The Rit Studio: Washing Machine: Top Loader

How to Dye Using a Top Loading Washing Machine

Dyeing in a washing machine is the most convenient method for dyeing large items and it will not damage or stain the machine if done correctly. We cannot say the same for every type of fabric, though. Items need to be dyed on the hottest cycle so we do not recommend using this method for things that are washable in cold water or are dry-clean only as they’ll probably shrink. We also do not suggest that you dye wool in the washing machine because felting may occur; unless, of course, that’s the look you’re going for, then dye away.

To dye items to a lighter or different color, first use Rit Color Remover to turn it white; this will help ensure you obtain the color you desire. Or try your hand at overdyeing. It’s best not to exceed 8 packages of powder or 4 bottles of liquid dye per load as anything over that will most likely go to waste in the machine’s wash cycle.

Dyeing methods differ for top and front-loading machines. Learn how to dye using a front loader.

Prep, dye and clean up time: About 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Item(s) to dye
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • 1 cup salt or white vinegar, depending on item
  • Measuring cup
  • Rubber gloves
  • Liquid detergent
  • 1-2 cups chlorine bleach
  • 3-4 old towels
  • Optional: Rit Dye Fixative

Step by Step

  1. Prewash items to remove any finishes that may interfere with its ability to absorb the dye.

  2. To determine the amount of dye needed, weigh the items to be dyed together. The items should be dry when weighed. If a scale is not available, refer to the chart to estimate the amount of dye needed per load.

  3. Use the hottest setting and fill the machine with enough hot water for the fabric to move freely.

  4. Shake liquid dye bottles before pouring. Powder dye should be pre-dissolved in two cups of hot water before being added and stirred well.

  5. Wearing rubber gloves, add the dissolved powder or liquid dye to the water in the machine. Mix well to evenly distribute the dye.

  6. Wet item in hot water, smooth out any wrinkles and add it to the dye in the washing machine.

  7. If dyeing natural fibers like cotton or linen dissolve one cup of salt in four cups of very hot tap water and add it to the dye bath in the washing machine. If dyeing silk or nylon add one cup of white vinegar to the dye bath.

  8. Items should be in the dye bath for a minimum of thirty minutes to a maximum of one hour before the rinse cycle begins. Use an extended setting, or reset the setting before the rinse cycle starts to extend the wash time. Note that the longer the item is in the dye bath, the darker the color will be. For bulky items, such as draperies or large slipcovers, we recommend stopping the wash load periodically to detangle and unwind the item. This will help prevent uneven dyeing and lighter areas from forming. Remember to wear rubber gloves when handling the item mid-cycle.

  9. Optional: To reduce color bleeding, use Rit Dye Fixative on cotton fibers immediately after dyeing, following instructions on bottle.

  10. Rinse items through the washing machine in cold water to remove excess dye.

  11. Wash items in warm water with mild detergent and rinse thoroughly with cold water once again in the machine.

  12. Hang item to dry or machine dry.

  13. To clean the washing machine: Using hot water and the “high” level setting, clean the washer with 1-2 cups of liquid bleach. Make sure to wipe around the inside of the lid and pour a little bleach through the internal dispenser as dyes can get into these areas. Fill washer to highest water level with the hottest water temperature setting. Add detergent and 2 cups chlorine bleach and run a full wash cycle with 3 to 4 old towels.

Choose the Right Amount of Rit Dye:

Size of Machine Load (Water Level)

SMALL (Low)

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

Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 1/4 to 1 lb.

Rit Powder Packages 1/2 to 1

Rit Liquid Bottles 1/4 to 1/2

MEDIUM 1 (Medium)

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

Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 1 to 1 1/2 lbs.

Rit Powder Packages 1 to 2

Rit Liquid Bottles 1/2 to 1

MEDIUM 2 (Medium)

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

Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 1 1/2 to 3 lbs.

Rit Powder Packages 2 to 3

Rit Liquid Bottles 1 to 2

LARGE (Large)

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

Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 4 to 6 lbs.

Rit Powder Packages 4 to 6

Rit Liquid Bottles 2 to 3

EXTRA LARGE (Extra Large or Super)

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

Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 6 to 8 lbs.

Rit Powder Packages 6 to 8

Rit Liquid Bottles 3 to 4

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • Kelly Elly

    My washing machine has a white coating, not stainless steel. Will using navy liquid rit dye stain my machine?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly,
      It won’t stain it a as long as it is stainless steel or porcelain enamel. We always recommend after the dyeing cycle using 1 cup of chlorine bleach and 1 cap of laundry detergent and very hot water and run through a full cycle empty to clear out the machine of any excess dye residue. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Brenda

    If I am tie dying, when do I take out the rubber bands?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Brenda,
      Do you mean tie dyeing? You will want to remove the rubber bands after the rinsing process. Rinse out excess dye then remove rubber bands. Hope this is helpful.

  • Lisa

    Does this technique work with a top loading he low water washing machine?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, It depends on how your machine operates. If your machine has a detergent dispenser, we would recommend using the HE machine directions for a front loader. Hope this helps!

    • Krista

      I have the same question. I can’t fill my empty HE washer with hot water, it just sort of sprays water and spins around. Could I get hot water from the sink and put buckets of it into the washer, then add the dye, then the item? Then run the rinse cycle when it’s time?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mary, Unfortunately RIT cannot dye over bleach damage. The nap of the fabric is damaged and RIT needs that to hold onto. Dyeing it again will not make the spot disappear. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sheryll Mitzner

    What cycle on the washing machine should I use? I know it needs to be in at least 30 minutes, but I am concerned about the agitation speed–cottons, casual, hand wash or delicate.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sheryll, You would want to use your normal everyday wash cycle.that you would use for whites. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sheryll Mitzner

    Do I need more salt for larger items like two chair covers, a little over 3 lbs?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sheryll, the rule of thumb is to use one cup of salt per dye bath no matter how much dye you are using. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lisa, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take out the color and then you can redye it. When you redye, you can add more water for a lighter color. Dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color prior to dyeing the fabric. The addition of water should help to mute the shade more. Hope this helps!

    • http://www.ritdye.com andrew andrew

      i need help dyeing my white robe i clicked the request a color formula an clicked the email thing but didnt do anything where i could send you the request but any way this is the color im trying to find out to dye my white robe

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Andrew, Your inquiry was received at The Rit Studio through email and we just responded to it. Let us know if you do not receive the email from us.

    • Linda

      Hi, I’m wanting to dye some parsons chair covers the same “Margarita” color as well. The recipe I see online is for Apple Green dye and not Kelly Green. Which is correct? I purchased Apple Green today – 3 bottles for 4.5 lbs of white cotton duck fabric. You mentioned in another post that a tub of some sort from Home Depot (ex.) might be better than a top-load HE washer. About how many gallons of water would I need to use in the washer or tub to make this work? When you speak of a purchased tub, do you recommend galvanized metal or plastic? You also mentioned adding hot water over the dye bath time, but wouldn’t this dilute the effect of the dye? Thanks for any help you can give me, esp. about the color!

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Linda, Thank you for reaching out. The Margarita color is using the Apple Green dye. You will want to ensure that the method you use will allow the fabric to freely move around. It can be difficult to know in an HE machine as it puts in the water for you. If you find an item large enough for the fabric to freely move around, you would want it to be a throw away plastic as it will stain the plastic or stainless steel as it will not discolor it. We suggest starting with the hottest water possible, no additional water needs to be added. You would use 1/2 teaspoon for 3 gallons or 1 1/2 teaspoon for 9 gallons of water. Just add in an additional 1/2 teaspoon for each 3 gallons of water needed. Hope this helps!

