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The Rit Studio: Stovetop Technique

Tips for Successful Dyeing

Whether you are looking to refresh the colors of your wardrobe, ombre-dye curtains for your bedroom, or create Halloween costumes for your children, Rit Dye can help you get there. Our tips for success help you pick the right fabric for your project, attain the color you are looking for, and learn the easiest way to clean up and care for your items.

Prep, dye and clean up time: 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Item(s) to dye
  • Rit Dye, liquid or powder
  • Test swatch, optional
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large metal spoon
  • Cook pot, 3-gallon container, or washing machine
  • Kitchen scale, optional
  • Paper towels or sponges
  • Plastic table cover
  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic table cover or newspaper

Step by Step

  1. CHOOSING FABRICS. Rit works best on many natural, washable fabrics and materials, such as:

    a. 100% cotton, linen, silk, wool, ramie
    b. Synthetics such as rayon and nylon
    c. Fiber blends with at least 60% cotton or other dyeable fiber (blends will tint evenly but will not achieve full color)
    d. Nylon-based plastic such as those found in buttons, fasteners and lacrosse sticks
    e. Natural materials such as wood, wicker, paper, feathers and cork

    But there are fabrics and materials that will not accept dye, such as:

    a. 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, fiberglass, spandex and metallic fibers
    b. Fabrics with rubber backing (bath mats or throw rugs)
    c. Fabrics with special finishes such as water repellents
    d. Fabrics with bleach damage or extensive staining
    e. Fabrics washable only in cold water or labeled “dry clean only”
    f. Polyethylene plastics such as golf discs
    g. Polycarbonate plastics such as eyeglass frames

  2. Fiber content and weight also effect how color appears making fabrics like cotton, wool and silk absorb dye differently, slightly changing the hue and brightness of the chosen color. If you are in doubt as to whether your fabric will accept dye or achieve the color you want, we recommend testing a swatch.

  3. DYE PREP. Cover work area with a plastic table cover or newspaper and have paper towels or sponges handy to protect against any possible spills.

  4. Wear rubber gloves to protect hands from getting stained and to insulate them when working with hot water.

  5. Use plastic buckets or stainless steel pots for the dye bath. You can also dye in a stainless steel sink. Don’t dye or rinse items in a porcelain or fiberglass sink or tub as they are likely to get stained./p>

  6. ACHIEVING TRUE COLOR. Always follow manufacturer’s care instructions for your fabric as well as Rit Dye package or bottle instructions.

  7. Remove stains on fabric or use Rit Color Remover before dyeing to get fabric to an off-white or cream color. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing.

  8. Dissolve powder dye thoroughly in 2 cups of very hot water first to avoid dye spotting. Stir dissolved powder dye or well-shaken liquid dye into dye bath until evenly dispersed. Never pour liquid or powder dye directly on fabric unless looking to achieve a specific creative effect.

  9. Be sure to use enough dye for the weight or size of the project. For example, for a pound of dry fabric (about 3 yards), use one package of Rit powder or 1/2 bottle of Rit liquid in 3 gallons of water. You want enough water for the fabric to move freely in the dye bath so that it can absorb the dye evenly across the garment.

  10. When dyeing 1 pound of dry fabric in dark or bright colors such as Black, Dark Brown, Cocoa Brown, Navy, Purple, Wine, and Dark Green, use double the amount of dye (2 packages of Rit powder or 1 bottle of Rit liquid) in 3 gallons of water.

  11. For the deepest color, use a water temperature of 140ºF/60ºC and keep heat constant while dyeing (the stove top method or a washing machine work best). Note: If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove, in a teakettle or in the microwave.

  12. If dyeing a garment more than one color, it’s usually best to start with the lightest color and move to the darkest.

  13. For more intense color when dyeing fabrics containing cotton, rayon, ramie, or linen, add 1 cup salt to the dye bath. When dyeing nylon, silk and wool, add 1 cup white vinegar to the dye bath. If possible delay adding the salt or vinegar until 5 minutes after the fabric has been in the dye bath. The delay will help to promote level dyeing.

  14. Add 1 tablespoon laundry detergent to all dye baths to help promote level dyeing.

  15. The longer the garment is immersed in the dye bath, the deeper the resulting color. Items can remain in the dye bath up to 1 hour as long as the water remains hot. You’ll also have to make sure the item receives constant agitation or stirring.

  16. Garments will also look darker when wet and prior to washing.

  17. When you remove clothes from dye bath, rinse in warm, then cool water until water runs clear. (Warm water helps to rinse off surface dye more effectively.)

  18. Wash your fabric/clothes in warm water with mild detergent and then rinse thoroughly in cool water. Machine dry or hang dry.

  19. CARING FOR DYED ITEMS. For the first two or three times, wash your dyed item by itself in cool water with a small amount of non-bleaching detergent. Always wash your dyed clothing with similar colors in cool water with mild detergent. Dry cleaning silks and special fabrics is recommended.

  20. CLEANUP. Clean containers and sinks immediately after dyeing by scrubbing with hot water and powdered cleanser or bleach.

  21. Clean washing machine using highest water level with hot water, detergent and 1 cup chlorine bleach using complete wash cycle. Clean lint traps. Plastic or rubber machine parts may be tinted but will not stain laundry.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • Eileen Greene

    I attempted to color very light gray cotton corduroy pants black.
    I used the a little more than the prescribed amount of dye plus a cup of salt
    in almost boiling temperature water in a pot on the stove top for almost an hour.
    While in the dye bath the pants did look deep black.
    After washing the excess of what looked like essentially purple dye out, however,
    it was already apparent while still wet, that the black was not as black as hoped for.
    After drying, it looked more like a very dark purple anthrazit. and when compared with
    the same brand and style corduroy pants in black from the store, it is
    very apparent that my try with Rit was an amateurish DIY experiment.

    So, not willing to give my little boy’s pants up, who would refuse to wear them
    besides his brothers beautiful deep black pair, I put them back into another
    bath with Rit (purple)”black” and added a little rest of navy blue, which I still had from a former try,
    (which in my eyes also came out too purplish..) and made the water boiling hot again,
    and left the pants in for another half hour. This time I did not wash out the excess color
    completely before drying, and the result looks a little bit more black
    (without a comparison one could say, “yes it’s black..”), however they still pale
    shamefully in comparison with the store bought black pair.

    Do you have any suggestions what I could do to approach that elusive professional black black
    a little closer? – Or is Rit (purplish)black just not build to create a jet black??

    Thank you very much for your input!!
    Kind regards,

    Eileen Greene.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eileen,
      We have emailed you with some questions to help assist you further. Thanks!

  • Goodwill Shopper

    I need to dye a chair cover. Since I purchased the chair with the cover at goodwill, I don’t know if a water repellent was applied to the fabric or not. How do I removed that finish?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Goodwill Shopper, Unfortunately, there is not a way to remove a water repellancy. Do you know what the fabric content of the chair cover is? Thanks!

  • Katie

    Hi Rit! I’m trying to dye a pair of pants that are a linen/cotton/lycra blend. I’m having trouble getting the pants to take color. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie,
      We are sorry to hear you are having an issue. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you. Thanks!

  • Ginger

    Hi Rit, I need to dye cotton twill pants dark brown. I can either purchase the pants in white or a shade of tan called praline. My question is which will give me the best results and take the dark brown better? The white or already light brown pants? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ginger,

      We would recommend getting the light tan pants. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Katherine

    Hi Rit, I have a salmon pink skirt that I want to be an orange red (for a costume). It’s 97% cotton and 3% spandex, would it work to dye it? There are rather large pockets I can cut and use as testing swatches. I’d prefer not to strip the color first, if possible, because I don’t really think I have time.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katherine, You can over dye it with the Scarlet and adding in some Tangerine. Dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color prior to adding in the sample pieces. If the dye does not adhere as expected, you can adjust the dye recipe or use the Rit Color Remover to get a more true color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Will

    How could I get bolder or more solid color when dying nylon. Right now I am using one powder packet for 2 cups water. Should I double the dose of dye, or add something to the mix, or something else? Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Will, The stove top is the best method to dye nylon using 3 gallons of water or enough water for the fabric to freely move around. Be sure to add in the 1 cup of vinegar and stir constantly for about 30 minutes or until the color is a little bit darker than what you want. The hot water and vinegar will give you the best color results. Hope this helps!

      • Will

        I am applying the dye by spray bottle, so what should I do then? Should I still add vinegar, how much? Should I add more dye? Thanks

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Will,
          If you are looking for a solid color, the spray bottle will not give you those results. If this is not what you are doing, to help get a more vibrant color, after spraying the material we suggest you microwave the material to heat set the dye in the material. You will want to wrap the material in plastic wrap and microwave for about 2 minutes. Here are our microwave directions for tips on how to get a good color. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/microwave/ We would recommend using Rit Dye Fixative to help reduce color bleeding giving you a brighter color as well. Hope this information is helpful.

          • Will

            Also, I have heard of doubling the amount of dye when using black, is that true?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Will,
            Yes you can double the amount of black dye to get the fabric darker. Let us know if you have any more questions.

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  • keri

    Hello! i have used Rit dye for the first time. I dyed my kids scout shirts from white to a corally or salmon color. I was told to get scarlet and orange and mix them 3 parts scarlet and 2 parts orange. that is probably where i messed up, the measurements. But they turned out bright red. I am including an image of what color the shirts are supposed to be. is there anything i can do to tone down the red to more of the salmon? What if i soaked the shirts in a little bleach?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Keri, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. Using bleach could potentially damage the fabric, and make it no longer dyeable if the bleach does not effectively remove the color. We would recommend dipping in a piece of paper towel prior to adding in the fabric and you can then adjust the recipe with more water for a light hue. You might try using 1 package of petal pink to 2 tsp of Tangerine in the powder with 3 gallons of hot water to achieve a coral hue. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • keri

        thank you!

      • keri

        Is there a specific color remover for red dye? The only one i saw did not remove the red.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Keri, There is not a specific product for red dye, just the Rit Color Remover. You might try using it again on the stove top making sure the water is very hot. The stove top method will remove the most color for you. Hope this helps!

    • https://thegothwriter.blogspot.com Layla Rose

      That looks corally/salmon to me? At least the pic does.

  • Judy

    I would like to dye a duvet cover that has pin-tucks. Will the dye concentrate in the folds?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Judy, when dyeing a duvet cover, it is usually in the washing machine and the item is immersed in the dye bath and constantly agitated so it should dye evenly. Can your cover be put into hot water (140 degrees)?
      Hope this information is helpful.

  • Marilyn

    A little over 2 weeks ago I was able to access a color chart on this site that provided mixing formulas to obtain the color needed. I used it for 100% cotton, slipcovers. The result was perfect & I now need the formula again, to match another piece. What happened to this the page on your site? I can no longer locate the color chart & formulas!!! Help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marilyn,
      Do you mean the ColoRit Color Formula Guide? It is still available and can be found under the Archived Colors under Color Library. Here is the link that will take you to the Color Formula Guide. https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • tarra

    Is Burlap dyeable? if so do I need to use the color remover prior?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tarra, Yes, burlap is dyeable with Rit. What shade is the burlap now and what color are you trying to achieve?

    • tarra

      it’s natural (a beige) and wanting to dye pieces in different colors ranging from light to dark colors

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Tarra, You can dye over it with Dark Green, Cocoa Brown, Wine, Dark Brown or Black. Any other color would require the Rit Color Remover to be used. It may or may not be able to remove the natural color of the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

        • tarra

          Great thank you

  • lalruatkima tlau

    i want to dye my 100% cotton into deep black colour,please tell me what do i need,the process and how can i get them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lalruakima,

      If using powder then pre-dissolve the dye into 2 cups of hot water.

      Add dye into 3 gallons of hot water (140-160 degrees) or enough water for the fabric to freely move around.

      Add 1 cup of salt for cotton, ramie, rayon, linen or blends.

      Add one tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent.

      Stir to mix together.

      Add wet, clean fabric to the dye bath and agitate or constantly stir for 30-60 minutes.
      *the longer you agitate, the darker the garment will become*
      It should never sit, soak or settle in the dye bath.

      Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.

      Wash in warm water with mild detergent.

      Dry as normal.

      *If using the washer method, clean the machine immediately after dyeing*
      Use 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 is helpful!

  • JamieLock

    What is the best way to dye a baseball? I need the dye (royal blue) to get into the seem holes but not change the red in the stitching too much.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jamie,
      Unfortunately, a baseball is not dyeable. Leather is not dyeable, and the threads on the baseball are made of polyester, also which is not dyeable. Sorry about that.

    • Thorn

      I’d use leather dye and a paint brush or painters sponge. Just test a small area first. Get a few spare balls to test different colors.

  • Jane

    I recently wore a new black cotton sweater over a white shirt. When I took it off the dye had come off on the shirt under the arm pits and down the sides even though I had not sweated to make it wet. Is there anything I can do to keep this from happening again? I had heard a vinegar rinse might set the dye. Thank you. Jane

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jane, We make a product called Dye Fixative that reduces color bleeding in fabrics. It comes in an 8 ounce bottle and you should be able to find it at Joann’s fabrics. Hope this information is helpful.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      To remove the black dye from the white shirt, you can also use our Rit Color Remover. It will try to return the shirt back to white for you. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi MRH,
    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. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. Hope that helps answer your question. I’m always dyeing to help, so please let me know if there’s any other way I can assist you.

  • Linda

    Is there a way to dye the white canvas top of open toe wedge shoes without also dying the cork soles?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, Below are some instructions for brushing the dye onto the shoe. Dark colors like Black, Dark Brown or Navy Blue will not dye properly using this method.

      1. Mix 1 package Rit powder dye OR mix 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) Rit liquid dye
      into 1 pint (2 cups) hot water (140 F). Stir to dissolve. Do not boil.

      2. Using clear warm water, slightly and evenly dampen the entire outside
      surface of the fabric shoes with brush or sponge.

      3. Wear rubber gloves and carefully apply hot Rit dye solution with a brush or
      sponge, using long, overlapping strokes to spread dye evenly and uniformly.
      Apply dye sparingly; do not permit the shoes to become soaked as
      this may cause them to lose shape.

      4. After applying dye, let shoes to air dry completely. After they are thoroughly
      dry, wipe with a clean cloth to help remove excess color.

      Hope this helps!

  • birdie

    Hi, I would like to dye an ivory silk dress (feels like chiffon) silver like David’s bridal chiffon silver bridesmaid dresses. What’s the best way to do this? The ivory dress also has some beading on the stomach area near rib cage. Thx

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Birdie,
      Here are dyeing instructions.

      RIT DYE DIRECTIONS

      If using powder then pre-dissolve the dye into 2 cups of hot water.

      Add dye into 3 gallons of hot water (140-160 degrees) or enough water for the fabric to freely move around.

      Add 1 cup of salt for cotton, ramie, rayon, linen or blends. Add 1 cup of vinegar for nylon, silk or wool.

      Add one tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent.

      Stir to mix together.

      Add wet, clean fabric to the dye bath and agitate or constantly stir for 30-60 minutes.
      *the longer you agitate, the darker the garment will become*
      It should never sit, soak or settle in the dye bath.

      Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.

      Wash in warm water with mild detergent.

      Dry as normal.

      *If using the washer method, clean the machine immediately after dyeing*
      Use 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.

  • UD

    Can RIT dye be used in washing machine?

  • Imweze

    The cushions on my outdoor wicker set have faded. They all have zippers so I can just dye the seat covers. Will Rit Dye work on fabric that has a pattern?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Imweze,
      What is the fabric content of the cushions? Do they contain a water repellent or any other special finish? We can better assist you if we know what material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Peggy

    My son accidentally spilled some bleach on a pair of my cotton capris. No anti- chlor has been applied to them yet. I’m considering bleaching them entirely but am wondering if the first areas bleached will only be further weakened in the process. Any ideas?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Peggy, Sorry to hear about the accident with bleach. Our dye cannot cover over bleach damage to fabric but sometimes color remover can stabilize the area, take out all color, give you a clean slate to dye the item the color you want it to be.If you bleach the whole item, it will not be dyeable with RIT dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Amanda

    Hi I want to dye a white cotton baby shirt I bought from the store. Do I have to wash it first before dying it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amanda,
      We do recommend washing the shirt first. Sometimes the fabric may have a finish on it to keep the clothes from wrinkling while in the store. Hope this is helpful.

  • Thorn

    I’m trying to dye military issue fatigues. I want the long lasting durability they have but I’m trying to just get a solid black in coloration. Is there anything special you would recommend other than the above instructions? Btw the first pair I dyed (following directions on dye bottle, except after an hour of stirring i left them to soak for 24 hours)didn’t come out black, but they did come out awesome dark grey/ dark blue night camo color.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kathy Penn

    I bought a dress which has an over layer of lace. It is a blend of 74% Cotton and 24% nylon. It says to dry clean. Do you think I will be able to dye it or will the lace shrivel up? I will not be dying the under part of the dress.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kathy, RIT is not recommended for items that carry a tag “Dry Clean Only”. Any item that you are going to dye should be prewashed and wet when you put it into a dye bath of 140 degrees HOT water. The fabric requires constant agitation, then rinsing, washing, rinsing and drying. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kira

    I recently bought a new duvet cover and the picture online looked grey but when I received it, it’s more of a tan/taupe color. I want it to be grey and it is 100% cotton. It is to only washed with cold water… I was thinking about dying it but not sure on how to go about it.

    Thanks
    Kira

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kira,
      We do not recommend dye items that are cold water wash since our dyes require hot (140-160 degrees) water. Cold water wash items can possibly be damaged in hot water. If you still would like to dye the duvet cover we would first recommend using Rit Color Remover bringing the material to it’s original state. You could then dye the cover with our Pearl Grey dye. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Daniel Dreisbach

        it would be helpful to actually put the temperature numbers “140-to 160 degrees” on the bottle instead of just “very hot” . “Very Hot” means many things to many different people.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Daniel, Thank you for reaching out. We appreciate your input and will forward your suggestion to the appropriate department for review.

          • Racheal Westlake

            Yes I agree. On my bottle it does not say hot or cold. Currently, I am in the middle of dying some cotton jeans and have placed them in somewhat cold water not knowing. I’m using the denim blue. Not quite sure what to do now. I don’t have another bottle of denim blue.

          • Pamela Diehl

            You folks must not read directions very well!! smh

          • Kris

            Reading the multitudes of forums and comment sections across the internet becomes appalling, even frightening, that such people exist – likely in the millions.
            They are allowed to drive, remodel homes, operate power equipment, even procreate.

            Far too many people would not exist if breathing was not an autonomic bodily function, they’d never figure it out.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Holden, The only difference between the liquid and the powder dyes is that we have predissolved it for you. Step one when using the powder is to predissolve the powder and make a liquid out of it then putting it into the dye bath. The plastic on RC cars is made of polyethylene plastic which is not dyeable with our retail line of dyes. To dye that plastic you would need to purchase the Professional Line of our dyes. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Ryne

    Hi. I have to dye a pair of jeans a very dark blue for work. I am planning on using your Denim Blue liquid dye. What is the best way to maintain a dark blue color on jeans once they are dyed? Thank you so much.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ryne, How should dyed items be cared for?
      It’s best to wash your dyed item by itself for the first few times after dyeing in cool water with a mild, non-bleaching detergent. Or, launder in the washing machine with same color items or an old towel with cool water and a mild detergent. Rinse and dry. Silk items and other delicate items can be dry cleaned or laundered.
      Also you might consider washing the jeans inside out in cool water, rinse then only dry in dryer about 10 minutes then turn right side out and hang inside to finish drying. This used to work well. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Stephanie.

    It is possible for me to dye a favorite summer hat made of ramie and sisal.It is a creamy color with a winter white satin band and rose trim.I think I ought to take off the trim,my colr choice is black.
    Thank you for any advice.
    Stephanie

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie,
      Ramie is a dyeable material. We have not experimented with dyeing sisal so you may need to do some testing. You will want to make sure the hat can be immersed in hot (140-160 degrees) water as our dyes work best in these temperatures. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kaylynne

    Hi, I need to dye 4 white shirts and some white muslin. Everything is 100% cotton except one shirt is 50-50 cotton-poly. I have to hope that shirt will work out okay. Anyway, my main question is….I need to achieve a yellow tan color for all. I bought the only colors of yellow and tan I could find=lemon yellow and tan. Could you give me a good reference for using two colors? I am thinking 1/2 bottle of yellow and 1/4 of the tan. I will be dying in my washing machine and have had great success with that method before. Any advice you can offer would be great. Thanks a bunch, Kaylynne

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaylynne, a basic recipe for mixing Lemon Yellow with Tan is Ivory (1 tsp Tan + 1 tsp Lemon Yellow dyes 1 pound dry weight fabric in 3 gallons of HOT water) Under the Color Library on the website there are very detailed directions for mixing colors. Also under Archive Colors there is over 500+ recipes for mixing colors. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kaylynne

    How do I mix colors? I am trying to achieve a yellowish-tan color. I could only find lemon yellow and tan liquid. I would say the ratio I want is 1/2 a bottle of yellow and 1/4 bottle of tan. I am dying 3 white cotton dress shirts, 3 yrds of white cotton muslin, 1 50-50 cotton poly white dress shirt (hoping that will take the dye okay). I will be dying in my washing machine. If anything shrinks, its probably okay but I am hoping for the best. It looks like I need to use 1 cup of salt as well? nThanks a bunch for your help and advice, Kaylynne

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tiffalah, We would recommend using our new ColorPerfect! It comes with a paint dabber that would allow you to easily apply some stripes. http://store.ritstudio.com/colorperfect/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Cynthia

    I purchased a wooden kitchen table set from a relative, the color of the chairs are beige, so when i tried to clean them, of course you could see spots where i had cleaned. I want to dye them dark brown and bought the Rit liquid, what would be the best suggestion for getting an even color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cynthia, When you visit our website, in the upper right hand corner there is a search engine, put in HOW TO PAINT WOOD..and you will find many examples of how to use RIT on wood.Hope this information is helpful.

  • Alex

    How much liquid dye would I use to dye one garment (100% cotton) weighing 3 oz.? And how much water would I use for the dye bath?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alex, We would recommend using 1/4 cup of liquid to just enough hot water for the fabric to freely move around. You can then dip in a piece of paper towel to test out the color and adjust the recipe with more water or dye.

  • Jim Mulanix

    I am a Bagpiper in a Scottish Band. I would like to die my washable wool hose from cream to kelly green, but am concerned the hot water will shrink them. Is my concern valid?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jim, The wool could shrink from the hot water. To reduce the risk of too much shrinkage, we would recommend following these steps:nn1. Measure the woolen garment or fabric to be dyed, or trace the garment on a piece of n paper, such as wrapping paper.nn2. Garment (fabric) should be clean and free n of stains. Wet article in warm water.nn3. Wearing rubber gloves, prepare dyebath: n a. Per pound dry weight material: n – For light shades: Use u00bc cup to u00bd cup n liquid Rit OR u00bd to 1 package powder n Rit for each pint (2 cups) hot water n (100 F). n – For dark shades: Use u00bd to 1 cup liquid n Rit OR 1 to 2 packages powder Rit for each pint (2 cups) hot n water (100 F). n b. Stir thoroughly to dissolve. nnn c. Fill glass or stainless steel container with enough water (100 F) to cover article n without crowding.n n d. Add dye solution to warm water. Use enough warm water to allow room for n garment to move freely. Mix well.nn4. Add (wet) article to dyebath. nn5. Place dyebath on stovetop and slowly increase water temperature to 140F.nn6. Continuously stir the article in dyebath until a shade darker than desired for 20 to 30 n minutes. Turn the article frequently to insure even penetration of dye and prevent n streaks or spots. (Color appears darker when wet.) Remove from dyebath.nn7. Rinse in warm water and slowly decrease temperature of water. Continue rinsingn until water runs clear.nn8. Gently squeeze out excess water. Blot with a towel. nn9. Lay article on a flat surface, gently patting and pulling into measurements or traced n outline. Allow it to dry slowly, away from sunlight, and turn occasionally.nnHope this helps!n

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ty, when you have a combination fabric, RIT can only work on the cotton part so you cannot achieve a dark color. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Susan

    Hi Need to know does this product work on fixing a small spot on a clothing item that accidently to get the color back on it from a little bit of bleach that splashed on it causing the color to turn cream from a wine color.

  • Susan

    Sorry I should have added one other comment about my item below with the small spot. So I don’t want whole dress dyed just the 2 spots. Will it work if I use Q-Tip to apply the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, 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 u2013 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. Since you are only wanting to touch up a small area, you could use a qtip and follow the directions for spot dyeing found here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this helps!

  • Smash

    Tried dying a pair of cotton grey shorts black, but unfortunately the color came out a weird brown purple. Should I redye the shorts with black again or is this the darkest the color will get?

  • Robin DeMaio

    I just watched the video-it looks easy enough. I was hoping to turn my grey to black-the video showed dying black clothing. Any adjustments to the process for greys?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Robin, No adjustments required. The black should easily cover the grey as long as it is a dyeable fabric. Are you going to be working with cotton material?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jessica, It is hard to achieve a black on dyeable wedding shoes because it requires a long agitation time. Are you brushing the dye on or submerging them into a dye bath?

    • Jessica

      I tried brushing on the dye and that didn’t work so I put them in a dye for over an hour. n

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Jessica,nWe do not recommend dyeing fabric shoes with darker colors as the material must be immersed in the dyebath to achieve true depth of color. We have emailed you instructions on dyeing shoes by immersing in a dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

        • Jessica

          Thank you!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Travis,nUnfortunately we do not recommend dying items that are cold water wash only as the hot water required for our dyes can possibly damage the fabric. Fabrics that contain a water resistant finish are not dyeable as our dyes are not able to absorb into the water resistant fabric. Sorry about that. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Mandy

    I have a skirt that is cotton, but it has a mesh underskirt that is nylon. Can I use the salt and vinegar together to bring out the best color in both of these layers?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mandy,nIf you can not dye the different layers separately, we would recommend treating the fabric as a blend. For blends we recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dybath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Elna

    I have a dress ..label: rayon, acetate , nylon ( nylon is lace). Also says dry clean only. It is white and I would like to wear for a wedding for my grandson. is there anyway at all I can put a color tint on this dress, even just to an off white? The acetate, dry clean only seem to eliminate Rit dye. Can you help me?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elna, RIT is not recommended for items that carry a tag “Dry Clean Only”.RIT works best on items that can be washed in HOT water. A dye bath requires that the temperature of the water be 140 degrees to acrtivate the dye. Also acetate is not a fabric that RIT can dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shannon,nIt will possibly tint the rubber but since the rubber is unable to absorb the dye, the dye will continue to rub off. We would recommend taping, or using petroleum jelly like many others have using when dyeing shoes. Here is an example of what someone else has used to cover the rubber part of the sole. https://www.ritdye.com/2014/04/10/radiant-orchid-ombre-sneakers/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jen

    Tied dyeing a white jean jacket black and came out dark purple. Is it possible to achieve the black color?n

  • chris

    I have a white chiffon shrug I would like to dye grey.. is it possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chris, if you shrug is washable in HOT water and does not have any polyester content, it should be dyeable with RIT. We do make a Peal Grey color that should be found at your local fabric/craft store. Hope this information is helpful.

