. Use 3 gallons of water for every 1 pound of fabric. Heat water so it simmers (just below boiling.)

  5. Wearing rubber gloves, shake dye bottles. Use 1/2 bottle Rit liquid dye or 1 package of Rit powder dissolved in 2 cups of very hot water for each pound of fabric. For dark colors, double the amount of dye. Stir well.

  6. Add 1 cup of salt for cottons or 1 cup of white vinegar for silk, wool and nylon along with a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Stir well. If possible, wait 5 minutes before adding salt or vinegar. This will help promote level dyeing.

  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 in your pot.

  9. Bring the dye bath to simmer. Stir constantly — back and forth, and up anddown — for at least 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved. Make sure the item does not get twisted or tangled as this could cause uneven dyeing. Fabric color appears darker when wet.

  10. Remove item from the dye bath and rinse thoroughly in warm water, gradually making the water cooler until all excess dye is removed and the water runs clear. Optional: To reduce color bleeding, use Rit Dye Fixative on cotton fibers 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 to 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 color in cool to warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • Jennifer Jones

    what’s the easiest way to dye a dance tutu?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer,
      What is the fabric content of the material? We can better assist you if we know what type of material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Erin Skinner

    I have a “sailor’s knot” door stop that happens to be made of a cotton fiber. It has an unknown center that it is tied around and as it was purchased, and I don’t know how to re-tie it, I am afraid to put it into the sink or hot water on the stove methods. Is there a way I can use a spritz bottle to dye the whole thing? If so, will the color be secure, or will it continually wear out on whatever carpet it is sitting on? Currently it is a bright teal color and I want to color it to your Royal Blue color. Please Help! Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erin,
      For you to be able to achieve Royal Blue over the bright teal color you have now we would first recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the material. Unfortunately, Color Remover works best on material that can be immersed in HOT water. We can’t guarantee that spritzing the dye onto the material you would be able to achieve Royal Blue if the color have not been removed. The dye would need to be heat set and rinsed of any excess dye to ensure the dye will not run off or stain what it comes in contact with. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Debbie

    Hello I have a lacy garment made of mostly nylon but it does have a little spandex (8%). It is supposed to be navy but is more of a dark purple. What would be the best way to change the color to a navy???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debbie, the only color that covers over purple is Black. We would recommend using RIT color remover, take all color out then dye it the color you want it to be. One box of color remover does the stove top method, two boxes does a small/medium load in the top load washer. We will be sending you special dyeing instruction for nylon to your email address.Hope this will be helpful.

  • https://www.facebook.com/VeldheerPhotography?ref=hl jessica

    hi im looking to dye cheese cloth for newborn pictures of my son in sept, im looking to get a burnt orange color, what colors would i use to achieve this?

  • suvin123

    Hi i’d like to dye my black clothes into country blue. should i bleach my clothes before dyeing it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Suvin123, nWhat is the fabric content of the clothes you are wanting to dye? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • suvin123

        it’s 90% wool and 10% nylon

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Suvin123, We would not recommend using bleach because that could potentially damage the fibers of the fabric, making the item no longer dyeable. You can try using the Rit Color Remover to remove the black color from the clothes. You want to be very careful to avoid felting and shrinkage as the product does require water temperatures of at least 140-160 degrees. As long as you are able to remove the black, you can dye the item country blue. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • amy

    Hello and good day, would it be possible to dye a shirt that is 96% modal and 4% spandex (it’s a light tan and I would like to dye it black if that is relevant information), Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, Absolutely! Modal is a type of rayon and will dye well. Be sure the water is at least 140-160 degrees and add in the 1 cup of salt. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Michelle

    i have an old kit with rope’s that have the color on them and it came with packs of soda ash no instruction here is my ? can i use the rope and the bottle die together and can i use the soda ash or stick to the salt??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, are you trying to tie dye or what are you planning on doing with the kit?

      • http://www.ritdye.com Michelle Torres

        Sorry still try to learn this new computer, i’m trying to dye a white 100% linen dress that has a small stain on it blue for up coming wedding next month and it’s been a while sence i have dye any thing, i didn’t know if i could use the soda ash in stead of the salt that the bottle says to use because i’m using both the rope and the bottle dye

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Michelle, We would not recommend mixing the two dye’s together as we are not sure what the rope dye would do to the color and the rope dye would be fiber reactive and requires the soda ash to properly activate the product. Our products do not need soda ash, just the salt. We would recommend doing them separately if you are wanting to use both the liquid dye and rope dye.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Michelle Torres

            ok thank that is very helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Michelle Torres

    i have a white 100% linen dress that was given to me it has a small stain on it and i want to dye it blue to wear to a wedding next month.

  • Toader

    I need some help with dying sheep HAIR, not wool for use in creating fishing flies. The hair needs to be bright primary colors like red, yellow or dark like black or blue. Should it have vinegar added to brighten the color. Help would be appreciated.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Toader, On our website in the upper right hand corner is the search engine.If you put in the subject Feathers, and read how to dye feathers, you will find the information you are looking for. This is the procedure that most gentleman who do Fishing Flies use. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jeannie Wade

    How can I dye a tablecloth that won’t fit in a pan? I have a front loading he washing machine so I can’t really fill up the machine so I’m thinking that won’t work either. Would love some suggestions. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jeannie, In the section titled Techniques, two spots below the Stovetop Directions are the directions for using RIT dye in a front load washer. Or you could use a large plastic storage container with the bucket directions. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Michelle

    I’ve used Rit dye in the past with great results. However, this time I am attempting to dye a garment that is primarily rayon. As such, the label for washing instructions states that it must be done in cold water. I’m concerned that if I dye it the normal way, with hot water, that the clothing will not respond well. How do I go about this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, The dye will adhere to the rayon and the garment should respond well, but the hot water could possibly cause some shrinkage to occur. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • John Huttner

    I have post war west german winter boots that are insulated with felt….the top 10 ” of the boots are felt…black felt. I want to make them look like ww2 german boots so I need to dye the black felt that is visable grey….any suggestions.?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi John, First we would ask if the felt liners can be removed from the boots so that they can be immersed in a HOT dye bath? The only way to make black into grey would be to use RIT color remover, take all the color out, then dye the item Grey, but all these steps require HOT (140 degrees is recommended) water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Teach

    I have a set of these chairs, http://goo.gl/6LeZEV, that I would like to dye a different color to match my new classroom. Would Rit work on these chair covers?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Teach, Unfortunately, microfiber is typically made from polyester which is not dyeable. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

      • Teach

        thanks 🙂

  • http://www.ritdye.com Juliana Taylor

    I’m tie dying a couple of shirts (4), so I don’t need a gallon of dye. How can I break down the formula so I’m only making 1 liter. I’m using 3 colors and applying it with squirt bottles. I’d rather not waste all the extra. I already bought the packets of powder dye. I’m still new at this. The first time I tried, I bought a kit. I didn’t have to add salt and the amount of powder was enough for 1 8 oz bottle. Unfortunately it was not enough to do more than 2 shirts. Now I have more shirts, a lot more dye, and, well, what next is my question….

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Juliana, On this link, there is a formula for dye in a squirt bottle.nhttps://www.ritdye.com/2014/04/17/accordion-dyed-t-shirt/ nHope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Juliana Taylor

    So then the salt is not needed? That was most helpful. And using the microwave instead of boiling water is an added plus in my book. These projects only happen after the children go to bed and all must be very quiet. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Juliana, Salt is not needed when using the squirt bottle technique. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Billie, Unfortunately, polyester is not dyeable with Rit. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nancy, The water must be hot when the product is applied to the shirts. The hot water activates the dye and gives you the best color results. If you do pre-mix them, they would need to be heated back up for satisfactory results. Also when using a squirt bottle, the t-shirts would need to be microwaved after rinsing for 1-2 minutes to help lock in color and set the dye. They can be dyed while dry. If you have access to a microwave, you can pre-prepare and then heat up the color an employee chooses. You would then want to rinse them before putting them in a plastic bag and let employees take them home to microwave. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Meghan, The addition of the dishwashing liquid is when using the powder dyes. If using liquid, it is not necessary. If you are using the powder dye, we would recommend adding it in. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Esther, It depends on what the stitching is made of. If it is a polyester stitching, then the dye would not dye the threads. If it is cotton stitching or another dyeable fiber, it would. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to ensure that the dye would not adhere to the stitching. Sorry about that.

  • Amanda

    I have a rayon skirt that is almost a “brick” reddish burnt orange color. Would I be able to dye this fabric a nice red color. I purchased the item online thinking it was red and its just too much of a hassle to return it so I really just want it a simple red color without the orange hughes

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, Yes, but we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take out the brick color first. You can then redye it to the color you are looking for. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Ruth

    I have a rayon dress that is black, and unfortunately the first time I wore it I spilled chlorine water on it, making the spill turn off-white to reddish. I would like to dye it all black again. The spill is not huge, but big enough that it’s certainly noticeable. Is there any technique that will target the couple of spots without dying the whole dress? I guess it wouldn’t hurt for the whole dress to be treated, but sure would be nice to just do the part that needs it. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ruth, Sorry to hear about your dress. When chlorine bleach comes in contact with fabric, damage to the fibers can occur. Since the black has discolored, it is a sign there is bleach damage and that the dye will not absorb into the fabric as it normally would. We often recommend using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. We do have steps for spot dyeing, but since there is a reddish spot we wouldn’t recommend this. However, if you’re interested in trying spot dyeing you can find the steps here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions.n

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Julie, The blacks would not be the same if you overdye it. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove the stripes and then redye. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to completely remove the stripes and the two areas could continue to dye different shades. Hope this helps!n

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dye requires very hot water (140-160 degrees) to activate. Because it is an electrical item, we would not recommend placing it in hot water. Hope this helps.

  • Razordoll

    Hello, I’m trying to dye two white pieces a light blue/aquamarine using your liquid aquamarine dye. One piece is 60%Cotton and 40% Polyester and I’m not too concerned about that one. The other is 60% Polyester, 36% Rayon, and 4% Spandex. Should I attempt to dye these both together in the same mix or will the Poly/Rayon piece get all jacked up or not take the dye at all? I want them both to match as close as humanly possible. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carolann, nIf the fabric is a cotton/polyester blend, it can be dyed but only the cotton portion will absorb the dye, resulting in a lighter shade or pastel color. The higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. When dyeing black over an existing color, you will need to add anoither color to the dye bath. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com/faq/when-over-dyeing-another-color-with-black-why-do-i-have-to-add-an-additional-color/. Hope this information is helpful. .

    • Carolann

      Thank you!! And where it says to weigh the item is that when wet or dry?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Carolann, It would be the dry weight of the item. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gwendalyn, When you are dyeing on the stove top or in a tub, there are 2 things you will need to do. First, make sure you have enough water that the fabric can move freely without bunching. Second, you will need to continually stir the fabric in the dyebath so that the dye will be evenly distributed throughout the fabric. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Mr.z, Yes, you can definitely use Rit in a front load washer. To view the instructions to follow, simply go to this link: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Diane, What is the fabric content of the curtains? We can better assist you if we know what material you are working with. Have the curtains faded due to sunlight in a window? If so, they may not accept the dye even if a dyeable fabric. Sun damages fibers the same as bleach. As soon as you respond with the answers to these questions, we will provide our recommendations. Thanks!n

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Diane, It depends on the extent of the sun damage whether or not you would achieve satisfactory results. We would recommend splitting into two loads if you feel the fabric would not have enough room to freely move around if done together. If you do two loads, there is a possibility the two materials will end up different shades. To find out how much dye to use we would recommend stepping on the scale with one of the loads and then weigh yourself without the fabric and subtract the difference. Use 1 bottle for every 1 pound since you are trying to achieve a dark color. Hope this helps!

    • Diane

      Do you recommend an extra long soak? Will that make for better results or is it the temperature of the water that improves results?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Diane, You should consider using our product, RIT Color Remover. It will give you a clean slate and just might be able to stabiize the area of sun damage. Then you can dye the curtains the color you want them to be. It takes two bottles of dye to do a full load in a top load washer, HOT water (140 degrees) and CONSTANT agitation so that the item will dye evenly. This link should help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/. Hope this information is helpful.

        • diane

          Rit is BRILLIANT!!! Success! Even more than than I dreamed! Thanks for all the expert advice.n~diane

  • Lauren

    Hello,nI am researching the best way to dye a white down-alternative comforter. Do you have any suggestions or tips? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lauren, What is the fabric content of the down-alternative comforter? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Lauren

        It is made entirely of polyester. Thanks!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lauren,nFabrics made of 100% polyester cannot be dyed with Rit as the fibers will not absorb the dye. 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. Sorry about that. We would recommend searching the internet for a polyester dye. Thank you for your interest in Rit Dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Genevieve, The Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative helps to reduce color bleeding and lock in color. We recommend using it after dyeing on any type of material to promote long lasting color results. Hope this helps!

  • Confused

    Can I dye just a few spots on navy pants that got a few small bleach spots?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Confused, you can try using the spot dyeing method (https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ but if it does not work, it is because the nap of the fabric is damaged and we have nothing to hold onto. Technically RIT cannot cover over bleach damage. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Wondering

    What is the best way to tie dye a canvas book bag? The material is somewhat thick so I don’t know how well the dye will stay in?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Wondering,nWhat is the exact fabric content of the book bag? Does it contain any special finishes? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Wondering

        I believe it is cotton.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Wondering,nWe would recommend using our instructions for tie-dyeing. If it is very thick, the bucket method may work best. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ You may need to keep the item immersed into the dyebath for longer so the material can fully absorb the dye and is well saturatred. Make sure to rinse all the dye thoroughly from the backpack when rinsing to ensure there is no left over dye residue. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Curious

    Can i dye a dress made from 95% rayon (from bamboo) and 5% spandex?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Curious, yes if you can put it into HOT Water (140 degrees). This link will explain what fabrics we can and canot dye https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Curious

        Thank you so much for such a quick response! The label says cold wash. 🙁 I guess I’m out of luck. I feel silly asking, BUT…. what would happen to the dress if it went in to the hot dye bath? Its a smokey blue/grey and I wanted to dye it black.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Curious, We would have to caution that being in a dye bath of HOT (140 degrees) water for 30 minutes could cause damage to the fabric. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Denise, If the fabric is dyeable, the logo could be affected by the dye depending on what material the logo is made from. Should you still be interested in dyeing the shirt, what is the fabric content of the polo shirt? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • bob

    What is the best method for dying standard shoe laces?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bob, Shoe laces are made from a variety of fibers. There are certain fibers that Rit dye will not adhere to. Do you know what the shoe laces are made from? Also, are they currently white or are you trying to change the color? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

  • Newbie Dyer

    I want to remove the color from a men’s medium-sized jacket, in a front loading washing machine. How many boxes of Color Remover (57g) do I use, please help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      What is the fabric content of the jacket? Does it contain a water repellent finish? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Newbie Dyer

    Sorry I forgot to mention the jacket is dark blue color!