        • Linda

          Thank you for your reply! I think I’ll purchase a container, because the HE machine is quite difficult to judge. How many gallons would you suggest for 4.5 lbs of fabric? I thought the recipe called for 3 bottles for 4.5 lbs fabric. It’s a little confusing! Would a 15 gallon container be large enough for 4.5 lbs. of fabric or something larger? I can figure the amount of liquid dye from there. Thank you!

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Linda,
            The recipe is created for water amount and allowing the fabric enough room to freely move around in the water. We suggest possibly starting with either 6 or 9 gallons of water, and adding more if needed. Hope this is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jessica, You could try using the Rit Color Remover to see if that can tone it down and turn it to an off white for you. It would really depend on the fabric content. If it is polyester, you will not have much luck removing the color from it. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sheryll Mitzner

    My chair covers aren’t as dark as I wanted. Can I dye again to achieve more color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sheryll, Absolutely! Dyeing them again should give you a darker color. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Sheryll Mitzner

    Thanks Suzie! I got so much more dye out when I tried this.

  • shannon mcfarland

    Hi! I want to dye 17 yards of new white dotted swiss cotton fabric. Would the washing machine method work well for this? Also I want it to be a pale mint or aqua. Any suggestions on which color/colors to use and how much? I’d say the fabric weighs about 4 pounds. Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shannon, Be sure to pre-wash the fabric prior to dyeing to ensure there are no special finishes on the fabric. As long as the material can freely move around and is not considered delicate, you can use the washing machine method. You can find a recipe for aqua and a light green that would give you a light mint hue here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdfnnThe recipe is for 1 pound of fabric, so you can multiply it by 4 for your 4 pounds. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Kathleen

    I have 6 pieces of clothing (capris, t-shirts, gown) with varying combinations in the fabric – such as: cotton, spandex, rayon, modal, polyester. 5 pieces are black. I am just trying to refresh the black color, not change it. Can I use the liquid dye and salt for all pieces.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kathleen,nYou can certainly use the liquid dye. When dyeing combination blends we recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dyebath to achieve a more vibrant color. For best results we recommend the polyester and modal content be under 40% to work well, since these materials will not absorb the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Citrus

    Does the brown liquid dye work on leather/suede boots?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Yes, Rit brown liquid dye would work on your boots. Before dyeing your boots, you will want to take into consideration that our dyes contain salt which may cause the leather/suede to become dry or brittle. Hope this helps!

  • Jessica from Tally

    I just used an entire bottle of the black liquid dye to renew the color on my cotton t-shirts. It didn’t work at all. They are exactly the same shade. I followed the directions, so any thoughts on why this happened? I just wasted time, money and a whole lot of water. 🙁

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jessica, We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with the Rit Dye. There are many factors that could have caused this, ranging from water temperature to your dyeing method. In order for us to assist you, please write to us at info@ritdye.com and we will be happy to help you!

  • Susan

    I need to dye a pair of 100% cotton khaki shortalls. I’ll be dyeing them pink. Should I bleach them first to remove the khaki color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, It depends on the shade of pink you are trying to achieve. If you are trying to achieve a light pink, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing. If you are dyeing a dark pink and it is a light khaki color, you could likely just dye over the khaki. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Shannon

    I want to dye my white dress red. The outer body is made of 90% modal and 10% elastane. The inner bra is made of 94% cotton and 6% elastane. The lining of the dress is made of 50% cotton and 40% modal. Will Rit Dye work? What is the best way to do this? Thanks in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shannon, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, modal does not accept Rit dye well and elastane is a synthetic fiber which our dye does not adhere to. Since only the 50% cotton lining would accept the dye, we do not recommend dyeing the dress. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cathy, Yes, you can brighten the item back up by dyeing in your washing machine. Be sure to add in 1 cup of salt to the dye bath. Here are the directions for a top loading machine: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/ Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • aurora G

    can I use cold water to dye and not using the salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Aurora,nUnfortunately, we would not recommend dyeing in cold water. Our dyes require very hot water (140-160 degrees) to be activated. Sorry about that. You do not have to use salt, but doing so will help make the color more vibrant. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Farmer’s Wife

    Do you add 1 cup of salt to an entire load, or 1 cup of salt per bottle of dye? I’m dying about 6 pounds of fabric so am using 3 bottles of dye. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Farmer’s Wife, the rule is one cup of table salt per dye bath no matter how much dye you are using. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Michele from New Jersey

    I have 7 pairs of cotton med gray work pants to dye to charcoal gray. Can I do them all at once in my top load washing machine and how much Rit Dye do I use.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michele, First you would want to check the fabric content of the work pants.A lot of the uniform pants are made of polyester or are a combination fabric. This is the recommended weight for a large load in a top load washer. Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 4 to 6 lbs. takes Rit Powder Packages 4 to 6 or Rit Liquid Bottles 2 to 3. You want to allow the items to have free movement so that they will dye evenlly. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Michele from New Jersey

        Hi,nThe fabric is 100% cotton. I have been reading a lot of different instructions that I need to add a cup of salt. I am a little nervous as I have never dyed anything before this. Can you give me the correct directions of what to do for these pants other than what you told me above and I will do two loads since there are 7 pairs, as you said they should move freely.nThank younMichelennThank you,nMichele Bunting

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Michele,nAfter adding in the dye and fabric, we would recommend dissolving 1 cup of dye into 4 cups of hot water and adding into the machine in step 7 of the top loader washing machine directions. To determine how much dye and how much water to use, you need to determine the weight of the pants. If all the pants weigh 4 to 6 lbs then you would want to use 2 to 3 bottles of the liquid dye or 4 to 6 packages of the powder dye. If the pants weigh 6 to 8 pounds we would recommend using 3 to 4 bottles of liquid dye or 6 to 8 packages of the powder dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Leah

    Hi there, I’m just wanting to dye a pair of light pink jeans to black. I read on the instruction packet that I need to add 1 Tbsp of liquid detergent to the dyebath. I only have front loader powder detergent, can I use that instead?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Leah, You would want to use liquid laundry detergent. If you do not have any available, it would be fine to leave it out. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi TrailerGirl, What is the cotton and polyester ratio of the curtains? We can better assist you if we know the exact fabric content. Thanks!

  • mary lynn from Mississippi

    Hello, I have some slip covers that I would like to dye. There are are a light khaki color, but some were in front of a window & the sun bleached them. I see some discussions about the dye will not color over bleach spots. Is that the case here?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mary Lynn, When the sun bleaches out the color, it can potentially damage the fibers of the fabric. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take out the color and then you can redye the fabric. It may dye the sun bleached areas a lighter color or depending on the sun damage, it may not adhere to those areas at all. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lara, It will try to remove as much color as possible, it will not necessarily turn it entirely white, but it will try to remove enough color so you can dye it a lighter color. The best method to use would be the stove top. This method will remove the most color. Hope this helps!