      • chris

        Oh no .I just looked it’s a 100% polyester. . So it won’t work?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Chris, It will not work on the 100% polyester. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • Oscar

    Hi Rit:nI dyed a navy blue short trouser. But after seven rinses in warm and cold water, per instructions, the water still comes out blue. How do I stop it from bleeding? The garment says that it is 100 percent cotton.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Oscar, We recommend rinsing in cold water until the water runs clear. Then run it through a warm water wash. Continuing to wash or rinse in warm can cause more color loss. We strongly recommend using the Color Stay Dye Fixative to help reduce color bleeding and help to set the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • justonian

    I have a pair of medium blue pants that have a huge oil stain on them. Is it possible to dye the pants navy blue to cover the stain?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Justonian, We do not recommend dyeing over stains because the dye will likely not properly cover the area and the stains would still be noticeable. We would recommend trying the Rit Color Remover to see if you can lighten the staining and color of the pants prior to dyeing. Prior to using the color remover and dye we would recommend double checking the fabric care tag to see what the material is. You can find out what is and is not dyeable here: https://www.ritdye.com/faq Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Jennifer

        Put non bleach dish soap on an oil stain and wash as usual. I’ve got out old oil stains using this method.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amanda, Unfortunately, elastic will dye an off shade. You could try using less dye and more water to try to achieve a lighter color, but elastic does not dye very well. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Lynne

    I bleached a white top and it left yellow marks where i had used the bleach….Can I dye or should I use the Rit colour remover. It is not a stain from food etc but from the chemical reaction from bleach.nThanksnLynne

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynne, The yellowing which the garments exhibit is the result of irreversible chlorine damage to the fibers. We would suggest washing the garment in an oxidizing non-chlorinated bleach to see if that will lighten the yellowing. Hope this helps!

      • Lynne

        Can I get an non-chlorinated bleach at the supermarket? After washing it in an oxidizing non-chlorinated bleach can I dye this garment if the yellow has not been removed.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lynne, Yes you should be able to find the oxidizing non-chlorinated bleach at your local store. If the yellow has stained the fabric, RIT cannot cover over stains. Hope this information is helpful.

          • Lynne

            What are some of the brand names as I could not find anything….or if you cannot give out brands what are the active ingredients.nnnThe yellow stains can only be seen in the sunlight, so they are very light. Will it still show after dyeing?nThanksnL.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Lynne, You would just want to look for a color safe bleach. We would suggest searching the internet for more information on brands that may be of assistance to you. It is possible the stains could still show through after dyeing as bleach damages the fibers and any bleached areas the dye may be unable to adhere to.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Hannah, Here is the link to find the basic directions for tie dyeing, https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ Also under Arts & Crafts you will see many example of tie dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anjelica, if your morph suit has any polyester, acrylic or acetate in its fabric content, then it is not dyeable with RIT. RIT is a HOT water (140 degrees) dye and does not work in warm or cold water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Carleen

    How do I dye a bedspread in a front loading washer

  • http://www.ritdye.com Colleen Levesque

    Help, I have dyed 80, 100% cotton dinner napkins Navy. I followed the directions on the package using on the stove in a super huge pot, using salt as the fixative in small batches. Rinsed and washed in machine several times still having blue come off. So I redid on the stove with 9 cups of salt no dye, and rinsed and dried again. Put one into a clear glass jar and within minutes the water was blue! My daughter tells me I can purchase a fixative, will this solve my problem?? Thank You!! Need these for a wedding reception!!! Trying not to panic!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Colleen,nSorry to hear you are having issues with color bleeding. We would recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative. This will greatly reduce color bleeding. Salt is not a fixative but used to help make the color more vibrant. Hope this information is helpful.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Colleen Levesque

        Thank you so much!!

  • kk123

    I want to dye a dress that is pink red it is lace on top and black polyester lining. I want it to be a darker red so i got the wine dye. My question is how do i do this with the lining being polyester? The lace can not come all the way off top just do that. Any suggestions? ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi kk123, The polyester will not accept any of the dye. If you dye the fabric entirely, it would not accept the black lining if it is 100% polyester. Hope this helps!

  • Daniel Bankhead

    I have a bottle of 8oz Black RIT dye and am using it for tie dying and was wondering what ratio of the liquid dye i should use in a 16 bottle? i understand that the bottle makes 6 gallons of dye for sink dying, but when tie dying, ive always been told that the colors are slightly more concentrated. Is there a different ratio for liquid dye:water for 16oz tie dye bottles?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Daniel,nWhen using the squirt bottle method, we recommend adding 1/2 cup of dye into 2 cup of very hot (140-160 degrees) water. Hope this information is helpful. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • L

    Hi. I have a beautiful black silk dress. There are a couple spots where the color was rubbed off I think. Can I dye it black to cover the spots?nThanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi L, You can most certainly give it a try. It depends on what the spots were caused by. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take out the color and then redye the entire item. If you choose to dye the fabric without the color remover, those spots may dye lighter. Hope this helps!

  • Richelsb

    I have a few bleach splashes – very small spots – on a bright orange linen shirt. Also the orange is a bit brighter than I would like (that’s why I was trying to bleach it…). If I put in red dye, is it likely to cover the spots and blend them in, or will the spots become a darker red than the rest of the shirt? Or should I use the Color Remover and start over? Thanks1

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Richelsb, 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 u2013 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. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jolene, They will dye well if they are cotton, but may not dye as expected if they are a polyester/acrylic blend. We would recommend using 1/4 cup of Cocoa Brown or Dark Brown into 1 gallon of water. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Dyeing them again should produce a darker color for you. We have e-mailed you some information on dyeing shoes. Hope this helps!

  • Ashtyn

    I have a part of 100% cotton white pants and I dyed it with royal blue and I was hoping for a rich royal blue but I got light blue. Should I have left it in dye for longer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashtyn,nSorry to hear you did not get the royal blue color you were looking for. We have emailed you some questions for us to further assist you. Thanks.

  • Linen Gal

    Hello, I recently removed most of the fushia color from a 100% linen garment, wanting to re-dye it a different color. The RIT color remover got the pink out but after 30 minutes in the remover the garment is pale yellow. Can I bleach to remove the rest of the color, once the garment is cleaned and dried?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linen Gal, RIT Color Remover will remove or reduce most colors. Possibly, the water temperature was not hot enough to allow the product to perform at its maximum capability. A second application and longer stripping time may be needed. It is also a possibility that a strong colorfast dye was used to dye the garment. These dye classes can be very difficult and sometimes impossible to remove. If you choose to use bleach, please be careful because bleach can damage the nap of the fabric and RIT needs that to hold onto. Hope this information is helpful. . n n nnnn n n n

  • Elizabeth

    Hi, I want to dye jeans that contain 55% cotton, 22% rayon, 22% polyester and 1% spandex. Will the Rit Liquid work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, Good news! Yes, Rit liquid dye will work for dyeing your jeans. Polyester and spandex are man made materials that do not absorb dye. However, cotton and rayon are dyeable and since the other materials are a lesser percentage, you should have great results. If you are dyeing the jeans a dark color, we recommend using double the normal amount of dye and adding 1-cup of salt to enhance color. Add the jeans wet to the dyebath and agitate for 60 minutes for the darkest shade. Hope this helps.

      • Elizabeth

        Great! Thanks so much for the prompt reply :))

  • Tabatha Heavner

    I found jeans I LOVE but they only come in dark blue. I want to get a pair for work but they have to be black. They are 81% cotton 17% polyester and 2% elastane. Will I be able to dye them? If so what is the best way to go about it? If it hadn’t been for the elastane I would have just attempted it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tabatha, Absolutely! The jeans should take on the color well. We would recommend adding in 1/2 package of Dark Brown with the Black dye to ensure there is no blue undertones from the original color of the fabric. We would also suggest looking at these tips for achieving the blackest black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ The stove top is the best to use when dyeing black. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Grace

    Hi,nI have some harnesses for backpacks that are made of Shaker Tape and are a light tan color. I want to dye them a dark red. Will your dye work for this? Will it not rub off on clothing or the backpack itself? Will it dye evenly?nThank you so much

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Grace, Thank you for your inquiry. What is the fabric content of the Shaker Tape harnesses? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • robbyn

    I have a white swim suit and I want to dye it crimson can u tell me what colors and how much of the colors I would need to achieve this color

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Robbyn, This information is in FAQs (frequently asked questions). Can I Dye A Bathing Suit?nRit can be used to dye swim suits made out of nylon. However, keep in mind that if your swim suit will be exposed to chlorine from a swimming pool, the chlorine could cause an immediate loss of color. In addition, exposure to strong sunlight will cause the color to fade. Have you checked out our Scarlet or Cherry Red colors? Also on this link, there are over 500+ recipes that have a lot of red formulas. nhttps://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf.nHope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Larry, This information was located in our FAQs Frequently Asked Questions / Can I Dye My Patio Umbrella?nNormally, market or patio umbrellas are finished to prevent water leakage. This finish will prevent you from creating any lasting color depth. You might be able to refresh the same color just for the season. However, you could not dye it a lighter color if the existing color is already a dark color. Dyeing is only possible when dyeing light to dark, not the reverse. Dyeing this type of material black will most likely simply darken the existing color.Hope this information is helpful.

  • Sandra Kortum

    I have been “volunteered” to help at a summer program for kids, and have been asked to help the kids (mixed ages) to tie-dye their shirts the first day.nWe have been supplied with rubber bands, 100% cotton shirts, squeeze bottles, and 4 colors of liquid RIT. I know that hot is best for color but we don’t have a heat source.nWhat kind of results can we expect if we mix 2 ounces of dye in a gallon of water, have the shirts wet when they tie them, and then squirt the dye on? Do I want to add detergent to the dye? Do I want to add salt? Can I use kosher salt or Epsom salt?nnI have happily dyed many things but this is a first for me.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sandra, Our products will not work well in cold water, you will have issues producing the colors you are looking for. It is recommended to mix 1/2 bottle of liquid dye into 2 cups of hot water in the squeeze bottle. No salt or detergent is required. We also strongly recommend applying the dye fixative afterwards to help set the dye and reduce color bleeding in the fabric. Do you have access to a microwave that could be used to heat up the squeeze bottles?

      • Sandra Kortum

        I can heat the bottles in a microwave. If I do that will I get more intense colors?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sandra,nOur dyes are activated in hot water. We recommend the water temperature be 140-160 degrees for best color results. You can mix the dye into the squirt bottles and re-heat in the bottles if needed. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Olivia, As long as it is a washable wool, it can be dyed. Please keep in mind that the hot water could cause shrinking to occur. The easiest color to achieve with the color it is now would be Black. To achieve grey, charcoal or dark navy we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take out the yellow-orange color prior to dyeing. Be sure to add 1 cup of vinegar to your dye bath. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Bob

    I’m dying a pair of pants that are a light brown color to dark brown using rit liquid. The fabric is 65% poly and 35% cotton. Anything I need to know to ensure it works

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bob, Unfortunately, you will be unable to achieve a Dark Brown on the pants because of the polyester content. The dye is only able to adhere to the 35% cotton which will result in a light/pale hue. You may be able to achieve a little bit darker of a brown, but not a dark brown. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Goldie,nNormally, market or patio umbrellas are finished with a water repellent to prevent water leakage. This finish will prevent you from creating any lasting color depth as the finish will repel the dye. You might be able to refresh the same color just for the season. You can try painting or spraying the dye on but can result in an uneven dye if painted or sprayed on unevenly. Unfortunately we do not have a recommended technique for dyeing these materials as they may resist the dye. Sorry about that. You may try searching the internet for a dye that will absorb into water repellent materials. Hope this information is helpful.

  • nubia

    I want to dye a pair of satin shoes that I have they are an off white color and I want to dye them black do you have any tips to help me

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nubia,nUnfortunately, we do not recommend dyeing satin shoes dark colors such as black because, the material must be immersed in the dyebath to achieve true depth of color. If you were to immerse the shoes into a dyebath, the higher water temperatures required for dark colors can ruin the construction of the shoe. Sorry about that. We would recommend searching the internet for shoe dyes or going to a bridal store where they specialize in dyeing satin shoes. Hope this information is helpful.

  • trufe

    I have some curtains I would like to dye. They are 100% cotton, but they also say machine wash cold. Do you think it will be okay to dye them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi, Our dyes require hot water (140-160 degrees) to activate. Unfortunately, if your curtains state they should be washed in cold water, Rit dye would not work because the required hot water could cause shrinkage. Sorry about that!

  • Jen

    I did an ombre dye on 100% cotton napkins. How do I keep the color from fading when I wash them

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, We would recommend using a product called Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative that doubles the amount of color retention for items that have been dyed. Here is where you can obtain information on this product: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative After spraying on the dye fixative, we recommend using the microwave to set the dye. Line bottom of the microwave with paper towels. Place wrapped item in microwave and set on high for 2 minutes. Wearing rubber gloves, remove the item from the microwave, rinse in cool water until the water runs clear and then wash with warm water with a mild detergent. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Lyn

    Hi I have a pair of black tights that are 60%cotton 35% polyester & 5% spandex. I accidentally got bleach in them but washed it right away so it’s barely showing orange where the bleach landed. Could I use your black dye to dye the spots?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lyn, RIT can dye Fiber blends: fabrics with at least 60% cotton or other dyeable fiber (note: blends will tint evenly but will not achieve full color) Hopefully, the bleach did not damage the nap of the fabric. If you follow the basic dyeing directions, HOT water, constant agitation, rinse until the rinse water runs clear, you have a good chance of fixing your tights. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lynde Schlegel-Perry

    I am trying to achieve a specific level of color, and am concerned that I will not be able to control the depth of color. Suggestions, please?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynde, We would recommend using additional water for a lighter color or adding additional dye for a darker color. You might dip a paper towel into the dyebath to test the color before adding the item. Also, you can check the color of the item while dyeing to watch for it to achieve the color you are trying to obtain. Keep in mind, the items will dry lighter. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions.

  • shotgunlovinlady

    Is there a way to use rit liquid dye in squirt bottles to tie dye cotton shirts as opposed to using the bucket method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shotgunlovinlady,nYou can certainly use the dye in the squirt bottle. We have emailed you for more detailed instructions on how to dye using squirt bottles.

      • shotgunlovinlady

        Thank you! Got the pdf. The directions only use one color of dye. Since I will be using two colors can I do them at the same time or do I need to repeat the process again for the second color?

  • shotgunlovinlady

    Is there a way to tie dye cotton shirts using the rit liquid dye (two colors) using squirt bottles instead of the bucket method? Wanting to create red, white, and blue shirts for my children for the 4th of July. The shirts are white. Thank you!

  • Louise

    I recently dyed some off white placemats with Rit liquid. they came out well but the Navy color has more red in it than I want. Can I bleach them and dye them over with Royal Blue which I think I’ll like better? Also, if I leave the dye longer will the color be a bit darker than the color of the bottle?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Louise, We do not recommend using bleach because it damages the fibers. If you would like to change the color of the placemats, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove or lighten the dye and prepare them for redyeing. You can leave an item in a dyebath for up to 60 minutes for the darkest color. Hope this helps.

  • Lori

    I have 100 wool berets that have been dyed. Unfortunately, they are a really dark purple, but we need them to be black. What is the best method to dye them so they are completely black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lori,nWe are sorry your berets did not obtain the black you intended. It is possible that they contain a percentage of an undyeable material. Polyester would be an example of a man-made material that dye will not adhere to. The fact that you achieved dark purple, which is on the way to black, is a sign this may be the cause. Here is the link to the steps for dyeing buttons, which would be similar to berets, that you might take a look at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/buttons-beads/ Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the results. Sorry about that and hope this information helps.

  • Erin

    I just got done dying my quilt in my washing machine. I didn’t have the washing machine running but I would agitate it myself every 10 minutes for about 5 minutes. I also kept adding water that I heated up on the stove. The machine just rinsed it out and I notices a lot of spots are darker than others and some spots are still pretty light. (I dyed a cream quilt gray.) What did I do wrong? I’m guessing I can dye it again and if so, what can I do differently that will ensure the entire quilt gets dyed evenlly?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erin, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take out the color and make it even. You can then redye the fabric. The material needs constant agitation to dye evenly. You would want to allow the machine to agitate it the entire time or stir by hand constantly to ensure the fabric comes out an even color. Hope this helps!

      • Erin

        I had a feeling this is why it didn’t take correctly. Thank you so much for your help. I will redye and do it correctly this time. Thank you!!

  • bella

    Can I dye the stroller fabric

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bella, It depends on what the stroller fabric is made of and if it contains any special finishes (water repellant, stain repellant). Do you know what the fabric content of the material is?

  • Josh B

    i recently bought rit powder but is it possible to also put it in squirt bottles?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Josh, You can use the Rit powder for tie dyeing with a squirt bottle. If this is the project you are planning, you would dissolve 1 package of powder dye in 2 cups of very hot tap water; stir well. Pour into squirt bottle. Make sure you wear rubber gloves to protect your skin. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Kelley

    I am trying to dye some old sofa covers. I want to use my washing machine but whenever I pause the machine the water drains and the cycle restarts. Can I add salt to the bottom of the machine before adding my fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelley, You can add the salt to the bottom of the machine if you are unable to pause it to allow it to go through the detergent dispenser. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Kreepykylie

    Hello I’m trying to dye some clothes that are already dyed when purchased. What is the best way to redye them if possible? I’ve already tried just dying them straight up. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, What is the fabric content of the clothes? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Also, are you trying to overdye with the same color, or, change the color? Thanks!

      • Kreepykylie

        I am trying to dye all of this black. A red cotton sweater, a blue cotton sweater, a green wool blend sweater, a patterned rayon shirt, and a light pink viscose sweater. The pink sweater took a little bit as did the rayon shirt.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi, All of the fabrics you mentioned are dyeable and all of the colors can be overdyed with black. You would want to weigh the dry fabric, possibly on a bathroom scale and use 1 box of powder or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye for every 1 lb. of dry weight fabric. The water temperature needs to be 140-160 degrees to activate the dye. For dark colors, we recommend doubling the amount of dye and agitating the items in the dyebath for 60 minutes. Hope this helps.

  • Sheila

    Hello, I recently purchased a white suit jacket for a costume and I want to dye it one of the mixed green colors I found on the color palette page. The jacket is 55% linen and 45% cotton with a polyester lining. When I bought the jacket I didn’t know it was dry clean only, but a friend told me this is probably only because the outer jacket will shrink when the lining will not. Is it still safe to dye this using the washer method if I don’t put it in the dryer afterward? I don’t mind having to cut or alter the lining after washing if the jacket does shrink a little.nnThank you,nSheila

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sheila, We do not recommend dyeing items that need to be dry cleaned due to shrinkage. If shrinkage is not an issue for you, then you can dye the jacket in the washing machine. However, polyester is a man-made fabric that does not absorb Rit dye, so the dye will only adhere to the outer jacket. Rit dye requires a hot water temperature of 140-160 degrees to active. The jacket can be hung to dry after dyeing and does not need to be put in the dryer. Hope this helps.n

  • Rachel

    If I want to use blue and red rit dye to tie dye a 100% cotton shirt, how do I keep the colors from running together in the wash?

  • Marsha

    I want to dye a summer dress and a cover up one is 94% polyester with a white and black print. The cover up is polyester blue print. I want to dye both of these black. Will the dye hold if the material is polyester?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marsha, Sorry but RIT will not stay adhered to Polyester. It is a manmade fabric that is oil based and you would be trying to treat it with a water base product. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kendra, If you spray the dye onto the t-shirts, we would strongly recommend spraying them with the dye fixative afterwards, letting them sit for 20 minutes and then microwaving them on high for 2 minutes. You would mix the dye into 2 cups of very hot water prior to adding to the squirt bottle. Many people have used the squirt bottle method to apply the dye, but have not heard of anyone specifically using the liquid dye in particular to do cheetah type dots. The Color Perfect line would give you better results as it comes with a paint dabber and several people have used that product to create dots. It will be difficult with the liquid dye to create spots that have a clear outline. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Monica, Sorry to hear about the bleach spots on your yoga pants. What is the fabric content of the yoga pants. We can better assist you if we know what material you are working with. Thanks!

  • klsparrow

    I have some shorts that are 74% cotton and 26% nylon. Do I add salt and vinegar are just salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi klsparrow, Thank you for your inquiry. Since the larger percentage of the shorts is cotton, you will want to add 1 cup of salt to the dyebath. You do not need to add the vinegar. Hope this helps.

  • Karen Gross

    I have a canopy for an outdoor porch swing that is faded from the sun but in otherwise good condition. It is currently brown and I’d like to dye is black. What would be the best method to attempt this. If I try dying it in the washing machine, will the washing machine discolor?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karen, Thank you for reaching out. Normally, patio umbrellas or canopies have a finish that will prevent the dye from absorbing and you from creating any lasting colordepth.. Also, sun fading removes or lightens the color of material and is a sign that the fibers have been damaged and will not dye. You might be able to freshen the color just for the season by using black dye, although we cannot guarantee the results. 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 itu2019s important to clean up immediately after dyeing. For steps on how to dye in a top load or front load washer, go to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/ and chose which type of washing machine you have for the directions. Hope this helps.

  • Marion

    Hello, I am trying to dye 2.5 lbs of fabric gumby green, which in the original recipe calls for 1 tbsp of aquamarine and 1 tsp of kelly green for every ounce of fabric. By my calculations I’ll be using about two and a half bottles of aquamarine and a little more than 3/4 a bottle of kelly green. I’m hoping to use the front load washer technique for dyeing, and the guide says that I should be using 1-2 bottles for my fabric amount. Should I use my calculated amounts or try to scale down my dye proportionately so I’m not using too much dye for my washer? My washer is also high efficiency, so are there any tips you can give me to make sure I’m using enough water so my dye job doesn’t become a tye-dye job?nnThanks, Marion

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Marion, We recommend following your calculations for the dye recipe according to the weight of the fabric you will be dyeing. There is no harm in using more dye. The steps for dyeing in a front load washing machine can be found by going to this link: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ You want to make sure there is enough water for the fabric to move freely in the dyebath so that it produces an even dye result. If you are concerned that your machine may not produce enough water, you might want to use the sink or bucket method for dyeing. This link offers the instructions for dyeing in a sink or bucket: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/sink-or-bucket-technique/ Hope this helps.n

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kiki

    I want to dye 2 white couch slipcovers. I am interested in using #235 Peapod & #474. The formulas for these two colors are in very small quantities such as 1/2 & 1/4 tsp. etc…Is there a way to accurately convert these formulas for very big projects? I could do the math & multiply all of these quantities, but I’m afraid to come out with some unexpected color. Thanks for your help, Kiki

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kiki, The best way would be to multiply the recipes by the number of ounces of material you have. Once you mix the recipe into enough water for the fabric to freely move around, dip in a piece of paper towel. You will likely need to adjust the recipe with more dye for a darker hue or more water for a lighter color. The paper towel will give you a good indicate of the color prior to adding in the fabric. This will allow you to adjust the recipe as needed for the correct shade. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susan, We are sorry to hear that you had an issue achieving even results. We have e-mailed you some questions so that we can further assist you. Thanks!

  • Sara

    I tie dyed a few shirts for my kids and they didn’t turn out as expected. The shirts were white (100% cotton) and I used red and blue dyes to make patriotic shirts. When I washed them the dye bled (I did wash with cold water, a little detergent, and vinegar). I’m thinking I didn’t rinse long enough before washing (b/c I wasn’t really following any directions and I just guessed at that part). Is there any way to fix this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sara, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then you can re tie-dye the fabric. You can find the basic tie dye instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ We would strongly recommend also using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative to help reduce color bleeding and set the dye. Vinegar in the rinse water will not actually do anything for setting the dye or reducing color bleeding. Vinegar, when added in with the dye, when dyeing nylon, silk or wool makes the color more vibrant. Hope this helps!

  • Frank

    Hi, I want to re-dye some jeans that have some fading, but I am new to this whole dyeing thing. I saw that there is a spray bottle method, would that work to dye them without having to submerge them in hot water?

  • Alanna

    Hello, I want to dye a pair of light blue pants. There’s a faded spot on the leg from a puppy peeing on the pants. Also the pants are 84% cotton, 12% polyester, and 4% elasthanne. I haven’t seen anyone mention elasthanne on the internet so I was wondering if dying would be successful. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alanna,nElasthanne or spandex are not dyeable materials. Since the material contains such a small amount of elasthanne, it will not have an effect on achieving the color you are wanting to achieve. Please keep in mind that faded areas when dyed may still be noticeable. If the area very noticeable, we would recommend trying our spot-dyeing method. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ If you are wanting to change the color completely, we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the pants and then dyeing them to the color you wish to achieve. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Sbennett

    My friends and I recently tie dyed ours shirts waited 24 hours and when we took off the rubber bands the whole bottom half of the shirt was white and the color didn’t soak through. We can’t wait another night ncause we are going out of town so what should we do??