  • Newbie Dyer

    Fabric is 100% cotton on the outside and the lining is 100% polyester. Dark blue color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      We recommend using 2 boxes for a small to medium sized load, 3 boxes for a large load. Our products will not work on polyester, so the color will not be removed from the polyester lining in the jacket. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Newbie Dyer

    No water repellent finish, either

  • Newbie Dyer

    Thanks for your quick response! I want to dye the jacket hot maroon color. Which liquid dye color is closest……..Wine or Scarlet?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Maroon is a recipe. Powder: 4 tbsp. Wine + 2 tsp Dark Brown;.Liquid: 1 cup Wine + 2 Tbsp Dark Brown…This formula will dye one pound (dry weight) white or near white, 100% cotton fabric using 3 gallons (or the low-level water setting on your washing machine) HOT water. None of this will work on polyester.. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Helpdyejacket

    I have a black cotton jacket that I love, but its starting to fade. I really want to put some of the black back in it, but wondering if if could be done in a large plastic tub? Also concerned about temperature not being consistently hot enough. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It can certainly be done in a large plastic tub and you should be fine as long as you start out with the hottest water possible. Be sure to add in your 1 cup of salt!

    • Joanne

      This is the dress.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Joanne, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress? In order to ensure it would dye evenly, the fabric would need enough room to freely move around.

        • Joanne

          It’s 100% polyester! I just realized it’s nearly impossible to dye 100% polyester!

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Joanne, 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. There are 12 colors available in the DyeMore line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Unfortunately, the darkest color graphite will achieve on 100% polyester is a dark gray. Graphite will dye other fabrics black.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jamie, The bleach could affect the dyeing because when bleach removes color it actually damages the fibers of the fabric. What is the fabric content of the curtains you are wanting to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jamie, what you are diescribing sounds familiar; This chemical process is known as reoxidation. There are specific dye classes whose chemical composition is such that when they are in a reductive solution (Rit Color Remover) the original color may disappear or change color. But when removed and exposed to air or water (both containing oxygen) the dye reoxidizes to its original color. The only practical method to remove this dye type is to treat the garment carefully with chlorine bleach. Color-safe bleaches are ineffective for removing the dye color. Hope this information is helpful. .

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  • Capri dyer

    Help with capris,
    I have a couple spots on a pair of denim color capris that looks like they have been bleached. Is there anyway to sport color them. It is not in a very conspicuous place so wouldn.t show much. 76%cotten 22%polyeste 2%spandex.

  • Vanessa

    My daughters favorite dress got some type of ink all over it, she wants to dye it aquamarine (it was cream and ink spots are green). It’s 96% polyester and 4% spandex. Will it dye? I’m still going to try since the dress is ruined no matter what but if there are any tips to help it dye that would be great 😀 Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vanessa, Unfortunately, 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 Rit dye from penetrating. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • Samantha

    I have a white dress that is 94% Rayon and 6% Spandex.. I purchased the “Petal Pink” liquid dye (2) bottles and (2) boxes of the powder Rit. Will my dress dye with this material?? also what is the best method to get the best color in the quickest amount of time? I have a wedding on Friday and I don’t obviously want to wear white but I love the dress so I want to wear it! Thanks 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Samantha,
      The dress is most certainly dyeable since it contains a very small amount of spandex. For best color results we would recommend using the stove-top method.https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Please keep in mind that 1 box of the powder dye will dye up to 1 lb of dry weight fabric. 1 bottle of the liquid dye will dye up to 2 lbs of dry weight fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Samantha

        Oh that is great news 🙂 thanks for recommending the stove top method! Much appreciated.

        –also which should I use the liquid or the powder?

  • seriouslytho

    I am going to use RI dye for my Halloween costume! Do you suggest dyeing the fabric before or after constructing the garment? It would be made from a cotton material, somewhat like canvas. I was planning on I’m using the washing machine method with the royal purple since I would have about 5 or 6 yards of fabric. However, the fabric is woven and the sample piece I dyed frayed a bit (though I did stir with tongs that had a metal piece that snagged). Thanks for your help! I have previously dyed yarn with the liquid dye and it came out great!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Dyeing either the costume, or, the fabric prior to making the costume would produce the same results. So, it would be your personal preference as to which you feel would be easiest for you. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Christian

    Hi,
    I have a steel grey/off black shirt that I want to dye black. My goal is achieve a jet black color. The shirt is rayon fabric. For the best results, should I remove the color or just proceed with dyeing? Should I use liquid or the powder. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christian, You do not need to remove the color in the shirt in order to dye the shirt black. To achieve a true black, we recommend the stove top method. Instructions for achieving a black, black are given at Rit’s website and can be viewed by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • lisa

    hi- I am trying to tie dye 17 white cotton tee-shirts–what would be the simplest and least messy way for me to do this?
    Using only one color-red. Thanks

  • Ashleigh

    Hi, I have a pair of Brahma steel toe shoes I want to dye black. Shoes are currently blue and pink. Any tips? This is my first time dyeing any fabric

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashleigh, What are the steel toe shoes made of? From looking online, it looks like they may have a polyester and water repellant exterior which would not dye properly with our products at this time.

  • Mrs. Taylor

    I plan on using a large, stainless steel pot for a simple hot water dye. A few quick questions…1) Is the recommended 140 degree hot water temperature a simmering, just below boiling temperature? 2) Will my stainless steel pot thoroughly clean without leaving color? 3) If I use bleach to clean the stainless steel, with the chlorine damage the pot? 4) If I pour the used dye water down my enamel kitchen or laundry room sink, do I need to worry about the dye leaving color on my enamel sink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mrs. Taylor, RIT cannot dye stainless steel so using your stainless steel pot is recommended. After using the bleach to clean out the pot, then wash it as normal with soap and water. We only recommend pouring the dye bath down a stainless steel sink,otherwise go outside and pour it on the grass.You will want to keep the water at a simmer the whole time the item is in the dye bath. Hope this information is helpful. . ..

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, What is the fabric content of the curtains? It is likely that dyeing them separately will yield varying color results. You could always use a bucket or storage tote to do your dyeing in if you do not have a pot large enough for the fabric to freely move around. Hope this helps!

    • eastcoastnikki

      It is a cotton mix (had to do a burn test to figure it out…it was purchased at a thrift store originally.) Thank you for the tip.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        If a cotton/poly mix it will likely dye lighter than expected. If mostly cotton, they should dye well. Be sure to add in your 1 cup of salt!

  • Ambelleina

    This jacket is perfect for a costume, but I need it to be brown.

    http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=8&pid=986977002

    As you might notice, it also has metal snaps and buttons. I don’t really care if they get dyed or not. All it says is 100% rayon, Machine wash cold. Is this something that can be dyed??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ambelleina,
      You can most certainly dye this type of material. Although we will warn that since it state wash in cold water only, the hot water temperature required for our dyes can possibly damage or shrink the jacket. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ambelleina

    Thanks for your last response and sorry to be a bother again! This is another jacket I found that would also work that is actually 100% cotton; would that dye better?

    https://www.gstagelove.com/shop/plus_sizes/category/jackets_coats_plus/product/18332

    I am also wondering since it comes in a khaki color as the lightest and I am wanting to dye it a chocolate brown, which color from the Rit line would you recommend??

    Thank you so much for your help!

  • Chell for Halloween

    Hi there!

    I am planning to do Chell from Portal for Halloween but don’t want to spend $30+ on a pair of coveralls I’ll only wear once. So I was wondering if it would be possible to dye a pair of polypropylene painters coveralls? Would the dye take on that sort of fabric? Is there anything I should add to the dye bath to help the colour uptake? It would be going from white to a bright orange.

    Thank you so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Unfortunately our dyes cannot dye polypropylene material. Sorry about that. We appreciate your interesting in using Rit Dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susanne, 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 Rit products from penetrating. What percentage of polyester is the fabric you are trying to dye? Also, what color is the item currently? Once we have this additional information we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

  • logan collins

    I have a blue rayon blouse with polyester embroidery I would like to change color to gray. The blue is dark – can fabric be dyed a lighter/mediium color gray?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Logan, You would first wanted to use the Rit Color Remover to take out the dark blue hue and then you can redye the fabric. It should not affect the embroidery if it is 100% polyester. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kristi, How much does the dress weigh and how much dye were you using when dyeing the fabric? How much agitation was there? Please let us know the answers to these questions and we can try to help you fix the item. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Erin,
    You can successfully achieve Black over a light periwinkle color without removing any color. We also never recommend using bleach to lighten an item as it can damage the fibers of the fabric and prevent our dyes from being able to absorb into the material. We recommend using Rit Color Remover as a safe way to remove color from fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Geekygeek2

    If dying something small like a tie, would you need to make a dye bath this large?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Thank you for contacting The RIT Studio. When dyeing a small item, you could back off the measurements by half but remember you want your item to be able to move freely so that it will dye evenly. All basic dyeing directions still apply. Hope this information is helpful.

  • schoeps mk41

    Hello,

    I have a 100% cotton, white turtle neck shirt that we’d like to dye orange using the Rit Color Perfect Citrus Orange liquid dye. The package did not come with instructions as far as I can tell. Did we make the correct purchase and what is the ideal dyeing process if so?

    Thank you!

  • C Palmer

    I am looking to dye a soft tan synthetic Leather bag to the color black. Is that possible using rite dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It would depend on what the exact fabric content of the synthetic material is. Does it have a tag that breaks down the fabric content? If polyester or acrylic, the dye would not be effective. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Taylor Schmidt

    I am trying to tie dye with RIT but I find it easier to do it in squeeze bottles rather than tying it and dunking the shirt. Any suggestions?

  • ChelseaDakota

    Hi I have a pair of very light wash denim Levi jeans. I would like to dye them to a light/medium blue wash but not sure what the best choice of color dye would be to achieve this look. What would you suggest? Any other advice for this process? Thanks!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, A medium wash can be achieved using our Denim Blue dye. If you would like a color formula for a lighter shade, please send a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com.

  • Toby

    I have a 100% cotton dress that I would love to dye for a wedding, however I’m afraid that the hot water needed in the process will shrink the dress. Is this a concern and is there anything to do to asure that the dress won’t shrink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Toby, Unfortunately, it is very possible the dress could shrink due to the hot water needed to get the best dye results. For less shrinkage, you could try to keep the water as close to 140 degrees as possible. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • sandy

    I dyed a pair of white cotton/polyester/5%spandex pants. All color absorbed except the stitching all around…why?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sandy,
      Very often the thread used in the manufacturing of clothing is 100% polyester. Since Rit will not dye polyester, the thread remains white or its original color if other than white. This can create an interesting design effect, but it’s important to keep this in mind if that’s not the effect you want. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ariel Gottlieb

    Hi! I purchase a bottle of RIT Dye last night; came home, filled a bucket up with hot H20 & put a possibly nylon/cotton blend curtain as well as a cotton curtain in the bucket. Swished it & now it’s tomorrow. I decided to read instructions (duh!) & the bottle says to add salt for cotton & vinegar for nylon. Can I add salt & vinegar together, since I combined the two fabrics already in the dye? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ariel,
      For cotton and cotton blends such as cotton/nylon, we recommend adding 1 cup of salt for a more vibrant color. Did you soak the curtains in the bucket overnight?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Danny, You would be better off making a new dye bath so that the water is at its hottest when you put your prewashed, wet jeans in the dye bath. If you give the item constant agitation up to thirty minutes, you have used up the strength of the product. Hope this information is helpful.

  • kathy

    Hello, can I use an anodized pot to dye clothing on the stove?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kathy, We only recommend using an enamel or stainless steel pot for the stove top method. We cannot dye either finish. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://www.ritdye.com Dinah Gowan

    Hi! I want to dye white stretchy lace trim, black. I use the stove method with tea bags to get ivory and only leave the lace in the pot for a few minutes as it is delicate. How do I accomplish dying the lace black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dinah,
      Lace can be made out of various materials such as cotton, nylon, or polyester. For us to better assist you, what is the exact fabric content of the lace trim you are wanting to dye? Thanks!

  • Devin

    I am wanting to dye a pair of coral leggings orange. They are 92% cotton and 8% spandex. I’m afraid that the dye won’t take because of the spandex. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Devin, Since the leggings are mostly cotton with a very small percentage of spandex, they will dye well. We would recommend using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the coral dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. The color remover is recommended for use on the stove top because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove the dye. At this point, you could then dye the leggings orange. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Squid

    I have 1 pound of denim that I’m trying to dye red to use to make a quilt. I bleached them white, then used 1 c salt, 1 bottle cherry red and a generous splash of black in 1 gallon of 150 degree water in my sink. I let it sit for 2 hours and rinsed in the sink, then the washer. It faded from blood red to fushia. So I re-dyed it in a bucket with 1 gal 150 degree water, 1 c salt and 1 bottle of cherry red OVERNIGHT. It faded to a darker fushia.
    If I try it again using the stovetop method and use the rit color fixative, might I get a more red color? Maybe I should find a bottle of Scarlet red instead? What do you recommend? Thanks 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, When chlorine bleach is used on fabric and lightens the fabric to white, it is a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye, therefore, you will not be able to achieve a dark red. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gage, The dye will not stain any metal pieces on the material. Be sure to check the fabric content and add in salt for cotton, rayon, ramie, linen or blends or vinegar for nylon silk or wool. The stove top method would also give you the best results when dyeing black. Let us know if you have any other questions!