  • Patricia

    So grateful that Rit included a detailed discussion for dyeing projects using a top loading washer. (Accidentally threw away the box with instructions.) Started my project with the intention to re-dye a beautiful lime green cotton knit quarter length sweater that was spotted by detergent or bleaching products during washing. I was sick. Decided to try to save it. In the process, I added 2 other lime green pieces that were faded over time; but, undamaged. I followed your instructions. Results were better than expected. The detergent/bleach damaged cotton sweater didn’t pick up the dye, sadly, it’s a not salvageable. The good news! The other 2 pieces look really nice! Pleased with the results and feel like I have 2 new articles of clothes.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Patricia, Thank you for sharing the outcome of your dye experience with us! We are so pleased to hear it worked on the 2 shirts for you. Sorry to hear about the bleach damaged item.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Ellen, A medium blue can be dyed over with lemon yellow to obtain green. Dyeing over green with lemon yellow produces chartreuse. Since the duvet cover is a blue-green shade, we cannot guarantee what the resulting color would be if overdyed with lemon yellow. Normally, we would recommend first using Rit color remover to remove or light the original color and then dye with the new color. Unfortunately, since the color remover is recommended to be used on the stove top, the item you have is probably to large for this method. There are dark colors that could be used successfully to overdye the blue-green cover. Let us know if you would like information on which colors.

    • amy

      I have a King size duvet color that is a pattern color of blues, greens and yellow (see picture attached). I would like to dye it a darker color to change my bedroom decor however, not sure what color to use. I was thinking either a deep purple, gray or black. Can you recommend what color would work best?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Amy,
        The existing fabric color will greatly affect the finished color results when overdyeing and the rules for color mixing apply. It is hard to say exactly what colors you will get as there are many different colors in the print of the duvet. Black will give you the best coverage, but it is hard to say exactly how it will effect the print on the fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • dixielea

    I dyed a bed spread dark brown, but one spot about half the size of a dollar bill won’t take the dye quite as dark as the rest. Is there any way to make it match? I have no idea what might have previously been on the fabric there, but I washed it in hot water prior to dying.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dixielea, We would recommend using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. This would offer you the best chance to achieve an even color. If you would like to try spot dyeing to see if you might darken the lighter area, you can find instructions for spot dyeing by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this helps.

  • Joanie

    I want to dye cushion covers for my lounge, the fabric is cotton duck. The problem is I cannot fit all in the same load of my top load washer. I will need to do two separate loads. How will I know how much dye to use or just use the same for each load? It would be about the same weight for each. The fabric is light yellow and I want to dye to gray.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joanie, when dyeing a full load (Approx. Dry Weight of Fabric 4 to 6 lbs) it takes Rit Liquid Bottles 2 to 3. The gray you have in mind will not cover over the yellow so you would want to use color remover first, give your self a clean slate then you can dye the item the color your want it to be. It takes 3 boxes of color remover to do a full load in a top load washer. The product can be used up to an hour without any damage to the fabric. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Teresa McGee

    I want to dye several of my black capris that are 40 persent polyester. They are a little faded. I have a top loader washing machine. I think if I start the cycle over again the water goes out and starts again. It it just a safe to put them in the sink or better to try in washing machine? I have the stainless steel inside. Do I need to add salt. Guess I am just scared I will mess up my pants. Please advise

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Teresa, We would recommend dyeing them in the sink if you believe your washing machine would not be able to agitate them for at least 30-60 minutes. We would recommend adding in 1 cup of salt and using the hottest water possible. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Austin, Since the sun permanently damages fibers in the same way that bleach does, we cannot guarantee the results when using Rit products. Normally, we recommend using Rit color remover on the stove top to remove or lighten the original dye and prepare the item for redyeing in order to achieve more of an even color. This is not possible with the weight of the fabric you are dealing with. If you dye over the bed spread as it is currently, there will still be a noticeable difference in color where the streak is currently. For a light green for the amount of fabric you have, we would recommend adding 1 box + 2 tsp. from the 2nd box to the dyebath and then dipping a paper towel in to test the color. Hope this information helps.

    • Guest

      i need help dyeing a robe a color its this color what is it what dye do i need cause i went on the request a color formula and tryed clicking the email thing but didnt do any thing but this is the color im trying to dye my white robe

  • Jim

    I have a 50/50 cotton/nylon blend uniform I want to dye. Should I add both the salt and vinegar?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jim, The salt or vinegar is added to a dyebath in order to make a color more vibrant. In this case, since you are working with a 50/50 blend, you would just chose either salt or vinegar and not add both. Hope this helps.

  • heather

    Hey, I have white sheets I would like to dye to a color recipe I got off of the rit color chart. My sheets weigh 6 1/2 lbs (two sets of sheets) and the recipe is 1 tsp evening blue, 1/4 taupe, and 1 cup water and your site says that is for 1 ounce of fabric. So how much do I need of the recipe for my sheet weight? Help!

    • heather

      1/4 tsp taupe, typo

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Heather, You would want to use 8 tablespoons and 3 teaspoons of taupe and 34 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of the Evening Blue. You would need 1 bottle of Taupe (each bottle contains 16 tablespoons) and 3 bottles of Evening Blue to create your project. Be sure to use just enough water for the fabric to be able to freely move around. Dip in a piece of paper towel prior to adding in the fabric and adjust the recipe as needed. Hope this helps!

      • heather

        Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it now!

  • PilotHelo

    I have four pairs of black uniform pants which are 65/35 poly/cotton blend. They have seen over four years of use in the southern Nevada desert sun and are still in good shape except for sun-fading. I have a top loader washing machine. Is there any hope here? Purchasing new pants of this type is very expensive (retail $60-$70 per pair or more).

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      As long as the sun-fading hasn’t bleached the pants, you can most certainly dye the pants to revive the color. We recommend polyester content be under 40% to work well. For best results we recommend using 140-160 degrees water and doubling the dye amount per weight of the pants. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Susan

    I would like to use the liquid dye in my washing machine. It is a top load HE Whirlpool Cabrio. The dye directions say to fill the machine with hot water, but my machine doesn’t fill like other machines. Any tips?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, HE machines vary as to how the detergent can be added. Does your machine have a dispenser for adding detergent that would allow you to add additional water through it? Once we have this information, we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

      • Susan

        It does have a dispenser for detergent. It also has a fabric softener dispenser & a liquid bleach dispenser.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Susan, We have sent you an email offering you dyeing options. Once you read through it, let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

          • Susan

            Thank you so much – I will try it using the front load method!

  • http://www.ritdye.com amanda couch

    I have a dark brown slip cover for a love seat I would love to dye teal. Is this possible being that its already a dark brown cotton? Would you recommend a DIY drop cloth slipover in stead?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda, In order to change the color of the slip cover you would first need to use Rit color remover to remove or lighten the original dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. For the best results, the color remover is recommended for use on the stove top because it requires the very hot water to be maintained in order to successfully remove dye. The DIY drop cloth slip cover would an easier project. Before beginning your dye project, you will want to make sure you are working with a dyeable fabric. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://www.ritdye.com amanda couch

        Thank you! So you don’t recommend do the color remover in a top loader washer? I think the drop cloth might work best also. I will check out the dyeable fabrics!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Amanda Couch, RIT Color Remover works best on a fabric that RIT can dye. It can be used up to an hour without any damage to the fabric in HOT water. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Karen

    Would like info on using dye in front loading he washer

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karen, For information on dyeing in a front load washer, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ If your washer does not allow you to add additional water along with the dye into the detergent dispenser, then you will need to chose a different method for dyeing. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Izabella Simmons

    Hi! We’d like to dye our natural wool rug using a stark blue dye. It weights approx. 15 lbs and measures 8×10 feet. Could this rug be dyed in a commercial-sized washer? How would you go about dying a heavy large wool rug? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Izabella, Thank you for your question. Would the rug have enough room to freely move around in the commercial machine? The rug may be too large to successfully dye in the washing machine. We would suggest looking at this information here on dyeing a rug: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/04/07/over-dyeing-with-rit/

      • Izabella Simmons

        I plan to use a commercial grade washer and dryer (up to 70lbs). Any suggestions?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Izabella, Is the commercial grade washer a front loading or top loading machine? We can assist you further once we have this information. Thanks!