  • Mark Hedin

    What can you tell me about dying wood veneer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mark, Wood dyes very well. You can find information on staining wood here: ://www.ritdye.com/techniques/materials/wood-and-wicker-technique/ Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Mark, Since the dyes need to be heated to produce the proper colors, we do not recommend mixing the product with anything other than water. n

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alizabith, Dyeing over the black item with red, would likely not show any results as black is such a dark color. Dyeing over the red leotard with black, would essentially just dye the fabric solid black. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover or purchasing a white leotard to mix your own recipe to get the shade you are after. You can find some recipes that may help you get the shade you are looking for here: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • mr_freez

    will the dye damage the pot?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mr_Freez, It will not damage or stain a pot that is stainless steel. Just be sure to rinse the pot with a powdered cleanser or a little bit of bleach after dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Barb

    I have a small quarter size stain of white paint on the front of my fav pair of jeans. I have tried every stain/paint removal suggestion and the spot is still obvious. Can I SPOT dye this spot on the leg of these jeans?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Barb, You can certainly give it a try, but since the dye will only color the outside of the paint and not actually adhere to the fibers of the fabric, it may easily wash off. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • heidi reynolds

    We tie dyed t-shirts using rit dye however when we followed the instructions to rinse etc. the colors blended together. The shirt which were red/white/blue are now purple/pinkish/light red. I have many more shirts. What can I do to keep the colors from blending together? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Heidi, We are so sorry to hear the colors are running. Did you use a squirt bottle to dye them or did you use a dye bath? Please walk us through your tie dye process and we would be happy to help you!n

      • heidi reynolds

        We used the dye bath and then laid them flat to dry in the sun. I then rinsed with the warm water and then with cold and they bled. I then tried drying on high heat in the dryer and then washing in cold, they bled. I waited 24 hours and then tried washing in cold, still no good.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Heidi, this is the link to the basic tie-dying directions for the bucket method: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/.. You did not mention putting or taking off the ties in your comments. Basically you tie off the shirts, then it becomes, dipping, rinsing, dipping, rinsing until all areas are covered as planned. Rinse one last time to make sure all excess dye is removed from shirt, then take the ties off, hang up to dry, then wash by hand, rinse and dry. The shirt can be fixed by using a product we make called RIT Color Remover. It will take the shirts back to white where they started so you can go ahead and give it another try. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this information is helpful.

          • heidi reynolds

            I did not see where it said to rinse after each color. We did rubber band them. This step may need to be clearer on the web site. Thanks

          • heidi reynolds

            I have 2 extra large loads so I will probably need 8 bottles of RIT color remover and will have to buy more dye. If you can send any coupons that would be highly appreciated. Thanks

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Heidi, RIT Color Remover comes in boxes (powder form only). It takes 4 boxes to do an extra large load in a top load washer. The product can be used up to an hour without any damage to the fabric. If you would send us an email with reference to this message, giving us your name, street address, city, state, zip code, we can make a report request some courtesy vouchers.https://www.ritdye.com/contact. Hope this information is helpful.. .

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rebekah, Sorry to hear your dyeing experience did not go as planned. We have e-mailed you some questions so that we can further assist you in getting your material Tan. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Emily, We would recommend trying the Rit Color Remover to take out the pink hue as long as the item is meant to be all white. The stove top method would take out as much color as possible. Rit is not recommended to dye swimming suits. These garments are generally exposed to either chlorine or strong sunlight. Chlorine will cause immediate loss of color and strong sunlight will fade the color, so the Rit Color Remover would be the best option to try in this case. Hope this helps!

  • Karen

    I dyed a large cotton rug, about 3# dry weight from a medium/dark lilac to a dark brown. I used 4 bottles of Rit dye. When the rug dried, it looked more like a very very dark purple. If I dyed it again, would it turn out dark brown or would it still look dark purple?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karen, When dyeing material a new color, we recommend first using Rit color remover. Because the rug was a darker lilac, it mixed with the dark brown dye in the same way paint colors mix, which is why the rug turned out dark purple. Rit color remover removes or lightens the original color and prepares the item for redyeing a new color. Therefore, you will want to first use Rit color remover and then redye the rug with the dark brown. Hope this helps.

  • Nan

    What is the best way to dye a 60/40 cotton/Modal white sweater black?n

  • Hannah

    I am dyeing a white couch set red, it is working out great so far but the problem is that the fabric is two different materials. The canvas-like part has turned out the color I wanted exactly but the silky stripes have turned out lighter. I have tried the vinegar method and I’m wondering if you have any suggestions on how to get a richer color on the silky part of the fabric. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Hannah, nFrequently Asked Questions / How Do I Dye Silk?nWashable silks dye well using hot water (140F). After the item is in the dyebath for 5 minutes, add 1 cup of white vinegar and stir well. This will help to intensify the color. Continue to stir the item constantly for 30 minutes. Remove and squeeze out the excess dye. Rinse in warm and then cool water until all the excess dye has been removed. Launder in warm water, rinse and dry flat.. As you can see different fabrics absorb the dye differently. The vingar may help the silk part absorb the dye better. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Thea

    My colleague and I wear uniform blouses made of 74% polyester, 22% nylon and 4% spandex. The company that makes them only sells them in a VERY limited color range. We are curious if we could purchase white tops of this fabric and dye them blue. Do you think the color would hold? Thanks!

  • Lauren Stern

    I have been trying to find teal jersey knit sheets in a king size and have had no luck really anywhere. I had the idea since jersey knit sheets are 100% cotton that I would try to make my own teal ones. How would I go about it? I was thinking I would start with white Jersey knit but I not sure how to proceed? Any help would be great.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lauren, Cotton is a material that dyes well. If you visit The Rit Studio, we have instructions for dyeing in a top load or front load washer. They can be found by going to https://www.ritdye.com and going to Techniques. Under Techniques, you will see The Basics which offers a dropdown of various dyeing methods. This is where you will find the instructions for dyeing in top load or front load washers. Hope this helps.

      • Lauren Stern

        Thank for the response. But unfortunately I’m unable to use a washer to dye I would have to use a big bucket while dyeing one sheet at a time. I was wondering how that would effect the sheets?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Lauren, You can effectively dye the sheets one at a time in a bucket. However, you will need to constantly stir the material while in the bucket because if material just soaks, the color will be uneven and look blotchy. Rit Studio also offers instructions for dyeing in a bucket under Techniques/The Basics/Sink or Bucket. Let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sean, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. Normally, we would recommend Rit color remover for removing the original color and then redyeing with the new color. Unfortunately, with the shirt containing 40% polyester, you will not be able to achieve a light tan. Sorry about that.

  • Lexi

    I’m wanting to dye a grey vest that is 74% Cotton / 22% Nylon a vibrant dark green color. How should I go with that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lexi, We recommend first using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the grey and then redyeing the vest a dark green. Since the vest is 74% cotton, you will want to add 1 cup of salt to the dyebath. Rit offers a color recipe for deep emerald under Rit’s 500+ color recipes. You can view this recipe by going to https://www.ritdye.com/ then click on Color Library under which you will want to select Archive Colors. In the 2nd paragraph, you will see “we archived the 500+ colors for you here.” Click on “here” and the recipe for Green 3 #582, Deep Emerald, is on page 25. Hope this helps.

  • Julie

    Hello; I have a white poly/cotton jersey knit cardigan that I’d like to dye to match my maxi dress. Will Rit dye work on poly/cotton? I don’t expect it to match completely, a shade will work fine that is close to the color of the dress. (The dress is a tie dyed type fabric; so there are a variety of shades in the dress)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Julie, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. Hope this helps.

  • Kaytlen Araujo

    Hello I am trying to dye a pair of white fence net/fishnet stockings bright purple. They are mostly nylon so I’m sure it will be fine… Do you have any tips on how to make sure the color is vibrant almost neon and not too light or dark??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kaytlen, Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar and use the stove top method for the most vibrant results. Keep a close eye on the fabric and pull it out when it is a little darker than what you are going for as it will dry lighter. Hope this helps!

  • Shanice

    I am dying a skirt, tan to black, mynquestion is, can I use rit overnight, it is 4:30p.m., my sister wants her skirt to soak overnight though. Is that ok to do?the skirt is already submerged in the dye bath.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shanice, Soaking an item in the dye bath causes it to become blouchy. No matter which method you use to day an item, it requires constant agitation up to 30-60 minutes in HOT water so that it will dye evenly. Then you rinse until the water runs clear, wash, rinse and dry as normal. Hope this information is helpful.

  • kathy

    Can I dye pillow shams that are pell pink to white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Emma

    I’d like to dye my backpack (currently a lighter blue) to teal before school starts. It’s 100% nylon. I know I should add vinegar to the dye bath, but which method would work best for the actual dyeing process?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emma, The stove top method works the best when dyeing nylon. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Emma

        I don’t have access to a large enough pot for this method. Which one would be second best? 🙂

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Emma, You could use the bucket method for dyeing your backpack. For directions for dyeing in a bucket, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques Under Techniques, chose The Basics and, then, Sink or Bucket method from the dropdown box. Hope this helps.

  • Briana

    Today I was trying to go uniform shopping and found some nice khaki skirts at the second hand store but their kind if faded can you help me out in what exactly I need todo? I have the bucket the tan rit liquid dye and salt and vinegar .

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Briana,nWhat is the fabric content of the skirts? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Briana

        %60 cotton and %40 polyester sorry I forgot to add that. And thanks

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Briana, If 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. The color on the bottle was achieved dyeing a 100% white cotton T-shirt. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Kyomi

    I would like to dye my navy blue jacket black but it contains spandex and polyester but has cotton would the color still turn up the way i want it to? nnThanks,nKyomi

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kyomi, If 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. Our dye is created based on the premise that it will dye white or light colored fabric the color of the dye. So when the black dye is applied to a dark colored fabric, the original color of the fabric may still show through. For example, when attempting to dye an existing red fabric with black dye, the resulting fabric color may have red undertones. To counteract this affect, we recommend incorporating an over-dyeing technique. Continuing the above example, we would suggest mixing u00bd package powder or u00bc cup liquid Rit Dark Green dye in with the black dye to turn the red fabric to black. This helps make the black more like a true black because when mixing colors, red and green mix to make black.nOther color mixing suggestions for obtaining a true black:nIf fabric is green, add Scarlet dyenIf fabric is dark brown, add Navy dyenIf fabric is dark blue, add Dark Brown. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Josh

    Hi, I have some all black sweat pants that got a little bleach on them. It’s not totally bleached just a little, could I dye them black without ruining them to restore them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Josh, nWhat is the fabric content of the sweat pants? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Danni

    I have very small bleach spots on black pants that is 98% cotton can I dye just the spots only?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Danni, Unfortunately, bleach causes permanent damage to fibers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the results when you try spot dyeing your pants. The instructions for spot dyeing, can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amanda, The only difference between the powder and liquid dyes is that the powder dye needs to be dissolved in 2 cups of very hot water before adding to the dyebath. Some people prefer the liquid dye for this reason. For best results when dyeing, the stove top method is preferred because it allows you to maintain the very hot water temperature (140-160 degrees). We recommend Rit’s Color Stay Dye Fixative for doubling the amount of color retention in fabrics. You can obtain additional information about the dye fixative by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.n

  • The mom

    Okay, so you suggested to the person to use the color remover and then try the pearl gray dye…I’m trying the same color on new white linen blend pants which say cold water wash, dry low. I REALLY want them gray!! Help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi The mom, If the label on the pants instructs that the pants should be washed in cold water, we do not recommend dyeing them because the hot water could cause shrinkage. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tanya, When going from a light pink to royal blue, the Rit Color Remover would not need to be used. The color is light enough that the royal blue could successfully cover it. Hope this helps!

  • Maria Mendez

    I have bleach stains on my hoodie. will Rit help that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susan, It is hard to say when overdyeing as the red would need the addition of 1/2 package of Dark Green to reach a true black due. The two areas would dye differently. As long as it is cotton, there is enough agitation, the water is hot enough and the Dark Green is added, you should be able to reach a form of black in both areas. The striped pattern would likely still show through. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carlie, We are sorry to hear that you are having a problem with your sheets retaining your tie-dyed pattern. We have e-mailed you some questions so that we can try to further assist you.

  • alicia

    How long do I let it dry on velvet. ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alicia,nWe do not recommend letting the dye dry on the fabric. After you have removed the fabric from the dyebath you will rinse until the water runs clear. Launder and dry as normal. Hope this information is helpful.

  • MessageOfMenace

    Hi, I have a t shirt that has some mold stains on it. The shirt is dark grey and the stains are a darker grey, closer to black. If I were to dye the shirt the color of the stains would that work to hide them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi! We would recommend using Rit Color Remover, which is meant to remove or lighten dye and prepare fabric for redyeing. It is also a great stain remover. The color remover is recommended to be used in a stainless steel pot on the stove top because it requires very hot water to activate and remove dye (180 degrees). After using, you could then redye your t-shirt a dark gray. Before you begin your project, please refer to the list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, which can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Rosie

    My black pants are 95% cotton and 5% spandex. They were originally piece dyed and not yarn dyed. How will they come out if I use black liquid Rit in the washing machine.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rosie, Since your jeans are 95% cotton, they should take the black dye well. When dyeing dark colors, we would recommend doubling the amount of dye used. You can view the steps for dyeing in the washing machine by going to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques, selecting The Basics and choosing the washing machine method you prefer from the dropdown box. Hope this helps.

  • Rose

    I just recently purchased a royal blue colored throw over made of 100% rayon. I need it to be more of a light blue or aquamarine. Is there a way I can just partially bleach it to get it to the lightness I need or do I need to completely redye the fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rose, We would recommend first using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the original dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. The color remover is recommended to be used on the stove top because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove the dye. Then, you can redye the throw cover a light blue. Hope this helps.

  • Mellissa Alexandria

    I have a dress which is 84% nylon and 16% elastase do you think it’s worth drying to dye as I put it in the washing machine and the colour has totally changed and the few stains did not remove. Please help me!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mellissa, Nylon dyes very well. Did you use the Rit Color Remover and that changed the color and did not remove the stains? If so, how many boxes did you use?

  • Antwanette Sydnor

    I had a pair of plum purple converse that were bleached if I were to use the purple dye would that restore them close to the original color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Antwanette, It could, but it would depend on the extent of the bleach used. Once bleach is applied it can damage the fibers, not allowing the dye to fully penetrate. It could dye much lighter than you are expecting due to this. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Joan k

    This will seem like a crazy question. My husband has a white linen hugo boss suit that was ruined at a wedding with stains. It has been drycleaned to no avail. I can throw it away, or try to dye it dark blue….any thoughts??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joan,
      Since the suit is made of linen, it is dyeable. We normally do not recommend dyeing anything that is wash in cold water or dry clean only as the hot (140-160 degrees) water that is required for our dyes can possibly damage the material. Hope this information is helpful.

  • 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.

  • Courtney

    Will this dye work on microfiber sheets?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Courtney,
      Microfiber is a synthetic fabric most commonly made out of polyester. Unfortunately polyester is not dyeable with our dyes as it is unable to absorb the dye. Sorry about that. We would recommend searching the internet for a polyester dye. We appreciate your interest in Rit Dye.

  • Noctis

    If I have a 95% Rayon 5% Spandex item that is currently a peach-y orange, and want to dye it black. Should I also use dark green to help ‘cut’ the orange?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi, There are two ways to approach dyeing a colored
      fabric. One is to remove the color before dyeing turning the fabric to a white or cream color using Rit
      Color Remover to create a clean canvas for the new
      color.The other is overdyeing,where you dye the fabric as is, using the combination of the fabric’s color and the dye to attain the new color. This link will show how to dye black black: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-and-rit-on-how-to-dye-black-black/. Hope this information is helpful. . .

  • Katrina

    I want to know if I can die multiple colors to achive this picture. as you can see, the main color is black. I was thinking to achive this, I would appply the bleach o the middle part of the jeans, then apply the red and blue liquid dye to look like that, then reapply the black dye to certain spots. heres the problem: Im not sure how to get the bleached parts of the jeans that werent dyed back to the original black color. how woupd I achieve that and would my method work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katrina, When you use bleach on fabric, it damages the nap of the fabric and RIT needs that to hold onto. If you could start with a white pair of jeans, you certainly could color them and make all kinds of designs with RIT Dye.. Hope this information is helpufl.

      • Katrina

        how many bottles of black dye would I need so that the colors are a true black and not grey? (im using the liquid dye so I can squirt it on the jeans)

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Katrina, we are sending you the special directions we have for using our product with a squirt bottle to your email address. Hope this will be helpful.

  • Pharmgirl

    I bought my son a new red suitcase online. Red is his favorite color. It was delivered fine but when I opened it, the lining was PINK! Ugh! I don’t really want to return it as it’s a nice suitcase. Is there a way to dye/stain the inside lining grey or black or dark blue? Any other color would be preferable to pink. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m not sure what the fabric is exactly, possibly a nylon blend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Unfortunately, we do not recommend dyeing items when the excess dye cannot be rinsed out. When the excess dye is unable to be rinsed out of a dyed item, it can bleed off onto clothing or skin. Sorry about that.

  • Stephanie

    I would like to know how to use the liquid rit dye with squirt bottles to tie dye t-shirts.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, We have instructions on how to tie dye with a squirt bottle. For you convenience, they were just emailed to you so that you will have them readily available. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Megan

    I have a small, efficiency, front-loading washing machine – it does not “fill up” with water like a top-loading machine does. Will it still work?

  • Jimmy

    I am needing to dye a few pairs of cotton blend spandex shorts from pure white to a pure red I purchased a bottle or scarlet dye by rit and was wondering if the bucket method would be enough or do i need to do the boiling?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jimmy, Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, spandex does not absorb dye well and will result in a lighter shade. Since the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. For dyeing, we recommend the stove top method for the best results because you are able to maintain the hot water temperature. The water does not need to boil. A water temperature of 140-160 degrees is recommended, which is a simmer on the stove. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

      • Jimmy

        So when you say it doesn’t absorb well, will it be lines or light color or will it be even? even would be nice =)

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jimmy,
          If the material is a cotton/spandex blend, it will be an even color. Depending on how much spandex is in the pants, it can result in a lighter or off color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • JP

    I’m dyeing a few shirts (spot) and I’m worried about spots on the shirt where I don’t want them. What’s he best way to remove these dye spots from white clothes

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi JP, Thank you for your inquiry. What is the fabric content of the white shirts you want to remove the dye spots from? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • jess

    Hi i have a tutu type dress with lace in the top and tule in the bottom. It is an ivory color amd i would like to dye it champagne color. Can i use Rit dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jess, What is the fabric content of the item? We can better assist you if we know the exact materials you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi JP, The best way to remove the spots from where you do not want them would be to try using a bleach pen. You will want to be careful, as using too much bleach can cause yellowing to occur. If you are trying to remove spots from the overall shirt, you would want to use the Rit Color Remover which should work well on the cotton fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Jeanette

    I want to dye a shirt that has a silk front and a cotton back–should I add salt, vinegar, or both?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jeanette, You would want to use salt or vinegar. We would not recommend using both. You would decide based on how much silk/cotton is in the fabric. If there is more silk, add vinegar. If there is more cotton, add salt. If the material is 50/50 you can choose either one. Hope this helps!

  • donna

    if the cotton fabric is beige and I want to dye it to be vintage looking lavender/purple what would you suggest

  • Jack

    I’m dying a green wool jacket black and am going to add Scarlet Rit Dye to the black Rit Dye to turn the green to black. Then use the “Dye Fixant”. Question: Can I use an aluminum pot to dye this garment in?

  • jack

    Thanks for your advise. Can the Dye Fixative be used with wool? The bottle does not mention that it works with woo

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jack, Yes the dye fixative can be used on wool. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Kent

    I am thinking about dyeing my Pendleton dark grey to black hat to a hunter orange or fuchsia color. Any tips or suggestions for the best results would be greatly appreciated. It is 100% wool and I would like to be able to wear it when finished. No shrinkage when finished. Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kent,
      To be able to dye the hat to a hunter orange or fuchsia color, we would first recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color to a white or creamy color and then dyeing to the color you would like to achieve. Unfortunately the hot water required for our products to work best will cause some shrinkage. We have emailed you some tips for dyeing wool. Hope this information is helpful!

  • laura

    hi, can I dye a dress 98% polyester and 2% spandex? from yelow to dark blue? I know it says not 100% polyester fabric will accept it but will 98%?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, Unfortunately, polyester is a man-made material that Rit dye does not adhere to. 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.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Kim, Flax linen is a fabric that does accept Rit dye. Rit does require very hot water (140-160 degrees) in order to active and set the dye. With most fabrics, Rit dyes very well. There are certain fabrics that call for washing in cold water, or, where shrinkage may be a concern. For those concerned about shrinkage, we advise they may not want to dye the item. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Karen, What is the fabric content of the shirts you are trying to remove the stains from? Also, were these white items that may have previously been bleached? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

  • Amy

    I have two 12×18″ pillow covers made out of a linen/cotton blend. They are a beige/darker beige stripe (about 1/8″ wide stripes). I want to dye them an orange color – not bright, more like a burnt orange. Can beige be dyed an orange color, or do I need to remove the beige color first? Any hints would be appreciated.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, The colors beige/darker beige cannot be successfully overdyed with burnt orange. Your thought was correct that you will first need to use Rit color remover. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Angelina

    I am needing to dye a lace dress with spandex. Is this possible without damaging the dress? It recommends on the label to hand wash cold. Please help,
    Angelina

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angelina, What is the exact fabric content of the dress? We can better assist you if we know the material of the fabric. The process does need to be done in hot water to get the proper color results which could cause some shrinkage to occur.

  • Bev

    I’ve tried to dye some white artificial carnations a Kelly green but they turned out a light blue. How can I fix this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bev, That can sometimes happen if the water is not hot enough or on fabric that contain a lot of polyester. Do you know the fabric content of the artificial carnations? Thanks!

  • Nicole

    I am needing to dye about 300 feet of cotton rope and had a few questions. Since that is way to much rope to put on my stove or in my washing machine I was thinking I would do it in a large trashcan, will that work? Any other pointers or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Nicole

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nicole, You can dye the material in the trash can as long as there is enough room for the rope to move around. We would recommend starting with the hottest water possible to ensure that it does not cool down too much while dyeing. Be sure to add in the 1 cup of salt.

  • Marie

    I need to dye a white t-shirt black but keep the design from dyeing black too. The print of the person is in the middle of the shirt. Any tips?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marie,
      To avoid the dye from trying to absorb into the print, we would recommend trying the Batik method of dyeing. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/wax-less-batik/ Unfortunately Black takes very hot (atleast 140 degrees) water to be activated and atleast 30 minutes to be achieved and the batik medium may not withstand that temperature for that long. We hope this information is helpful.

      • Marie

        This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for your prompt response! 😀

  • Nancy

    I have a white cotton shirt (wrinkle free), 100 percent cotton that says machine wash cold. I got some stains on the front placket (maybe grease), then treated with oxyclean. This did not remove the stains. I then treated with hydrogen peroxide, followed by standard machine washing with detergent. The result is that I have a nasty yellow stain that is worse than anything I started with! I have only air dried this shirt between washings. Treatment with white vinegar has reduced the yellow somewhat, but not completely.

    I am now thinking that dying the shirt a cocoa or taupe color would make it wearable.
    What do you think? I do not want that yellow to show through.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nancy, It is hard to say when overdyeing a stain whether or not it would show through. If it is very light or faint, chances are you will end up with even coverage without the discoloration showing through. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Connie

    Hello,
    If I use Rit dye do I also need to use a fixate? I am dying a silk top and want the dye to stay and not run out every time I wash it. Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Connie, The basic directions call for a prewashed, wet item into the Dye bath of HOT water to be given constant agitation for up to 30 minutes then rinse until the rinse water runs clear, Then you wash your item as you would normally, rinse and dry. There should be no excess dye left on the item. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jean

    I am dying a taupe jacket (100%cotton) navy because of a nearly unndetectable blackish spot. Do I need to use a color remover before dying?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jean, You should not need to use the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing the fabric if the spot is hard to notice. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Shawna

    I’m in the process of making a costume currently and I need to dye a nylon bra. I was planning on dyeing the whole thing Scarlet red, then dyeing half black. I was wondering if there was a specific way to go about this since I don’t want the black to bleed too far since it needs to be literally half and half. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  • Lynn

    I have pieced a 70×77 quilt top that is jet black fabric with orange and red and green and yellow 100% cotton fabric. It is too bright and I would like to tone it down a little, age it. What would you suggest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynn, You can try overdyeing the fabric with our taupe dye to dull down the colors and try to impart a look of age to the material. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Beth, Rit is not recommended to dye swimming suits. These garments are generally exposed to either chlorine or strong sunlight. Chlorine will cause immediate loss of color and strong sunlight will fade the color. Sorry about that.

  • Anne

    I would like to dye my dress a red wine color. The dress is lace(cotton) over a nylon slip and they are attached so I can’t dye them separately how can I get the nylon to take the color like the cotton rather than turn pink? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Anne, Nylon is a synthetic material which dyes very easily and quickly. Rit offers special instructions for dyeing nylon. To assist you with your dyeing project, the instructions have been emailed to you. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any questions.

  • tina

    I need to dye white satin shoes to seafoam green,what should I use?

  • Chris

    I have splashed bleach on a indian cotton skirt. Will the RIt dye cover the bleach marks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chris, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Is your skirt a solid color or multi-colored? Also, can the skirt be washed in hot water? We can better assist you if we have this additional information. Thanks!

  • heather

    My rit navy blue dye turns out purple any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Heather, We are sorry to hear your dyeing experience did not go as planned. We have emailed some questions to you so that you might respond with additional information regarding your dyeing project. Once we have this information, we will do all we can to help you with your project.

  • gabbie

    so i assume i cant use rit dye on my 90%poly & 10% spandex is there another dye i can use ?? another brand ??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gabbie, Sorry that RIT is not the product that can help you at this time, but if you stop in at Joann’s Fabrics or Michael’s Craft stores, they might be able to help you. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Cindy Smith Brown

    I have a pair of denim culottes that are a light “stone washed” sort of color. I just read that culottes are suddenly back in style for fall and I want to update mine. Should I use navy dye, or would you recommend I use black to dye them to make them darker? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cindy, If you want to make them darker, you can certainly used the Navy Blue on them to make them a darker blue. Black would also be an option as well. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Cindy Smith Brown

        Thanks! I’m going to give it a try and will let you know how they turn out!

  • Brittany

    I have a lace dress that is 55% nylon 40% polyester and 5% spandex. Am i able to dye this dress i bought it to wear to a wedding and it is the color ivory.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittany, The dress would be dyeable. If you are using a dark color, it may dye a little lighter due to the polyester content. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Brittany

        thank you and i will post a picture when it is done

  • ian

    Do I wash the dyed article of clothing right after the dying process? Or do I wait until it is damp, then wash it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ian, You want to rinse the material until the water runs clear immediately after dyeing and then wash it in warm water right away to ensure you have removed any excess dye that has not adhered to the fabric.

  • Darius Baker

    Hi I recently purchased a white duvet cover and wished to dye it a deep cocoa brown. The duvet is 65% polyester and 35% cotton and weights 5 lbs. I purchased 3 bottles of dark brown dye and dyed the cover for 1 hour. Due to the size of the cover I had to use a tub with more than 9 gallons of water, but I only added 1 cup of salt to the bath. After the dying process, the duvet came out a brownish grey. Although it looks nice, it’s still not as deep as I wish. If I dyed the cover again is there a chance it would come out darker if I used 6 bottles instead of 3? And did I use enough salt for the amount of water? Or should I just expect the color is as strong as it’s going to get? Please help!