    • Sarai

      Hi:
      What about embroidered stitching on a pair of black pants pockets and the back of a black shirt? Will the black dye turn the gold stitching black as well if I use this method with black dye? Thanks!

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Sarai, It depends on the fabric content of the stitching. If the stitching is polyester, it will not affect it. If the stitching it cotton or another dyeable fabric, it would dye the stitching. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Amber

    Hello I have a wedding dress the I am wanting to dye pink any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, What is the fabric content of the wedding dress? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Amber

        I’m not positive. I will not actually have it in hand until Wednesday. It looks like satin and organza.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Amber, There are some fabrics that will not accept Rit dye. Wedding dresses often contain polyester, which is not a dyeable fabric. Is there a tag on the dress that you might check for fabric content? Thanks!

  • M.Brenn

    Bright Orange cotton… what if i want the orange a little softer, a little more vintage. Would you recommend the Tan dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It is hard to say what would happen when overdyeing. The best way to try to get a softer color or to tone down the orange would be to try overdyeing with the Tan. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    HI Melinda, We do not recommend dyeing in the bath tub as it could potentially stain the tub. You might try a large storage tote or trash can. You want to ensure the fabric has enough room to freely move around and it should be stirred constantly for 30-60 minutes. We would suggest double checking for a tag as satin can be a number of different fabric some of which are dyeable, and some that are not. Let us know if you have any questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tracy, So sorry to hear it did not turn out. We have e-mailed you some questions so we can further assist you with this. Thanks!

    • Karen Cooper

      Sure wish you would have answered her – I’m in the middle of a project and it’s purple 🙁

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Karen, Sorry to hear you ended up with purple. We have e-mailed you some questions so that we can further assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Katie, When the color result is splotchy after dyeing an item, this could indicate the fabric was not constantly stirred or agitated while in the dyebath. It could also mean there was not enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. Although the color remover will not remove the dye from denim jeans, because the indigo dye is resistant to it, you might use the color remover to remove or lighten the navy blue dye you just used so that you can try redyeing your jeans. You can add a small amount of black dye to a dyebath to darken the shade. We would recommend starting with 1 tsp. of black and testing the color shade with a paper towel. Hope this information is helpful.

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  • http://www.ritdye.com Jessica Escobedo

    I tried dying white fabric petals that I purchased at the dollar tree to red I used the liquid and followed the instructions but the petals didn’t absorb the dye what did I do wrong???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, Sorry to hear your project did not turn out. It sounds like the fabric petals are 100% polyester, which is not dyeable with Rit at this time. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Juliette

    Hi! I have a white doona cover I want to dye teal, the material is poly cotton. Will this dye successfully? if so how many packets of dye would you suggest to use?
    Cheers

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Juliette, Thank you for your question. How much polyester does the item contain? We can better assist you if we know the exact fabric content. Thanks!

      • Juliette

        the item is 50% Polyester 50% Cotton

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Juliette, RIT can only dye the cotton portion of your item so you would not be able to achieve the dark color that would be on the box/bottle of dye. You would be able to achieve a pastel color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, The dye could affect the rubber as well, but dye an off shade or lighter hue. We have e-mailed you some directions on dyeing shoes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Carol Wray

    I dyed slacks black in large pot on stove. I added 1 cup of salt. I cannot get wrinkles out of material. I stirred constantly and rinsed in cold water before hanging to dry.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Carol, the basic stove top directions call for constant agitation of the prewashed and wet item up to thirty minutes, rinse until the rinse water runs clear, then wash, rinse and dry the item as normal. Hope this information is helpful. .

      • http://www.ritdye.com Carol Wray

        Thank u for response. I did all these things but I cannot get wrinkles out. I can’t iron wrinkles out. These were pants I could always hang up to dry and they had no wrinkles. Any thoughts !

  • Olivia

    I recently attempted to dye a light sage green dress teal, however, when it came out the dress was more of a leaf green than teal. Can I achieve teal by dyeing the dress with royal blue, or should I use a dye remover and just start over again?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Olivia, For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing with the Teal. Also, be sure to double check the fabric content of the material. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • cassi

    Hello. I have some Dansko Pippa thermoplastic shoes. a woman on amazon said she dyed here with rit dye.she ised the powder another said the liquid did not work at all. What would suggest? i bought an orange pair i want to make a deep red. was going to mix cherry red with a a
    bit of wine or naby blue to get the deeper red. but shr said the original color would matter like changing a can of paint. also i have a walmart blue pair i want to make navy. do i put the shoes in the pot of boiling water for 30 minutes? due to the thermoplastic do i use vinegar. thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Cassi, Thermoplastic is from a family of polymers. Materials in the polymer family are not dyeable using Rit dye. This is why people stated, in their posts, that they did not have successful results when they tried to dye their shoes. Sorry about that.

      • cassi

        But they were successful with the powder rit dye. There are pictures on Amazon. do a search Dansko dyeing shoes. On a reply one comment was that the “liquid rit dye” did not work.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Cassi, She may have been using our old formulation of dyes that changed in 2011. The old formula worked on many different types of plastic. The old formula is still available in 1lb containers: http://store.ritstudio.com/professional-line/ You could give it a try if you would like, but we are unable to guarantee results on the thermoplastic. No vinegar or salt would be needed for plastics. The beginning color can affect the shade you will achieve. Unfortunately, we do not have anything that would be able to take the color of the plastic. Good luck with your project and let us know if you have any other questions!

  • socerdevl

    I have a hooded sweatshirt that is a 60 cotton 40 polyester mix. I want to mix it seafoam green. The Rit color formula says 1 tsp of Aquamarine, 1/4 tsp of Kelly Green, and 1 cup of water. I know that if I want a more even color, i have to use more water. How much water am I supposed to know how to use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, you will find the directions for multiplying a recipe for the weight of the fabric on page 3 of the Archive Colors. This link will take you there https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf.. You would want your hoodie to be white so that you can achieve the best color possible. RIT cannot dye the polyester portion of the item therefore the color will be lighter.. Hope this information is hepful .

      • socerdevl

        I read that and, for example, if my white sweatshirt had a weight of 12 ounces, how would I know how much water to use for a more even color as opposed to the mottled effect? I know I have to multiply by 12 for the dyes but the water is different. Thank you for your help.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, To achieve even color results, you will want to use just enough water for the fabric to freely move around. Keep it agitating for at least 30-60 minutes. You can dip in a piece of paper towel prior to adding in the fabric to ensure it is the shade you are looking for. Hope this helps!

    • The Braider

      I was wanting to dye flaxen twine which is a natural fiber. What linen is made from but not refined I guess, to braid horse tack with. Also I was wanting to dye rawhide with it. First how do you determine if you use vinegar or salt with these materials? And with rawhide if it’s gets to hot it can make it brittle when it dries. What is the best methods of approach? Thank you in advance for any help! BC-Texas

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If it is a natural fiber, we would suggest adding in the salt. For rawhide, we would not recommend adding in anything. We would suggest dyeing a sample piece to see how well the dye will adhere and if it can withstand 140 degrees using a bucket method: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Teri

    I have a faded purple corduroy jacket. What colors would work for dying something purple. I like blues and browns but would that work or would I have to dye it black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Teri,
      What is the exact fabric content of the jacket? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Mike

    Can I dye cleats. The inside of them is a mesh material

  • HelpPlease

    Hello! I am attempting to dye a cotton robe gray, the only color gray that I found doesn’t really match. I need it to be a little lighter. Is there any way to lighten the gray that is available? I’ve had a hard time finding white.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      You can make Pearl Grey lighter by adding less dye or more water to the dyebath. To test the color, dip in a piece of paper towel or scrap fabric before dyeing the robe. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Natasha Rose Snodgrass

    I have a bright orange nylon stroller over that I’d like dye pink. Any suggestions before I get started?

  • Christina

    Hi, can I dye white burlap? I know my burlap is 100% jute, but I don’t see any mention of burlap or jute on your website.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christina, As long as the jute does not have a special finish or coating, the dye should adhere. You might try dyeing a sample piece to ensure it will dye the color you are looking to obtain. Hope this helps!

  • Arlandria

    I’d like to dye some curtains, but they’re dupion silk and I’ve heard that’s tricky and requires an acid dye. I also don’t have a container big enough to put on the stove that will hold both one, much less both, with enough room for the dye to move. Should I give up, or is there a way for me to make this work?

  • Trish

    i have a black patch and need to dye the white thread gray. will rit dye the white thread to gray?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Trish, Thank you for reaching out. It depends on what the thread is made of. If it is a polyester fabric, it would not be able to change the color but if it is a cotton or another dyeable fabric, it would. Hope this helps!

  • Melanie

    I have a fushia skirt with a a coffee stain set in. I’d like to know if the stain would still show through if I were to dye it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melanie, The stain could still show through after dyeing. We would recommend trying the Rit Color Remover to try to remove as much of the stain as possible prior to dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Mandy Gonzales

    I have some light blue shorts that I would like to dye black. They are 65% cotton, 30% polyester, 5% spandex. Should I add salt or vinegar?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mandy, you would add salt to this dye bath because of the cotton content but understand that when dyeing a combination fabric, you cannot always achieve the color shown on the packaging. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Joan

    Will the rit dye discolor a stainless steel or alumininum pot?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hekki Joan, We recommend using a stainless steel or enamel pot. Aluminum pots can also be used, but the aluminum can become scratched and pitted from the salt in the dye so using an old pot you no longer care about might be the best course of action in this case.Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Joan, When dyeing fabric, chemicals are pulled from the dyebath. It is possible to reheat the dyebath and use on another item, however, the resulting color will be a lighter shade when reusing a dyebath. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • mixingcolorshelp

    I have a celery green jacket that has some faded perspiration spots in the arm pit area. It’s 99% cotton and 2% spandex. Can I mix the Kelly green with yellow to try and get a darker shade of the celery green color. And should I add salt to the dye bath.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Matt, Thank you for reaching out. The dye will not dye the metal buttons. If it is denim, it most likely is majority cotton so we would recommend using 1 cup of salt. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Special Dye Color

    I need to use your custom colors to get the specific color I want but I have a question on the instructions. For example; in order to get Silver Cloud, I need to mix 1/8 tsp of Evening Blue with 1/4 tsp of Taupe and add a quart of water. If I were to use that to dye using the stove top method, would I still add the 2 cups of water for every pound of fabric to dilute it? And/or still use the 3 gallons of water in the pot for every lb of fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      The 1 quart recipe for Silver Cloud is created using the liquid dyes that do not require predissolving the dye into 2 cups of water before adding into 1 quart of water. The only time predissolving is required is when using our powder dye. You would add 1/8 tsp Evening Blue and 1/4 tsp of Taupe directly into 1 quart of water and mix. If you would like to convert to the recipe using 3 gallons of water, we would recommend using our Color Formula Conversion Chart from our How to Mix Colors page under Color Library. https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/ Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mandy, Rit offers instructions for tie-dyeing using the bucket method, which is what we would recommend for your tie-dye project. The instructions can be found by going to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Clare

    I need to dye straw plait black to make a hat. I don’t have a suitable pot for the stove top method so will need to use a tub – is this likely to work for straw? Should I use salt to help the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Clare, Thank you for reaching out. The straw should dye well as long as it does not have a coating, just make sure to use a water temperature of at least 160-180 degrees for best results. We would not recommend using salt or vinegar for this material. Hope this helps!

  • KatieCav1989

    Hi there. I’m new to dying fabric but I’m working on a costume for a party and I need a golden yellow dress. I can’t find the right shade to order so I thought I could order a lighter yellow dress and dye it to be darker. However reading some of these comments I’ve found out that the dye won’t work on certain fabric, specifically spandex. If the dress I order is a cotton blend of 90% Cotton but 10% spandex will it work on the dress or not?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, A dress that is 90% cotton will produce successful results when dyeing since there is a only small percentage of non-dyeable fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Doris

    Hello,
    I have dark blue Tulle netting that I would like to dye Emerald Green do I add salt or vinegar?
    Thanks for your help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Doris,
      What is the fabric content of the Tulle? For cotton, ramie, rayon, linen or a blend we recommend adding 1 cup of salt. For nylon, silk or wool we recommend adding 1 cup of vinegar. Hope this is helpful.

  • Shepherd

    I have some loose wool, washed and carded, that I’d like to dye, but am concerned constant agitation will flet the wool. Suggestions on getting an even color without so much stirring?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, the basic directions for this product requires constant agitation(stirring) so that the item will dye evenly. If you allow the item to soak, it comes out blotchy. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Vern

    I am a volunteer at the National Museum of WWII Aviation and need to dye a natural color (sand) burlap to imitate WWI sandbags. I plan on sending you a color photo of the color(dark greenish brown) I need to give me formula to mix. But I also may experiment with colors on my own depending on your response time. My question is do I need to add vinegar or salt to dye burlap?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Vern, When dyeing fabric, either salt or vinegar is added to the dyebath to make a color more vibrant. We would recommend adding in 1 cup of salt to the dyebath. As an added note, the natural oils and waxes covering the raw material (jute) must be removed before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Vern

        And what would be the best way to removed the natural oils and waxes covering the burlap?

        Vern

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Vern, We would recommend washing with soap and water prior to dyeing to try to remove as much of it as possible, but some items are naturally that way and the oil/wax cannot be removed. Hope this helps!