          • Izabella Simmons

            Front load

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Izabella, To better assist you, we are going to send you an email which will provide information which will help you with your dye project. This will also allow us to elaborate on the back and forth comments in an easy to read format.

      • Izabella Simmons

        There seems to be plenty of room for the rug to move around in the washer. How many Rit Liquid Bottles should I buy for a wool rug measuring 8×10?
        Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brittany, The dye could possibly tint any plastic or rubber pieces in the machine, but would not stain the tub if it is stainless steel or enamel. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • jodi

    Can you dye towels in a sink or tub?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jodi, You can dye in your sink if it is stainless steel because stainless steel will not absorb Rit dye. You could also dye in a tub as long as you do not care if the tub becomes discolored from the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sherry, Unfortunately, the only product we have to fade color from jeans at this time is the Rit Fast Fade. It is only available in a one pound container. Even if you are able to lighten the rest of the jeans, the areas where the bleach caused a yellow tinge may not dye. Here is the link to the fast fade: http://store.ritstudio.com/proline-laundry-and-dyeing-aids/powder-dye-1-lb-fast-fade/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Karianne,
    Unfortunately polyester is not dyeable with our dyes due to the man-made composition of the material. Sorry about that. We appreciate your interest in Rit Dyes.

  • emily

    Hi, I would like to dye my white cotton duvet cover a very very soft light pink. what quanitity of dye should i use in my top loading washing machine?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, A color recipe for pink can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf and scrolling down to page 6. For lightening a color you can add additional water to the dyebath and test the color shade with a paper towel. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Emily, We also just wanted to ensure we answered your question about the amount of dye needed. The recipe is for 1lb of dry weight fabric or approximately 3 yards.

  • Alice

    Hi! I have 4 parsons chair slip covers (cotton). I understand that they may shrink during this process, but nothing lost/nothing gained if so. Wondering if I could do two at a time, or if one is the preferred method. I don’t have a particular color in mind, just some shade of grey (purchased pearl grey liquid). Also, may I use the delicate cycle? Thanks in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alice, You can do two at a time as long as the material will have enough room to freely move around. If the delicate cycle will continually agitate then that cycle may also be used. Be sure the material is agitating for at least 30-60 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Rose

    Hello. I dyed a white cardigan grey using the black dye in a top loader washer with some salt and lots of soak time. The color came out lovely with one exception– the arm pits turned hot pink. What happened and how do I fix it? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rose, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then try redyeing the fabric. It could be something in your deodorant that is causing those areas not to dye properly. Be sure the fabric is constantly agitating with no soaking. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Pete

    For the stove top method, assuming I bleach the pot/tongs etc. after they are used will they still be suitable for food?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Pete, 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/tongs for cooking, it is recommended to clean the container with chlorine bleach or a powdered cleanser.

  • Mindy

    I just tried dying a white comforter cherry red followed all instructions and ended up with a pink comforter….. what do I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Marlene Perry

    I just bought a new washing machine. High efficiency, low water top loading. Will dying fabric work in that machine?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marlene, Dyeing fabric will work in your machine as long as it will input enough water for the fabric to be able to freely move around.

  • Jules Marie B

    Hello. I am wanting to dye 2 pairs of mens jeans and a cotton shirt. Can I do all 3 at once in the washer with the black dye? Just wanting to get the best outcome. They are all already a faded black color and I’m trying to put some black back into them. It doesn’t have to be dark black, just less faded if that makes sense. Any advice would be awesome! Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jules, Absolutely! Just make sure the material has enough room to freely move around. You will achieve the best results by ensuring the water is at least 140-160 degrees. Agitate for 30-60 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Wonkers

    I’d like to dye a set of sheets in my top loader high efficiency washer. So far I’ve tried removing the pink color with Rit dye remover and have not achieved great results. How can I remove the rest of the dye and how can I use the HE washer to dye them? I’m afraid that I’ll get splotchy results like I did with the dye removal. 🙁 Is there a way to fill the washer with more water while it’s washing??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Brian

    Hi! I want to dye a cotton painter’s dropcloth to black. It’s 9X12 feet. Can I do that with the top-loader, or would it be better to use a plastic tub?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brian, Thank you for your question. We would recommend dyeing it in a large plastic tub or trash can. You want to ensure the fabric has enough room to freely move around. It likely would become tangled in the washing machine and dye unevenly. Dyeing it by hand can allow you to ensure the fabric is freely moving around. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Ashley

    Hi, I’d like to dye a set of white jersey sheets a light turquoise. Do you have any tips for dyeing full size sheets?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. You will want to ensure the fabric has enough room to freely move around if you plan on dyeing them in the washing machine. Add in 1 cup of salt and let them agitate in the machine for at least 30 minutes. A recipe for light turquoise can be found here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps!

  • RiskyCrissy

    Would it be difficult to dye tight woven articles of clothing such as a sweater, (it kinda looks like crochet but tighter) I am worried about if the color wont sink into the fabric enough… Would is be wise to tug the fabric a bit while dying?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for your question. Does the item have a tag? What is the fabric content of the material? Thanks!

  • JoLynn

    I have a pair of jeans that are black on the back and black and white stripes on the front. I want to dye them so the white stripes are lime green. If I use the lime green dye, since it is lighter, will the black just stay black? Thanks for your help!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jan, We make a Taupe and Pearl Grey color that you could try overdyeing the fabric with. If the Camel is darker than the Taupe, you would not see any results. Be sure the material has enough room to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ronald, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the backpack?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kim Jost

    If I am using 2 bottles of dye, do I double the amount of salt?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kim Jost

    If I am using 2 bottles of dye, do I double the amount of salt used?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kim, It is always one cup of salt per dye bath no matter how much dye you are using. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Liz

    I would like to dye my beige cotton curtains, to a teal color, but I have a new HE top loading washer that does not fill with water. which setting would you suggest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Liz,
      As all machines are different, we do not have a suggestion for a specific setting to use. We recommend an agitation period of at least 30 minutes. We may suggest heating water up and adding into the machine if there is not enough room for the fabric to move around freely. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Layla, Thank you for reaching out. Does your machine have a detergent dispenser?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cynthia, We do recommend using hot water for best results. Warm water would not achieve as bright of a hue, but the hot water can cause some shrinking to occur. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Marion, Thank you for reaching out. Here is a chart to convert it to the washing machine: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/ For a large load, you will want to double the quantity listed for washing machine as that is formulated for a small load. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Vi, Absolutely! You will still get the agitation needed as the drum still spins. Hope this helps!

  • Cagney Johnson

    So this morning I decided to dye a pair of rock revival and true religion jeans and I’m wondering if it would be a bad thing to redye them because I didn’t get color I was expecting and they actually need to be a darker please tell me what I need to s do to make my jeans come out close to perfect and the second try?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cagney, You can definitely dye them again. To get the deepest color make sure you are using very hot water (160-180 degrees), add in 1 cup of salt and use 1 bottle for every 1 pound to achieve a darker hue. Be sure to have the material constantly agitating for 30-60 minutes. We would recommend 60 minutes since you are going dark and this should achieve the results you are looking for.