    Thanks
    Darius

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Darius, We are sorry to hear your dyeing experience did not go as you planned. Unfortunately, the reason is due to the polyester content of the fabric. 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. When the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. When dyed, polyester tints on the surface only. Thus the resulting light or off color. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Joe, 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.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Daniela

    How long should I let my t shirt sit for after I microwaved it for about 2 minutes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Daniela, You can let it sit for a few minutes to let it cool down, so it can easily be picked up and then rinse it in cold water until the water runs clear. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • P

    Hi there, I have a brand new black 100% cotton jacket with gray collar and thin gray line right on the entrance of the pockets. The gray is a lot lighter than expected. How should I got about dyeing the gray parts black? Thinking about just dyeing the whole thing so it will dye evenly. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your time.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi P, We would recommend dyeing the entire item for best results. The gray areas of the jacket may still be noticeably lighter than the rest of the fabric. Be sure to wash it with detergent prior to dyeing and to add 1 cup of salt into the dye bath. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Ann Kincaid

    I want to dye some white cheesecloth purple. What is the best way to do this? I only need about half a yard. I can’t read the directions on the Rit box because the print is too small. Thanks, Ann

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ann, Sorry to hear you were unable to read the directions on the box. How much water do you believe the item would need to freely move around. Would 1 quart be enough for your material?

  • Jenna

    Hi, I have a very important question. Not too long ago I got some tan jeans and just recently had an accident with some stain remover which caused a patch on the jeans to be bleached. Now that patch has turned into a very light tan almost white color. If I use the rit tan dye will it be able to color the patch back to a normal color so it’s less noticeable ???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jenna, 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. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jenna

    Hi, I have a very important question. Not too long ago I got some tan jeans. Just recently there was an accident with some stain remover which caused a patch on my jeans to become noticeably bleached. The patch has become a very light tan almost white color. If I were to use the rit tan dye would it help this patch go back to it’s normal color?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Emma, You would want to purchase the black dye. Be sure to add in the 1 cup of vinegar. Here are some additional tips on reaching the blackest black: 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!

  • Zibi

    I’d like to refresh the color of a faded navy jacket and pant set. Both are faded pretty evenly but t he jacket is more faded than the pants with a sort of purplish cast to the black–how will that affect the dye-process? Shd I leave the jacket in the dye longer or add another color? And is there anything I can do to avoid potential dye “rub-off” on tops worn under the newly-dyed jacket and pants? Thanks! Zibi

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Zibi, We are going to send to your email address a file that is dedicated to Overdyeing an existing color. Step two when dyeing calls for rinsing until the rinse water runs clear. This takes all of the excess dye off of the item. Have you checked the fabric content of your items to make sure they are compatible with RIT? This link will help:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful,

      • Zibi

        Thx for the quick reply! Just realized I said the pant jacket was black when both pieces are navy cotton knit and I just want them to be a darker and more evenly matched navy–does this detail require a different answer? Sorry for the mix-up! Zibi

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Zibi, If the are already Navy and you just want them darker, you can overdye them without removing the color. Be sure to add in 1 cup of salt and to use a water temperature of about 160-180 degrees. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Britt Lopez

    Hello there well like most people I ended up splattering my favorite strawberry colored hoodie the spots are fairly small but I don’t want to get rid of my hoodie. I was wondering if it was possible to dye the hoodie maybe a dark grey or black it’s 100% cotton and it has a decal on it. What would be recommended?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Britt, Overydeing the fabric as is could result in the spots still being a different shade and noticeable. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing. This could possibly affect the decal depending on what the decal is made of. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Katsuya

    I have some black pants that have gotten sun bleached. Some parts of my pants have this golden brown tint that I want to get rid of. The materials the pants are made of is 59% cotton, 39% polyester, and 2% elastane. I purchased a bottle of Black Liquid Rit dye and I was wondering if it would work well and how much of the liquid I would need to use.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katsuya, 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. Hope this helps!

  • Lindi

    I recently bought a royal blue evening gown, it made with “jersey” material, I wanted to know it its possible to dye it to white???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lindi, We do not carry a white dye, but you can try using the Rit Color Remover. It likely will not be able to take it to an all white, but it will try to remove as much color as possible. The stove top method would be the best method to achieve the most color removal. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kristi, What is the fabric content of the sheets? Are they 100% cotton? It may be difficult to achieve a denim like look because it is the weave of the denim fabric that creates that look. You could try dyeing the material Denim Blue and then overdyeing with a squirt bottle spraying the Navy Blue to create a variation in color.

  • mimi

    if i add dark brown fit dye to a raspberry pink dust ruffle will the color turn purple??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mimi,
      It is hard to say exactly what color would be achieved when over dyeing. For best results we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color to a white or creamy color and then you will be ready to dye using Dark Brown. Hope this information is helpful. Many dust ruffles can contain polyester which unfortunately is not dyeable with our dyes. What is the fabric content of the dust ruffle you are wanting to dye? Thanks!

  • Mika

    Hi, I want to dye a pair of beige cargo pants (100% cotton) to about a Tiger Lily orange. Would this work for that? I didn’t know if dying over the beige would work or affect the color.
    Thanks in advance, Mika

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mika, We would recommend first using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the original 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 dye. Rit offers a color recipe for Tiger Lily, which can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf You will find the recipe on the first page. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Sarah

    I just tried to dye this pink cloth your rit denim and it turned purple. Is there any way to try again? I dye all the time it wasn’t my first time dying it was my first time using this particular color. Could I bleach the fabric and try a different color? Or will it work to dye rit navy on top of it? I really need this fabric to be blue.
    Thanks Sarah

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah,sorry to hear that you are having a problem. Exactly what is the fabric content of your cloth? This link will elp:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. Also we will send to your email address a file we have that discusses Overdyeing an existing color.Please do not use bleach on your item, check out RIT Color Remover first. Hope this information will help.

      • Sarah

        Not sure of the fabric blend it took to the denim just turned out more of a purple then a blue that I hoped. The tags have been cut off it’s one of those cloth kids pottery barn chairs with removable cushions. I’ll try the dye removal see if that helps. So you don’t think just dying dark navy on top of it will take the purple tint out if it? I’m fine with it being really dark blue just not purplish blue. Not sure my son will be happy about that!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sarah, Yes, you can try covering over the item with Navy Blue. Double up on the amount of dye for the weight of the fabric.If you do a full load in a top load washer, it would take two bottles of dye., Your basic dyeing directions: wet item in HOT dye bath, one cup of salt, constant agitation for up to 30 minutes, rinse until the rinse water runs clear. (will take more than one rinse because of dark color)) then wash, rinse and dry as normal.Hope this information is helpful. .

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alisha, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Bleach permanently damages fibers and these damaged areas will not dye well. You might try using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the dye and then redye the garment, but we cannot guarantee the results especially when dyeing black. Your other option would be to try spot dyeing. For instructions on how to spot dye, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Piper, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is not a way to be sure that there is no excess color that will bleed onto the items it comes in contact with without rinsing or washing. The special finish and stain repellancy on the chair would also hinder the dye process. Sorry about that. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Ms. G

    I have a dark gray skirt. It has 3 small pindots where it looks like bleach. Though they are tiny, I can notice it and would like to dye the skirt black.
    Also, I have never dyed anything and it makes me nervous. Help is definitely needed for the best and easiest solution. Thank you. MS. G

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ms. G,
      Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color and then you can dye the skirt Black. We recommend checking the fabric content of the skirt, you can find what we can and cannot dye on the following link. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Alli

    I want to dye a white dress that is 76% Rayon, 21% Nylon, 3% Spandex. Will it work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alli,
      Since Rayon and Nylon are both dyeable materials, you can certainly dye the dress. Since it is such a small amount of spandex it will not interfere with the dyeability of the dress.Hope this information is helpful!

  • jolyce morris

    Are these dyes good for tie dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sara, We have e-mailed you some questions so that we can further assist you in getting the shirt the color you are looking for. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Janie,
    Have you looked at recipes on our Color Formula Guide? This contains over 500+ color recipes to help you achieve the perfect color you are looking to achieve. https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ColorRit_FINAL.pdf When mixing colors, we recommend testing the color of the dyebath by dipping in a piece of paper towel or scrap fabric. If trying to create a taupe pink, we would suggest by adding 1 tsp of Taupe to the pink dyebath and gradually adding more until the color is achieved. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Danny,
    Our Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce the color of the fabric as close to a white or creamy color as possible. Unfortunately it may not bring the shorts and leggings to a white-white. You can see the different methods and how long to use the product on the following link: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ Hope this information is helpful!

  • Judy

    Hello – I have a ‘butter’ color twill sofa slipcover. I’d like it to be pure white. Will the Color Remover do this? Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Judy, Rit Color Remover is used primarily to remove or reduce color from fabric prior to dyeing with Rit Dye. It reduces the color to an off-white or cream color, creating a clean, even base color for dyeing. Color Remover is suitable for use on most washable fabrics, including cotton, linen, rayon, silk, and nylon. It may have a limited effect on polyester, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. Color Remover is a non-chlorine, reductive type of bleach that will not damage or deteriorate washable fabrics as chlorine bleach will.Hope this information is helpful.

  • bonnie

    hi! can u recommend any dye for me. I’m trying to dye a top that is Shell: 85% nylon, 15% spandex; Shell 2: 81% nylon, 19% spandex; Lining 1: 100% polyester; Lining 2: 100% nylon. Its current color is white so I think it be easy to dye any color and I want a teal/sea blue color. Thanks, Bonnie

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Bonnie, There are certain fabrics that Rit dye will not adhere to. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Polyester is a man-made fabric with a wash and wear finish that will not absorb Rit dye. Spandex is also not a dyeable fabric, but nylon is dyeable. Since the spandex in the shells is a smaller percentage, you should achieve good results when dyeing. The lining that is 100% polyester will not accept the dye. Rit offers a recipe for teal blue which can be found under the Color Library by going to Archive Colors: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/ At the end of the 2nd paragraph, click on “here” for the favorite former Rit Dye core colors. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Janette, We have e-mailed you some additional questions so that we can help you figure out why that is occurring and how to fix the material. Thanks!

  • Jennifer

    I have a 100% rayon, hot pink skirt I would like to dye to a more wearable color but rayon cannot be bleached. Is it okay to dye it a dark navy or black color without getting rid of the pink color first or will that turn the whole color weird?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, You can always use our Rit Color Remover to reduce the color prior to dyeing the fabric. If you dye it black, the color remover would not be necessary. If you dye is a navy blue, you would want to use the color remover prior to dyeing to remove the pink. Hope this helps!

  • Maria

    I accidentally got black rit dye on some spots on a pink dress (by the dress with a recently dyed black pair of jeans) – the black dye spots on the dress is very faded but still ruined the dress. I would like to dye the whole dress a solid color so do you think any color that is darker than the pink dress will work or should I only try black or brown?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maria,
      What is the fabric content of the dress you would like to dye? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jelene, The items that you are going to dye should always be pre-washed and wet when put into the machine. Hope thius information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Josie, We have e-mailed you some additional questions to further assist you. Thanks!

  • michelle

    Hi I am dying a pair of beige overalls 100% cotton dark brown, how long should I leave the overalls in the rye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, We would recommend keeping the item agitated in the dye for 30-60 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • michelle

        Hello, thankyou for your reply. I left the overalls in the dye for 25-30 minutes, it achieved a chocolate brown color. Although I would have liked a darker brown this color works for a halloween costume. Thanks so much RIT DYE. I now know to achieve a darker more intense color I have to leave garment in dye longer:)

  • porsha

    Hello, I recently bought a lace shirt off of Victoria secret. It’s all lace no material to it. It’s a light off pink and I’d like it to be solid black. What’s the best option for this?
    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Jody

    I i have an adorable little 100% cotton, off white eyelet lace dress I JUST purchased for a wedding, but obviously don’t want to wear white to a wedding! I am between going to a blush pink, or a dark turquiose with it. If I go with the blush pink, how can I ensure it won’t get too dark?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jody, depending on the method used to dye an item, the amount of dye is calculated by the weight of the dress. When you want a color to be lighter, you use more water then recommended, darker is less water. You can test the color using a paper towel before putting the item into the dye bath. This link will take you to the stove top method: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • j.

    Can someone help me?

    I want to dye my striped shirt, it is a white and light blue verticle striped button up. I want to deepen the blue color, and also retain the stripes — they don’t have to necessarily stay white. Is there anyway to dye the shirt and keep some sort of definition with the stripes?

    Will using a navy dye on a white shirt have the same effect as using it in a light blue shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Using such a dark color may eliminate some of the pattern from the stripes on your fabric. It would darken up the blue area as well as the white area of the shirt. You would likely still have some definition, but it may not be extremely noticeable. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, When dyeing socks, we would recommend the stove top method. For the steps to follow when dyeing on the stove top, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/ Prior to your dye project, you will want to make sure your socks are made from 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://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Emily, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. When dyed, polyester tints on the surface only. Thus the resulting light or off color. It will depend on the percentage of polyester in your dress as to how dark red of a color you might achieve. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com t austin

    I have 4.5 lb of 100% cotton bed spread and 2 duvet covers. I want to dye them the same (or similar) light green that they are now….the sun bleached part of it. I am using my top loading washing machine on the large setting with hot water. I bought 2 boxes of Kelly green. What do you suggest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Austin, A response was provided to your earlier inquiry. 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.

  • Sam

    Hi, im looking to dye my dark blue jeans to black. what dyes would you suggest to get it to true black?

  • renee

    How long do you need to stir garments using the stovetop method? Dyeing Black to black?

  • Stephanie

    I have a white 45%Polyester, 45%Rayon, 10%Linen t-shirt that I dyed. I was worried it wouldn’t take well so I used a whole bottle of Cherry Red dye hoping to get a vibrant bright red. I used the stove top method as directed but only for 20 minutes instead of 30 because I thought it was getting too dark – and it really isn’t the color I was expecting (the color I saw when I tested it). It seems more of a burgundy/burnt red. Any recommendations on how to get it to a bright red (if it’s possible)?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, The fabric contains too much polyester to get a bright, vibrant red, Did you add in any salt to the dye bath? That could make it a little bit brighter, but the dye is only going to be truly effective on the rayon and linen portion of the material. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • kenneth

        I want to dye two pair of blue jeans. How much dye will I need?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Kenneth,
          To figure how much dye to use, you will need to determine the weight of the jeans. 1 box of powder dye will dye up to 1 lb of dry weight fabric. 1 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 2 lbs of dry weight fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Carmen

    Hi!
    I bought a really expensive knitted grey sweater a few months back, and it got stained splotchy red in the wash. I don’t want to bleach the sweater in fear that I might ruin the fabric. I went out and bought a Rit Wine Red dye to fix it, but I’m hesitant to actually dye it in case it gets ruined even more. The sweater is 65% cotton and 35% polyester. What should I do?
    Thank you,
    Carmen

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carmen, Dyeing over the fabric as is could result in the material dyeing unevenly. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove the color and stains. You can then redye the fabric with a grey or wine color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • mary

    I have 96 % cotton and 3% elastane pants. I mixed a tiny bit of navy blue and cherry red and got a beautiful crimson red color. Though the pants did not dye evenly. I have used rit dye for years now and this has never happened. How can i fix this? The darker sections are the desired color. Can i apply the mix directly to the lighter portions.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mary, We have e-mailed you some additional questions about your dyeing process so we can further assist you. Thanks!

      • mary

        The pants were pretty new. Only wore them 2x. Pants were clean and i used the washing machine method. 1 poured 1/2 cherry bottle on small cycle on the washing machine. It was my first time using tgis method. Im thinking of using color remover and starting all over again, but on the stove instead.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Mary, The stove top method is always recommended for the best results. The color remover requires very hot water (180 degrees) to activate and be maintained when removing dye, which is why the stove top works best. Be sure to use a stainless steel pot for both the color remover and the dye. Also, stir the pants constantly so that both the color remover and dye can be evenly distributed. Hope this helps.

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  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Luci, Is it a synthetic wig? Do you know if it is polyester or what kind of fabric it is made of? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Kayla

    Hello, I have a sectional with 100% cotton slipcovers. They are currently “Natural” (Aka off white) and I would like to dye them black. My concern is that it is 100% cotton and will shrink in the washer if I put it on hot. If I dip dye them in the hot water, will they still shrink?

    Thanks!!
    Kayla

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kayla, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes require very hot water (140-160 degrees) to activate. When dyeing an item, it is recommended it be agitated for 30-60 minutes in the dyebath to achieve and set the color. A true black is a more difficult color to achieve and our website offers tips on dyeing black, which you can view by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ If you are concerned about shrinkage, we would not recommend dyeing with Rit dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Haley

    Hi!

    I would like to dye a white leotard that is 92% cotton, 8% spandex. I want to dye it dark green. I have the powder dye currently, will that work?
    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Haley, Yes, it will work on that fabric content. Be sure to add in 1 cup of salt and that the water is at least 140-160 degrees for best results. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Haley

        Hi! One more question please. Would it work on the same ration with the cotton being nylon instead?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Haley,
          It will work if the material is nylone. If dyeing nylon, add 1 cup of vinegar instead of salt. Hope this is helpful!

  • Elisabeth

    I can’t get my red dye to run clear. The best I can get is a very light pink and this is after rinsing at least 6 times. The fabric is wool, I used hot water on the stove top for about 45 minutes, used the detergent and vinegar. It was scarlet over a light turquoise. Beautiful color but does not seem to set. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elisabeth, We make a product called Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative that can help set the dye and reduce the color bleeding in the fabric. It can sometimes take several cold water rinses to get the dye to run clear in the cold water. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • lori

    I need orange dye which the store didn’t have, so I bought red and yellow. My question is do I double the water and salt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lori, When dyeing fabric, 1 box of powder dye and 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using the low water setting in the washing machine or 3 gallons of water. You will want to use enough water to make sure the fabric can move freely in the dyebath. When creating orange, you can test the color with a paper towel. When salt is called for in a dyebath, you should use 1 cup regardless of the size of the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lynda

    I have a bleached spot on a new black cotton polo shirt. can I spot dye it? What do you recommend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynda, 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. Spot dyeing may make the spot less noticeable, but it could still be apparent on the shirt depending on the extent of the bleach damage. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • kat

    Hello! We are planning a team building and are tie dying tshirts our school colors. Maroon, Black and Gold. Any suggestions?
    There are 13 girls how much dye do you think we will need?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kat, When tie-dyeing, 1 package of powder dye or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye 3 to 5 shirts. Hope this helps.

  • jdawg

    Hi, I plan on dying a pair of 100% wool pants for Halloween. Do I follow the same directions for wool as I would cotton? I plan taking care of it inside a washing machine. Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Yes, you would follow the same basic directions as when dyeing cotton but using 1 cup of vinegar with the wool instead of salt. Hope this helps!

      • jdawg

        Thank you. Also is there a difference for worsted wool? I just found out that the fabric is worsted wool. Thanks again.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Be careful when agitating as too much agitation can cause felting on the wool to occur and too little agitation could cause the item to dye unevenly. We would also recommend keeping the water as close to 140 degrees as possible to try to help minimize shrinkage in the wool.

  • Larz

    All the instructions refer to measurements in packages and bottles, rather than actual measures. I bought the 1lb. containers of dye, so I need to know the *actual* measurements in tablespoons or milliliters’s or the like.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Larz, my understanding is that there is a scoop in the 1lb container of powder dye that is equal to one ounce of dye that would dye one pound of dry weight fabric.in three gallons of HOT water.or the low level water setting in a top load washer. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, There is too much polyester for the dye to successfully take on the nightgown. It may possibly make it a little darker, but it would not be able to achieve a royal blue color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • MistyVicious

    Hi I am planning on attempting to dye half of my white 100% cotton dress for halloween to royal blue, is it possible to do this and also any tips? I do not want an ombre effect. It’s going to be dyed straight down the middle, as I will be 2 characters, half on one side half on the other. Also I would like to do a test with the belt it came with but I can’t seem to find how much water vs dye to test a sample with. Please help!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You will achieve the best results by using the Enamel Blue Color Perfect as it will allow you to spray the dye directly out of the bottle. http://store.ritstudio.com/colorperfect/ Using the liquid or powder dyes would likely not give you as straight of a line as the Color Perfect. Hope this helps!

  • Yadira

    I want to dye my daughters silk peach colored bloomers white for her Halloween custome. Will that work? Peach to white? The bloomers are exactly what I need but in the wrong color and I can’t find them anywhere!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Yadira, If the bloomers are made from a fabric we can dye, you could use the color remover to take the color out but they will only be white if that is where they stated.This link will help with the color remover:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Yadira

    Hi there, I want to dye my daughters peach colored bloomers white, would that work? Do you guys carry white dye? Thank you Yadira

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Yadira, RIT does not make a white dye because it works on the theory that all fabric starts at white. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jamie Byrd

    I have a grey jacket that is 100% polyvinyl, I will be using a bucket to dye the fabric. Should I use the RIT color remover first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jamie, Unfortunately, our dyes will not work on polyvinyl. So sorry for any inconvenience. You might try searching the internet to see if you can find something that will dye polyvinyl. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Hayley

    Hi. The black dress I wanted to buy online is unlikely to be restocked. The company is selling the dress in other colours however. I thought I could maybe buy one and dye it black myself?The fabric is Bengaline. I’d never heard of it before but it’s quite robust fabric with a bit of stretch to it. Can it be done ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Hayley, From what we can see Bengaline is a strong ribbed fabric made of a mixture of silk and either cotton or wool. As long as it is silk, cotton or wool it can be dyed. What color options are available?

  • Alexander Stewart

    I need to spray dye a boxing ring canvas. How do I do it ? What is the mix of dye ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alexander,
      Is this something you can possibly submerge into a dyebath instead? Unfortunately for such a large area it could be difficult for our dyes to achieve as when spraying the dye on to fabric. Typically when the dye has been sprayed onto the fabric it requires heat-setting. Without the dye being heat-set, the dye would rub off and can stain items it comes in contact with. Has the canvas been pre-treated with a special finish already or is this something you are planning to do after?

  • Jennifer

    Hello, I recently dyed a tan wool suit purple for my son in-laws joker costume for halloween, but the color came out much to dingy, more like a muddy purple, is there anyway to make the color more vibrant?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer,We are sorry that your project did not come out to your satisfaction. The color on the bottle of Purple dye was achieved by dyeing a white cotton T shirt. You might achieve a darker color by redyeing the item again doubling up on the amount of dye recommended for the weight of the item. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Katie

    I am wanting to dye my king size blanket, buy my washing machine is a water conserving one and I don’t know how to get it to fill completely without any items in it, in order to mix the dye and water before adding the blanket. Do you have any suggestions about that? I do have a plastic utility tub I can use, would that work?

  • Linda

    I have a dry clean 64% polyester 34% rayon 2% spandex with a 100% polyester lined grey jacket. I want it Navy. any chance of dying it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, Unfortunately, it contains too much polyester to successfully dye it Navy. The only portion that would take color would be the 34% rayon. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Am

    I need to change the colour of my daughters 80% polyester and 20% rayon curtains. She wants them black (they are currently pink). However it is not recommended to dye polyester, is there another solution or do you have a product that will work on polyester?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Am,
      Unfortunately only the rayon portion of the curtains would absorb the dye resulting in a very light color or off color. Unfortunately we do not make a polyester dye. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Ann

    I have a skirt that is navy with orange yellow and green flowers on it. I have the Wine Rouge dye but I’m thinking I should color strip the skirt first.. ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ann, if you have determined that the fabric in your skirt is compatible with RIT Dye, then yes we would recommend using RIT Color Remover, take out as much color as possible to give your self a clean slate, then dye the item the color that you want it to be. This link will give you the directions for using RIT Color Remover:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Nichole

    Hi! I have two white items I would like to dye black. Both are pants, one is dress slacks, 95% cotton 5% spandex. The other is more like a jean type material, 72% cotton 26% polyester and 2% spandex. Both recommend cold wash. I realize your instructions do not recommend dyeing these items, but I’m hoping because they are mainly cotton and white, they will take the dye??!! Appreciate the help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nichole, They will definitely take on dye. We recommend a water temperature of at least 140-160 degrees for optimal results. This could cause some shrinkage to occur. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Isabelle, The dress can be dyed black as the spandex is such a small amount that it will not affect the dyeing process. Just be sure to add in 1 cup of salt and use a water temperature of 160-180 degrees. You will get the best color results on the stove top. Hope this helps!

  • Tauna

    I have polyester blend tablecloths to dye for a reception. They weight approx 3 lbs. Can they be dyed in a large plastic storage container and remain in it till the desired color is reached? Maybe even over night ? I don’t have a pot big enough to handle even one tablecloth. What are my options?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tauna, What is the percentage of polyester in the tablecloths and what other fabric makes up the blend? We can better assist you with this additional information. Thanks!

  • Ryan

    I’m planning on dyeing some overalls (100% cotton) a dark brown. But I don’t think I have a big enough pot to put them in. Without keeping it on the stove, is there a different way for me to keep the water hot? I was planning on putting the dye bath in a plastic tote before, but i don’t have a way to heat it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ryan, You can use a plastic tote, just heat the water on the stove and add it into the tote. It will dye well as long as you start out with the hottest water possible. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Stephen

    Hello! I’ve looked up a quite a few tutorials for dying Chuck Taylors/Converse. I ordered a pair I thought were going to be red, but actually came in a really bright hunter orange, if not almost a pink orange. I ordered some Scarlet Red Rit that’s on the way. I was curious if I long soaked them with the hottest water possible if that would be sufficient, or if I should look into removing/bleaching the existing color off of the shoe’s first? I’m afraid of how they came colored from the manufacturer and it possibly repelling the dye altogether depending on how it was applied/treated. however, if it even made them darker or more red and now that god awful orange pink color I’d probably be happy ;p

    Thank you!
    Stephen

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephen,
      For best results we would recommend removing the color first using Rit Color Remover. Overdyeing the pre-existing color may result in more of a brighter red-orange color. We would recommend checking out a similar project that someone had done to remove the color and how they applied the dye after. https://www.ritdye.com/2014/04/10/radiant-orchid-ombre-sneakers/ Hope this information is helpful.

      • Stephen

        Thank you for the speedy reply! I’ll give this a shot, thanks again!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jackie, As long as they can be put into hot water, they will dye well. You can overdye the burgundy to black. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar. The stove top method will give you the best results with black and when dyeing nylon. As for the 2nd pair, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the coral hue prior to dyeing them red. Hope this helps!