  • Wynkis

    I have a charcoal grey jacket that has large bleached spots on it. (it got to close to a bleach bottle). If I dye it black will it color the bleach spots equally to the charcoal grey fabric, or will I still be able to see the light spots

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Unfortunately the lighter bleaches spots will dye lighters if dyed. For best results, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color of the jacket to as close to a white or creamy color as possible before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Tessa

    Hi! I need to make a costume that have several specific shades of blue, so I bought a pair of scrubs in ciel blue (http://www.uniformadvantage.com/pages/prod/ua36c-elastic-waist-pants.asp?1=1&amp😉 that are 65% polyester and 35% cotton. I want to tint them darker to a more medium blue using royal blue dye and aquamarine. I am also dyeing a white cotton shirt using these dyes to a color similar to the pants, but lighter by a few shades. Will the royal blue dye work for tinting only slightly? How long should I leave it in for, seeing as it is a polyester blend and I only want to tint it? Could I use both the Aquamarine and Royal blue dyes at the same time (mixed together)? Also, should I add vinegar or salt for these fabrics? These are the colors I wish to achieve (for the pants and shirt).

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tessa, 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 Rit core dyes from penetrating. When the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color. Since the pants are a high percentage of polyester, you will not be able to achieve a darker blue. Sorry about that. If the shirt is 100% cotton, it can be dyed successfully. If you would like us to ask Rit’s dye doctor if he can create a color recipe for you to match the shirt, please email colorformula@theritstudio.com and attach a picture. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jewel Trsek

    Help, I’m trying to achieve a subtle shade of gold. Kind of a gold with more brown in it. What do you suggest. I used the taupe and it’s just blah. My room is a more of a green gold with gold dominating.. How can I achieve that color in a darker hue?

  • Jewel Trsek

    Jewel again. I’m trying to dye three valance panels. I’m actuallty dying the lining of valances that I no longer like. I guess I’m looking for a very subtle gold not so brassy at all.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jewel, 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.

  • sf

    hi how do i use rit dye powder in a front load washing machine

  • Ruby

    So I want to dye a white jean jacket red, and I want it to be a deep red not burgundy but not a crayon red either. So I want to know what red you would recommend

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ruby, We would recommend trying the Cherry Red. Dip in a piece of paper towel prior to adding in the fabric. You can add in more dye for a darker red or more water for a lighter shade. Hope this helps!

  • Amanda

    I’ve just got a bra I need to dye dark green for a poison ivy costume. I can’t really use any stove top methods, but I was going to use a bucket maybe. The problem is what the bra is made of. 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex Lace, 90% nylon, and 10% Spandex. I have vinegar and salt of course just incase, and I’m not trying to get the whole bra a perfect shade everywhere, just the straps, the back, and maybe outter edges. I’m not sure how to proceed.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, The spandex and polyester portion of the fabric will not accept any of the dye. Here are the directions of bucket dyeing: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ We would recommend only using 1 cup of vinegar and no salt. You could use our Rit Dye More to dye the polyester and nylon. It is only available for purchase online at this time: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/dyemore-liquid-peacock-green/

      • Amanda

        Thank you! For the Rit Dye More, will the directions be the same if I use that with a bucket?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Amanda,
          The instructions would be the same if using a bucket. Unfortunately Dye More works best on the stove-top because a consistent hot water temperature is maintained throughout the dyeing process for best color results. If using the bucket, a lighter shade may be achieved. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Marley

    Hi, I have a cotton jacket that is a light gray almost white color and I would like to dye it a dark charcoal gray. What color(s) should I use for best results? Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marley,
      We have a recipe for Charcoal Grey that can be found by clicking the link to our favorite former Rit Dye core colors. You can find the link in the last sentence of the second paragraph on the Archive Colors page on the following link from our website. https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/ Hope this helps!

  • Johnny

    Hi, Rit.

    I am hoping to dye a large hooded cloak. The material is %100 uniform cotton, and currently it is green, brown and black in a camoflauge pattern. I want to dye the whole thing black, I’m not interested in preserving the camo pattern, I want one solid black color. Any tips for dying something so large, that is already colored?
    Love you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Johnny, Thank you for reaching out. Since the item is a pattern, it would dye different shades of black. You could try removing the pattern with the Rit Color Remover, but it likely would still be visible and would dye different shades of black. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, We are sorry to hear you are having a problem with your swim suit bleeding color. We have emailed you some questions to assist you further with your project.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Brittany Boyd

    I have a white rayon dress that I want to dye teal. Should Vinegar be added to the dye solution or salt? I am planning on using the stove top method, do you think that is best?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittany, We would recommend adding in the one cup of salt for rayon. The stove top would be the best method to achieve the most vibrant hue. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, Thanks so much for reaching out. Rit is appreciative of your interest in using our product to dye your carpet. Rit does not recommend you dye your carpet yourself in your home because carpet dyeing is best done by trained professionals using equipment featuring high temperatures and high pressure combined with their proprietary chemicals and surfactants which Rit does not manufacture. The problems you may face should you go ahead and try to do this may include unlevel or uneven color and crocking – meaning the dye will rub off because it has not been applied with sufficient high pressure and heat.

    We do not give outside recommendations, but can give you some tips for spot dyeing carpet.

    Begin with 1 Tablespoon of RIT Powder or 1 1/2 teaspoons RIT Liquid dye per 1 gallon of water. If the color doesn’t quite match and needs to be more blue, more yellow, etc., select the color needed to be added (more blue, yellow, etc) and start by adding 1/8 teaspoon dye powder or 5 drops of RIT liquid dye concentrate at a time to the 1 gallon dye mixture.

    Test the resulting color on a scrap to determine a match. Continue to adjust if necessary. Use less dye for lighter colors and use more dye for darker colors, keeping all other quantities and measurements the same. Apply evenly and thoroughly. Extract excess moisture. Heat is necessary: A water temperature of 160-180 degrees is recommended.

    If the color does not take to your satisfaction then we recommend that you contact a professional to correct the discoloration on the carpet.

  • tara

    Hi,
    I’m making costumes I have cotton shirts and nylon bottomed. I dyed items together. I added salt and vinegar to dye bath will this affect my results

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tara, It should not affect your dye results. It is just counter productive to add both. In the future, we suggest salt or vinegar and not both. Hope this helps!

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/929653030389514/ Angie

    I am trying to dye a pair of pants black that are 100% Aramid. I used the bucket method and it did not work. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, 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.   Aramid fabric would require the use of Rit’s new DyeMore dye. The DyeMore line does not offer a black dye. Graphite is the darkest color the DyeMore line offers. Hope this information is helpful. and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, We would recommend buying a larger shoe size because very hot water is required to activate the dye. We do not offer a cold water dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • sally

    I dyed a comforter that was cream colored with navy blue, it came out light purple. I dyed it a second time and it just came out a darker purple how can I get it navy blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sally,
      We are sorry to hear your dyeing project did not turn out as planned. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ashlly, We have e-mailed you some information on dyeing shoes. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Allura Crabtree

    I’m wanting to dye a pair of converse but I’m worried about how to do it without dying the rubber toe and soul….can this be done?

    • http://www.theritstudio.com Rebecca Fretty

      Allura, Yes! You can dye your Converse without getting dye on the rubber. There are a couple of options. One: Paint the shoes with a paint brush and this will give you more control where the dye does and does not go. I have stuffed shoes with newspaper and painted a highly concentrated dye bath directly on the canvas, then rinsed off and once the shoes are dry, sprayed them with scotch guard.

      The rubber was not effected by the rinsing process.

      You can also use painters tape around the rubber edges for extra protection.

      And last but not least, one of our dye masters has been known to use liquid paper to cover any tiny dye marks she got on her shoes once.

      Hope this helps and share your shoes with us when you are done dyeing them!

      Happy Dyeing! Rebecca, from the Rit Studio

  • Lee

    I bought two sets of orange and lime Mongolian pillows..now I want them black..I’m going to dye them with rit dye..any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lee, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the pillows?

  • Grass House

    Hello, I’m interested in dying this mixed fabric dress (lace, polyester lining, and tulle skirt). Can you please recommend which formula I should use? I would like to dye it to a deep emerald, rose smoke, or purple. Which color would work best on this dress? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, 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.  The DyeMore line offers peacock green, which can be viewed by going to: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ The DyeMore line can also be purchased at Hobby Lobby. If you would like us to ask our dye doctor if it would be possible to create a color recipe for dark emerald, please send a picture to help@theritstudio.com. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lacey

    Would it be possible to dye this red lace dress to any other color? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lacey,
      Since lace can be made of various materials we would first recommend checking the fabric content of the dress. 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. If you are able to use our core dyes, we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color of the dress before dyeing. You can then dye the dress to a color you would like to achieve. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kristen, Rit Dye More will also work on natural fibers so it should work on the bamboo portion of the dress. If you did want to use both dyes it would be best to first use one and then the other instead of using both dye lines at the same time. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Dj

    I am dying a pair of white slacks light a tan color. I mixed the powdered dye solution in the sink. I used salt and hot water. I have dye spots all over my new white slacks now. Is there anyway to remove these spots before I set the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Dj, 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, or 3) if the dye has not been fully dissolved prior to adding to the water. We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and then you can redye it tan. You might consider purchasing the tan dye in liquid form because it is already pre-dissolved. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Emily

    I have a comforter with a stripe pattern on one side and a floral pattern on the other that I want to dye black. It is 100% cotton. Its it possible for me to do this? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, Thank you for reaching out. The material would not dye a solid black due to the patterns on the material. The pattern could still show through and the pattern could dye different shades of black/grey depending on the colors of the floral pattern. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jessica, Rit can be used to dye swim suits.  As bathing suits are usually made from nylon or polyester, Rit DyeMore may be your best option.  Keep in mind that if your swim suit will be exposed to chlorine from a swimming pool, the chlorine could cause a loss of color. In addition, long exposure to strong sunlight could cause the color to fade. You may want to use the Rit Color Remover if it is extremely faded to ensure that the product dyes evenly.

  • Bob

    I have a pair of canvas shoes that have a stain that I cantget out. I was thinking of dying the shoes. I thought I would like to use a small paint brush to apply the dye, will this work. Can I just boil a cup of water and and some dye and brush it on? Do I need to add salt or vinegar to the solution

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bob, Rit will dye cotton canvas shoes. The shoes must be clean and free of any stains. See some of our projects for dyeing shoes for reference: https://www.ritdye.com/category/style-women-shoes-socks/ There are lots of different methods. Salt or vinegar is not required. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Helo, We suggest using a stainless steel, porcelain or glass container dedicated for dyeing. We do not recommend using plastic or fiberglass since the dye may permanently stain these containers. Additionally, aluminum may discolor but it is safe to use. If you must reuse the container for cooking, it is recommended to clean the container with chlorine bleach or a powdered cleanser. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Fran, The Color Remover tries to remove all color from the garment and sometimes the underlying colors can be very different due to oxidation (exposure to oxygen). We would suggest trying the stove top method again for about 30 minutes to remove more color from the fabric. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Rya

    Hello. I’m thinking about getting this dress for my birthday. It’s white and 100% rayon with a 100% polyester lining floor length. Could I dye this dress burgundy? Would the lining cause this dress to look splotchy, since polyester doesn’t dye well? Thank you for your help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rya, If you were to dye the dress burgundy using Rit’s all purpose dyes, the polyester lining would not take the dye well. We have developed a new dye, Rit DyeMore, that dyes synthetics. This means polyester, polyester blends, acetate and acrylic are now all dyeable with Rit. The DyeMore can also be used on rayon. The new dye line does not offer a burgundy dye. The colors available in this new line can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Dawn Bankes Hyrczyk

    I have a 100% polyester dress that I want to dye black with the Dyemore, is graphite the same as black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dawn, Thank you for reaching out. The Graphite will dye black on all materials except for polyester. Unfortunately, on polyester it would only reach a dark grey. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Dawn Bankes Hyrczyk

        The dress is already a dark plum, is there no way to dye it to black because it is polyester?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Dawn, Unfortunately, there would not be a way to make the dress black due to it being polyester. So sorry for the inconvenience.

          • Dawn Bankes Hyrczyk

            Thank you so much for the help 🙂

  • Amanda

    Hello,
    Can duck cloth be dyed? I have a faded navy blue vest that I would like to dye black. I was just wondering how well this fabric would take black. Would you suggest the stovetop technique or the washing machine technique for this? Thank you so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda,
      We would recommend checking the fabric content on the care tag to determine the dyeability of the material. 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 can better assist you if we know more about the fabric content you are working with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lenora Arrington

    My daughter has a sage green chiffon dress that needs to be emerald green (for a wedding). What would you suggest for the best outcome?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lenora, Thank you for reaching out. What does the tag on the dress say in regards to fabric content? Chiffon can be made of a number of different fibers and we now have two different types of dye. Dye More for synthetics like polyester and acrylic and our all-purpose dye.

  • http://www.ritdye.com John MacNeil

    Hello, I’m trying to die several items with the pattern in my picture. This includes a cotton t-shirt, polyester (I think, might be cotton) shorts, cotton socks an a cotton hat. But I’m not sure how to prevent the colors from (mostly) mixing. If I can get that done, my plan is to bleach or use dye remover to re-whiten the areas where the speckles should be, and then go “paint” the appropriate color dye back into these areas. Am I on the right track? Any help would be great.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello John, When dyeing the fabric orange and purple, there would be a shading of a different color where the two colors meet. We do not have a technique will show the distinct separation of colors that your picture shows. There is information offered on Ombre dyeing at The Rit Studio that you might find helpful: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/18/ombre-dye-lamp-shade-pillows/ Rit color remover must be activated in very hot water and should to be used on the stove top or in a washing machine. In addition, it is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in the solution. You may want to check with a fabric store for paint that would help you with the speckles you would like to achieve. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Susan

    I just bought a hand crocheted table topper that I want to dye a gray color. It came with no washing instructions, but it is 100% cotton. Any suggestions as to the best way to do it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest a sink method so you can gently stir the fabric in the dye bath since it is hand crocheted. Hope this helps!