  • melissa

    I need to match a bright aqua I tried evening blue, neon green & Kelly but it looks dull what I am I doing wrong?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melissa, Please send us a photo of the color you are looking to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you.

  • Stephanie

    I am dying a duvet and I used an entire bottle of pearl grey and one tbsp of aquamarine. It seems like the two dye colors did not mix completely before I added the fabric and now I have a few spots that are very deep blue. What should I do to fix this and make it look similar to the other parts of the duvet that are now a medium grey color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, The Rit Color Remover would need to be used to remove the color from the fabric and make it an even all over color again. The material can then be redyed. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Lori Sauerwein

    I am making a latch hook rug and will be dyeing about 20 t-shirts. I’d like to do these in my top loader. How many loads should I plan on to ensure adequate coloring?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lori, You might think about splitting it into 2 loads depending on how much the t-shirts weigh. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Megan Sullivan

    Hi, I sent an email to the dye doctor as well but… I requested a color formula for a mint color and was told “KELLY GREEN ¾ teaspoon + EMERALD ¾ teaspoon, This recipe is formulated for the low water setting on your washer using hot water (140-160 degrees).” So if I am reading the conversion charts right that would be 1/4 teaspoon each in 3 gallons of water. My question is how many gallons of this mix to I need to dip/ombre dye 8lbs of 100% cotten curtains?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Megan, We recently received your email to the dye doctor. Please check your email as a response has been sent to you. Let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jojo, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the curtain? What color did you end up with after dyeing?

  • Jessica Huth

    Hello I want to dye 4 crib sheets, 2 twin fitted sheets, 2 twin flat sheets and 4 pillow cases a mint color. I found a darker version on the color wheel to get the hue I want to make it lighter. I plan to do this in the washing machine. Can I achieve the lighter shade by using less dye in the water? I would rather not have to buy 3 or 4 bottles of dye. And since I want a more pastel version of the color i’m picking, would this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, You can try cutting the recipe in half to start with and then dipping in a piece of paper towel to test the color prior to adding in the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Krystal, Stains can affect the way the dye adheres to the fabric. If you are trying to remove stains from all white items, we suggest using the Rit Color Remover. The products can be used in industrial sized front loaders. The directions for a front loader are here:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ Hope this helps!

  • alisha

    im doing a light colored jean material with a print. the background is light while the print itself is dark black or burgundy. my question is will the dye run or how do i keep the dye from running.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alisha, The Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used to reduce color bleeding and to help set the dye into the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Jean

    I dyed cotton rugs, attempting to get the pearl grey color. The rugs were white to begin with and ended up purple! A total disaster and very disappointing. Unfortunately the rugs were new.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jean, 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.

  • Ashley

    I would like to dye my wedding petticoat in my top-loading washer, but my washer is HE and the lid locks automatically. Will the less water in the HE affect the dye job? How can I unlock the washer once it locks?

  • Dee

    I need to dye a some light tan cotton pants that has small bleach spots on them, I got dark brown dye will this cover the bleach spots?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dee, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Bleach damages fibers and may keep the dye from adhering to the spots. Using the color remover first would offer the best chance of an even color result. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Janet, We do not recommend dyeing more than 8 or so pounds in a washing machine. The color could come out uneven. If you would like to dye them all together we would suggest trying to find a large bucket or container of some kind that would allow all of the shirts to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • Vicky

    HI When dyeing white hand towels to blue can i use bucket method do i use hot water then rinse well or should i just use washeing machine thank you vicky

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Vicky, We had sent directions and step by step methods to your personal e-mail. Let us know if there is anything else you would need.

  • Laura

    Never dyed before and I’m a bit nervous, so…I have 2 king-size white cotton bed sheets that I want to dye with a mix of Kentucky Sky and Sapphire Blue Rit Dye More. Should I do this in my top-loading washer or in a plastic tub? Do I need to add either vinegar or salt? What about Rit Dye Fixative? Any other tips would be welcome. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Laura, thank you for reaching out. When using DyeMore we recommend using the stove top method. Keep in mind our dyes will dye plastic if you decide to go with the tub method. Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative is intended for use prior to rinsing the excess dye from the fabric to help reduce bleeding. Salt is an option to add to make the colors more vibrant. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Elizabeth

    I have two bedspreads that were very pale off white colors and got stained (slight yellowing in some spots) I want to dye one of them approximately “Scuba Blue” and the other one somewhere between ” Treetop” and “Peapod”. Am I missing the spot where you tell me how to convert the “recipes” to extra large washing machine load size?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for reaching out. Here is the conversion chart: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/ For a large load, you would want to double the washing machine amount listed in the chart. Please keep in mind if the yellowing is caused by bleach it may not take in those areas and since there are still some spots those areas could take the dye differently. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Niomia, Here are some tips on achieving the blackest black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ When dyeing black over blue it is also important to add in 1/2 package of 1/4 cup of liquid Dark Brown. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Mass

    I want to dye my outdoor couch cushion covers due to them being faded. some of the covers are half faded, half normal color due to certain parts not getting sun. they are orange and i am dying them back orange, do i need to use the color remover first before dying them back orange? Or can i just dye them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It would depend on the fabric, if they are natural or cotton cushions we recommend using Rit Color Remover first then dye. This will help make the orange an even color. If they are synthetic or polyester blend you would need to use DyeMore. Hope this helps.

  • Emily

    Hi! My name is Emily. I’m trying to help my step daughter with a project for an anime convention coming up. She needs a light blue pleated skirt. We found a light grey one and I’d like to dye it. But I’ve never done this before! I don’t want to mess it up. It’s 63% polyester, 33% rayon and 4% spandex. Is this going to hinder my ability to dye it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, Thank you for reaching out. Since the skirt has a large portion of polyester, the Rit Dye More for synthetics should be used. It comes in a colored called Sapphire Blue that you can try lightening by adding more water to produce a lighter blue shade. It is hard to say how it would interact when dyeing over the light grey since the material is polyester, the color could not be removed. Hope this helps! http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Anell

    My washing machine has an automatic water level detection system. How do I make it fill up to dye curtians? Also, If I am wanting to dye 6 curtians, do I have to redo the dye bath each time? My washer can’t hold all 6 at once but I want to make sure they are the same color! Help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anell, We do not recommend dyeing more than 8 or so pounds in a washing machine. The color could come out uneven. If you would like to dye them all together we would suggest trying to find a large bucket or container of some kind that would allow all of the curtians to freely move around. Hope this helps!

      • Liz

        My questions is the same about automatic water level detection system. How can I do this in my machine? Thanks.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Liz, Since you have an HE machine, does your machine allow you to add additional water through the detergent dispenser, or, does it lock once filled with only the detergent? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

          • Nancy Schalo

            I have the same issue. My machine also had an automatic water detection and locks once it starts as well.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Nancy, If it allows you to pause the machine, you can pause and continue to add the remainder of the dye through the detergent dispenser. Hope this helps!

  • Emily

    I am needing to dye 10 white twin sheets red for a project. How many 8oz bottles of cherry red dye would I need? I need it to be a bright red.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, What is the fabric content of the white sheets? Have they ever been bleached? Once we have this additional information we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

      • Emily

        Its a 200 thread count 60/40 cotton poly blend

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Emily, 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. Because the sheets have a high percentage of polyester, Rit DyeMore is recommended. This new dye line offers a Racing Red, which can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries DyeMore, or, it can be ordered at our website. Hope this information is helpful.