  • readinyoarticles

    I just bought a peach dress for my semi-formal, but I was considering dying it black. It’s made out of scuba material, which is 88% polyester and 12% elastane. Is there anyway I can dye this dress? Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Unforunately polyester is not dyeable with our dyes as it is an oil-based material that prevents our dyes from aborbing into the material. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Jackie

    I wanted to add a photo to my original post but it wouldn’t take. Here are the leggings.

    • https://thegothwriter.blogspot.com Layla Rose

      So you went from that pink/fuschia to a burgundy/wine color? That’s awesome! I love it!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Anthony Sonnier

    Hello,
    I am trying (thinking about this is better) to dye a 100% “Aramid” army coat, one( black )and the other (navy blue). What I am not sure of is the measurement of dye and/or salt or vinegar. Which one too use or which one not to use (AS FAR AS THE SALT AND VINEGAR goes). I have read where some say it is not possible then some say it is possible. 99.999% of the time I beleive it is possible, BUT there is that 0.01% that say nope , NOWAY, shape or form. What I am trying to do is get away from the drapy army “green” , FYI, Both of these coats are “new”. IF USING THE STOVE METHOD IS BETTER BECAUSE I CAN KEEP THE WATER OVER THE 120-140 DEGREE longer than the washing machine method. But still not sure if salt or vineagar is to be used. I got these coat for free, better than buying them out right for $50-$150.00. SO PLEASE ADVISE ME ON THE BEST /EASIEST WAY TO DO THIS, Thanks ahead of time. Take care

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Anthony, Thank you for reaching out. Aramid is a manufactured fiber made from synthetic polyamide. Aramid fibers cannot be dyed with Rit dye. Sorry about that.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Anthony Sonnier

        Then with our techology we have these days what woould be the correct way to dye theses coats. Rit dye can not be the only way too get this done. Thanks

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Anthony, There may be another product in the market place, other than Rit, that will work for dyeing Aramid. Sorry that we do not have a product to recommend. You might try searching the internet for a dye, or process, that will work for dyeing aramid.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Rit dyes require very hot water (140-160 degrees) to activate and set the dye. Cotton and rayon are both dyeable fabrics, but polyester and spandex are not. Since the percentage of non-dyeable fabric is low, you should achieve good results when dyeing. If your jeans state they should not be washed in hot water, we would not recommend using Rit dye. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lucy Walker

    At what point are you adding the 1 cup of salt 5 min. After adding dye or 5 min. After adding the clothing? I thought it was after adding the clothing but after rereading I’m not sure will it mess up if I added the soap and salt after I addied the clothing?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lucy, If possible, first add the clothing to the dyebath and, then, wait 5 minutes before adding the salt or vinegar to the dyebath. The delay will help to promote level dyeing.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Lucy Walker

        Thank you!

  • Melanie

    I just bought a vest for my son that is 55% nylon and 45% polyester. We got it at Goodwill and it is a light blue color. We are hoping to change it to a red or burnt orange color. Is this enough dye-able material to make this work? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melanie, We can dye the nylon portion but not the polyester past. We sent a file titled “Overdyeing an existing color to your email address. Hope this information will be helpful. .

  • Shae

    I need to dye a pair of heavy duty cotton tights for my 18month olds Halloween costume. Will Rit dye stain his skin?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shae,
      As long as the dye is rinsed thoroughly it will not stain his skin. You will want to make sure to rinse until water runs clear. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Annie

    i dyed 2 aprons with 1 bottle rit dark green liquid dye and i must have done something wrong because they are both splotchy. Can i redye them and it will come out like i originally intended?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Annie, If you redye over them as is, they would continue to dye unevenly. You can use the Rit Color Remover to take the color out and redye. Be sure they have enough room to freely move around and are being agitated constantly for 30-60 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jojo

    I have a dark blue shirt. I would like to dye it either royal blue or black. Any suggestions. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jojo, Thank you for your question. What is the fabric content of the shirt? We can better assist you if we know what type of material you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jen, Unfortunately, there is not a way to successfully be able to cover over the decal. So sorry for any inconvenience. Let us know if you have any other questions.

    • http://www.ritdye.com Kristie Romiti

      What if she used the spray bottle technique? Could she mask the decal on the front off with something that would prevent absorption and spray the rest of the garment with the bottle?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Kristie, If she were to use a spray bottle technique, she could try applying Elmer’s blue gel glue. This could help protect the logo from the dye, but with black it does require hot water and agitation time for a dark black and the results with a squirt bottle would likely not turn out even or as dark.

        • Farah S

          What if she used scotchgard on the label and let it dry completely.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Farah, It could dye over the scotch guard, so the Elmer’s Blue Gel glue or Batik glue would be the best option for trying to cover a logo.

  • Carmen

    I have a cream romper that I would like to dye black. The overlay is part cotton and part nylon. However, the lining is polyester. Can I still use the Rit Dye to dye this piece? Or what can be suggested to use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carmen,
      You can certainly achieve Black on the overlay of the romper as it is made of cotton and nylon. Unfortunately the lining will not be able to absorb the dye since polyester is not dyeable with our dyes. If the polyester portion is dyed, it may tint the surface of the material resulting in a very light off color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chelsea, You could try something like this: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/10/31/two-tone-scarf-refashion/ or maybe use a squirt bottle tie dyeing approach to apply the dye to the sections you want. It may not come out entirely even that way: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-pour-method/ Hope this helps!

  • Alice

    Hi,
    I need to re-dye my husbands black work shirts, however the company’s name is on the front in white. If I dye them, will it also dye the name? The shirt is cotton but the name is a different material (the kind used for most writing on shirts).

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alice, Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, the dye could potentially affect the writing on the front of the shirt. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Amber M

    I have two blouses that I bought a year ago, but have never worn because they don’t match anything I own (One is red-orange cotton, and the other is bright purple silk). I would like to dye them both black, but my mother advised me to only dye the cotton blouse. Can I dye both together, or would it be better to dye them separately? Also, will the dye also color the plastic buttons on the blouses?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber,
      You can dye both blouses together and still achieve black. If doing together, we would not recommend adding salt or vinegar to the dyebath. If you would like to dye them separately, we would recommend adding salt to the dyebath for the cotton blouse and vinegar for the silk blouse for a more vibrant black color. The buttons may or may not be able to absorb the dye depending on the material content of the buttons. If the material content of the buttons is made of nylon plastic it will absorb the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Dianne

    I’ve been op-shopping and have bought a white dress which is linen. On washing it I noticed a couple of very small dark rusty marks on it. (Pin head size.). Just wondering if dyeing it white again would remove these marks or I’m not adverse to dyeing the dress Baby Pink Colour. Light colours for a nice Summer Dress. ( it is a designer Brand dress- so I would appreciate best option).

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dianne, You could try the Rit Color Remover or Rit Rust Remover to remove the rust marks from the dress. Dyeing over the stains would likely not cover them. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Mae

    I want to try dyeing massage sheets… which have been in use for a couple of years. You can never get ALL of the oil out…. and though the sheets are clean (washed in hot water with strong oil removing detergent) slight vague stains are visible. They are in good condition otherwise… no tears… I would like to continue to use them as it helps with the environment. I am not expecting them to look perfect, because i suspect the oil residue might not take the dye well… it could be a cool effect ! The sheets are light blue and i am going for a dark blue color. Any similar experiences, thoughts, suggestions ? I have never dyed anything so i am excited to try this. Thanks ! Mae

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mae,
      What is the exact fabric content of the sheets you are wanting to dye? We can better assist you if we know what kind of material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Joanna

    I was using your Kelly Green dye on some white leg warmers and one time they come out green and another time they come out blue. I have never had this problem with any of your other dyes. Do you have any suggestions? The leg warmers are always the same material, thickness, etc.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joanna, 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!

  • Doug

    I am a contractor. I have a customer that would like me to change the color of her grout to a slightly darker shade of grey (the grout is now off white). It seems that this might be possible with your dye. I am going to buy liquid Pearl Grey and experiment on a test piece. The one issue I see that may be a problem is that the dye liquid needs to be warm to hot. This will be a problem because of the thermal mass of the tile. There is a strong need for the dye to work evenly across the surface. Again, I am looking for a small change in color. I see that adding salt may compensate for the lack of temperature? Any input?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Doug, In order to make a small amount of the dye to test, you should consider reading our directions for Spot Dyeing https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/. All RIT products are actvated with HOT water. Hope this information is helpful. : .

  • Dya

    I want to dye my sofa that has faded Can I put the dye on with a sponge

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit is appreciative of your interest in using our product to dye your sofa, however, we do not recommend dyeing your sofa. The problem you would run into is that the excess dye could not be rinsed out and would rub off onto skin and clothing. Sorry about that.

  • Windsor

    I have dyed 2 cotton chair slipcovers red. The color looks great, but I have been rinsing and rinsing and rinsing and the water won’t run clear. How long should this take? I’ve run them through the “rinse & spin” only cycle in my washing machine 4 times. The water is still red red red. Is there anything I can do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Windsor, 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!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, It depends on what the buttons are made of. If they are nylon based they will dye well. If they are a poly based plastic the retail line may not work to successfully dye the buttons. Do you know the type of buttons you are working with?

  • Barbara Carl

    I am planning to dye a heavy cotton curtain fabric. My stainless steel pot is too small. Can I use the old fashioned blue granite kettle pot?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Barbara, You should be able to use the kettle pot as long as it is enamel. If it is another type of material, it could potentially discolor the pot.

  • yanaboo

    How can i dye maroon lace nylon to pink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove the maroon color from the material and then dye it the pink shade you are looking to achieve. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com kathy k

    I want to use Black dye to darken some brick inside my house, Any ideas/thoughts/suggestions

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kathy, Unfortunately, we do not have any specific instructions on doing this and it will likely require some experimenting. Black requires very hot water, so you might try adding 1/4-1/2 cup of very hot water and then sponging the dye on. It may or may not be able to fully adhere to brick and dye rubbing off could be a concern since there is not a way to successfully rinse any excess dye from the bricks. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Sheila

    Hi, have several black colored garments which have faded that I’ll be dyeing black, in hopes that it’ll bring them back to looking new again. Now my question, some of the the items have small accent colors/embroidery, (like a Nike swoosh on my sports bra for example) is there a way to protect these areas from receiving the new dye?

    Thanks,
    Sheila

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sheila, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is not a way to cover those areas. If the embroidery thread is polyester, the dye would not affect those areas. The dye could potentially dye over an emblem such as the Nike swoosh. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Valerie Oitz

    Hi, I am going to dye a linen Douvet Cover that is currently cream (yuck). I really am not sure of color from the Online pictures so, I have chosen about four colors all from the same color family (curiously, it will take four colors) and make a quart of each using,as a test, just a paper towel which I will let dry and then choose the perfect sweet lilac, lilac, african violet, or mauve mist, I have never dyed and hope this goes well.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Valerie, If you get a color that is close to what you are looking for, you can always add more water to make the color even lighter. Good luck! We would love to see your finished results and please let us know if you have any questions.

  • Linda

    I have a beige sweater that is 63% rayon and 37% nylon …what would be the best way to dye this garment Black…add salt or vinegar or neither ???

  • Valerie

    I want to dye a medium blue 5 oz. cotton poplin shirt black. Any problems dyeing colors into black or is it best to start with a white shirt? Also, the buttons are white plastic. Will they remain white? Thanks

  • Kimberlee

    I have a 100% cotton black cardigan sweater that has brass buttons on it. The sweater has faded from drycleaning. Very disappointing. I want to redye it black. The washing directions say dry clean only due to the buttons. The sweater has faded so much I can’t wear it with other black things so I feel I have nothing to lose by trying. Can you recommend the best was to dye it without ruining the buttons?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kimberlee, Since Rit dye could effect the brass buttons on your sweater, we would recommend removing the buttons prior to dyeing. This would ensure the buttons are not damaged.

  • Pat

    I’ve dyed a white sweatsuit brown. The first time it came out mauve. (I didn’t shake the bottle of Rit dye & it was clumpy, so not sure if it was bad.) So I bought another bottle of dye & tried it again. This time it came out brown. I did not rinse it in cold water or wash it again because I was afraid to lighten the color. Now my question — Will this fade on my grandsons skin when he wears it?
    Thanks Pat

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Pat,
      We always recommend rinsing and washing before wearing. Without rinsing, the dye can rub off onto items it comes in contact with such as skin. We recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative to help reduce color bleeding and help with color retention. You can find the directions on the following link from our website. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this information is helpful!

      • Pat

        But will the color fade with the cold water rinse and detergent wash cycles? Thanks Pat

        Subject: Re: New comment posted on Tips for Successful Dyeing

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Pat, For best results we recommend using the Color Stay Dye Fixative prior to rinsing. Be sure the fabric is cotton or another natural fiber in order for the dye fixative to help set the dye and reduce color bleeding. It is possible that you could lose some color when rinsing and rewashing. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Addie

    My cotton sneakers are black but fading. I was thinking I could use Rit and blot it on them (they have zippers, a white brand tag and white soles, so immersion would not work). Is that doable? If so, how would you suggest going about it? Apologies if this has been asked before.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Addie, It will be difficult to obtain Black because, the material must be immersed in the dyebath to achieve true depth of color. Before tinting a pair of fabric shoes, test a tiny portion where it will not be apparent. In this way, you can determine the results obtainable. Here are some basic directions if you want to give it a try:

      1. Mix 1 package Rit powder dye OR mix 1/2 bottle (1/2 cup) Rit liquid dye into 1 pint (2 cups) hot water (140 F). Stir to dissolve. Do not boil.

      2. Using clear warm water, slightly and evenly dampen the entire outside surface of the fabric shoes with brush or sponge.

      3. Wear rubber gloves and carefully apply hot Rit dye solution with a brush or sponge, using long, overlapping strokes to spread dye evenly and uniformly. Apply dye sparingly; do not permit the shoes to become soaked as this may cause them to lose shape.

      4. After applying dye, let shoes to air dry completely. After they are thoroughly dry, wipe with a clean cloth to help remove excess color.

      Hope this helps!

  • Allisonwaken

    Can I re-dye an item that has just been dyed to get a darker color without first removing the color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Absolutely! If you are just trying to darken the overall shade it would be fine to overdye the fabric without taking out the color. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, In order to go from green to brown, we would recommend first using the Rit Color Remover to take out the green hue. You can then dye the fabric using the Cocoa Brown or Dark Brown dye. The liquid or powder will work to dye the nylon. Just be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar. Hope this helps!

  • Brandon Espinosa

    My first time dying!
    What cycle or when best to add detergent to the cycle to set the colour? At a wash & Fold right now..HELP!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brandon,
      You will want to complete the dyeing cycle and rinse until the water runs clear. After that you will then run another wash cycle with detergent only. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Shavon

    I have a burgundy window scarf I will like to dye purple, should I use the liquid or power dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mark, We would suggest using cocoa brown, dark brown or black to dye over the current mustard color of your coat. Hope this helps.

  • Jean

    Will your dye fixative work on 100% rayon fabric? I bought a tye dyed dress and the color will even come off on my hands when wet. Help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jean,
      Unfortunately Dye Fixative will only work on natural fabrics. Since rayon is a man-made material it will have limited results. Sorry about that.

  • Debbie

    I dyed a white lacy cotton dress from white to black, however it did not color the zipper and some of the white threads are showing.
    Can I dye the zipper, what should I do.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debbie,
      Very often the thread and zipper 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.

  • April Rogers

    I need to dye to a dark brown. Last time I did this, I started with cotton/poly 50/50 blend white to brown. If I choose maroon to go to brown, will that work better?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi April, The reason you are not achieving good results with your dye project is due to the cotton/poly blend. 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. If the fabric is a cotton blend, the fabric will be tinted a light or pastel color, the higher the cotton content, the deeper the resulting color will be. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Renee

    Hi. My daughter has a maroon shirt that got some bleach spots on it. Can we dye just the spots or would you recommend dyeing the whole shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

      • Renee

        The fabric is 95% rayon and 5% spandex

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Renee,
          Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. You can find our recipe for Maroon on the following link from our website. https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this information is helpful!

  • Renee

    The fabric is 95% rayon and 5% spandex

  • Amber

    I have two different black items that I want to ‘re-dye, (shirt & a dress) but both have a white inset. Is there a technique to refresh the black without effecting the white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, Rit dye is intended for use on items that can be immersed in a dyebath, therefore, the white inset in the items would be effected by the dye. Sorry about that.

  • jodi

    i have a dark brown sweater I would like to dye. What color can I turn it into?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jodi, Thank you for your question? What is the fabric content of the sweater? If overdyeing, you would only be able to achieve black by mixing in 1/2 package of Navy Blue with the Black dye. As long as it is a dyeable fabric, you can use the Rit Color Remover to take out the brown hue and dye it the color you are looking for.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Derek, You can go ahead and double the dye quantity and add in 1 cup of salt for cotton, rayon, ramie, linen or blends or 1 cup of vinegar for nylon, silk or wool to create brighter hues. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • melanie

    Can I dye Faded suit of 65% polyester.33% viscose and 4% spandex

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melanie, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, the fabric contains too much polyester to successfully dye with Rit at this time. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • laurendorman

    I have a pair of pants that are 66% cotton / 34% polyester. The pants suffered from a small splash of bleach. The pants are black and I am thinking of purchasing black dye to repair the bleached area, but will be dying the entire pair of pants in the process. I read that 100% polyester will not accept the dye, but I am curious to know if a cotton/poly blend will?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lauren, This link explains how RIT can cover over bleach damage: https://www.ritdye.com/faq/will-rit-dye-cover-bleach-spots/.BUT when you have a combination fabric, RIT can only work on the cotton portion. You cannot achieve 100% of what the product can do. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Tori

    I want to dye my jacket. It is 60% cotton and 40% polyester. I’m scared, because different parts of the jacket have a different thickness, that it will come out splotchy. I the cuffs are ridged and the rest is not. Right now it is light grey and I want it a darker grey

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tori, One of the rules of dyeing is to give the item constant stirring (agitation) so that the item will not be splotchy. Have you checked the care and fabric content of your jacket to see if it is compatible with RIT Dye? RIT can only dye the cotton part so it is not possible to achieve a dark color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Cassidy

    Hi, I have a white 100% cotton sweater that has a bright or age sharpie stain, I am thinking of dying navy blue or emerald green, will the stain effect the due process at all, or will the dye mask the stain?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Cassidy, Rit Dye will not cover a stained or sun-faded area. For stain spots, try to remove the stains using Rit Super Stain Remover. For faded areas, try to remove the color using Rit Color Remover. This will remove or reduce the overall color bringing it to an off-white or cream color. Then re-dye the item. Hope this information is helpful

  • Lulu

    i have black lululemon jackets that say luon material ( stretchy material, sweat wicking, cottony soft, breathable ) and now it looks faded will dyeing it black make it look dark again and will the Rit dye work on the luon material?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lulu, It looks like the luon material is a majority of nylon which is dyeable with Rit. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar to the dye bath and the stove top is the recommended method when dyeing nylon. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Rachel

    A large number of doilies and lacy things (tablecloths/overlays) have come into my possession that I want to dye, but I have no idea what material they’re made out of. Has anyone had any success dyeing such items before?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rachel,
      Many people have dyed these types of items before successfully as long as the items are made of dyeable materials. Since these items can be made of various materials it helps to know the exact material content before dyeing. If some of the materials are not dyeable materials, they may resist the dye completely or result in light or off colors. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Maria, Yes, dyeing velour cotton black should produce good results. We offer tips for dyeing black at The Rit Studio. The instructions 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 information is helpful.

  • Angela Parmelee

    Hello, I have a new dress, 100% cotton, dress is black and white pattern. I would like to make the black pattern more of a navy, navy and light yellow would be pretty. need I settle for dying it blue to change/enhance to a pretty color with contrast ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angela,
      Unfortunately the only color that can overdye black is Black. To be able to achieve another color, we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color to a white or creamy color before dyeing. Since you are working with a pattern, the pattern will still be visible. If you were to dye the dress with our Navy Blue dye, there will be different shades of navy blue due to the pattern of the dress. Unfortunately there will be no white left on the dress to achieve yellow on the white areas. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi John, We would not recommend bleaching them if you are planning on dyeing them. The bleach can cause the material to not take out very much color. We would recommend our Rit Color Remover to remove the color beforehand. You might also double check to see if any of them contain any tags. If they are a polyester blend, the material may end up grey instead of a black hue. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shai,

    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.

    Hope this helps!

  • cindy

    I just bought a pair of sage green corduroy jeans. I would like to make them an olive green or a muddy brown. Will the dark color take to corduroy or will it just end up an uneven mess

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cindy, The corduroy will dye well, but if you are wanting to achieve a brown hue we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover first to take out the green. Be sure to add in 1 cup of salt to the dye bath and stir constantly for at least 30 minutes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Mindy

    I have a 100% cotton slipcover that is white with black floral pattern. Can this be dyed to one color like grey or blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mindy, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. You could then dye the slipcover grey or blue. However, the pattern would likely still show through in varying shades of the color you chose. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Stephanie C

    Hi. I have two white tulle skirts that are 100% polyester. I wanted to dye them a very light blush and a light blue color, do you think the dye will hold at all? Even if I want the color to be very light? I have some extra fabric from when I hemmed them, so how do you recommend testing the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kelly, Nylon dyes very easily and quickly. Since the skirt contains only a small percentage of elastane, which is not a dyeable fabric, you should achieve good results when dyeing your skirt black. We are going to email you instructions on dyeing nylon for you to review. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Connie

    Hi,

    I have a 4 year old black raised damask woven coat made of 75% polyester, 22% cotton, 8% spandex that has faded unevenly due to sunlight exposure. The raised woven pattern and the warp are still black ( probably the polyester/spandex) but the weft in the background or base of the fabric has faded to a brown/bronze color in some areas like the sleeves. Other areas (under the arms, collar, bottom) are still all black. Do you think I could successfully overdye this to try to return it to an all black color? The care label says dry clean but not dry clean only (lining is 100% polyester). Any advice is welcome.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Connie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the material contains too much polyester to successfully dye it black with our dye. So sorry for any inconvenience.

      • Connie

        I am assuming the part that faded was the cotton fiber (the weft). The pattern and warp are still black. I am more concerned with shrinkage. Can you give me any guess as to the possibility of shrinkage with this kind of fabric in a 140 degree dye bath?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Connie, The fibers are typically interwoven so it may not reflect any change once dyed. If it was 100% cotton, there is a strong possibility that some shrinkage could occur in the dye bath. Let us know if you have any other questions!

          • Connie

            Thanks for answering my questions. I just wish it was possible to rescue this coat 🙁 Perhaps I will use it as a pattern to make a new one.

  • Connie

    Hi,

    I have a 4 year old black raised damask woven coat made of 75% polyester, 22% cotton, 8% spandex that has faded unevenly due to sunlight exposure. The raised woven pattern and the warp are still black ( probably the polyester/spandex) but the weft in the background or base of the fabric has faded to a brown/bronze color in some areas like the sleeves. Other areas (under the arms, collar, bottom) are still all black. Do you think I could successfully overdye this to try to return it to an all black color? The care label says dry clean but not dry clean only (lining is 100% polyester). Any advice is welcome.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Connie, RIT cannot dye polyester. The product is also not recommended for items that carry a tag. DRY CLEAN ONLY. The basic steps for dyeing with RIT are: Your prewashed, wet item is put into a dye bath of HOT water, agitated for up to 30 minutes, then rinsed until the water runs clear, then wash, rinse and dry as normal. The product will dye evenly when given a clean slate to start with. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Marylyn

    I had an old box of purple Rit dye that I used to dye the old hand painted wallpaper in my daughters room. I used the wood and wicker technique from inside the box, ( 1packet to 2cups hot water) and ran out of dye midway through. Now all I can find at the store is liquid Rit. What is the conversion for using liquid instead of powder for that, or is that not recommended. I really don’t want to pay shipping on a couple of boxes of powder dye.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marylyn,
      1 packet of powder dye is equal to 1/2 bottle of liquid dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lisa

    I have a 100% cotton sweater that has an embroidered logo on it. I’d like to dye the sweater back to navy blue. The logo is yellow polyester. Will it dye navy too?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa,
      Although polyester is not dyeable with our dyes, when dyed it can possibly tint the surface resulting in a pastel or off color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Morgan

    hi there. im trying to dye an orange jumpsuit it is under 200 grams of fabric. I wanted to dye it black but it went brown but i quickly washed it out and it went back to orange so i put a red over it and didnt really change. why isnt it working or what colour could i use to make black; green; dark red

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Morgan, Thank you for your question. What is the fabric content of the jumpsuit?

  • Dying Craze

    We are trying to dye Angelina fiber a polyester & metal staple fiber, We are not bale to hit the target color of black it has either a green or brown tine. Do you have a lab that could help us obtain our color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Our current core Rit Dye colors do not work on polyester fabrics. We apologize for any inconvenience, however, we are very excited to announce that this April we will be releasing Rit Dye More that will work on your polyester fabrics. We have added you onto the list to receive an e-mail when the product launches as well as a coupon to try it out. Thank you for your interest in Rit!

  • Liz

    Hi, I’d like to dye a pair of cotton curtains from a light yellow to a dark gray, not black…is there a way to go light with black dye so it doesn’t get so dark?

  • Julie Scolnik

    I have a nicole miller dress that I bought used ( normally VERY expensive but this was very cheap) and it is a stretch metallic fabric.. I need to dye it even a little bit because it is off white and looks too much like a wedding dress to me.. do you really think it won’t take any dye at all? I thought I would use black dye just to tinge it a little gray…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Julie, We have found that metallic fabric normally will not accept Rit dye. What is the fabric content of the dress? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Ike

    Can I make this dye in bulk and leave it sit? I’m a weaver and want to be able to use this dye to paint as I weave; meaning I would need to prep the yarn and the dye, and then the dye would end up being used cold. is that possible? I wouldn’t be leaving it for more than a few days.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Ike, This product is meant to be used when it is HOT (140 degrees) with constant agitation. If you let it go cold, you would have to reheat it back to the original temperature to activate it. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Karina

    I am trying to dye 15 yards of half polyester half rayon fabric an orange color I was wondering how many bottles of dye I should purchase.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Karina, One bottle of liquid dye does 2 pounds of dry weight fabric (6 yards) in six gallons of HOT water. Remember that your fabric should be pre-washed and wet when you put it into the dye bath. Hope this information is helpful. . . . .