  • kaitlin

    I have a denim jacket that started out a light blue denim. I tried dyeing it black with the powdered dye using steaming hot water and a plastic tub (my room mates were not too keen on letting me use the stove) however when the process was finished and the garment was dry, it only went to a dark navy blue, and the stitching on the seams stayed it’s original gold color completely. is it possible to re dye the Garment to get the true black I wanted to achieve, and can I use DyeMore to dye the stitching? will I need to do another soak with the original Rit and then one with DyeMore, or will the DyeMore dye the natural fibers as well? thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaitlin, We are sorry to hear your dyeing project did not go as expected. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rhiannon, A large blanket would best be done in the washing machine if there is enough room to freely move around or in a large bucket if you have one the fabric would have free movement in. Hope this helps!

  • Anna

    Hi, I recently used the stovetop method with the White-Wash treatment on a pair of 99% cotton white denim shorts. It did remove the pink stain that was on the shorts but instead left little yellow spot all over the garment. Is there anything I can do to fix this??? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anna, We are sorry to hear your experience using Rit White-Wash did not go as expected. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anna, So sorry to hear about the spots. We would recommend using a liquid detergent directly on the spots in a spot-treat method and then rewashing the material.

  • Jermel

    Hello I was wondering what’s the process to dye suede shoes with rit powder dye

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jermel, What is the exact fabric content the suede is made from? Suede can be made from either natural or synthetic (man-made) material. We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sonia, Thank you for reaching out. What does the tag say in regards to the percentage of silk and other fibers?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If they are extremely purple, you might want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. To achieve the darkest blue, you want to ensure the water is at least 160-180 degrees, double up the dye quantity for the weight of the fabric and use an agitation time of 30 minutes to 1 hour. Hope this helps!

  • Mikaela

    I have really faded black converse. I was wondering if there is a way to out the dye just on the fabric part of the shoe and not the sole of the shoe? Is there any method besides soaking like rubbing it on certain areas or anything ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mikaela, We have e-mailed you some instructions you could try for a brush on technique. Black is a hard color to achieve by brush on method. Hope this helps!

  • OleRNMommy

    I just received some new light pink leotards for my daughter’s dance class. Unfortunately, she needs Royal Blue leotards 🙁 Since I’m not buying 4 more new leotards, I thought I would dye them and wondering how to do that. They are 92% polyester and 8% spandex. Thanks for the help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You can try overdyeing with the Sapphire Blue Dye More as the all-purpose dye would not work to dye the polyester fabric. The Rit Color Remover would not be effective on the polyester, so it is hard to say what would happen when overdyeing the existing pink color. It may not come out the color you are expecting. You might try a sample piece from a hidden seam before dyeing all of them. Dye More is available online or in Hobby Lobby: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • Martha Christensen

    I have a front load washing machine and would like to know how to do since I can’t open the door to add the clothes. What do you suggest I do? Stove top?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Martha, Rit does offer directions for dyeing in a front load washing machine. They can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ If your machine does not allow you to add additional water through the detergent dispenser, we would recommend using an alternate method, such as the stove top, sink or bucket method. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Amy Willmore-Cochran

    Hi, i am dying about 30 king sized sheets for a prop for our band, and I am trying to decide which method is going to be easiest, stovetop vs washing machine. Which would be easiest and have a more consistent color result? We are dying white sheets black.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, 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. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Constant agitation for at least 30 minutes is required whey dyeing. Although the stove top method will offer the best results when dyeing black, because you are working with 30 sheets, you might want to consider using the washing machine method. We recommend doubling the amount of dye when dyeing dark colors. Since dyeing 30 sheets will require more than one dyebath, the color results may vary just a little each time. You will need to ensure there is enough water for the fabric to move freely as any bunching will create a blotchy color result. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

      • Amy Willmore-Cochran

        Thank you so much for your answer! I will definitely share our results with you when it is finished! We are dyeing these sheets then sewing them together for a prop for my son’s band at his high school. we are doing the Pirates of the Caribbean and we are making a gigantic pirate flag!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, you could try overdyeing or spot treating the jeans. Unfortunately, bleach is damaging to fabric so those spots may still be noticeable or may not accept the dye depending on the extent of the bleach damage. Hope this helps.

  • kelly

    I have 6 white sheer panels that I want to dye yellow – how do I do this & how much do I need to buy??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kelly, What is the fabric content? We can better assist you once we know these details. Thank you.

  • Helpmyshoes

    I’m wanting to dye a pair of bobs. They have leather interior soles and rubber soles on the outside. How will the dye affect the leather?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Since the dye continues salt, it can cause the leather to become dry or brittle. It is important to use a leather conditioner immediately after dyeing if you decide to give it a try. The rubber will come out much lighter than the best of the shoe. You could try blocking off the rubber with tape. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Unfortunately hot water is needed to activate Rit Dye. The salt helps bring out the color making it brighter but does not help adhere. Once dyeing is done the material needs to be rinsed of excess dye, keeping project in bag in the sun will not help dye stay on fabric it will bleed if not rinsed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Brenda

    I used the stove method and dyed a few cotton black shorts that had bleach spots on them. I rinsed them with cold water after the dye bath and put them in the washing machine …They went in lookin great….they came out looking like I had never dyed them.

  • shelley

    Do you add salt AND dishwashing liquid to cottons or just salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shelley, If you are using the powder dye, you would use salt and dishwashing liquid. If you are using the liquid, you just need to add in salt. Hope this helps!

  • Wesley

    Hello –
    Is it ok to use a large aluminum stock pot to dye stove top in ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Wesley, Thank you for reaching out. An aluminum pot can be used for dyeing, but it would not be reusable for cooking. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. If it is cotton, you might try the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative to reduce color bleeding and help set the dye. We suggest washing dyed items separately at least 5-6 times before washing with other like colored items. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carmen, Yes, if it is cleaned with bleach or a powdered detergent it can be reused. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Soncie Lyles

    Hello,
    How do I dye a tan, cotton jumpsuit dark black or either dark brown?

  • Alex Ramos

    I was wondering if i can dye a 100% cotton vest

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alex, We would recommend checking the fabric tag to ensure the vest is washable in very hot water, which is required to activate Rit dye. If it is a 100% cotton vest, that does not have a waterproof finish, it is dyeable using Rit’s all-purpose dyes. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Susie Trimble

    I would like some tips for dying furniture, I have 2 recliner chairs I would like to change color, thought maybe a spray bottle?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susie, Thank you for reaching out. Are you trying to dye the chairs or the chair covers?

  • christian

    I’d like to dye chair cushions from glider rocker. The color is white to black. How much should I use to do a back 2 small sides and a seat. I’m also using a large plastic tub.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Christian, Are these covers on the cushions themselves or are they in one whole piece like a small pillow that ties on the glider? This will be helpful information before moving forward.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dianne, You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the fabric and redye. Little red dots indicate unmixed particles of dye. This can indicate that pieces of dye were not fully dissolved in the dye bath. Be sure to shake the bottle well if using liquid or dissolve the powder in 2 cups of boiling water prior to adding to the dye bath. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Katherine

    hello i recently bought some mustard colored pants. i find them a little too light. what formula can i use to make them a little darker?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katherine, Thank you for reaching out. You can send use a pantone number or a picture of the color you are trying to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try and create a custom recipe.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brandon, We would recommend using salt if using all-purpose. Please keep in mind that the all-purpose dye will not adhere to the polyester portion so you will achieve a lighter color. Please also keep in mind we do not recommend dyeing in a bath tub as it can stain the tub. If you are looking for a darker shade the Rit Dye More for synthetic would work on both the cotton and polyester portion of the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Question

    I plan on dying a white purse that is 100% cotton. However, the purse has several buckles, and buttons. What is the best way to cover the buckles and buttons or remove any stain from the buckles after the purse is dyed? I don’t know if this is even an issue. Also would you recommend the stove top or bucket method? I plan on dying the purse a deep purple. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank thank you for reaching out. It would depend on the material of the buckles. If they were metal it would not stain them. You may try covering them up with tape to protect them for being dyed. The stove top or bucket method would both work well for your project. Hope this information was helpful.

  • Kathy

    Your instructions say that after the dying is complete, the item should be rinsed in warm, then cool water. I have an enamel sink and would like to hand rinse it in the sink. Will it stain the sink? I also have a plastic laundry sink. If I rinse it there, will it stain the sink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kathy, Our dyes will leave a stain in both of those sinks if rinsed, best to use stainless steel. You are able to rinse outside as well, our dyes are biodegradable and wont harm your lawn. Hope this helps.

  • Ape

    When using color stay, with a spray applicator (that I didn’t know, was NOT included), do I need to delude with water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, No, you do not need to delude with water. You just spray an even layer over the fabric and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and launder. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Susan Ballard

    I have a light gray cape, it’s a lightweight wool lined with what I believe is a maroon cotton poly blend. It was made for a Civil war reenactment. I was told by the maker that it has been coated with a sprayed on mixture of beeswax cut with kerosene to help make it water repellant.
    I would like to dye it black, do you know if this will work ? Or do I have to remove this coating and how would I do that ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Very hot water is required when using Rit dyes, therefore, we would recommend checking the care tag to ensure the cape can be washed in hot water. Prior to dyeing, we would recommend washing the cape in hot water to try to remove the finish that has been applied. For fabric that is a cotton/poly blend, Rit’s new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, would be the correct due to use. The darkest color in this new dye line is Graphite, which will dye 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Susan

    Hi, I want to dye several small skeins of yarn in different shades of one color–gradient where each skein is a slightly darker color. Is it better to use one dye bath where I would dye each skein a little longer time to get it darker or would it be better to make different dye baths with each one a little stronger to get it darker? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, It could be done either way. It would probably be easiest to start by dyeing the first skein in the dye bath for the longer amount of time and gradually adding more of them in and keeping them in less. You want to dye the darker ones first if you use the same dye bath and when you get down to the last of the material the other skeins may have absorbed a lot of the dye making the dye bath produce a lighter hue. Hope this helps!

  • abbydiaz

    Hello, I purchased the dress on the far left thinking it was like an olive green color such as the far right and it turned out to be like an army green color. I wanted to see if you can help me with what color I should get to try to get it the green color that’s on the right and also which colors I would need to dye it either that burgundy or blue in the picture, which ever is most possible. The dress is 65% cotton and 35% polyester. If you can please help and get back to me as soon as you can. I need this done asap);

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We have responded to your email earlier this morning. Please let us know if you have not received it.

      • abbydiaz

        I did not receive anything. Can you resend it or answer on here pls.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Since the dress is a synthetic material Rit DyeMore would be required. Also there is not a way to remover the color from the fabric as it is synthetic. You may try over dying but keep in mind the existing color and dye will mix and create a new color. DyeMore offers 12 core colors that can be found here http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ You can test the color of the dyebath by dipping in a piece of scrap fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Dawn Berkshire

    Is it safe to use the cookpot again for cooking after dying in it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dawn, We suggest using a stainless steel pot, dye will not adhere to stainless steel, or a porcelain or glass container dedicated for dyeing. Additionally, aluminum may discolor but it is safe to use. If you must reuse the container for cooking, it is recommended to clean the container with chlorine bleach or a powdered cleanser. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, The gray would have a darker tone since there is color on the item already instead of working with white. You could get Rit Color Remover and try and remove as much gray as you can then dye that way you start with 2 white pieces or close to the same shade. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the petticoat?

    • TMO

      Hi! It is your norm of long, 2 layers of stiff big hole tulle and polyester on top. Thanks!

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello, Since you are working with synthetic fabric, we would recommend using Rit’s new synthetic dye, DyeMore. This new dye line offers racing red, which can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/dyemore-liquid-racing-red/ It is recommended for use on the stove top, but since you are dyeing in a large tub, we would recommend adding boiling water from the stove top. Constant agitation is required and the fabric must be able to move freely through the dyebath in order to achieve an even color result. One bottle will dye up to 2 lbs. of dry weight fabric. Doubling the amount of dye used will help to achieve a brighter, darker shade. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries this new dye line. Hope this helps.

  • brittney

    My shirt i want to dye is cotton and the shorts are nylon.. How does that work over the stove since there both 2 different materials?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittney, All fabrics will accept Rit dye differently. When dyeing different fabrics, you may see a slight color difference even when dyeing in the same dyebath. Hope this helps.

  • Brittney

    How do I dye my shirt and shorts over the stove if my shirt is cotton and the shorts are nylon? Do I use vinegar or salt or both?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittney, You would choose one or the other if you are dyeing nylon and cotton items. Hope this helps.

      • Brittney

        Ok, thank you! Which one would work best to help the color stick? Also, how do i dye my white shirt and shorts both to a tan color?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Brittney, One would not work better than the other. The salt/vinegar help make the color dye more vibrant and do not help with reducing color bleeding or setting the dye. All fabrics will accept Rit dye differently. When dyeing different fabrics, you may see a slight color difference even when dyeing in the same dyebath. Nylon absorbs dye quickly, so keep a close eye on the fabric and pull it out to rinse when it is only slightly darker than what you are looking for. Hope this helps.

          • Brittney

            ok, thank you!!

  • Brittney

    I dyed my white shorts with the tan rit dye but it turned out an orange/brown once i dryed it, anything i can do to get it to match the color brown my top turned out to be?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Michelle

    I am dying a white, 100% rayon dress to black using the liquid dye. I need to achieve the darkest black possible. Should I add vinegar or salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, Thank you for reaching out. For rayon you would add one cup of salt to make the color more vibrant.

      • Michelle

        Thank you for such a quick response!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sophie, Try starting with salt and if the dye does not work, the material could possibly be a synthetic and the Rit Dye More for synthetic should then be used. Hope this helps!

  • Carolyn Cummings

    Hello! I need to dye elastic straps attached to a set of wings and a pair of tights (both white). After I dye the tights can I just scoop some of the dye bath into a squirt bottle and squirt it onto the elastic?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carolyn, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, elastic and spandex are not dyeable with Rit. Sorry about that!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dawn, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the polyester content, they may not achieve full Fuchsia results and would dye a lighter pink hue. Please also keep in mind that they will not dye a solid pink and the camouflage pattern would affect the dye results you achieve. We would recommend using 1/2 bottle or 1/2 cup of liquid dye to 1.5 gallons of very hot water. The stove top will give you the best results. The dye process, rinsing and re-washing of the fabric can usually be done in about 2-3 hours. Hope this helps!