          • Emily

            Would the instructions for dyeing in the washing machine still be the same for the DyeMore?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Emily, The stove top method is recommended when suing DyeMore this will ensure a high and steady temperature. Here are the directions for using DyeMore https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • Valerie

    How big of a bucket would I need to dye a king size bedspread and two king shams? How much dye? Directions? Thanks, Valerie

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Valerie, Thank you for reaching out. You would need a bucket big enough for the items to move around freely in the dye bath. As for the dye it would depend on the weight of the fabric. If using powder dye 1 box will dye 1 pound of dry weight as 1 bottle of liquid will dye 2 pounds of dry weight. For darker colors we recommend double the amount of dye. Here are the directiosn for the bucket method https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://twitter.com/devans00 devans00

    So grateful this page exists. I accidentally nuked the instructions partway through the dying process. Oops.

  • http://twitter.com/devans00 devans00

    Oh, well. Skipped this step. I’ll try to remember for next time.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Nancy Bagley

    Good Morning, I want to dye about 500 pieces of micro-fiber cloths that are 16″ x 16″ in a new he top load washer. How many bottles of dye are needed and will it dye evenly with the amount of water? Also directions call for either salt or vinegar to be added. Is this necessary and which one would I use for micro-fiber.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nancy, Thank you for reaching out. Since the material is synthetic Rit DyeMore would be required. The stove top is highly recommend as DyeMore works best in the hottest water possible (180-212 degrees). For full instructions for DyeMore go here https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ There would need to be enough room for the cloths to move around freely or the color could come out uneven or splotchy. As for the amount of dye it would depend on the weight of the fabric. One bottle will dye two pounds of dry weight and for darker colors we would recommend doubling the amount. Hope this information was helpful, let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since you are dyeing smaller items, the machine should allow for enough room for the fabric to freely move around unless you are dyeing large amounts at one time. Hope this helps!

  • lelia

    I’m wanting to dye a size 7 girls white dress to Aquamarine blue.
    The dress is 100% polyester.
    Is the directions the same?

  • 2Balinese

    I’m thinking of using the bucket method to dye a single shirt. Where would I dispose the dye? I have a white plastic utility sink. Will the dye stain my sink? Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The dye can strain the white plastic utility sink. The best place for disposal would be down a stainless steel sink or outside in the yard away from cement.

  • jesika

    Hello im trying to dye my micro fiber couch snd cusion covers from a off white or very light beige to a dark grey ir charcoal grey. For the cusion covers i was planning on using my top loading washing machine but should i use the pearl grey or bkack and since theres so much water the black will pretty much get diluted to a dark grey. Im not sure of the exact weight but its two extra large bottom cusions that you sit on then 3 med-large back cusion covers. Also can i put the dye in a spray bottle to soray the actual arms and back of the couch or how woukd you reccomend i do the couch also lastly how can i be sure to get the exact same color with the covers and the actual couch its self. Thanks so much for any helpful tips and advice!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jesika,
      We have two different dye lines. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, nylon, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. This recipe is formulated using the all-purpose dye. Microfiber is usually polyester. Here are directions for Dye More: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ It is recommended to use it on the stove top as it can stain the plastic in a washing machine. Dye More works best in the hottest water possible (180-212 degrees). Polyester requires the high water temperature to allow the fibers of the fabric to open up for maximum dye absorption. If you want to give the bucket method a try, make sure to use boiling water so you are starting out with the hottest water possible. Please keep in mind that if the material is 100% polyester it may not dye as dark or bright as if the stovetop method is used. Unfortunately, the parts that cannot be submerged into the dye could not be dyed as spraying the dye on would not be effective and it would continue to run. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • P

    Is it safely possible to add a bit of black RiT dye to regular laundry detergent for use as a refresher for dark clothing? Sort of like a DIY “Woolite Darks Liquid Laundry Detergent”?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi P, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, that application would now be able to refresh clothing as it does require 1 bottle of dye per every 2 pounds of fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Terry

    Just dye white pants to black and they came out brown

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • sally tillotson

    Hello – I’d like to dye 2 pair of peach colored jeans black. Do I need to remove the color prior to dying black? Also, I see that someone posted adding some liquid detergent to the dye bath. Is this necessary? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sally, Thank you for reaching out. Being that the jeans are a peach color and you want to dye darker such as Black then no, you would not need to take the color out or down before dyeing. On our powder dye we do suggest using a tablespoon of detergent to the dye bath, with liquid this is not needed. Hope this helps.

      • sally tillotson

        wow thanks for the quick reply! i will let you know how it turns out 🙂 The peach jeans were on sale and the black jeans were not !!

      • sally tillotson

        Hello! My peach jeans didn’t turn black – – there is spandex in them and have been reading that the spandex may not accept the dye. Any suggestions for this?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sally, Thank you for reaching out. Is the rest of the fabric cotton? That is correct, spandex does not take the dye. Did they change color at all?

          • sally tillotson

            They turned a brown color – – i put them through the process twice. Would it help to do another dye bath with synthetic fabric dye? Or add another color to cover the brown?

          • sally tillotson

            yes, cotton/spandex

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Sally, Please send us an e-mail at help@theritstudio.com as we have a few additional questions to ask to further assist you with your project.

      • sally tillotson

        Also, the stitching turned a copper color vs black. Please advise. Thanks!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sally, It sounds like the stitching might be polyester. What color did the rest of the fabric turn?

          • sally tillotson

            they turned a brown color. any tips to turn black?

  • Jessica

    I would like to dye an off-white slipcover charcoal gray. I found the rit recipe online using equal parts black and royal blue dye. When I tested it on a rag, the color was purplish. Is there anything I can do to avoid the purple tone?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, Try increasing the water temperature of the dye bath to around 180 degrees for best results.

  • D. LIddle

    Hi,
    Want to dye a linen blouse. Was very expensive and has a spot on it. I have done this before in my top loader washing machine and it turned out great but that was before I got a new washing machine. It is a top loader HE. I don’t think it will do anything with the top open. I think it automatically locks. Don’t want to ruin this blouse! Not sure what to do.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello D,
      Thank you for reaching out. You can find top loader directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-top-loader/ . After adding in the dye and fabric, we would recommend dissolving 1 cup of dye into 4 cups of hot water and adding into the machine in step 7 of the top loader washing machine directions. This should allow the machine to fill so much so you can add everything in the water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Skylar, Detergent is only needed if you are using the powder dye. Hope this helps!

  • Margaret

    Hi, I tried to dye a white curtain panel “Grayed Jade,” one of the seasonal Pantone colors. I had about 4 lbs of fabric, and dyed it in my washing machine. I used the same ratio of 1/2 tsp Kelly Green to 1/8 tsp Teal and increased the amount, considering the washing machine and amount of fabric. I used 2 bottles of liquid Kelly Green and 1/2 bottle of liquid Teal, and the curtain came out looking solid green (looks like Kelly Green, not “Grayed Jade”). Any ideas for how to correct the ratio?