  • Nicholas

    Hello! I have a 100% cotton hoodie from American Eagle that I would like to dye black. It’s a heather grey color throughout the entire sweater. This is the sweater I would like to dye. Would it work out properly? I want a deep, true black product.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Deb, from my FAQs: How do I dye nylon/spandex?
    Follow the Rit package instructions. Nylon readily absorbs dye so you may need to use less dye. Please note that spandex does not absorb dye well and will result in a lighter shade.Check out the stove top method if possible. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/stovetop-technique/. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Mary Turner

    I see that bleach-stained fabrics do not accept dye well. My hope was to salvage an otherwise ruined set of cotton curtains damaged by bleach. Is there any hope for them? I don’t want to spend more money on dye if so. 🙁

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Jazi

    Hi, Rit people! I have a question. I washed a black machine wash cold 67% rayon 28% nylon skirt with a peach coral scarf and it came out with orangy blotches on the front (see the picture). I tried using a color run remover with no results. I took it to a dry cleaner and asked them if they could remove it- they said that the color had went though to the other side and they was nothing they could do. Could I dye the skirt (or even just the front) with black dye to fix it? I loooove this skirt- please help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jazi,
      You may give a try to our Spot Dyeing method if the orange blotches are not to large. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ If that does not work for you, for best results we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color of the skirt before dyeing to Black. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Jazi

        Hi, again. The spot-dyeing worked pretty well. Thanks a lot! It saved my skirt. I went though the process 3 times to really get the color back to mostly normal but it did it. I meant to post a picture the first time but I forgot, sorry. Here’s a before (orangyness- the first 2) and the after (just slightly faded a little in a few places- the last one) I did use a black sharpie marker to darken the spots some first (the second not so orangy pic). Once again, thanks. Very helpful!

  • MQ

    Hello! I have a army green nylon (80% or more nylon with spandex) clothing which i would like to dye black. Is it alright to just use black dye or should i mix it with something else? What is the minimum temperature i can dye it with?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You can overdye the nylon with Black and 1/2 package of Scarlet powder dye or 1/4 cup of Scarlet in liquid in addition to the black. We recommend dyeing nylon on the stove top using simmering water (160-180 degrees). Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Maria Jones

    Hi RitDye, I’m changing the color of a drape from gold to black using “black azabache”. I understand about results on the my material (cotton vallure). My first attempt resulted on a beautiful grey.
    Question: Can I repeat the process to obtain the color I intended to get which is black?

  • http://www.thebadkitties.org Tempest Kitty

    Hello, I’ve been trying to find a peach-and-black striped fabric with no luck. I was wondering if I buy Black and White, would I be able to use a peach dye on it and have the black stay black

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      You can most certainly achieve Peach on a black and white striped garment without the Peach affecting the black portion of the garment. Hope this information is helpful.

  • katie corrigan

    Hi, I am looking to die this dress a nude/pale pink colour. it says that it is a strong cotton fabric and was wondering would this be possible as I would like to wear it to a wedding.
    http://ollieandmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Leona-Dress-White-108×136.jpg
    http://ollieandmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Leona-Dress-White-Close-Up-108×136.jpg

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie, The dress can be dyed using Rit dye, as long it is made of 100% and the tag states it can be washed in hot water. For information on fabrics that are dyeable and fabrics that will not accept Rit dye, go to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Aidin Odell

    I enjoy making homemade shirts and I decided to try Rit black instead of my normal fabric markers. Is there a way to dye a design instead of the whole thing?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Aiden, We would recommend taking a look at Rit’s Color Perfect, which comes with 3 different applicators and is used for crafting projects. Information on the product can be found by going to https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/color-perfect/ One of the applicators is used for the pour method, but it may be difficult to achieve the precision of a design without using a marker. Hope this information is helpful.

  • JoElla Lane

    I’m trying to dye a white tutu royal blue. It is polyester, is there any way to get it blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello JoElla, at this time RIT cannot dye polyester but in the spring there is a new product coming out that will dye polyester. Hope this information is helpufl.

  • Elly

    I would like to dye a pair of pink capris a light purple. They are a rayon/nylon/spandex blend and are machine washable. Is it possible to dye from pink to purple?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elly, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the pink color prior to dyeing to a light purple. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nicole, It should work as long as you can keep that arm out of the dye as well as when rinsing and then washing by hand to avoid color bleeding onto the silver arm. Hope this helps!

  • John B

    I have a Yellow Silk shirt that is stained that I want to Dye Black. Problem is there is embroidering and I don’t want that dyed. Embroidering is Rayon. Can I Dye this and just change the silk? What kind of Dye. Thanks so much. John

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi John,
      We may recommend giving a try to the Batik method of dyeing on the embroidery. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/wax-less-batik/ Instead of painting the dye on we would recommend immersing the shirt into a dyebath. Black is best achieved with water temperature of atleast 140 degrees and agitated constantly. We would recommend checking the Batik medium areas about 5 to 10 minutes after immersion as you will want to make sure the Batik medium does not melt in the hot water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • June Landrum-Springer

    I need to dye #44 6-inch white satin and lace fabric brooches. The back is attached to a metal pin. I need them emerald green. Any advise on how to tackle this task?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi June, Satin can be made from different fabrics. We would recommend researching what fabric the satin and lace brooch is made from prior to beginning your dye project. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ If you are working with dyeable fabric, a recipe for Emerald can be found by going to https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/pantone-seasonal-colors/ and clicking on the Emerald droplet under Spring 2013. We would recommend either the stove top method or the sink/bucket method for dyeing. You will find instructions for these methods at the Rit Studio under Techniques, The Basics. Hope this information is helpful.

  • lina

    My son spilled bleach on a new pair of dark jeans. I tried removing all color with yet more bleach but some areas are lighter than others. I didn’t realize there was something else to remove color? Would that still work to get the color even? I want to dye them black.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lina, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover is not effective on blue denim, so if it a blue denim material the product would not be able to remove any of the indigo dye to make them more even. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Rose

    Hi. I have an ivory silk dress and i want to dye it to a darker color. Im afraid that it will shrink if I put it into hot water. It also has two small stains that I want to remove before dying it. Is it possible? How?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rose, We would recommend using Rit color remover to try to remove the stains and take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. The color remover requires very hot water to activate it and remove the dye. Rit Dyes also require very hot water to activate and set the dye. Therefore, if you are concerned about the dress shinking, we would not recommend using Rit products. For information on dyeing silk,, go to https://www.ritdye.com/faq/how-do-i-dye-silk-2/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Oswin

    Hello, I have a light grey sweater dress I bought from Goodwill that I’m interested in dyeing red, but it’s a mixture of 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool, and I was wondering how well that would dye? I’m attempting to make it match the red of the dress Clara Oswin Oswald wore in the Doctor Who episode Asylum of the Daleks. Please and thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Oswin, Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye acrylic or other synthetic fibers well. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that does polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. Would you like us to add you to our e-mail list so you will be one of the first to know when this new dye will be available?

  • Maria

    Hi I’ve dyed some nylon lace using Rit lemon yellow. The dye has not taken evenly – when on previous pieces it has. This piece was larger and may not have been moving freely enough and I did not use vinegar in the solution when I have before, so one of there might have been the cause. If I want to re-dye this same piece of lace do I need to use the rit dye remover before I start over or can I dye directly over the top? Thanks in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maria, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to make the fabric even again prior to redyeing. Redyeing over it as is would likely cause it to continue to dye unevenly. Allowing the fabric to soak or not having enough room for the material to freely move around can cause the fabric to dye unevenly. Hope this helps!

  • Amy

    I am looking to dye white dance tights grey. They are a nylon/spandex microfiber. Will they take the dye well?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy,
      Nylon dyes very well with our dyes. Since nylon absorbs dye very well, we recommend checking the fabric after about 10 minutes in dyebath to check the color. You will want to remove from dyebath when color is a little darker than what you would like to achieve. Hope this information is helpful!

  • debie

    Hi I dye a cotton belt with the powder black dye, is there a way to set it so that it won’t come off on other clothes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debie, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Dye Fixative to help set the dye and reduce color bleeding in the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Panagiotis Anastasiadis

    Hello. I was wondering whether I can dye faux leather or not. Is that possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Faux leather is made from a variety of materials, though the most common is viscose or polyester coated in polyurethane. Since faux leather is an artificial leather, we do not recommend dyeing because Rit dye will not be able to adhere to the material. Sorry about that.

  • dewi

    I have polyester dye from iretsu. Can I used that polyester dye just like multipurpose dye ? Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We are not familiar with the product indicated. You might try reaching out to that dye company for further instructions. Sorry for any inconvenience!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Henrietta Snieder

    I am playing with several colors of liquid dye and everything is going great! I just used Aquamarine & Tan to make Sea Glass but my fabric was left with darker blue spots & speckles. All my other projects turned out perfect. What happened? I am doing low-water immersion and not using salt. Just the dye and hot water & microwave method.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Henrietta, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the dye and try again. When redyeing, make sure the dye is thoroughly dissolved prior to adding in the fabric pre-wet and shake the bottles up really well prior to adding into the dye bath. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Henrietta Snieder

        I am using other dye colors as well and using the same fabric and all of those are perfect without dots. Its just the aquamarine shade I am having issues with. I have shaken the bottle very well & fabric was wet prior to bath.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Lea, This link will take you to the basic dyeing directions in a front load washer. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/. Your pre washed, wet item does require constant agitation for up to 30 minutes. The dark brown color on the bottle of dye was achieved by dyeing a white 100% cotton T-shirt. Hope this information is helpful. . .

  • http://www.ritdye.com Krista Berger

    I dyed a crib skirt golden yellow, but it turned out lighter and less golden then I thought it would. I was thinking about redying it with a mixture of the sunshine orange and the golden yellow. Do I have to remove the first dye before redying? (It’s 100% cotton)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Krista, Thank you for reaching out. If you are just trying to darken it up, you can overdye the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Denise Rogers

    Have an orange linen pantsuit and I’d like to dye it bright red. Can that be done?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Denise,
      For best results when changing a color, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the overall color of the fabric before dyeing. To achieve a brighter red, we recommend doubling the amount of dye in the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful!

      • Denise Rogers

        great! thanks. Will let you know if it worked…

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Clo,
    Since the dress is mostly made of cotton and nylon, the dress will dye well. For best results we would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the overall color of the dress to a white or creamy color before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Maureen

    I dyed my cotton hiking pants royal blue using the stove bucket method. i frequently stirred the dye bath. The result after an hour in the bath produced splotty dye, some lighter, some darker. What can I do to repair the damage.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maureen,
      We have emailed you some questions about your project so we can better assist you on how to fix the pants.

  • Brina

    Hi, I have an outfit that’s a really light blue (see attached) and I need to dye it grey. With the pearl grey dye, how much should I use to get a medium-hue grey?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brina, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the blue hue prior to redyeing. You can double the dye quantity for a darker grey hue. What is the fabric content of the material?

  • Debbie R J

    I have angel wings that are real, white feathers glued to cardboard. I want to dye them brown (flying monkeys for a high school play). Can I spray the dye on? I don’t think I can rinse. Should I use another product to fix the dye?

  • Lois

    Looking for someone to dye a jacket & skirt can you recommend someone?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lois, we do not have a list of service providers that do dyeing. Perhaps you can find that information at your local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jennifer

    I just tried dying my cream chair cover, using the washing machine method, in your camel color dye. It worked but now there are blue stain spots all over the cover. I followed the directions. Is there anything I can do to get the spots out without removing the camel color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jennifer, we are sorry that there is a problem. We have sent a form to your email address with some questions so that we can resolve this problem for you. Hope this information will be helpful.

  • Jill

    Will the color in cotton black
    jeans that have been died black last longer if you hang them to dry or put them in the dryer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jill, this is one of those questions that has a multitude of answers. But if you wash them inside out in cold water then only dry them ten minutes +/-, then hang them to finish drying, the color does seem to last longer. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lee C

    I have an elaborate cabled coat I just finished knitting out of 100% wool (Malabrigo chunky). My knitting group tried to make the coats fitted, but after we had one front and back finished, we realized it wasn’t a good idea, so back to the original A-line style. The only problem was that I needed more yarn, and the dye lot I currently had was gone. The new yarn looked faded compared to my original skeins. I have 2 very noticeable large stripes in the back of the coat because I alternated the old and new skeins for a better blend. In total, the yarn weighs about 7 pounds, so yesterday I bought 4 bottles of liquid dye (Scarlet), mixed it with 4 cups of vinegar and tried to over-dye the coat. Problem: the coat is now a different red, but the lighter stripes are still very visible in the back. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lee, You might use the Rit Color Remover to try to remove/reduce the color of the fabric and redye. You will want to be very careful as continuous exposure to hot water can cause shrinking as well as felting to occur. Hope this helps!

  • Linda

    I am trying to dye calico dolls using the machine method but they float due to their synthetic stuffing. Do you have any suggestions on how I might immerse them so they take more dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, You might try the stove top method or bucket technique so you can ensure they are getting the agitation in the dye needed and so you can use a stick or stainless steel spoon to continually push them under. Hope this helps!

      • Linda

        Thanks for the advice. I was hoping to find a way to still use the machine method as I have 14 dolls to dye.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Linda, Unfortunately, we do not have any suggestions on keeping the items submerged in the washing machine if they keep floating to the top. Sorry about that!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Stephanie, The linen will accept the dye as long as there are no special finishes on the fabric. If they have been treated and cannot be washed, water spots could occur on the fabric that will not wash out. Hope this helps!

  • Fawkesfyre

    I had fun this weekend trying out the Rit ColorPerfect dye in Amethyst but I want to add another color, or two to the shirts. Can I use the “regular” Rit liquid dye and have it work in the same manner as the ColorPerfect? I’m not clear on the difference between the 2 products and don’t want to ruin what I already have.

  • lin

    I have a pair of pants with fabric content of 78% cotton, 21% polyester and 1% spandex. They were black but faded terribly. Can they be dyed black again. Also, how do you prevent them from fading? I always wash them in cold water.

  • Jodi

    I dyed my couch and chair slipcovers aquamarine. They all came out with splotches and uneven color. I dyed them in my front load on hot water setting. Mixed each bottle of dye with 4 cups of hot water, then flushed washer dispenser with another 4 cups of hot water like it says on your website. Then 10 minutes later added 1 cup of salt with another 4 cups of hot water. What can I do now to make the color even on the covers? Right now they look bad.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jodi, 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.

  • Sarah

    For white t shirts that got mixed in with dark colors in laundry, is white and brite, color remover, or white wash recommended?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Rit’s color remover is meant to remove or lighten dye and take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color in order to prepare the fabric for dyeing a new color. We cannot guarantee the color remover will be able to remove all the dye and take the fabric back to white, although, this is the correct product to try. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Angela

    Hi I have a new emerald green silk/linen mix dress that I want to dye black, will this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Angela, we always recommend checking the status of your fabric first to make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. When dyeing black over an existing dark color, it is recommended to add 1/2 Scarlet for each box of black dye. Remember all RIT products are used in HOT water (140 degrees). Hope this information is helpful. ,

  • http://www.ritdye.com Paula McArthur

    I just dyed 3 boys shirts in my washer. They are 90% nylon color I used was dark brown. They turned out between lavender and purple. I need brown shirts please advise!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Paula, So sorry to hear they did not dye as you were hoping. We recommend dyeing nylon on the stove top. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar. The Dark Brown does have purple undertones and can turn out a purple hue if the water is not hot enough, if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes), if not enough dye is being used (1 bottle per pound when going from light to dark) or if the item has a special finish. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove the purple hue and then redyeing. Hope this helps!

  • nina

    Hello I am wanting to dye some white lace I bought Black, it is a cotton and nylon blend what is the best method to dye it and what will get the deepest results, I bought both the powder and the liquid is one stronger or better then the other?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nina, Both Rit powder and liquid dye work equally well. The difference between the powder and the liquid is that the powder dye needs to be dissolved in 2 cups of very hot water prior to adding to the dyebath, whereas, the liquid dye is pre-dissolved. We recommend the stove top method for best results when dyeing black. Steps for achieving a dark black can be found at https://www.ritdye.com/2014/03/28/keep-calm-rit-on-rebeccas-4-top-tips-for-dyeing-black-black/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • PolyestHER

    I really want to dye this dress but it is polyester. Although I know the dye is not recommended, I keep reading blogs that says boiling the garment with Rit dye does in fact work. Is this a myth before I go boiling my dress! lol Please help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that does polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. We have added you to our e-mail list so you will be one of the first to know when this new dye will be available!

  • Christina F

    I have a 97%Cotton ,3%Spandex blend skirt that is a blue (not navy but not sky blue either) color. I need to make it green, is that possible with the RIT dye? what color green is best to use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christina,
      When changing the color we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color of the fabric to as close to a white or creamy color as possible before dyeing. You can see the different shades of green we make by clicking on the green droplet in the following link from our website. https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/core-colors/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Emily

    I have some dreadful curtains (tan) that black out and cover a sliding glass door in an extra room of our house. I am wanting to possibly dye them a darker brown color – I’m not sure what the material is, I think it may be a cotton blend. These curtains are thick and heavy – not to mention take up quite a bit of space. I read the instructions and tips – I may only be able to dye them in the washer. Any other suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Emily, How much do the curtains weigh? Will they be able to freely move around in the washing machine?

  • Nonchalante

    Tried to wash this sweater tinted grey with the powder and followed instructions. What went wrong? It’s 100 % cotton

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • Rockie

    I have a blouse that is dark green and I am refreshing it with Peacock Liquid dye. It is 87% rayon, 13% nylon. I added the 1 cup salt. for the rayon, Should I add the 1 cup white vinegar as well for the nylon?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It is always one or the other. Your cup of salt for the rayon is a good choice. Should work well for you. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Caitlyn

    I am hoping to dye a slipcover for a chair, it is currently pink, but I would like to dye it gray. It is polyester. I read a few things on the over-dying technique and am wondering if this would apply to this, or if removing the pink first, and then applying the gray would work? I just need to get the chair to not be pink!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Caitlyn, Traditional Rit Dyes do not dye polyester or other synthetic fibers well. However, we will be launching a new dye, Rit Dye More in April of this year that dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic and acetate beautifully. We have added you to our email list so you will be one of the first to know when this new dye will be available. In order to dye the slipcover gray, the pink color will need to be removed or lightened. Rit’s dye experts will be offering information soon on how to change the color of existing fabric using Rit Dye More. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lori

    At the moment I only have rock salt, will I get the same results? The fabric is 100% rayon and says cold water wash.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lori, Any table or cooking salt can be used for dyeing, including kosher and sea salt.All RIT dye are used in HOT (140 degrees) water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • SuzieQ

    I need to dye a rug in places, not the whole rug…I accidentally got a few drops of bleach on a Wine colored bathroom rug and want to take a toothbrush and dye the threads which were damaged. Can you make suggestions as to how I go about making this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Suzie, There are directions for Spot Dyeing on our website. This link will take you there: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/. Technically RIT cannot cover over bleach damage if the nap of the fabric has been damaged. If it does not work for you, this would be the reason why. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • roger

    Hi im trying to dye a pair of cotton jeans and was wondering if it was necessary to rinse them? I did an attempt before and when i did rinse it i noticed parts of the jeans were blotchy and lighter than the dye ( by the way im turning light jeans to dark )

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Roger, We do recommend rinsing the material in cold water until the water runs clear. This helps ensure there is no leftover dye residue. Did you allow the material to soak at all during the dye process or was it being constantly stirred?

      • roger

        I stired it for ten minutes and then left the item in overnight

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Roger, We would recommend stirring for 30-60 minutes and then rinsing right away. Soaking can cause the material to dye unevenly or contain splotches. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Victoria, The recipe for a Carolina blue would be:
    1/4 bottle of Evening Blue

    This recipe is formulated for the low water setting on your washer using hot water (140-160 degrees. Be sure to add in 1 cup of salt for cotton, rayon, ramie linen or blends. Add 1 cup of vinegar for nylon silk or wool. You can convert the recipe to other water levels by using this chart: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/how-to-mix-colors/

    Here are some additional tips for a successful dyeing: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/

    Hope this helps!

  • Sarah

    use design master (floral spray paint designed for silk flowers found at craft stores) to change elastic color

  • Paulette

    I have a black and white cotton t-shirt that I was hoping to dye. If I chose a color such as tan would the white part dye and the black stripes stay the same?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Paulette, If you choose to cover over the white part with Tan, then it will not cover over the black. Hope this information is helpful.. .

  • Sam

    I have a light blue corduroy coat (100% cotton) that is just a little too light for me. I would like it to be more of a blueish green. Would dyeing it with teal or aquamarine dye work to darken it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sam, Absolutely! Dyeing it Teal would darken the coat as long as it does not have a special finish. Hope this helps!

  • Tim

    I want to dye some canvas shoes but I’m wondering if the dye will stain the rubber sole? or if so, can the dye on the soul be cleaned off?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The dye could affect the rubber as well. We have e-mailed you some directions on dyeing your canvas shoes. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Bobbi

    Crazy question I have a navy and white striped bikini from target it is my favorite but I want to freshen up the color can I dye it black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bobbi, Rit is not recommended to dye swimming suits. These garments are generally exposed to either chlorine or strong sunlight. Chlorine will cause immediate loss of color and strong sunlight will fade the color. Both chlorine and sunlight damage fibers in the same way that bleach does and will keep the fibers from absorbing the dye. Sorry about that.

  • nancy

    I have a question. Once i have dyed my garment and it is dry, what is the rule of thumb for bleeding or the dye running?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nancy, We would suggest washing the item separately 4-5 times and then it can be washed with other like colored items. The item should not bleed when dry, but when washing the item it may still release some of the color. It is best to wash on cold to prolong the color of the garment. If it is a natural fabric, we would suggest using the Rit Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing to reduce color bleeding and help further set the dye. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Windy Stimmel

    I have a question, I am doing my own flowers for my wedding next year and I was wondering can I use Rit to dye flowers and also I am trying to do Hot pink, black, and a silver for my flowers what colors should I get to achieve these colors?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Windy, It depends on the fabric content of the flowers that you plan on dyeing. Are you referring to artificial flowers? If so, what is the fabric content of the petals?

  • Melanie Bryant Delgman

    Help!!!!! Can you use your product on front loading washers?

    At store now to purchase.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jaclyn, Thank you for reaching out. The amount of dye would be dependent on the weight. If you have a scale, we would suggest stepping on the scale with the shirts and then weighing yourself without them, subtracting the difference. One pound is equal to about 3 yards. You would use 1 bottle for every 2 pounds or 1 bottle per pound if you are looking to achieve a dark color. You would want to use just enough water for the fabric to freely move around or approximately 3 gallons which would be correct- it would be 15 gallons of hot water for 5 bottles. You would only need to add 1 cup of salt per dye bath. The dye fixative will do approximately 2 pounds of fabric per bottle, so 5 bottles for 10 pounds is sufficient. It can be done outside in large tubs that would allow for the fabric to freely move around. We would not recommend doing more than one dye bath at a time as we do recommend constant agitation. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The process in which the dye is made is considered a trade secret. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jeanie, So sorry to hear your project did not go as planned. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover very carefully to try to make the material even again. Keep a close eye to ensure felting and shrinking does not occur. When dyeing you will want to put 3 gallons of hot water or enough water for the fabric to freely move around. You will then want to pre-dissolve the dye into 2 cups of hot water, if using powder, and add it into the 3 gallons or shake the liquid dye well and add it in along with the 1 cup of vinegar. You would then add the pre-wet fabric. It sounds like adding the dye directly over the fabric could have caused the tie dye effect to occur. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • ashlee

    I have a coral colored dress that needs to be an orange how would I do that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Kimberlee

    question, i have a black sweatshirt that is fading, and it has white raised lettering on it. Is there a way i could dye it black to refresh the color with out destroying the white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kimberlee, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the lettering could take on the dye and there is not a way to be able to protect those areas from being dyed. So sorry about that.

  • Vinny

    With a dyed item will the color slowly wash away after multiple washings? Is it permanent? Looking to dye nylon.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Vinny, Nylon is a synthetic material which dyes very easily and quickly. As long as you follow the directions for dyeing fabrics, the dye is permanent. As with any dyed fabric, the color will fade over time after multiple washings. Tips for successful dyeing,can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ If you are dyeing something other than fabric, please let us know so that we can further assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amalia, Thank you for reaching out. Here are some tips on dyeing a rug: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/04/07/over-dyeing-with-rit/ Please keep in mind that we are unable to guarantee results. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • krystal

    I received the wrong color of a bridesmaid dress was wondering if it can be dyed.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Krystal,
      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. We would suggest checking the fabric content label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Hope this helps!

  • Nadia Deeb

    Hello, I would like to dye a scarf which is 70% merino wool, 30% silk. It’s a bright medium green and I wanted to dye it a dark forrest/bottle green. Will dying it dark green work, or should I mix it some black? And is there anything special I should do for these fibres?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nadia, You can use the Dark Green. Dip in a piece of paper towel and if it is not dark enough you can add in black by the teaspoon or even add in more dark green for a darker hue. For silk and wool it is recommended to add in 1 cup of vinegar. Keep a close eye on the fabric as the hot water can cause some shrinkage to occur. You also want to ensure that felting of the wool does not occur due to the agitation. Hope this helps!

  • Memcott

    Can som salt be used to dye t shirts?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Memcott,
      We recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dyebath when dyeing fabrics made of cotton, ramie, rayon, linen or blends. The salt helps to promote a more vibrant color. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kim, Thank you for reaching out. You could try a brush on method of applying the dye. We have e-mailed you some information on how to do this.

  • Costume lady

    Hi, our dance teacher asked me to dye our girl’s pointe shoes red, which I did and they look amazing. The problem is that when they were tying them up they got dye on their hands and subsequently dye on the satin part of their tutus. It is only a brush of color but makes a difference on the white tutus. What is the best way to get this off by spot washing, not submerging the whole tutu.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend trying a small solution of Rit Color Remover to spot apply and rinse thoroughly or a bleach pen. Be careful if you go the bleach pen route as it could cause yellowing to occur. Be sure to run a damp cloth over the shoes to try to remove any excess dye and allow to dry. If you run a clean cloth over them and dye is still transferring you may need to use more of the damp cloth approach until there is no excess dye bleeding from the shoes. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rachael, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the color remover would not be able to completely remove the pattern so the pattern would likely still show through. Sorry about that!