  • Theresa

    can i dye a bleached item?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Theresa, 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.  Please keep in mind that if you are trying to lighten blue denim with the Rit Color Remover it would not be recommended as the product is unable to remove the indigo blue dye and may result in the jeans to appear blotchy.

  • mari barrs

    i am wanting to dye 4 baby onsies red on the stove, can i do them all at once or do i have to do each one individually?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mari, Thank you for reaching out. You can dye them all together as long as there is enough room and water for them to move aground freely. Hope this helps.

  • Summer

    I was wondering, if I have a 96% cotton and 4% spandex top that is white and want to turn it black would the color still hold even if it has spandex material?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Summer, Thank you for reaching out. Since the spandex is a low amount you would be able to achieve a black with our Rit all-purpose dye.

  • Jaclyn

    I wanted to dye tulle (a white tutu) brown, will this method work for this type of material?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jaclyn, Tulle can be made from a number of different fibers. Do you know the fabric content of the tulle?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jaclyn, Since the material is synthetic you would need to use Rit DyeMore which can be found here. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ The stove top is the best method to use when dying with the DyeMore.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Juliana, Yes, the Rit all-purpose will work on rayon fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are looking to dye? Is there any special finishes or waterproofing mentioned on the care tag? This will better help us determine the dye and process needed for these vests.

    • ArmySurplus

      It is mostly nylon cordura with nylon webbing and nylon fittings. There are no special finishes mentioned on the care tag. Thx.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello, The all-purpose dye or Dye More can be used. The Dye More at a simmer on the stove top would likely give you the darkest black results. Hope this helps!

        • ArmySurplus

          Which comes to my question: Which product/concentration do you suggest I use to obtain a rich black? The only option I see is DyeMore Liquid – Graphite (Product ID : 02226). Is there a better option? I’ll be working stovetop in an 80-quart stainless stock pot. How many bottles do you suggest I use per jacket? How long should I simmer?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello, Graphite is the only option in the DyeMore line, but being Nylon material you can use All Purpose and they have Black as an option. Each liquid bottle will dye 2 pounds of dry fabric, you can use one bottle per vest to get a true black color. You can find step by step detailed instructions for stove-top here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ . Make sure during the dye process you are constantly stirring/agitating the material around for 30 min. this will help adhere the dye to the vest fibers. Hope this helps.

  • Yosemite Rebel

    I want to dye a brown sweater back to a darker shade of brown. The materials in this sweater are 60% rayon and 20% nylon. What is the best dye to use as well as method to ensure a good, dark, lasting shade of brown. I have dyed this sweater previously in the machine and the color did not hold well at all.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Yosemite, We would suggest using the all-purpose Dark Brown. For best results, the stove top technique would be recommended. We would also suggest using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative to help reduce color bleeding and further set the dye: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this helps!

  • Joni

    What is the best way to dispose of the dye solution after I’m done? Won’t it turn my sink red? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Joni, If your sink is stainless steel than it won’t stain if poured down. You can dispose of the dye in the trash as well it is bio degradable and does no harm. You can also keep in bottle and store on shelf as long as its air tight our dyes wont expire. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Heather, Duck fabric is usually cotton duck, so it depends on the exact fabric content of the material. You might try the sink or bucket method: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cindy, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to go from black to green on polyester. For natural fabrics, we suggest using Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. Rit Color Remover is not effective on synthetics like polyester. Sorry about that.

  • Ashley Sade

    If there is a plastic type of decal writing on my hoodie will the dye affect it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. The dye could affect the decal or screen printing on the hoodie. It would depend on the type of plastic it is. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • jaccqueline thompson

    do i bleach the article of clothing before dying it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jacqueline, Thank you for reaching out. If you are going to a different hue, we do recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing. Bleach can cause damage to the fibers making the material no longer dye properly. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Amy Gilbert

    I have a white Garanimals shirt, size 3T. I want to dye it a bright red for Christmas but the only color dye I could find was Cherry Red. The shirt is 100% cotton. What do you suggest the process be for making sure the shirt comes out a nice bright red for Christmas?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, We would suggest dyeing the material on the stove top at about 180 degrees and adding in one cup of salt for the brightest hue possible. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Elaine,
    Thank you for reaching out. Yes, Dye More will work on cotton fabrics as well. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Liz, Thank you for reaching out. The Color Remover is effective on nylon. The stove top would give you the best results and then the material can be dyed using all-purpose or Dye More. Unfortunately, the plastic buckles may not take the all-purpose dye, it would depend on what those are made of. Hope this helps!

  • Jim

    I want to use RIT dye to color some micarta knife handle scales. I’ve seen some finished pieces done by other people but i want to find out the best way to stain the micarta a nice, even solid green color. What are your suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jim, Thank you for reaching out. The best to way to ensure an even dyeing is to constantly move the item around in the dye bath with no soaking. The stove top method would give you the best color results. We would suggest dyeing one first to ensure the dye will adhere to your satisfaction. Hope this helps!

  • Jade

    I dyed this little craft doll. I soaked it for about 20 minutes and I used the ‘Kelly Green’ dye color, but it turned out blue (the picture is very close to the color). I was wondering if dyeing it longer would make it green or just darker blue? I would really like it green. If I can’t get green would dyeing black cover it (black is my second choice)? It doesn’t really say what the doll in made of on the tag, only what it’s stuffed with. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jade, It would depend on the fabric content of the material. You might try dyeing it on the stove top. Bringing the water to a boil and then stirring continuously for 30-60 minutes. We also make a product called Rit Dye More for synthetics that you could try. Hope this helps!

      • Jade

        Is Dye More different than the regular dye in how you use it? Can I use it over an already dyed item, like my doll?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jade, Thank you for reaching out. 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. The method best recommend for the DyeMore is the stove top method. You can find the directions here https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ When over dying the existing color and dye will mix and create a new color. Color remover will not work on synthetic materials but will take away the dye applied.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jim, Thank you for sharing! They look good.

  • legno

    Hello, I’ve got a gray 50/50 nylon/polyester jacket that I’d like to dye red. Can I use the regular RIT, or do I need Dyemore for the polyester? It’s a light jacket, a windbreaker, just a few ounces in weight. Thanks very much in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The all-purpose dye will only adhere to the nylon portion which would give a much lighter color. We would recommend the DyeMore since it will work on both the nylon and polyester for best results. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Bea Westover

    MY BOTTLE OF DARK BROWN LIQUID DYE SAYS IT IS NOT FOR 100% POLYESTER BUT THE WEBSITE SAYS IT IS.
    HOW DO I DETERMINE IF I CAN DYE A PAIR OF PANTS THAT ARE 100% POLYESTER ACCORDING TO THE TAG?
    THANK YOU

  • Emma

    I’d like to dye my cream sheet black, what’s the easiest way to do that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emma, 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. Rit offers instructions for dyeing black, black, which can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emma, It appears the link provided did not generate correctly. You can also go to https://www.ritdye.com/ and enter in “black, black” in the search bar on the right side of the homepage and it will pull up posts for dyeing black. Hope this helps.

  • manuel

    I have a black cotton polo shirt and would like to dye it into navy blue. What should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Manuel, Thank you for reaching out. You can use Rit color Remover to take the black out or down enough to re-dye Navy Blue, this way the blue shows through. You can find directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/, this will walk you through step by step and make it easier. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Manuel, Unfortunately, the item contains too much polyester to use the Rit Color Remover on. It can be overdyed using our Dye More for synthetics, however, Dye More does not carry a Navy Blue. There is a Sapphire Blue in that line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Claire Zegouros

    I have a pair of black pants that got a spot of bleach on them that I want to dye back to black – what is the best way to do that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Claire, Thanks so much 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. You can try and spot dye the area to see if maybe there was little damage and might be able to to cover, either the spot will dye over fine, the spot can dye but a different shade or hue (grey/dark grey) or there is enough damage it wont cover at all. You can find spot dyeing directions here: https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&q=rit+spot+dye+directions . Hope this helps.

  • helpdyepants

    I have a pair of black Levi pants that are starting fade and I wanted to know how much dye should I use and how long should i let it sit in the dye

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. For a dark black, we would recommend using 1 bottle per pound. You would want to constantly stir the fabric for at least 30 minutes with no soaking. Hope this helps!

  • jon

    I’m trying to perfect my technique. I’m using the emerald dye to dye wood strips.( 1/32nd inch thick) I then laminate the strips in a wall art. I’m trying to get the most penetration possible. I tried boiling hot water but it seems that 72 hour soak in room temp is best. I can’t keep the mixture hot very long because the vessel that I’m soaking them in is 32 inches long and made of aluminum foil. I’m thinking of making pvc tubes to submerge the strips in but this would cool the initial mixture very quickly. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jon, Our dyes work best in hot water as the hot water is what activates the dye. How long have you tried boiling them on the stove top for?

  • shana

    What do you do if I dye white cotton dress to aquamarine and it comes out with light spots

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shana, You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. To ensure the fabric dyes evenly, stir constantly for 30-60 minutes with no soaking. Hope this helps!

      • shana

        Thank you

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately there is no way to dye over sun spots since the fibers have been damaged.
    Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Jennifer

    Hi! I’m about to reupholster my very large sectional using canvas drop clothes, I was thinking about dyeing them in my front loader using a bottle of the black and Kelly green per load to try to get the titainium gray look. My question is, do you think the color will be constistant enough for the 5 loads I will have to do if I make sure to be consistent with each load?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, When separate dyebaths are required to dye a large amount of fabric, each dyebath may be slightly different in color even when the same amount of dye is used. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Rick

    hi there, I have an olive drab jacket that has a few fade spots. the jacket is 5050 nylon cotton blend. I just want to darken it up a bit with the same olive drab color. it looks like you add to naturals and vinegar to synthetics to adjust the pH and bond strength of the dye to said fibers. do i need to dye the coat twice then ? or is there another way to do it in one step? I am trying to use the core dyes that were given to me along with the fixative. also Id like to use some old clear plastic totes i have lying around rather than take the chance of ruining something else. any thoughts are greatly appreciated

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rick, You would only need to dye it once. Since it is 50/50, you would just pick salt or vinegar. The salt/vinegar only made the color more vibrant when dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Tan has green undertones and can turn more of a green hue if the water is not hot enough (140-160 degrees). We would recommend increasing the water temperature to the hottest possible for best color results.

  • Patrick

    How about dying rabbit fur hats? Will they shrink

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Patrick, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use Rit Dye on this project! You can find how to dye this fur here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/feathers/ , this method is used for rabbit and deer hair as well. Hope this helps.

  • Justin

    Have a pair of black selvage 14oz jeans to dye..was wondering, do I boil the water? Or leave it simmering all night? I did this once before and then stupidly washed the jeans with soap. Now there are white streaks running through the jeans. I guess just is there any additional advice for such a heavy pair of jeans?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Justin, Thank you for reaching out. You can keep the water at a simmer. The item should be constantly stirred for 30-60 minutes with no soaking, rinsed and then washed with detergent prior to drying. Hope this helps!

      • Justin

        Hand washed? I feel like washing it with detergent is what made the color run in the first place

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Justin, It can be hand washed or washed in the machine. The purpose of rewashing in warm water with detergent is to remove any excess dye that has not adhered to the fabric. This can cause you to lose some color, but it should not be much. You would end up losing more color and the fabric would dye with streaks or unevenly, if the item is soaked during the dye process. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ellen, Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like the ribbon is polyester. You can try overdyeing with the Dye More for synthetics, however, Dye More Graphite is only able to reach a grey hue on 100% polyester so it may only be able to turn it a darker grey.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sea, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover is not effective on polyester, so overdyeing would be the only option and it is hard to say how the fabric will take on the color for overdyeing. We would suggest trying to overdye using Peacock Green to turn it into more of a Teal hue. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Audrey,

    Thank you for reaching out. When using the graphite from our DyeMore line of dyes, you would be able to achieve a true black as long as you are not dyeing polyester. Since you are doing mostly Rayon and Nylon, our regular All-Purpose Rit would work but it will not come out as rich of a shade as what the DyeMore would.

    They both should come out black for all the materials on your dress so it is at your discretion which you would prefer to use.

    Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anna, What is the fabric content of the swim suit you are planning on dyeing?

  • Joanne

    I need to dye a fancy Cinderella ballgown light pink. (For a Glinda costume for a HS play) the bottom of the dress is several layers of tulle, not sure the best way to go about this to make the dress come out even.

  • Rita

    I need to dye a small cotton hat; how much dye and salt do I use? HELP!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rita, When dyeing fabric, we normally recommend using 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) of liquid dye or 1 package (2 tablespoons) of powder dye for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water. You could use 1 1/2 gallons of water and 1/4 cup of liquid dye, or, 1 tablespoon of powder dye. If you were prefer less water, use less dye and test the color by dipping a paper towel or piece of clean cloth into the dyebath. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Rita

        Thank you! And no salt?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Rita,
          Thank you for reaching out. 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.
          We usually recommend using half a cup of salt for every pound of clothing ( 1/2 cup/bottle of dye and 3 gallons of water).
          Hope this helps!

          • Rita

            The hat is cotton; how much salt would I need to add?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Rita,
            Thank you for reaching out. We suggest using 1 cup of salt regardless of the dye bath. If you are using a very small dye bath then you can consider using less at your own discretion as the salt just helps to amplify the color of the dye in the fabric.
            Hope this helps.

  • elane daniel

    need instructions for dyeing in a front loader washing machine

  • Susan

    I am looking the perfect orange to dye a sweater and socks to match the character Velma from Scooby Do. I thought a mixture of tangerine and sunshine but I am not sure if that will work.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Susan, Thank you for reaching out. We can try and create a recipe for you using our dyes to create that color orange, What type of material are you working with? This will help determine which dye line to use All Purpose for natural fibers or DyeMore for synthetic fibers and or blends.

  • theycallmesonj

    Is it possible to dye a modal/polyester blend?