  • Margaret

    Hi, I tried to dye a white curtain panel to “Grayed Jade,” *(14-6011) one of the Pantone Spring 2013 colors. I had about 4 lbs of fabric, and dyed it in my washing machine. I used the same ratio of 1/2 tsp Kelly Green to 1/8 tsp Teal and increased the amount, considering the washing machine and amount of fabric. I used 2 bottles of liquid Kelly Green and 1/2 bottle of liquid Teal, and the curtain came out looking solid green (looks like bright grass green, not “Grayed Jade”). Any ideas for how to correct the ratio? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e7547618de235bbb0a014062592e04156b277983992dd191187e2d1c0b572d8.png

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Margaret, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then redye. The amount in a washing machine would be 2 tablespoons of Kelly Green and 1 1/2 teaspoons of Teal for a small load. For a large load you would double and use 4 tablespoons of Kelly Green and 3 teaspoons of Teal. Hope this helps!

      • Margaret

        Thanks! I am dyeing a 100% cotton curtain panel that is 55″ x 118″. Is that considered a large load?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Margaret, Yes that would be considered a large load, that way the material can move freely and not be bunched up. For a large load you would double and use 4 tablespoons of Kelly Green and 3 teaspoons of Teal. Hope this helps!

  • jodwyer

    Hi I want to over dye some light gold curtains to get a taupe or mushroom colour any ideas what dye colour I should use

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. 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. You can also e-mail (colorformula@theritstudio.com) us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve and we can try and create that color recipe using our dyes. Hope this helps

  • Michele

    How do I handle the dying process since I have a washer that automatically locks before the washer starts to fill with water.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michele, To use your washer for dyeing, you would need to be able to mix the powder or liquid dye with 2 to 4 cups of very hot water, stir well and pour the dye solution into the detergent dispenser when you would normally add detergent. Flush the dispenser with another 4 cups of hot tap water after the dye has been added. If the dispenser does not allow for the additional water to be added, we would recommend using an alternate method for dyeing.

  • Bee Wright

    My new HE top loading washer days no to dye in it. It’s the kind that varies the water level to the amount of clothes. Why can’t I dye in it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bee, Thank you for reaching out. You can dye smaller items in a HE machine as long as the machine has a detergent dispenser as you would need to be able to fill the machine and then add the dye in through the dispenser for even dye results.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Katie, Yes, you can follow the basic directions to refresh black clothing. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Kimberly

    Hello, I’d like to dye my brushed canvas slipcover, The current color is a pewter (actually army green) and I’d like to dye the slipcover a charcoal grey. What would you recommend to achieve a deep charcoal grey color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kimberly, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest to first use Rit Color Remover to take down the original army green before dyeing a dark gray, this will help with the overall color and to make sure the green does not show through. We do have a recipe for Charcoal Grey using All Purpose dye, this is formulated for natural fibers at least 1lb of dry weight fabric and 3 gallons of very hot water or low setting on wash machine on the hottest water setting:
      Liquid- 2 tbsp Royal Blue, 2 tbsp Black. You can find this color on our website here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf . If you have any other questions please let us know.

  • DKC

    Hi. I am redoing my bathroom. I used Rit to dye a variety of older (2 yr) towels, hand towels and wash cloths a dark brown. I followed the instructions on this page exactly. They turned out beautiful. I don’t like new towels because it takes the lint over a year to complete get out of the towels. My question is: Can I use the new Rit for polyester to dye bathroom rugs with a rubber backing? Or could I just put some in a spray bottle and mist and mix with a brush? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. So glad to hear you had good results. Unfortunately, we would not recommend dyeing items with a rubber backing as the dye can get into the rubber and leach out onto the floor.

      • DKC

        Okay. Thank you.

  • Sandy

    Your instructions for cleaning the washer after dyeing say: “To clean the washing machine: Using hot water and the “high” level
    setting, clean the washer with 1-2 cups of liquid bleach. Make sure to
    wipe around the inside of the lid and pour a little bleach through the
    internal dispenser as dyes can get into these areas. Fill washer to
    highest water level with the hottest water temperature setting. Add
    detergent and 2 cups chlorine bleach and run a full wash cycle with 3 to
    4 old towels.” So my question is, are you using bleach twice? How can you first clean the washer if it is full of hot water using two cups and then later run the washer again with detergent and 2 more cups? This is confusing.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sandy, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. You would just add in the bleach once running it through one cycle.

    • MaryJo

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who found those directions confusing!

  • Ian

    I’m trying to dye a 12’x12′ 8oz piece of canvas, what would be the best way to do that?Ian

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Ian, Thank you for reaching out. Cotton canvas may be successfully dyed with Rit All Purpose dye. Some canvas can contain a water repellent finish, such as canvas for a tent or sail, if there is a repellent it will reject the dye. You can find our canvas projects and directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/?s=canvas , or you can follow the bucket method here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ . Please let us know if we can help you further.

  • Jackie

    I need to dye around 8 shirts, for camp what would be the best way to do that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jackie,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using the stove top method to guarantee that the correct heat is used in the dye bath. For optimal results, the water should be at least 140-160F for Rit All-Purpose Dye and 180-220F for Rit DyeMore. Should you prefer to use another method then you can find the step by step instructions for different techniques at the link below.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques
      Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Randi,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are heat activated. For optimal results, the water should be at least 140-160F for Rit All-Purpose Dye and 180-220F for Rit DyeMore. We would recommend checking your fabric care label on the dress for details on if it is okay to use hot water or not. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Teresa

    Hello, I’m wanting to repair my work pants that accidently got bleach spots on them. I want to dye the spots back to black. How can I do just one one garment? I’m not sure how much dye to use, thank u for your help ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Teresa,
      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 additional questions.

  • Ivette Romero

    I want to dye 3 euro pillow covers. How much dye do I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ivette, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using 1/4 bottle of dye for about 1/2 pound of fabric. If you feel the pillow covers weigh more, we would suggest using more dye to obtain the color you are looking to achieve. It might be a good idea to step on the scale with the fabric and weigh yourself without the fabric to determine if they weigh under or over one pound. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Cynthia

    I have a top loader without an agitator and want to dye some jeans. Would you suggest doing so in machine or other. How much liquid dye for 2 to 3 pairs at onetime.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cynthia, Customarily, washing machines that do not have an agitator, still move the fabric around while is it being washed. If you are dyeing a dark color, such as denim or navy blue, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. You would want to use 2 packages of powder or 1 bottle of liquid dye for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using the low setting on the washing machine. The fabric needs to be able to move freely in the dyebath or the color result will be blotchy. If you need to increase the size of the load, we would recommend adding more dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Meredith Elmore

    I have a top loading machine that locks before it fills with water, therefore I cannot add the dye to the water. Is there a way to use the machine even with this feature?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Meredith, Thank you for reaching out. Does it have a detergent dispenser?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Alexandria Porter

    Hello! I am dying bridesmaid dresses. There are infinity wrap dress which means there is quite a bit of fabric. I have included photos of the dress(1&2) as well as the current lighter purple (2) and the desired dark Royal purple(3&4). The dresses did not come with a full fabric description but are extremely hard to saturate with water so it is believed they are 100% polyester or fiber mix of nylon and polyester. I was told I should use iPoly for this material. Can these dresses be dyed in a washing machine since it has been incredibly hard to try and get all of the fabric of 1 into a large pot on the stove?

    Thank you in advance !