  • Bill

    Hi, I would like to dye a Hepworths freezer suit black. The specs say it is made from PU coated Nylon. Will the PU coating stop it from absorbing the color?
    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bill, Thank you for reaching out PU coated means that the fabric has been treated with a waterproof finish. Unfortunately, since the dye is water based it could affect how well the dye adhere to the material.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Michelle, Are the dresses 100% cotton? How long were they agitated in the dye bath and what method was used?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Val

    I have silk flower petals that I am trying to dye 3 different shades of Teal. I followed the directions on the bottle for silk fabrics and the flowers all turned a pale blue. I’ve left them sit in the mixture for over an hour and no luck, just a medium blue. Is there anything I can do to correct this? I really don’t want to have to repurchase 4000 white flower petals. Please help! BTW I did dye some coffee filters and the color was perfect so I know it’s nothing wrong with the actual dye. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Val, 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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Mark.Eldon.Stuber Mark

    Does any one know a mix of Rit Dyes to get a color similar to the color Coyote 476? Using the CIELAB system, the code for this color is 33.42, 3.26, 10.08.

    That is: L=33.42 a=3.26 b=10.08

    It’s the darkest brown in the Marpat pattern. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MARPAT#/media/File:MARPAT_woodland_pattern.jpg

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mark, Thank you for your request. Can you e-mail a larger photo of the shade you are looking for to colorformula@theritstudio.com. It is too hard to match in the attached image and unfortunately we are unable to match it using a CIELAB system. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Moe, What is the fabric content of the dress you would like to dye?

  • Stacy

    Unfortunately I have no idea the kind of fabric I am working with, it’s mostly sheer in nature, but when I tried to dye it to a dark chocolate brown, it turned out more purple. How can I correct this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stacy, Were you using the chocolate brown Dye More dye or the traditional dye Dark Brown?

      • Stacy

        Traditional dye Dark Brown

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Stacy, We would recommend trying the Dye More Chocolate Brown. Sheer typically indicates the material is polyester which could explain the results you achieved with the traditional dye. Hope this helps!

  • Angela

    Hi, can I bleach a bright yellow canvas bag to white or off-white? Or I can only dye light colours to dark colours?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angela, We would recommend using Rit Color Remover, which is normally used to take fabric back to an off-white or cream color so that the fabric can be dyed a new color. We do not have a product that will take the fabric to white. We would not recommend using bleach as it can damage fibers and could result in an off color. It is not possible to dye a light color over a dark color and would again recommend using Rit’s color remover first. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jen

    I am planning to die the slip for under my wedding dress to add a pop of color. My bridesmaids are wearing plum, so I was wondering if there is a specific “recipe” to create a plum/eggplant color? Any advice would be appreciated 🙂 Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, We would be happy to try to create a recipe for you. Please send a picture of the color you are looking for to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe.

  • Joan

    I have a bamboo wood rug with cotton around the edges I would like to dye the cotton edges not the wood can I paint the dye on!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joan, Thank you for reaching out. You could attempt to dye the cotton around the edges as long as you would be able to rinse the edges until they ran clear. You might try this approach: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/04/07/over-dyeing-with-rit/ Hope this helps.

  • Megan

    Can you use a non stick pan to dye in

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Megan, It could remove the non stick coating when you use a powdered cleanser or bleach to clean out the pot for reuse. If the pan will only be used for dyeing, then it could be used. Hope this helps!

  • AprilJae

    I have a white corset that has now yellowed over time and I want to dye it black.The material is 82% nylon and 18%spandex.Will Rit dye it evenly?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, As long as the material is starting off as an even shade of yellow, it should dye evenly. If not, use the Rit Color Remover to remove the yellowing first. Be sure to add in 1 cup of vinegar and to stir constantly for 30-60 minutes with no soaking. The stove top would be the best method to achieve the darkest black on the nylon. Hope this helps!

  • kayla

    Hi, I have a jersey/cotton material evening gown that I want to dye, If I put it in a pot i need to bunch it up since its long, will the dye go into the creases and fill everything or will it be discolored?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kayla,
      For the dyes to evenly absorb into the material, you need to make sure you have enough room for the fabric to move around freely in the dyebath. Any creases, folds, or crowding will cause an uneven dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • kitkat35

    So… we tried dying shirts (some cotton, some cotton/poly blends) with a mix of the teal and aquamarine colors. The end result was not a crowd pleaser, so I was wondering if we should redye with the aquamarine or use dye remover and start all over?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Was the color not dark enough? You might look into Rit Dye More. The traditional dye will only work on the cotton shirts and not the polyester portion of the shirts. Dye More will work on both cotton and polyester. The closest to Aquamarine would be Kentucky Sky: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • aishadoo

    Hi, I just dyed a pant and shirt set that is white, 97% cotton and 3% spandex. I used about 4 gallons of water, nearly 2 cups of salt and 2 bottles of apple green. Both the shirt and the pants came out as a dark blue-green after only 5 minutes in the dye bath… The color is absolutely too dark for what I need and nothing like the granny smith apple green I see in other user’s photos… this is for a costume that’s due in two weeks… what can I do?
    Here is a photo of the garments after a warm wash with detergent and a cycle in the dryer.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Michael, What is the fabric content of the uniform you are working with? It sounds like it could contain some polyester.

  • Eric Luiz

    Hi! I have a pair of cotton dark washed jeans that I would like to dye dark green. I tried using the color remover, but it had no effect on the fabric. Would you recommend dying them white then green? Or will the dye work on the dark wash materiel at all? Any help would be very much appreciated.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eric,
      Unfortunately Color Remover will not work on denim due to the indigo dyes used for dyeing. We do not have a white dye available. To be able to achieve a dark green we recommend starting with white jeans for best results. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susie,
    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. What is the exact fabric content of the drapes you are wanting to dye? We can better assist you if we know more about the material you are working with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Our Dye More will work well on swimsuits. Please keep in mind that direct sunlight and exposure to chlorine could cause immediate color loss. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kelli Wilde

    I have a nylon feeling fabric, the original tag has worn away. Its a purpley color, and I have to dye it black in 4 days, so I don’t have time to buy a color remover. Can I dye it with bleach to get the color out?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelli, We would not recommend using bleach as it is damaging to the fabric and can damage the fibers to the point that the dye would not be able to adhere if too much is used. You could attempt to overdye it without removing the color, but it likely will not reach a true black if it is a darker or deep purple hue starting out. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Elizabeth

    I have an old down comforter that is all white. I have had duvet covers for it and hate them, they slip around on the comforter and are never that cool slick soft material that the actual comforter is. I hate the plain white of it though and was hoping to RIT it a dark gray or black.. Is this ok? i didnt know with the down if it would be.. Top load washer method should be ok right?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, What is the fabric content and washing instructions of the duvet cover you would like to dye?

  • Lane

    I’m wanting to dye items that are currently shades of red (relatively close to one another) and simply push them to more darker reds. I would think by mixing scarlet and a touch (a very slight touch) of black, I could achieve the desired color. It’s for a costume and I’d just like to be accurate with the colors. Would this require me to bleach first since I’m in the same hue family? Will a touch of black affect overall hue quality very much?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lane,
      You can definitely try experimenting with achieving a darker red by mixing scarlet or cherry red with a small amount of black. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee exact color results when overdyeing. For best results to achieve an exact color we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color of the fabric to a white or creamy color before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Lane Davis

        Awesome help! Thanks. Last question. If you had to guess a jumping point for not overdoing the black, what would you guess as a ratio? I realize that this is only for informational use and you’re not liable for any amount of experimenting I do.
        I’ve attached a photo of the current reds to the ideal red for reference. Note that colors may appear different for varying monitors.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Lane, 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. Please send a picture of the two colors you would like to achieve to help@theritstudio.com and we will ask our dye doctor if he can to create color recipes. Also, since the fabric that costumes are made from can often contain polyester, please advise the fabric content so we can better assist you. Thanks!

  • Cyrus Jackson

    I have a light green jacket that I would like to die until it is a darker green. How would I go about doing that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

      • Cyrus Jackson

        It is a blend of 100 percent cotton.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Cyrus, You stated “blend”, but that the jacket is 100% cotton. If the jacket is 100% cotton, you can successfully over dye it using Rit’s dark green dye.

  • Carol lane

    I want to dye a lambs wool small blanket white. Or at least marshmallow , creamy.
    And ideas?
    C

  • justina

    Just tried to achieve a black on my bikini but it came out a dark navy color. Is it possible to redye it overtime to achieve black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Justina, 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.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1589888261284479/ Becca

    I’ve found a way that someone told me where 100% polyester could be dyed if the water was replaced with pure rubbing alcohol. Now, unlike cotton or other materials, you can’t wash it out right away. Instead, you have to wait until it is completely dry then iron it enough so it doesn’t melt but it makes the material not as starchy as when it first came out with the dye. I also found after that you can wash it out with cold water, but I was wondering if anyone had tried it before. I’m a little skeptical about trying new things with clothing, but I’m willing to do it.

    Also, the 100% polyester piece of clothing is a short dress, would 16 oz. be enough dye to successfully dye it with the method above?

    Thanks,
    Becca

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Becca, Thank you for reaching out. We would not recommend using a rubbing alcohol approach as rubbing alcohol is highly flammable and the dyes need to be activated in hot water. We do make a synthetic dye called Dye More that will work on polyester fabric. Here is some additional information on that dye: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • tatiana

    hi,

    i have white stockings,dyable shoes, and gloves that i need to dye the shades of green in the photo. what color or mix would you suggest?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tatiana, We do not see the photo. Please send the photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we would be happy to try to create a custom formula.

  • Lotus1922

    Can faint yellow sweat/ deodorant/ perfume discoloration on a light pink cotton shirt be hidden by dyeing it a darker shade of pink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, The dye may or may not be able to remove the discoloration. For best results, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove the discoloration and then dyeing the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Deni, For best results, we would recommend using the Dye More Racing Red. It will give you the best red hue due to the polyester content. Dye More can be found at Hobby Lobby or on our website: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Felicity, Thank you for reaching out. Are you trying to dye the jeans back to black? What is the fabric content of the togs?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Katrina, Polyester does not absorb Rit’s Traditional Dyes well, however, it may be tinted by the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jack

    When dying a white cotton dress – do I have to (or can I) soak the end result in vinegar to ‘set the color’ better to keep it from washing out as fast?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jack, One cup of salt or vinegar is added to a dyebath, depending on the fabric, to help make a color more vibrant. We would recommend using Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative, which doubles the amount of color retention in fabrics such as cotton. Additional information regarding the fixative can be found by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dye-fixative/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Steve

    Well this will be unusual. I have two 9 foot outdoor umbrlellas which I wish to renew. They have faded. I want to open them up and recoloriza them in wine color. Can I use a paint brush or roller to do this when they are opened and what would be the procedure if any to accomplish this . They are cotton fabric. Please give details ..if any.. As to both coloring and rinsing. I have a lawn work area in which to proceed.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Steve,
      Unfortunately we do not recommend dyeing outdoor umbrellas. For out dyes to work best, items must be immersed into a dyebath. Most outdoor umbrellas are made of polyester that requires atleast 30 minutes in the dyebath. Most outdoor items also have a special water-resistant finish that prevents our dyes from absorbing into the fabric. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • anne

    looking to dye white pants that are :68% Cotton/30% Polyester/2% Spandex, to a darker grey (but not super dark). will the grey liquid work if I just leave it on a bit longer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anne,
      To achieve a darker grey, we recommend our Dye More Frost Grey dye that will work on both the cotton and polyester. If you would like a darker color, you can try experimenting by adding a small amount of Graphite to the dyebath until the desired shade is reached. To test the color of the dyebath while experimenting, dip in a piece of paper towel before adding the items into the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Gigi, 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.

  • Kas

    I have been looking everywhere for white dresses for some of my wedding events and cannot find ones I like. I wanted to see if it is possible to dye dresses that are the correct material to white from any other color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kas,
      Unfortuantely do not have a white dye available. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Anna

    I have a live seat it says it is 76% olefin and 24% polyester Its a tan color but I want to dye it black so will this work

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anna,
      We have two different dyes to chose 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. For your fabric we would recommend DyeMore. The dye color Graphite is the closest match we have, but will only achieve a dark grey on the material you would be dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lynette

    I want to dye some large white curtain drapes (all cotton) from white to a deep blue/mottled effect. What is the best method? Should I use the washing machine method? I have never dyed anything and am totally clueless!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lynette, If you are looking to achieve a mottled effect, it would be best to use a bucket method. You would use less water than needed for the material so that it is unable to freely move around. Soaking will also give you that uneven mottled appearance. The washing machine would not let you gauge how much water/agitation the material is getting. Hope this helps!

  • Jhonise

    I have bleach spots on some black canvas shoes. Will black dye return my shoes to black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jhonise, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Due to the hot water required for color remover, it could potentially damage the shape of the shoe. If you would like more specific directions on dyeing canvas shoes, please e-mail us at help@theritstudio.com and we can e-mail you some information.

  • Mandy

    I have a mint coloured silk (front) and rayon (back) shirt that seems to have gotten a bleach spot on the silk part about the size of a dime. I love the shirt and am hoping I can fix it somehow. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Christine

    I just dyed an ivory coloured cotton bathing suit cover-up by using Rit in the colour black. I was thrilled at how black the garment looked in the pail of dye after a 1/2 hour. Once I rinsed it, it stilled looked black. Then, I threw it in the wash with some detergent and it came out grey. 🙁 What did I do wrong? How can I get it to look more black. Looking forward to hearing back! Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Sharon

    Hi. My navy blue dress’s dye transferred onto my peach colored shirt. I was wondering if I were to dye the shirt a darker color to save the shirt if it would cover up the navy blue spots and dye evenly throughout the whole shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sharon, What is the fabric content of your peach shirt? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Wendy Orazio

    I have two pair of new ThermaLogic Curtains that I would like to dye dark brown. The current color is natural. They are 100% cotton with a white 100% acrylic backing. The backing will face outside. Is it possible to dye these with Rit dye? If so, will they need any special preparation?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Wendy, If you use the all-purpose dye the backing would not dye. You could use Dye More to color both the cotton and acrylic portions of the curtain: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ This product can be found online or in Hobby Lobby. Hope this helps!

  • Marina

    I’m wanting to dye this 100% rayon dress a dark blue. Would the white floral designs show through even if I use color remover?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Marina, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the color remover would not be able to completely remove the pattern so the pattern would likely still show through. Sorry about that!

  • Amy

    HI! I plan on dyeing fabric for a sewing project. The fabric is 68% RAYON, 27% NYLON, 5% SPANDEX. You mention adding salt for Rayon and vinegar for Nylon. In this case would it be advisable to add both? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy,
      We never recommend adding both to the dyebath. For blends we recommend adding 1 cup of salt to the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lisa smith

    Hi! I just purchased a 100% linen light pink tunic from goodwill. There are several spots that look like spilled bleach on it. I thought I would try to dye it a darker color pink or even a periwinkle blue. Even though the tag says wash delicate cycle cold water, can I dye it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jennifer, Thank you for reaching out. Since the dye process must be done in hot water, it could cause some shrinking to occur. Is it a front loading machine? Here are directions for using a front-loader: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/washing-machine-front-loader/ Nylon absorbs dye quickly so make sure to keep a close eye on the fabric and pull it out when it is just a little bit darker than what you are looking for as it will dry lighter. Hope this helps!

  • Kathleen clancy

    Hello, I used the yellow (lemon) color to dye slipcovers (cotton). although the color is beautiful, it is too bright for my taste. what can I do to make the yellow warmer?
    Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kathleen, Rit Color Remover is used to take fabric back to an off-white or cream color. You might try using the color remover to lighten the color, but you would need to watch the fabric closely as the color remover quickly removes dye. If you would rather use the color remover and then dye the slipcover a specific shade of yellow, you can send us a picture of the color and we will ask our dye doctor if he can create a color recipe for you. You would send the picture to colorformula@theritstudio.com Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lexus

    Hi, I’m trying to dye grey pants that are 97% cotton & 3% spandex into an olive green color (or military green). What should I use to change the grey into a true olive color?

  • Gabriela

    I am looking to dye muslin for a baby swaddle blanket, first is it safe ? And second will the colors bleed or rub off on baby or other garments after the full 2 or 3 first washes? And last with using thr salt at the end is that how i can set the dye or is there anything rlse that needs to gee done?TIA

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gabriela, Yes, it is safe to do! The salt helps make the color more vibrant. The color will not come off on baby as long as the material is rinsed in cold water until the water runs clear and washed before use. The Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used to help reduce color bleeding while washing and set the dye into the material. Hope this helps!

  • Jennifer wertz

    if i dyed fabric but want it darker can i just redye the same fabric in the same color with more dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes you can! To achieve a darker shade of the same color you can redye the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • angelia

    Do we have to use rit color remover if we are dying a gray to black

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Angelia,
      You do not have to use Color Remover when overdyeing gray to black. Hope this helps!

  • Courtney

    Is it possible to dye something that is 90% polyester 10% elastane from red to black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Courtney, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, it would not be possible at this time to dye something that is polyester from red to black with our dyes. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Anne

    How to dye white Velcro adhesive hook and loop into burgundy color? Thank you very much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anne, 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. If you are able to use all-purpose on the material, here is a recipe for burgundy: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf

      • Anne

        Thank you very much for answering my question. The Velcro stickers are made of Polyester/Nylon, should I still use the same recipe of all-purpose you linked above?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Anne, The color recipes created using Rit’s all purpose dyes cannot be created using Rit’s new DyeMore line. Sorry about that. The new line of dye offers 12 colors, which can be viewed by going to http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps.

          • Anne

            but there is no burgundy or rust color of DyeMore, if I use red color Velcro stickers to add Rit DyeMore Chocolate brown color, will it come out rust color? Does all-purpose not work on Polyester/Nylon material at all? Thanks!

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Anne, Rit’s all purpose dye will dye nylon. If the percentage of polyester in the velcro is small, you would be able to use the burgundy recipe. If the percentage of polyester is high, you might try mixing the DyeMore colors to experiment. We would recommend testing the color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. Hope this helps.

  • Keri Rautenkranz

    Success! My old and faded Marimekko black canvas bag was given a new lease on life with RIT black dye on the stovetop. It literally took 5 years off the appearance. Following the instructions, I soaked the purse in hot water first, used 2 boxes of RIT black, added 1 cup of salt after 5 minutes and kept things stirred for an hour at 140-150ºF, followed by rinsing and washing. It went in faded to grey, stained and worn-looking and came out beautifully, looking nearly new. Next time, for something made of heavy canvas like this, I’ll use 3 boxes.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      So glad to hear it Keri! Thank you for sharing your success with us.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Liz,
    You can dye viscose with both of our dye lines, all-purpose or DyeMore. You can see the color we offer in DyeMore on the following link. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful!

    • liz

      I purchased the liquid DyeMore and I am concerned on placing the viscose item in hot water. What method would you use for this type of fabric. I am dyeing with the hyancinth over an ivory.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Liz,
        Our DyeMore line requires the stove-top method be used. You can find the directions on the following link from the website. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ We do not make hyacinth in DyeMore, are you sure you are not using all-purpose?

        • liz

          I bought a liquid Rit. So the bottle says use vinegar and the one bottle. It does not say how long or if the water needs to be a certain temperature.

  • diane

    I want to dye some white cotton fabric dark deep purple, what color can I add to achieve deep purple?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Diane, Thank you for reaching out. You can add black by the teaspoon to the purple dye. Dip in a piece of paper towel to test the color and add in more black or purple as needed. You can also submit a photo of the shade you are looking to achieve to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you. Hope this helps!

  • diane

    I want to die lite beige fabric deep dark purple, how to I achieve that deep purple color

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Barb, The Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used on the material to reduce color bleeding and help set the dye into the fabric. Try wiping a paper towel across the fabric to see if the paper towel gets any coloring prior to letting anyone sit on the material. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Troy Klahn

    I need to dye satin. Do I use the salt bath or vinegar to dye it???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Troy, Satin can be made from a variety of fabrics. 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 and other synthetic fabrics. In order to assist you with your inquiry, please advise the exact fabric content from the fabric care tag. Thanks!

  • Adriana – GreatFood360°

    I have a

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Adriana,
      Our dyes are not made to cover over stains as they stains would still be noticeable when dyed. For best results we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color of the garment before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Brenda Eno

    I was recently given this new-complete twin bedding set with comforter, dust ruffle, etc. The color is a minty green with a light white-tan inset design. What is the best way to dye these a red-burgundy color? Should I use your color remover first then formulate the color I want through your instructions so entire set matches? Smarter to use the HE washing machine or outside with hot water because the articles are so big? I showed the tag so you could see what the fabric content is. Thanks so much….if nothing else, I could dye them all black?!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brenda, Thank you for reaching out. In order to achieve the shade you are looking for. The Rit Color Remover would need to be used first. It could potentially also affect the design on the fabric. You may want to use a large bucket or something where the fabric can freely move around. It may not have enough room in the washing machine. You could overdye the items black without removing the color. If you want to take a chance with the color remover, you can submit a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com for the red-burgundy color you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jenna Richter

    I have a canvas Navy Blue beach bag that has faded (some areas more than others) from the sun. I want to re-dye it navy blue (same color or a tad darker is fine). I was told that the navy blue Rit dye can sometimes come out looking purple – is this true? Do certain fabrics take the dye color differently? Please let me know how I can avoid this and make sure the result is a true navy blue. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jenna, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and make it even again. Navy Blue can turn a purple hue if the water is not hot enough (160-180 degrees), if there is not enough agitation (30-60 minutes), if not enough dye is being used for the weight of the fabric or if the item contains a special finish that can sometimes occur. Different fabrics can dye differently. The cotton canvas should dye well depending on the extent of the sun damage. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Sorry to hear you had some color bleeding. We make a product called Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative that can reduce color bleeding and help to set the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Hollie, Yes! You would want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the dress and then you can dye it using the Navy Blue. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Bella

    I tie dyed a shirt and some of it turned out brown. Is there any way to get rid of that brown or completely start over on the same shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bella,
      We do not have a product that would just remove the brown color on the shirt. We recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color and redye. When tie-dyeing with two or more colors, it’s best to put adjacent primary colors (red, yellow, blue) or secondary colors (orange, green, purple) next to each other. In the areas where they run together, they will create a third, great-looking color. For instance, Scarlet and Golden Yellow will produce Orange; Royal Blue and Kelly Green will make Aqua; Fuchsia and Royal Blue will create Purple. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Daniel Balschi

    We recently dyed some bath robes and wanted them to be navy blue-No matter how much we dye them they turn out purple. ANy suggestions?

  • Money a

    I want to dye a white shirt that is 60% cotton and 40% polyester, black , jet black really but I’m not sure if it is a good idea or if it will work. Any suggestions or recommendations on how?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, you would not be able to achieve a jet black due to the polyester content in the fabric. To achieve the darkest black possible, we would suggest using Dye More in graphite: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Mikayla

    I have a dress that is 100% viscose, will this dye properly? I want to dye it lavender

  • Joey

    I want to dye my black/gray/white flannel black… It’s 100% cotton

    Anybody have any tips?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joey, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the material would not dye a solid black as the gray and white sections will dye differently. The flannel pattern would still show through. Hope this helps!

  • Clara Galeazzi

    Hi there! I dyed a pink linen shirt with the petal pink dye to cover up a blue ink stain. The shirt looks great, but I can still see the stain a bit. I’m wondering whether I can re-dye the shirt with the petal pink to cover up the stain more or whether it’s best to redye with another, darker, color. If I do re-dye, should I use the dye remover? While this take out the original pink and the stain, or just the rit dye pink? Thank you very much.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Clara, Although Rit color remover would take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color, it may not be able to remove the ink stain. If you would like to dye over the existing pink color of the shirt, There are certain dark colors that can be used to successfully overdye pink. For a light pink, the colors you might want to consider would be navy blue or black. If the shirt is a medium pink, then, black would successfully overdye the pink. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Albert,
    We have emailed you some information on optimal conditions from our chemist.

  • Bunny

    I have med. sea foam slipcovers I would like to dye grey.. so I bought the pearl grey and some black, thinking this should work to make at least a med grey? suggestions? I have to dye in a garbage can as my washing machine will not work that way. Will take hot water from water heater, and swish for 12 hr.then can rinse in other large containers.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Bunny,
      What is the fabric content of the slipcovers you would like to dye? We can better assist you if we know more about the material content you are working with. Thanks!

  • Izabel Karlsson

    I have a dark grey rayon sweat shirt on which I am wanting to dye only the hood red. Any suggestions on whether i should use a color remover first to get it lighter? Also any tips on how to keep it from bleeding to the rest of the sweater? Any help is appreciated ☺

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Izabel, The dark grey would need to be removed to be successful in achieving a red. You might try using the Rit Color Remover on the stove top only dipping in the hood and holding the rest out and occasionally moving the hood around in the solution. To apply the dye you might try painting the dye on. You can mix two tablespoons into two cups of water. We then suggest spraying on the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative and letting it set for 20 minutes. If it does not contain any metal, you would microwave it for 1-2 minutes wrapped in saran wrap and then rinse it really well. The Color Stay Dye Fixative should help from eliminating any color bleeding from the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Conni

    I dyed a nylon/spandex swimsuit which had a faded top with Rit black. I followed the directions on the bottle, using the water and 1 cup of white vinegar, stirring for an hour. It seemed to turn out nicely, though I was pleasantly surprised that the faded top turned out uniformly navy blue. After dyeing, I rinsed it by hand for a considerable time (about an hour), then I machine washed and re-rinsed twice more. As it dripped dry, I noticed that the water from the dripping still had a light bluish tint to it. What can I do to “set the color” so that I am not worried to wear it in the water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Conni,
      We do not have a product that will work to help reduce color bleeding for synthetic materials. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your dyeing issue.

  • Caroline

    Hello, we are going to dye some shirts. We don’t know if we should add water to the liquid dye or if we just use the dye. Thanks for the help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Caroline, Rit dyes are activated when placed in hot water. When using Rit liquid dye, use 1/2 bottle of dye in 3 gallons of water, or, on the low setting in the washing machine, for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric. Hope this helps.

      • Caroline

        We are going to do shirts so I don’t think we will need to do 3 gallons.. Do you have any suggestions for smaller amounts of dye?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Caroline, It is very important that there be enough water in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. If the fabric does not move freely, the color result will be uneven. If you are not planning on immersing the fabric, but intend to tie-dye the shirts, please let us know so that we can further assist you.

  • Alex

    Hello, I have a peach colored (the website called it papaya) nylon swimsuit and I’m trying to dye it to a medium yellow color. Will I be able to dye the peach fabric yellow with your dye if I follow all the instructions or no?
    Thanks, Alex

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alex, We would recommend first using Rit color remover to try to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Rit DyeMore, our new synthetic dye, may be your best option. Information on the colors available in this new line can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries Rit’s new DyeMore. 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. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Michaela, What is the fabric content of the dress you are wanting to dye?

  • Karen

    Im trying to dye my black work clothes because the color is starting to fade but the fabric is still usable. Im a little worried ill mess them all up and have to buy work clothes all over again. Any tips or tricks on dying black clothes?