  • Anna Della Corte

    Can I dye a muslin blanket using a method other than stove top?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We always recommend the stove top method for the best results when dyeing, however, you can certainly chose a different method for dyeing the blanket. The important factors when dyeing are very hot water (140 to 160 degrees), enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely and constant agitation for at least 30 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • #Herecomethecummings

    I have 8 pairs of (tan) canvas shoes, like toms, that I need to dye navy blue for my wedding. I want to make sure these come out the correct shade of blue. Should i bleach the shoes first in order to turn them white for the accurate shade of navy? PLEASE HELP!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You could try the Rit Color Remover, however, it may or may not work to remove color from the canvas depending on if there is a special finish on the material. Light and medium colors are recommended for best results as dark colors such as Navy Blue are typically not satisfactory due to the finish on the canvas and how it can prevent absorption of the dye. The high temperature required for dark colors could also damage the construction of the shoe.

      • #herecomethecummings

        Thanks for such a fast reply!! If navy blue isnt a good choice then how about grey instead?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, You could get good results with a pearl grey or medium grey hue. If you want a darker shade of grey than the pearl grey, you can add in black the teaspoon to darken the overall color. Dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color prior to submerging the shoes. We have e-mailed you some instructions for shoe dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Catherinee Waa

    Hi I had been obsessed with rit dyes ever since I saw it online. Anyways I have a polyester cotton shirt and jeans (made of cotton) that I want to dye black. Can I use rit more to dye both together ? Do I need to bleach it first for better result ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Catherinee,
      Thank you for reaching out. DyeMore will successfully dye both synthetics and all natural fabrics like cotton. Please keep in mind that we recommend not to use bleach as it can damage fibers in fabric to the point they can not usually be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jana, Thank you for reaching out. By adding less dye or adding more water will help dilute the color but there is no guarantee it will take down to a lavender color. At this time DyeMore does not have a color you can mix to get a lighter color. Hope this helps.

  • Joan Embertson

    can you reuse the dye that’s already used?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joan, When a dyebath is used, dyes are pulled from the dyebath. If a dyebath is re-used, a lighter or off-shade will be the color result. If you are trying to reproduce an exact color, then it’s best to start with a new dye bath. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Holley

    I’m dying a nylon dress from orange to navy. The dress is taking the dye perfectly but the thread from where the dress was sewn is not…. How do I fix this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Holley, Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like the thread is polyester which the all-purpose dye would be unable to dye. You could try the Dye More line, however, Dye More is only available in a Sapphire Blue and there is not a way to create a navy using that dye line.

  • Ana Miranda

    Is it possible to dye bleach stains on black clothing? Is there any special instructions for this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Ana,

      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 the material to the same color 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.

  • JJ☺

    Hi my name is JJ. ..I want to dye white rose petals that I bought from the Dollar store or Walmart…I want to dye them a bright red, but the dye I have is Rit liquid Cherry Red ..but it turns the rose petals a pink color how do I get a bright red? Am I using the wrong color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi JJ, You might try increasing the water temperature and dyeing them on the stove top. If that does not help, the rose petals may contain polyester in which you would want to try the Rit Dye More Racing Red. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Hilary

    Hi, I want to dye some white shirts that are 95% bamboo and 5% spandex. They say to wash cold. Is it possible to dye these? Note: they are “sweat shield” shirts, and so will be worn underneath clothing. I’m wanting to dye them a nude color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Hilary, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, they can be dyed, however, they could shrink as the dyeing would need to be done in hot water. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Steph,
    Thank you for reaching out. To prevent the dye from bleeding onto other fabric, you would need to make sure that the fabric was rinsed thoroughly so that the water ran clear after dyeing.
    We do carry Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. The fixative doubles the amount of color retention in fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, jute and hemp, which have been dyed with Rit Dye. For best results, use immediately after dyeing, before rinsing and laundering. Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used when dyeing in the washing machine, sink or stovetop.
    Here are some step by step instructions for using the Fixative.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/
    Hope this helps.

  • Youjin

    I’d like to dye my daughter’s ballet dress, which is 100% nylon. It is ballet pink and I need it to be lavender. What color should I use and can nylon be stovetop dyed? Heat won’t shrink the fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Youjin, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can dye Nylon using Rit All Purpose dye, as long as the tag does not say “dry clean only” or “cold wash only” the material should not shrink in the hot dye bath. We recommend using Rit Color Remover first to take the pink down or out so when dyeing lavender the colors wont mix. The recipe for Lavender liquid is:
      4 tsp Petal Pink
      1 tsp Purple
      1 tsp Pearl Grey
      This recipe is formulate for 3 gallons of water. If you need anything else please let us know!

  • Lorie Cabral

    I need help!! haha I have a red flower girl dress in which I wanted in burgundy. While the listing states it’s 100% polyester. The next line in the description states: Satin, taffeta and fine organza fabric. Weird! What are the suggestions to get this burgundy??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lorie, Thank you for reaching out. When dyeing the 100% polyester you would need to use our synthetic dye DyeMore, at this time we have 12 core colors you can see here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . Its best to see if the tag states where this material is, if the polyester is maybe only the lining we do have a Burgundy recipe using our All Purpose dye line and that will dye the Satin and other materials. If the polyester is the main outer shell of the dress then we would not have a recipe to turn to Burgundy. Hope this helps, let us know if you need further help.

  • Elissa

    Hello, I have a few curtain panels in which they are a pretty light green on the top portion and a brown on the bottom. If i used Black dye, do you think they green would turn grey and the brown would turn black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Elissa,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are your curtains made from? Please get back to us so that we may further assist you.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Angi Clingan

    I dyed these shorts. They were white, have a 98% cotton 2% spandex denim fabric. As you can see the stitching didn’t dye at all. My question is could I use the dye for synthetics on these to dye both the cloth and the stitching?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angi, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, Dye More could be used to dye the shorts and the stitching. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • donna Clemens

    Can you dye room darkening curtains. they are a blend with a rubber backing, I am not concerned with the rubber part but the cloth side? Which is 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, 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, polyester blends, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Due to the 50/50 blend, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. The rubber backing will absorb the dye, yet it will not retain the dye. Therefore, the dye may later bleed. 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.

  • Alyssa

    Does the Rit dye stain the pot??

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alyssa, If the pot is stainless steel, it would not stain the pot. If it is aluminum or another type of metal or non-stick then it could stain it.

  • Summer

    Hi I have a bright turquoise color tank top that I would like to dye black. It is 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester. What should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Summer, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Dye More in Graphite to achieve as close to a black as possible on that fabric blend. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cathy, Thank you for reaching out. The aluminum pot can be used, however, it would not be able to be reused for cooking.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Alex Rankin

    Hello, I am planning on dyeing an olive green tie a foresty green color, and I bought the dark green liquid dye. As a tie is well under a pound, I was wondering how much dye and water I should use, and if the cup of vinegar still applys? thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alex, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the tie? We can better assist you once we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Alex Rankin

        Silk!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Alex, We would suggest starting with 1/4 cup to 1 gallon of very hot water. You would still add in the one cup of vinegar. Test the dye bath with a piece of paper towel prior to adding the fabric to ensure it is the color you are looking for.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. We have send you a message to your personal e-mail to better be of assistance. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jessie, Unfortunately, Black is not achievable on polyester at this time.

  • Deborah Stephens

    I bought Rit dye not realizing you had different types. I have the Synthetic one and I want to dye a 100% cover for my vanity bench. Will it work using the product I purchased? The cover is white and the dye is Chocolate Brown. Thank you for your help! Deborah

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Deborah, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use our Rit synthetic dye DyeMore on 100% cotton. Keep in mind our synthetic dye needs high heat of 180-212 degrees that may shrink some cotton material.

  • WillIRuinSink

    Hello I am new to dyeing and I’m wondering about the rinsing process. Where should I do this? I have a white sink and I assume I will end up with a blue sink!? what do you recommend if I am working in the kitchen (Stovetop method)…thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, When dyeing on the stove top, we recommend using a stainless steel or enamel pot. Aluminum pots can also be used, but the aluminum can become scratched and pitted from the salt in the dye so using an old pot you no longer care about might be the best course of action in this case. Since you have a white sink, the dyebath can be disposed of outside in the yard. Rit dyes are non-toxic and not harmful, although it may tint the area for a short time. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Allison Curtis

    So I want to dye a green tutu royal blue for Halloween, and I have several questions about it. Can I dye tulle? Will the green affect the color that I want it to be? Is there a way to get it the bright color that I need? This is not the exact tutu but this is the best I could find, this is also what I would want it to look like.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Allison, Tulle can be made from either natural or synthetic fabric. 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. Normally, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color, however, color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetics. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Allison Curtis

        Thank you and I do have another question: since the tutu is rather large, is there another technique I could use? Also do you think your navy blue dye would give me the color that I want? I apologize for so many questions, I have never done anything like this before!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Allison, What fabric is the tutu made from? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

          • http://www.ritdye.com Allison Curtis

            I believe it s nylon

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Allison,
            Thank you for getting back to us. Since the tutu is to large to do on the stove top, we would recommend using the washing machine. You can find the instructions for using the washing machine below.
            https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/
            Hope this helps.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Allison Curtis

            Thank you so much

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jordan, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are semi-permanent and will fade over time. However, regardless of the method used to dry dyed clothing, this will not fade the color. Hope this helps!

  • meko

    Will the dyemore end up staining the logo on my shirt too? Its not a fabric logo its kinda hard?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Meko,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit DyeMore will try to dye anything that it comes into contact with. This includes any type of hard plastics or any other synthetics that it might be made from. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

      • meko

        Will the normal rit dye dye it?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Meko,
          What type of fabric are you trying to dye? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • brocharlieb

    I have a pair of pants that are grey. The second time I wore them to work I sat down in bleach. I’m planning to use the stove top method and use color remover then use black dye. I wanted and couldn’t find a pair of these pants in black anyway, and couldn’t find them, so whether they just come out a consistent grey again, or closer to black, it’s a win. These pants are 98% cotton and 2% lycra. I was planning on using the method suggested for cotton. Any suggestions for consistent and dark color?

    • 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. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

      • brocharlieb

        Thanks, they’re no good to me as they are, so I’m going to give it a shot.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amanda, Thank you for reaching out. The dye could stain the tub, so you would want to find a bucket large enough for the fabric to freely move around and adding boiling water to that for best results.

  • AllThoseThingsILove

    Dumb question – do you add the squirt of dishwashing liquid when adding salt? Or is that only when using vinegar?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Adding 1 tablespoon detergent to a dyebath helps to promote level dyeing. The detergent is added regardless of whether adding salt or vinegar. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Christine, When dyeing over an existing color, the original color will mix with the dye to create a new color. 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 you are working with fabric that is dyeable using Rit’s all purpose dyes, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color . If you are working with a synthetic fabric, Rit color remover will not be able to remove the existing color so that you can dye it a new color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • pamela

    can I dye a white polyester/nylon coat that states dry clean only

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Pamela,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since your fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. 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.

  • ABC

    Is the only reason you can’t dye polyester with the regular rit because you could potentially damage the fabric when using hot water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, 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. If the all-purpose dye is used on synthetic fabric, it will not adhere properly. Rit DyeMore is a different formulation and requires a different process for dyeing polyester: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Barbara

    I am looking to dye a pair of white cotton tennis sneakers to a tan color…I am confused on how much water to use and if you have any suggestion for success?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Barbara, Thank you for reaching out. Rit offers instructions for dyeing cotton sneakers, which we are emailing to you. Hope this helps!

  • Mari

    Hi, I have a red 100% silk shirt that is dull and splotchy from being accidentally washed at home instead of professional dry-cleaned. Could I use Rit color remover and then a Rit dye to bring it back to life? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mari, Thank you for reaching out. Being silk you can use the Rit Color Remover and re-dye the item since silk is a natural material. If the tag however says “dry clean only” there could be some shrinkage since our dyes need 140-160 degrees to have the color activate, there is no saying how much shrinkage would occur since every shirt is different on the reaction. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Jaymz

    I have a 100% cotton khaki-colored cargo shorts from Old Navy that I would like to dye an army green. Would your Dark Green color dye be the right dye to use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jaymz, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that is off-white in color. If your shorts ave more of a tan, we would recommend first using Rit color remover. Please send a picture of the color you would like to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we will try to create a color recipe for you.

  • Trina Forster

    Hi y’all i have a stretch Wrap Scarf that i am wanting to be a darker Brown and it is 75 % Acrylic /25 % Nylon how do I use the Rit Dye? I have also READ that it will fade and it will not take the Color is that TRUE?? Please help due to it going to be for my soon to be Grandson Baby Pictures!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Trina, 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 scarf is 75% acrylic, DyeMore would be the recommend dye to use. There are 12 colors available in the DyeMore line: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Depending on the current shade of brown, possibly chocolate brown would darken the color of the scarf. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Trina Forster

        the Dye bottle says use 2 cups salt to a dyebath when do i add the dye and scarf? Hot water or cold water? New to all of this Instructions please and Thank you so very Much!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Trina, Thank you for reaching out. You want the water to be 140-160 degrees or about a simmer on the stove, if you are doing bucket method we suggest boiling the water and adding to the bucket. Once the water is hot enough you would then add the 1 cup of salt and the dye mix well then add scarf in wet. Adding the scarf in wet will help with evenness. You will then constantly move, stir, agitate the scarf around for 30 minutes, this will adhere the dye. After the 30 minutes then you remove and rinse until the water runs clear, this is getting rid of the dye that did not stick. Once water runs clear you can wash and dry as normal. We do recommend washing the scarf by itself for the 1st wash in case not all extra dye was not rinsed out by hand. hope this helps, if you have any other questions you can visit http://www.ritstudio.com or let us know and we will reply.

  • Phil

    I’m thinking of buying a cloth dummy, but it’s white and I wanted to dye it a flesh color. So, I was thinking of picking up some tan dye and dying the whole thing. Will that work? Can I dye the dummy without taking the stuffing out? Any recommendations for which shade of dye would be most fleshy?