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alexandria, Thank you for reaching out. You would be able to dye the dress with our synthetic dye DyeMore and we do have a Royal Purple in this dye line. DyeMore works the same as All Purpose just needing hotter water of 180-212 degrees. We don’t recommend using in wash machine since the DyeMore can stain the plastic and rubber peices inside the machine. You can however get a rubber maid tote or laundry tub to do the dyeing in so the dress has room to free flow and not be bunched in the water. You then would boil the water on the stove and pour into the large enough bucket, add the dye, and then the dress wet (not dry). Once dress is in the dye bath you will want to continuously stir or move around for minimum of 30 minutes, after 30 minutes you can rinse until water runs clear and hang dry. Let us know if you have any other questions.

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      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello Alexandria, 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 it appears you are working with polyester, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. Unfortunately, it is not recommended for use in the washing machine because it will dye plastic parts. It is recommended for use on the stove top because very hot water, 180 to 212 degrees, is required to activate the dye and needs to be maintained in order to successfully dye polyester. When working with bulky fabric, it is difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed and the color result is often blotchy. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Linda M

    We had nothing to lose but the time invested in attempting this project since the extra cover was included in the cost of the $50 we spent on the sofa, so we moved ahead with it. We were attempting to dye a canvas sofa cover (Ikea brand that someone at your company did successfully). Our machine is an HE top loading and it impossible to get the water level high enough to allow enough space and water for the cover to move around successfully. We planned on doing the cover separately from the cushion covers, so we don’t feel there was too much fabric. It turned out very mottled and even though I stood by the machine and adjusted the cover so that the dye was evenly distriubted (or so I thought), this was not successful. I could not find anything on your site indicating that HE machines should not be used. Can you offer any suggestions? Also, now that it is dyed, is it possible we could remove the color and start again?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Linda,
      Thank you for reaching out. HE machines will work with our dyes just fine as long as they allow the fabric to be completely submerged and agitated in the hot dye solution for 30-60 minutes. Rit Color Remover will should be able to lighten/reduce as much of the color as possible to allow you to re-dye the fabric. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Fran,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit All-Purpose dyes may tint the fabric of synthetics but will usually wash out they are rinse since they require a much higher heat then the All-Natural fabrics. Hope this helps.

  • Vanessa Hernandez

    I am wanting to dye about 700 pcs of lingerie. Each piece weighs .20 lbs. How many pieces do you recommend I put into a load for dying if my machine is about a 5cbft washer?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Vanessa, 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. Please provide the fabric content listed on the fabric care tag. Once we know the material you are working with we will be better able to assist you.

  • Bethann Keck

    Hi, I am little curious ask a question, Can a bottle rit dye liquid put into the wash machine with the two curtains????? I need to know.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

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

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Colette,
    Thank you for reaching out. Please e-mail your request for a recipe to the following e-mail:
    colorformula@theritstudio.com
    Hope this helps.

  • KLW53

    If I am using 2 bottles of liquid dye, do I use two cups of salt or just one?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Salt or vinegar is added to a dyebath to help make a color more vibrant. One cup of salt is added to a dyebath regardless of the amount of dye or water being used. Hope this helps!

      • KLW53

        Thank you for the quick reply!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Cindy, DyeMore is not recommended for use in a washing machine because it will dye plastic parts. DyeMore works best in the hottest water possible (180-212 degrees). Polyester requires the high water temperature to allow the fibers of the fabric to open up for maximum dye absorption. We realize you are not able to dye a comforter in a pot using the stove top method. If you want to give the bucket method a try, make sure to use boiling water so you are starting out with the hottest water possible. When using this method to dye polyester, the color result may not be as dark or bright as if the stove top method is used. Keep in mind the fabric would not to be stirred constantly, up & down and around, for the dyebath to be evenly distributed. Even with the constant agitation, it may be difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed throughout the fabric and this can result in an uneven color. As an added note, sand stone would mix with the silvery blue color and create a different hue. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

    • Brittiany

      I was wondering if you can dye a north face jacket it’s made out of polyester silken fabric? It’s white and I was wanting to dye it purple.

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hello Brittiany,
        Thank you for reaching out. Since you are dyeing synthetic fabric, you would need to use our DyeMore line. We have 12 colors available for the DyeMore line at this point in time.
        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.

  • Beverly Green

    Hi! I would like to dye some throw rugs that I left in the sun it’s already burgundy, want to dye it the same color, the sun faded it

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Beverly, 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. The damaged fibers may not dye. If you would like to try dyeing the rugs burgundy, Rit offers a color recipe for burgundy using Rit all-purpose dye at https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf 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. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Meg

    Hi, I am dying a Pottery Barn sofa and loveseat slipcovers and cushion covers. They are denim and I am using navy dye to make them darker. How many loads and how much dye will I need? Thank you,

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Meg, Thank you for reaching out. What are the fabrics listed on the care tag of the covers? How much do the sofa and loveseat covers weigh? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Annie Sosnov

    Hi there- I used the recipe for the Lush Meadow (Pantone 18-5845) according to the instructions and I’m seeing a really blue color, not the rich green that the photo shows, or that endless photos of the Pantone color indicate. So, that’s a bummer. However, beyond that, if it does in fact turn out that my curtains are more blue than desired, is there a way to remedy them so I don’t have to go purchase all new curtain panels? And what would the “new recipe” be, since this one didn’t pan out so great (at least from the looks of it)?

    Thank you!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Annie, 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.

  • Alice Bonvicini

    I want to dye a sleepcover that is 80% cotton 20% polyester. Do I chose the regular dye or do I need to get the Rit Dyemore?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Alice,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since you are working with a small amount of polyester, the All Purpose dyes will dye the fabric successfully. If you are dyeing the fabric a darker color, we recommend doubling the amount of dye needed. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Julia,

    Dyeing in a washing machine is the most convenient method for dyeing large items and will not damage the machine if done correctly. However, the dyes may stain the machine around the plastic parts so it’s important to clean up immediately after dyeing. Here are some tips that will help you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Alexandra Matthews

    Hi, I’m trying to dye a jacket with the DyeMore Synthetic Fiber Dye. Because it says that the stovetop method is the recommended method for dying, but my jacket is way too large to fit in any of my pots, I was wondering: will the dye ruin my washer or can I still use the washer method (with the cleanup method for the washer afterwards)?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Sharon,

    We have sent an email to the email provided here. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Sandra,

    We would advice to do it in the Stove Top instead. This can prevent streaks and blotchy spots. Here are some tips to use the Stove Top Method: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/. Have a great weekend!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Colleen

    Hello,
    I have some smaller draperies from a camper that I would like to dye. They are currently a burnt orange (70s) color. Would like to dye them Navy Blue. What would be the best method? I have washed them in a medium load, tried to bleach them white but they are still orange LOL Please advise so they come out the Navy Blue w/ the Rit Dye 🙂 Thanks!

  • Lee Anne

    I tried to dye my white towels with the Rit Liquid Dye using the washing machine method. The first 4 towels I dyed with two bottles of Royal Blue. They came out a nice shade of blue. The second batch of 4 towels didn’t come out the same. They came out lavender. I thought maybe I didn’t leave it in long enough so tried again with two more bottles. They came out a deeper lavender color. What did I do wrong?
    What can I do to make them blue? I am not happy with lavender towels.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi lisa a great recipe to try would be 6 bottles of lemon yellow and 1 1/2 bottle of aqua on a small load setting. Using very hot water.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Emily, you would need to use table salt.

  • DonaGPtryingToGetBetterNatural

    I have a pair of shoes that I want to dye black. They have two elastic bands across them and one leather. Will the leather dye ok? it is currently in the wash now soaking in the dye. Thanks!

 

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