    Here’s the dummy that I was looking at:

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Life-Size-Halloween-Stuffed-Dummy-with-Lifelike-Hands-6-ft-Tall/14935850

    Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Phil, 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 reviewed the link you provided, which states: Includes soft pliable cloth body with stuffed cloth head and polyurethane hands. This does not state the fabric the cloth is made from. If you wish to experiment dyeing, we would recommend removing the stuffing prior to dyeing because Rit dyes are intended for fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated for at least 30 minutes. If you were to dye the item as it, it would be difficult to rinse the excess dye from the stuffing. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Phil

        I just got the dummy. The fabric is 100% cotton (the stuffing is polyester – but on your advice, I’m going to pull that out before dying it), so I think that I need the original dye., Thank you so much for your help!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Phil, You are correct that Rit all-purpose dye will successfully dye cotton. Enjoy your dye project!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Michelle, 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. Organza can be made from either natural or synthetic fabric. We would suggest checking the care tag on the sashes to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Sarah, 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, polyester blends, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Since the fabric is 40% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. DyeMore offers 12 colors: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top so that the hot water temperature can be maintained: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, 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. Unfortunately, Rit is not able to provide color recipes for bright/neon/fluorescent colors. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Nikki Thompson

    I am dying a pair of leggings (Faded Glory – 57% Cotton, 38% Polyester, 5% spandex) from Dark Grey to Black. I knew it would be easier to go from Grey to black, but am wondering what the best method to use is, and what the right amount of dye is to use. I do not have a scale to accurately measure the weight, but I would guess less than a pound. Any help is appreciated 🙂 Thanks!

    • http://www.ritdye.com Nikki Thompson

      Also, looking to dye a pair of white shorts half red & half blue. (Yep you guessed it, Harley Quinn costume LOL) they are 98% cotton, and 2% spandex. what is the best way to get the half and half look without taking the shorts apart?

      Thanks again!

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hello Nikki,
        Thank you for reaching out. You can use the color of your choice on the fabric since it is cotton. There is no way to prevent the dye from bleeding into the other part of the jeans. Please get back to us if you have any additional questions.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Nikki,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is part polyester, we would recommend using our DyeMore line of dyes. Every bottle of DyeMore is good for use on 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. If you are wanting a darker color then we recommend doubling the amount of dye. The DyeMore line of dyes requires the stove top method. Since your fabric is a pound or less, you would need 3 gallons of water at almost a boil and 1 bottle of Graphite DyeMore to achieve a true black. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Merry Watson

    Will stovetop dying destroy the pan, or will the bleach clean it? I am dying a pair of faded black jeans black. Thanks, Kerry

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Merry, We recommend using a stainless steel or enamel pot, which you can simply clean with cleansers once used for dyeing and still be able to cook in. Aluminum pots can also be used, but the aluminum can become scratched and pitted from the salt in the dye so using an old pot you no longer care about might be the best course of action in this case. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, 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. If you are working with fabric that is dyeable using Rit’s all purpose dyes, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color. If you are working with a synthetic fabric, Rit color remover will not be able to remove the existing color so that you can dye it a new color. If you were to dye over the existing color, the original color mixes with the dye to create a new color. The recommended method for the best color result would be the stove top method. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Dominique,
    Thank you for reaching out. The instructions in step number 4, advise to “Use 3 gallons of water for every 1 pound of fabric.” The 2 cups of water as stated in step 5, is to dissolve the powder dye into before adding it to the hot dye bath. If you are doing the dyeing in a bucket, you will need to bring your 3 gallons of water up to a boil on the stove top before putting it into the bucket. Since our dyeing are heat activated, this will ensure that the water does not cool off to quickly when dyeing. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

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

  • NorthAnimation

    Hello! I have 100% microfiber necktie with a light cream color. I would like to dye the whole thing with your “Tangerine” color. What instructions should I follow?
    Thank you very much!

  • Nellie May Priola

    couldn’t find ninja turtle green THANKS gramma is the champ !!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Flavia, Rit all-purpose dye requires very hot water, 140 to 160 degrees, to activate and successfully dye fabric. If the pants state dry clean only, the hot water required may damage the fabric or cause shrinkage. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Adia,
    Thank you for reaching out. Once you have cleaned the pot with detergent and bleach, it is safe to use for cooking. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

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

  • Kristy

    HELP!!
    I have just found my navy colored hoodie https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ad75df831943142cfffdf742a2825f3dfc3164aa4d0858ef7ec13b2fe7068a36.jpg folded and left in back glass of old vehicle. The sun faded portions of the hood, back side & sleeve. It has a white design on the front. What steps do you recommend I take to either protect the design or spot dye only the faded areas?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Kristy, 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 may not dye. For best results, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then re-dye the garment. Unfortunately, there would not be a way to ensure the design would not by effected by the color remover, nor ensure the design would not take on any dye. Spot dyeing is recommended when you need to color correct or dye a very small amount of fabric. This method would not be recommended for your hoodie because the faded areas are so large. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. A cup of salt in your hot dye bath will help brighten the color of your fabric and make it more vibrant. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since you are dyeing polyester blends, you would need to use our DyeMore line.
    You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
    http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
    Please keep in mind that should there be any type of water/sun repellent or protective coating on the fabric, then Rit will not be able to penetrate the coating.
    Hope this helps.

  • Boundbylife

    I need to die a few of my cotton tee shirts but I don’t have a very large tub. Will doing it in in a small vessel make the color uneven ?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, When dyeing fabric there needs to be enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. If the fabric is bunched at all, the color result will be uneven. We would recommend using more than one dyebath so that the tee shirts are not crowded. Hope this helps!

  • CamilleStotz

    Hello, I dyed a hand-made kimono about two weeks ago. I followed the instructions (kind of) and I used more blue than purple. However, I have been trying to rinse it out, and keep noticing that the water just won’t run clear. It’s only clear when it’s cold, when it’s hot water, I get presented with a lovely purple color. However, I am sick of seeing the said color, and would rather see nice, clean and clear water. The fabric is 100% cotton, I used liquid dye, I worked on the stove top, and I used salt. I have basically followed the directions to a T, and it’s just not working out for me. Please help, I just want to finish this project.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are Semi-Permanent. We recommend washing as much of the dye out as possible with warm or cool water after dyeing but please keep in mind that there will always be a small amount of dye that bleeds off in the water. Though it is not enough dye to harm any other items, that is why we recommend washing with like colors. Hope this helps.

  • G M

    Need to dye 1 lb. spool of number 36 nylon rosary twine purple

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Please send us a photo of the color you are wanting and the fabric content of the material you plan to dye and we will try to create a recipe for you. Please send your Request for a color formula to: colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Tammy,
    Thank you for reaching out. That is correct, the stove top method with the DyeMore line of dye is recommended for your fabric. Rit Color Stay Dye fixative is meant for use on natural fibers. It may help to a certain extend but only on the cotton sections of the fabric. It will not work as well as may be expected since your fabric is part polyester. Hope this helps.

  • Seren Bartley

    I need to dye a white corset that’s polyester satin and spandex, would it work just the same or would i need to make changes?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, 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. The spandex fibers will not absorb the dye. However, since the spandex is usually a small percentage of the fabric blend, the fabric can be dyed, which may result in a lighter shade depending upon the amount of spandex. If the corset contains more than 20% polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ DyeMore is recommended for use on the stove top because it requires hotter water than the all-purpose dye to activate and successfully dye fabric: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Laura

    Will this work for tie dying or will it come out all one colour and no pattern?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Wendy, Thanks so much 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 may not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then re-dye the garment. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Thomas,
    Thank you for reaching out. Since you are dyeing synthetic, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of agitation that is required. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
    http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
    Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Keely,
    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, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes for synthetics since your fabric is a Acrylic/Nylon blend. DyeMore must be used on the stove top with the water at about a boil for the full 30-60 minutes of continual agitation. You can find the DyeMore line at Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, JoAnn Fabric or online at Amazon.
    http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/
    Please keep in mind that when dealing with darker colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye required. This will help ensure that you acheive the darkest color possible.
    Hope this helps!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Dex,
    Thank you for reaching out. Using a small amount of liquid detergent is recommended when dyeing to help soften the water and dye the fabric evenly. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Tiffany,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for items that can be completely submerged in a hot dye bath and then rinsed free of any dyes. Since our dyes are heat activated, your end results would not be as you are expecting. Not only would you not be able to acheive a even color, if the full amount of dye is not rinsed free from the fabric then the dyes can be tracked onto other areas and items. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • bscuzz

    How do you manage to dye a small item – in particular the cotton tape of a white zipper. Not sure how the water temperature would affect the zip teeth, which are probably some form of plastic, as well as mixing a much smaller portion of the dye for such a small item.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You might start out with 2 teaspoons of liquid dye or 1 teaspoon of powder dye in 1 quart of very hot water, at least 140 degrees. You can test the color of the dyebath by dipping in a paper towel or clean piece of cloth. The color will dry lighter. There are many different types of plastics. Generally, most plastics are not harmed when dyed, however, depending on the material the plastic is made from we cannot guarantee the hot water will not effect it. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Kim, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend checking the care tag on the wool jacket to ensureit can be washed in very hot water. If this is possible, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the jacket back to an off-white or cream color prior to dyeing navy bluehttps://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Rit offers navy blue dye: https://store.ritstudio.com/index.php?p=catalog&mode=color_search&color=Blue Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michael’s carry a large selection of Rit products. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Sufian Rashid

    Hello. I have a black nike hoodie that is 80% cotton and 20% polyster. It has a white stitched nike logo and I don’t want to dye it will it dye the logo or not? if yes can I use tape to cover it thanks. Also can I use a white bucket to dye the hoodie and will the bucket get stained thanks!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Sufian,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes will try to attach to anything it comes into contact with. If you use our Rit All Purpose dyes and the logo is polyester, then the dye should not effect it. Other wise, if the logo is a natural fiber, such as cotton like the rest of the shirt is, then it will dye. There is no way to cover up the area to prevent it from being dyed. The bucket method will work nicely however, yes the dye may tint the bucket. Here are the step by step instructions for dyeing in a bucket:
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/
      Hope this helps.

  • Sufian

    Hello, I have a question about my black nike hoodie that is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. When I dye my hoodie black will I have to wash it after in a washing machine? cause I don’t have a washing machine thanks

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Sufian,
      Thank you for reaching out. A washing machine is not necessary as long as you are able to wash all of the dye out of the fabric until the water runs clear. This will help ensure that the dye does not rub off on other items or on skin. Hope this helps.

      • Sufian

        Thank you

  • Sufian

    Hello, I have a question I want to dye my black hoodie and I was wondering if I have to wash it after cause I don’t have a washing machine? please reply asap thanks!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, 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.
      So that we can better assist you with your dye project, please advise the fabric or fabrics listed on the care tag of you hoodie. Thanks!

      • Sufian

        It’s 80% cotton 20% polyester black nike hoodie The hoodie is 80% cotton and I believe the white nike logo is polyester. I don’t want the white nike hoodie to be dyed. It’s a stiched nike logo so maybe it wouldn’t die would it? please let me know asap thanks and ps.. I have the black liquid rit dye plain one thanks

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Sufian,
          Thank you for reaching out. If the logo is polyester then it either will not dye or it will be lightly tinted. There is no way to know for sure unless your care tag states what it is made from. If it is an all natural fabric, then the logo will dye just like the rest of the fabric. We recommend doubling the amount of dye needed when using darker colors to ensure the darkest shade possible. Using 1 full bottle of dye per pound of fabric will give you the best results. Hope this helps.

          • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1827875384162210/ Sufian

            Thank You, I will read the tags, What should the tags say for that it won’t dye the nike logo?

          • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

            Hi Sufian, It is likely the fabric care tag on the hoodie will not reference what the stitching is made from. We would suggest contacting Nike to see if they might offer you this information.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Brian, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended for use on material that is white or off-white in color. Also, we do not recommend dyeing fabric shoes black because, the material must be immersed in the dyebath to achieve true depth of color. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend dyeing suede shoes Black because the material must be immersed in the dyebath to achieve true depth of color, which could damage the shoes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Chris

    Hi, I have a mid purple 100% cotton dress I would like to dye to a very deep purple, what colour would you advise?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Chris,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend that you e-mail us a photo of the color you are wanting and the fabric content of the material you are dyeing to: colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Once we have received your e-mail we will be able to work on creating you a custom formula. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Chris

    We have sent an email to the email you provided here. Please check it and reply to us at your earliest convenience.

    Thank you
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Sophia,

    Happy Friday! We would recommend using the salt only, reason being is that the Rayon is at a higher percentage than the Nylon. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1827875384162210/ Sufian

    Hey I have a question, can you dye black nike shoes with grey soles? Nike roshe triple black will the sole get dyed ? I have black rit dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    As a general guideline, one box of powder dye or 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) of liquid dye will color one pound of dry weight fabric (about 3 yards of lightweight fabric). To obtain a lighter color, use less dye. For a darker or brighter color, double the amount of dye used. We recommend at least 1 bottle Rit All-Purpose Dye or 2 bottles Rit DyeMore for darker colors. You can estimate the weight of the item or use a food or home postal scale. For larger items, such as bedding or curtains, weigh yourself; then weigh yourself holding the item(s). The difference is the weight of the item(s).

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Susan,

    We are so happy to hear this experience went so well for you.

    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Karen,

    Thank for choosing Rit Dye. Yes, the Stove Top method is the only option for Rit Dye More. Your cushion covers are 100% which will require Rit Dye More. Rit DyeMore is a synthetic dye that will color 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. The Stove Top method—dyeing the items in a pot on the stove—is recommended especially when dyeing polyester and acrylic, because a very high temperature is needed to dye these fabrics. Nylon tends to dye very quickly and much darker than the other fibers so the actual time needed in the dye bath is much less. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Krista,

    Rit Color Fixative will work perfect for this project. Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative doubles the amount of color retention in fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, jute and hemp, which have been dyed with Rit Dye. For best results, use immediately after dyeing, before rinsing and laundering. Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used when dyeing in the washing machine, sink or stovetop. It can also be sprayed directly onto fabric for many craft and DIY applications. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

 

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