  • Samantha

    Hi, I have a one piece swimsuit that is 80% Nylon and 20% Elastane. It is a light aqua color and I want to dye it a darker color. What do you recommend for dying a swimsuit without damaging the elastane in it with heat?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Samantha, Unfortunately, it would require hot water for the dyeing to be successful. 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. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Haley, We have a dye called Rit DyeMore, released Spring 2015, which has been specifically formulated to dye synthetics. It will dye 100% polyester, polyester blends, acrylic and nylon. If you’ve used all-purpose Rit, DyeMore works slightly differently, requiring more heat and time to set the color. It’s best to use Rit DyeMore with the stovetop method, getting the dye bath to 180-212 degrees. We would recommend the color Graphite, which dyes polyester dark grey and other fabrics black. Nylon and acrylic will dye much faster and retain the color well. Therefore, these fabrics can be removed from the dye bath once they attain the color you desire. Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries this dye, or, it can be ordered at Amazon.com and The Rit Studio: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kimberly

    I would like to use the new Rit “Dye More” to color some maroon (100% polyester) blackout curtains to navy. I have only seen Sapphire Blue in the dye more spectrum. Can you make any recommendations? I thought of mixing the sapphire with black, but don’t want to chance a disaster. I would love any input! Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kimberly, In order to change the color of your curtains, you would need to be able to remove or lighten the original color. There is not a product available for polyester that will remove or lighten the original color. Also, Rit DyeMore line does not offer a black dye for polyester. The darkest color would be graphite, which is a dark grey. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Stevie Masen

    I’m working on a Janis Joplin costume and I want to re-create one of her blouses. I’m raiding all the thrift shops in town looking for the right style, but since it was the 60’s I’m wondering how to go about dyeing it, because it wasn’t a tye-dye pattern, it more like an eyedropper pattern. I was thinking of just taking an eyedropper or syringe and dribbling the dye on that way. Since I’m doing this with thrift-shop shirts, I don’t care if I screw it up or if it takes multiple tries! But, if it works, how do I get the dye to set so it doesn’t all bleed out when I wash it?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nancy,
    To achieve navy, we recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the overall color from the dress first before dyeing to achieve Navy Blue. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Zana Fields

    Hi, I just bought a new dress (grey) and I desperately want it to be black. It’s 70% polyester & 30% viscose and it says wash in cold water. Is there any way I could dye it black?!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Zana,
      For synthetic materials we recommend using our Dye More line. We make a color called Graphite, that will result in black on most synthetic materials. Unfortunately polyester will dye lighter and black may not be achieved. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Bella Donna

    Hello!

    I have a plain old 80% cotton, 20% poly jersey knit fitted sheet that I would like to dye jet black. Will the 20% poly be an issue (resulting in mottling)?

    Also, the color is already a very deep oxford gray, so presumably it shouldn’t be too hard to get a nice solid black?

    How many packs (powder and/or liquid RIT) will I need for a Queen size fitted sheet (just one)?

    Thanks in advance!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. It will not create a mottled effect as long as the material is constantly being stirred/agitated. To achieve the darkest black, we would recommend using the hottest water possible, doubling the dye quantity and using at least 30-60 minutes of agitation. The amount of dye will depend on the weight of the fabric. One bottle will dye one pound when doubling the dye and one box will do 1/2 pound. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • LunaBear

    Hi there,

    I have a sweater that is 55% Linen, 45% Rayon in large white and navy stripes (hand wash only). I want to dye the entire sweater navy blue using the powder dye. Is that possible?

    Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The material is dyeable, but it would not achieve an even color. The stripes would both dye differently shades of blue. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Cindy

    Iwant to dye a medium grey bedskirt to rust or brown, what dye color should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cindy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the bedskirt?

  • Rhonda Vaughan

    Can I successfully tie dye a t shirt that is 55% Combed and Ringspun Cotton/ 45% Polyester?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rhonda,
      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. For cotton/polyester blends that contain over 40% polyester, we recommend using our Dye More line as a lighter color will be achieve. You can successfully tie-dye the shirt with our all-purpose dyes, but the colors may turn out lighter due to the polyester content. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Tracy

    I have a yellowish green I think it’s called limestone polyester cotton blend shirt that I would like to dye bright yellow. Is this possible thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tracy, What percentage of cotton is in the shirt? We can better assist you once we have this information. Thanks!

      • Tracy

        42% cotton

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tracy, The Color Remover is not effective on polyester, but it will be able to reduce some of the color for you. If you are able to remove enough color, you can then overdye the fabric using the Dye More Daffodil Yellow which is our synthetic dye. It can be found at Hobby Lobby or on our website.

  • sherry

    I would like to dye a white dress that is lace 66% nylon 34% cotton and the lining is 100% polyester. I would like to dye it pink. Recommendations?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sherry, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Dye More in Super Pink as this will be able to dye the nylon, cotton and polyester. If all-purpose dye is used, it would not be able to dye the polyester lining. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Yelena, Are you planning on using the Rit Dye More? We would recommend boiling water on the stove and adding it to the sink. Keep in mind your results will not be as dark if the stove top method is not used. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Stephanie Zais

    Please help me finish this project! I used various colors of RIT dye and blended them together with a solution of 1/3 alcohol to 2/3 water spray. When everything was dry, I went back over it with a dry paint brush to make the swirls. All this was done on silk chiffon. However, now I need to set the dye, but I don’t know how with this silk! Can somebody please tell me what to do to make sure this dye stays put? Thank you!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. If the material is dry, it would be set for this type of project. Make sure to dry clean only as washing or rinsing can cause you to lose the detail. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nicole, We would recommend purchasing white overalls for dyeing. Are you planning on mixing the wine and cocoa brown dyes to create a new color, or, are you wanting to achieve a tie-dye effect? Once we have this additional information we can better assist you.

  • Paulette

    My first attempt at this was a fail–because I can’t do math! HA! As you can see the dress is a hideous pink color, when I really wanted it to be blue-violet as shown below. Can I dye over the pink color using 4cRoyal Blue, 2cPurple and 1cNavy Blue or do I need to remove the pink first? Yes, this is my dress for my wedding 🙂

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Paulette, 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.

  • sinem

    can i silk screen over redyed t shirts?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sinem,
      Yes you can! The dyed garments will not have any effect on silk screen printing. Hope this helps!

  • Brandon Roberts

    These were definitely helpful tips for me! I was thinking about dyeing the drapes that I have in my living room to a more brighter color. But, I wasn’t sure how I would go about doing that. Looking at what you talked about though, it really doesn’t seem that hard. I will definitely prep the dye like you said in order for me to do this properly. http://www.brandtsinteriors.com/products/fabrics/

  • Britny

    Hello, I am looking into dyeing yarn with Rit dye. Above is stated that Rit dye works well on 100% wool however most washing instructions for 100$ wool require cold hand wash… Will the heat needed for the dye process shrink or ruin 100% wool?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Britny, Rit dyes require very hot water to activate (140 to 160 degrees). We would recommend checking the packaging to see if there is information offered on washing the yarn. We have emailed you instructions for dyeing washable woolens, Hope this information is helpful.

  • Maddie

    I have a pair of black jeans and want to dye them violet will it work they are 83% cotton jeans?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maddie, Thank you for reaching out. You would first want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the black. If you are able to get them light enough, they could then be dyed to violet. Hope this helps!

  • Carlene

    Hello,
    I recently bought a pair coral pants. I used stain remover on them to remove a few stains. However the stain remover faded the spot of the stain.
    Can I try re-dying them with a coral color? Or should I use rit’s color remover first and then dye them the coral?
    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carlene, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover first and then redyeing for best results.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jan, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the all-purpose dye would not achieve a medium to dark Teal with that much polyester. The Rit Dye More would need to be used on that fabric type. At this time, we are unable to create a Teal using the synthetic dye line. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • huntingwidow

    I am trying to get a dark charcoal gray – platinum color on a queen size 94% cotton quilt. its 90×90 and weighs about 5 pounds. I like the TURBULENCE color from the Spring 2013 but am afraid it may go green! Any suggestions on color and dying something this large are welcomed!!! And of course I need it yesterday!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Dyeing large or bulky items can be difficult. It can turn out uneven or blotchy if the item does not have enough room to freely move around or if there is not enough agitation. The key is finding something the material would be able to freely move around in. Here is another recipe for charcoal grey to check out: https://www.ritdye.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Rit_FavoriteColors_2000_FINAL.pdf Hope this helps!

      • huntingwidow

        Thanks for the quick response. Can I dye this in a front load washing machine? Is that better to maintain the heat than trying to keep water hot in huge pot?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Small items can be done in a front load washing machine, but larger items would not dye evenly due to the minimal water amount that is added to the machine.

  • Yvonne Salazar

    Hi, i have a light pink, very pastel looking knit sweater that i wish to dye. I’m not sure if i want to dye it a darker shade of pink or go in a completely different direction with color, but i was wondering if i needed Rit color remover if i chose anything other than pink or red. I really don’t want to mess this up, any advice?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • Theresa

    I have an orange cotton rug that is 5’x5′ and I want to dye it teal. The only thing is that the rug has 3 different colors, light orange. darker orange, and white. Will it come out the same teal color all over or will it have 3 different shades of teal?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Theresa, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Teal would dye different shades and would likely not come out a Teal hue due to the existing orange color. The Teal would be unable to successfully cover over the orange areas. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Carlene

    Hello, I tried the color remover on my coral pants and no color came out. I am wondering what I did wrong.
    How much water should I use with 1 package? Hot of cold water?
    Also, my pants are mostly cotton with spandex and polyester mixed in.
    Thanks,

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carlene, Thank you for reaching out. The directions for color remover can be found here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ We suggest using the hottest water possible. The stove top will give you the best results, but may not be able to remove all color due to the spandex and polyester. Hope this helps!

  • Linda

    We tye dyed t-shirts but only used the liquid dye NO water. How do I set the colors??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Linda, Rit dyes require very hot water (140 to 160 degrees) to activate. Without using the hot water to activate the dye, the fabric will not retain the dye. You might consider using Rit color remover to take any additional dye out of the fabric so that you can re-try your project. Information on how to tie-dye using a squirt bottle, or, the bucket method can be found at our website by scrolling over the Techniques category, scrolling over Creative Techniques in the drop down box and choosing the tie-dye method for the 2nd drop down box. Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative can be used when following one of these methods to help the fabric retain the dye for twice as long. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rebecca, We would recommend using Rit color remover to try to remove as much of the color as possible. Bleach damages fibers and may keep the dye from adhering to the fabric, so using the color remover offers the best chance of an even color result. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Barry

    I have just purchased some “camouflage” military pants. The colours are too vivid for my taste. Can I dye them with an Olive Green to create a more subtle camouflage. The existing colours are: Mid brown, dull yellow, black, and leaf green. Hope you can help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Barry, Thank you for reaching out. The olive green may turn the yellow and green areas to a darker green hue. If you are wanting to just dull down the colors, Tan would be a good option for overdyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Brittney DeFriez

    Hi! I just dyed a 92% rayon, 8% spandex dress navy. I really liked how it turned it, except that the underarms are a purpley-red (I assume from lingering deodorant stains that I didn’t see). Is there anyway to fix this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brittney, Thank you for reaching out. You could try using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the fabric and redye, but those areas may still dye differently. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Felisha Harris

    The above tips say that 100% polyester and spandex will not accept dye. But is there any possibility that a 94% polyester and 6% spandex blend can take dye if overdyed without causing any significant damage or shrinkage? If it shrinks some i’m not concerned as long as it can be dyed. I am trying to dye an off-white dress gray or even black but no exact color just something in that range. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Felisha, We would recommend using Rit DyeMore, our new synthetic dye. DyeMore will color 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. There are 12 colors available in this new dye line, which can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Directions 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, or, it can be ordered at our website. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amber, 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 could send us a picture of the color you would like to achieve, we will see if a color specialist can create a color recipe for you. Please email your request to colorformula@theritstudio.com Hope this information is helpful.

  • Jessica Dusoe

    I took my boys to this place to make shirts. They dyed the shirts and they are now sitting in a plastic bag. They told us we needed to add vinager but didn’t tell us how much or when to do it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, Was it Rit Dye that was used on the shirts?

      • Jessica Dusoe

        Yes

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jessica, We would suggest using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. Vinegar helps make the color brighter, but will not help reduce color bleeding or set the dye. Hope this helps!

          • Jessica Dusoe

            We wanted to make the colors brighter.

          • Jessica Dusoe

            We want to make them brighter.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Jessica, Vinegar would only help make nylon, silk or wool brighter during the dye process. Salt does that for cotton, rayon, ramie, linen and blends. There would not be a way to make the colors brighter after dyeing unless you dyed them again adding in the salt/vinegar. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Carron Smith

    I have dB a available dress that is 94% nylon and 4% rayon. It is an antique gold color and i want to dye it black. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carron, Nylon is dyeable. We would suggest using the Dye More Graphite which would achieve a black hue on that fabric. Hope this helps!

      • Carron Smith

        I’m not understanding. What is Dye More Graphite? Is it the powder?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Carron, Sorry for the confusion. Dye More is our new synthetic dye and it comes in a color called graphite that will turn the nylon black: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brandi, What is the fabric content of the material you dyed?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. It would depend on the weight of the shirt. If less than 1/2 pound you would use 1/4 cup of liquid dye or 1/2 box of powder dye. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

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

    Nothing is mentioned about settting the dye. How do we fix Rit? I am using cotton and wool felt on my applique project.

  • Elisha

    I just dyed a white polyester dress with chocolate brown dyemore and it turned gray. I heated the water to almost 200 and stirred dress for about 45 minutes. Is there anything I can do to get this dress brown?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elisha, thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear the item did not dye as expected. How much dye and water did you use? Is it a light grey or more of a medium-dark grey hue?

      • Elisha

        Thank you so much for getting back to me. I think I used about 16 cups of water and one bottle of chocolate dye. I used a big stock pot because I had two dresses I was dyeing. I am just baffled at how a white dress would turn gray with brown dye.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Elisha, please e-mail us at help@theritstudio.com and we would be happy to help you try to get it corrected. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Sue V

    I have 3 yards of “potting soil brown” 100% wool fabric that I would like to lighten enough to take either a purple overdye to make a

    • Sue V

      RitDye Mod, any chance of a reply for either of my questions? I’d love to do something with that brown wool now that cooler temperatures are here.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Sue, So sorry you did not receive a reply. Rit Color Remover is safe on wool, depending on the washing instructions. Rit Color Remover does require hot water, so it would cause shrinking to occur. Keep a close eye to ensure felting does not occur. As long as the hot water can be used, it should be able to remove enough color to get the color you are looking for. When using the color remover, you want to keep it at a simmer rather than a boil. Rinse in warm to cooler water, rewash in warm water with detergent and then dry the fabric as normal. Hope this helps!

  • Sabrina Baker

    Would it be possible to use the water bottle method to cover up letters on a 50/50 poly/cotton hoodie? The letters are in royal blue and the hoodie is navy blue.

  • Veronica Ortiz Rodriguez

    I have two harem pants: one is black and the other one a tan colour.
    They are both made of polyester elastane fabric: the outside of the material is trying to immitate suede (which seems to me as something that could absorb your dye). i’m aiming at making the black one lighter (maybe even charcoal grey) and the tan one grey. What do yuo guys recommend? Many thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Veronica, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately with the material being polyester you would not be able to achieve the the colors you are looking for. The Black pants wont be able to use Color Remover and fade or lighten in color, the tan ones could be dyed over with the DyeMore Frost Gray but because they are tan and you would have to over dye. We can not guarantee the color that would come out from this. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Veronica Ortiz Rodriguez

        Thank you for the Speedy reply!
        The tan one is actually light. Crossing my fingers it works with the DyeMore Frost Gray. I haven’t seen that line here in Montreal 9I usually go to Michael’s) Where could I find it?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Veronica, When dyeing over an existing color, the colors will mix in the same way paint mixes to create a new color. Rit dyes are intended for use on fabric that is off-white or cream in color. Rit DyeMore does offer Graphite, which achieves dark grey when dyeing 100% polyester. If you want to experiment with dyeing over the existing color, we would recommend cutting a piece of fabric from an inner seam to dip in the dyebath to test the color. The only retail chain that carries Rit DyeMore is Hobby Lobby which is a national chain in the U.S. It can be ordered online at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps.

          • Veronica Ortiz Rodriguez

            Thanks guys 🙂

  • http://www.ritdye.com Chanel Rhodes

    I have Swiss tool and polyester girls dress will the Swiss tool take to the dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Chanel, Thank you for reaching out. The material you are working with sounds Synthetic which would need to be dyed with Rit DyeMore. They come in 12 colors and specific for Synthetic material, As for All Purpose is for natural like cotton, silk, and wool. Hope this helps.

  • Robin

    Hi, everyone; our school recently got new carpet. The new carpet in my room is 100% nylon, is very practical, grey, dull, and looks like I work in the corporate world instead of with k – 5 music students. The old carpet had a huge ring on it; we used it for folk dances and hundreds of other activities. I miss the old ring very very much; I can’t adequately express how much I miss it. My principal, the head janitor, and I are trying to find out if there’s some way to dye a new ring on the carpet. It needs to be color fast, not bleed onto the rest of the carpet, non-allergenic — you get the picture. I’ve been surfing around on the internet without success so far. I’m hoping someone out there has one of those amazing secrets that just hasn’t made it big enough to be common knowledge yet. If that someone is you, I’d gladly take you out for an ice cream in thanks for a good tip.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Robin, 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. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Bev Burns

    Can you use RIT to put in a spray bottle with water to spray onto clothes?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cat, Hot water and salt can be added. Here are some directions: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-squirt-bottle-method/ Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Megan, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend increasing the water temperature to achieve the black. Here is a link with more tips on how to dye Ugg boots. https://www.ritdye.com/faq/can-uggs-boots-be-dyed-with-rit/ Hope this helps!

  • Geri

    Hi! I am about to dye a pair of espadrille wedges, but only the jute rope portion; I purchased the Tan Rite Dye, and have been reading up on techniques through your website and discussion thread. I’m not too keen on soaking the whole shoe, and thought to apply hot water with a sponge to the jute rope, then follow up with sponging/paint-brushing the dye/hot water mixture, then rinse off the jute rope portion by holding under a stream of hot water and let air dry in the sun. Would this method work? Thanks so very much for any feedback, I greatly appreciate it!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Geri, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you details by e-mail. Let us know if this helps.

  • Shelley Ford

    I have 3 yards of olive green burlap. Can I dye it another color? ANy other color?? Thanks…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shelley, You could successfully dye over the existing color using dark green or black dye. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Taylor, Thank you for reaching out. 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/ Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Debi McGrain

    I have a dress that I want to dye. The top layer is made of a nylon mesh and the under layer is made of rayon. Both layer are or were a beautiful rich brown but have faded. What can I do to revive the brown color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Debi, Thank you for reaching out. The dress can be dyed with the Rit all-purpose or Dye More line. The all-purpose has Cocoa Brown and Dark Brown and the Dye More line has a color called Chocolate Brown. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Debi McGrain

        Do I have to take the pieces apart and dye them separately or can it be done together? Do I need to do it in cold water or hot water? thanks!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Debi, The pieces would not have to be taken apart when dying them the same color. To active our dye hot water would be needed. Hope this helps!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Debi McGrain

        Do I need to take it apart and dye the layers separately or can they be done together? Not sure if the process is different for the different fabrics. Also, should it be dyed in hot or cold water?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Sandie, When using Rit DyeMore, very hot water is required to activate the dye. If the fabric tag states it should be washed in cold water, the hot water required (180 to 212 degrees) may damage the fabric. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Kristin

    I have a medium light grey jacket, which is 79% polyester, 19% rayon, 2% spandex which I would like to dye black, or at least as dark as I can get it. I know that polyester doesn’t take dye as well, are there any tips for making it work better? Is it likely I can achieve black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristin, The Dye More for synthetics would need to be used. There is a color called Graphite, but it would only be able to achieve a dark grey on polyester: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • Mallory

    I am looking to turn a white lace the fiber content is 95% cotton and 5% polyester black what dye should I use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mallory, Thank you for reaching out. Due to the fiber content your able to use All Purpose Rit dye. We do carry black in this line. Hope this helps.

  • Charlie

    I’m looking to dye a 100% polyester baseball hat. Just looking for a little guidance. Thanks
    -charlie

  • J M

    I’m looking forward to dying a couple of polo shirts labeled “machine wash cold” and wasn’t sure which of your product works best?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Items labeled cold water wash can be dyed with the all-purpose dye, however, since the dye requires hot water there would be some shrinkage. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kat, What is the fabric content of the dress you are wanting to dye?

  • paula

    I have a large heavy couch cover. I am concerned it may not take the color uniformly in the washer. What have been previous outcomes to dying large items in a washer? Suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Paula, What is the fabric content of the slipcover you would like to dye? We can better assist you if we know more about the material content you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Paula, How much does the fabric weigh? For best results, we would not recommend dyeing more than 8 pounds in a top loading machine. Hope this helps

    • paula

      I believe it weighs more. Are there suggestions on how I could dye it, if at all?

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Paula, The problem with trying to dye bulky items, is that it is difficult for the dyebath to be evenly distributed throughout the fabric, therefore, the color result is often uneven. Unfortunately, there is not another method we can recommend. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Amy

    I dyed a white 100% cotton shirt tan but the color did not come out even. I’ve dyed numerous items before and never had this problem. If I try again should that even color out or is there a better solution? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, So sorry to hear your item did not dye evenly. Dyeing over it will not even it out, only cause the lighter areas to dye darker and the darker areas to get even darker still showing uneven results. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and redye. Uneven dye results can be caused by there not being enough room for the fabric to freely move around, dye being poured over the fabric, if powder, undissolved pieces of dye, the fabric going in dry and not wet or if there is not enough agitation or stirring (no soaking). Hope this helps!

  • Janjan885

    I want to dye this fur Halloween costume brown. Will rit dye work for that? It’s 100% polyester

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Since the fabric is a synthetic material Rit DyeMore would be require to successfully dye the costume. We have a color called chocolate brown that can be found online or at Hobby Lobby. Here is a link for the DyeMore line. http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/

  • Margaret Cory

    Hi, I have used Rit Dye for decades. The last time, I had problems. I was dyeing a new wool top. I still washed it in woolite and rinsed it. Used simmering water to mix the dye first, approx 6 quarts. Then added the simmering dye to hot water tub that I usually use w/a gallon of hot water. Stirred them together and then added the wet wool top. I got some really dark areas as though I hadn’t mixed the dye. Any ideas? Because of course, I have more projects in the waiting. Thanks, Margaret

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Margaret, 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.

  • maria m.

    I would like to know if i can possible dye my shoes with a paintbrush or something. They are textile material.they kind of turned brownish over the time maybe bevause of cleaning them with water alot

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Maria, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover would be required to take it to an off-white or cream color prior to dying. Unfortunately the color remover would not work on the shoes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Adelaide

    How do I dye with a front loading washing machine???

  • Erin Whitty

    I have a light blue bamboo/rayon blend knit sweater (machine washable) that got seriously mildew stained (long story) I have washed it several times and the smell is completely gone but while the stains have faded somewhat,the sweater still resembles a camo print of black and yellow. if I choose a darker blue or purple will the dye cover the stains? I love this sweater and am heartbroken

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erin, Unfortunately, the dye may be unable to cover any staining on the fabric. Sorry for any inconvenience.

      • Erin Whitty

        🙁

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/10205414582340155/ Verenice

    I want to dye a white lace dress in a pale pink or taupe. The lace is 62% Cotton, 38% Nylon and the lining is 100% Cotton. Wash instructions say “Hand Wash”. Would it be possible to dye it, and would I add vinegar and/or salt because of the material content? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Verenice. The fabric would be dyeable. You would want to add in 1 cup of salt since it has more cotton than nylon. Since it is labeled as hand wash, there could be some shrinkage that occurs due to the hot water when dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Michelle Gordon

    I just bought a shirt from goodwill for a Halloween costume. It’s 96% cotton 4% spandex. It is a salmon color and I would like to dye it a bright almost neon orange. Will I need to remove the color first or can I just use an orange dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, If it is a light salmon hue, you can overdye it using orange. Please keep in mind we do not have any neon orange type shades. The brightest orange we manufacture is the Sunshine Orange. Hope this helps!

  • Chelsey

    I just bought a dress. The color is called wine red. I want to dye it black. Fabric is 65%rayon 30%nylon and 5% spandex. It’s for a wedding. Will it work? Please let me know. Any advice or tips will help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chelsey, Thank you for reaching out. The material can be dyed black. Be sure to add in 1/2 package of Dark Green or 1/4 cup of liquid Dark Green to the Black to ensure it covers over the wine properly. Hope this helps!

  • laura

    What type of white vinegar can you use with it? can you use white malt vinegar?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, We recommend using standard white vinegar, not malt vinegar. Hope this helps.

  • Sarah

    I just tried my first dying project! I dyed a white skirt and a turquoise shirt, both 100% cotton, using turquoise Rit. Both had been washed and didn’t appear to have any major stains. I used my top-load high-efficiency washer. Both items came out turquoise, with darker turqouise spots all over them. I feel like I followed the top-load washer directions exactly (although I didn’t add a tablespoon of detergent, as that’s not included in those instructions.) What could be the reasons for this? Does this method not work with a high-efficiency machine, which uses less water? Is there a way to re-dye these to remove the spots?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, 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.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, So sorry that your tie dyeing project did not go as planned. We have e-mailed you some questions about your project.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Paula, Unfortunately, the material contains too much polyester for the Rit Color Remover to be effective. You would only be able to dye to a darker color. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Alexis Ryan

    I am getting married in a week and a half ordered 4 maroon bridesmaids dresses and they sent 3 that color one red. Can i use rit to dye the red one maroon dont have time or $ to gwt a new one

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alexis, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress you are trying to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Katie, The insole would need to be removed in order for the dye not to adhere to it. If the insole is not removable, you would want to ensure you are rinsing the material really well in cold water until there is no color bleeding. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Camille, What is the fabric content of the sweat suit? Is it 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend?

  • jllillyscott

    Can you spray bottle dye with rit dye on carpet?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, 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. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Matt, Thank you for reaching out. The sun spots may dye lighter. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and make it all even and then redye. Does the material have a tag at all that indicates fabric content?

  • Michelle

    Hello. I have a 95% cotton 5% nylon white (lace) dress that I want to dye navy. The lining is 100% polyester. Would I need to use the DyeMore or can I use the regular fabric dye? The lining shows through the cotton since it is “lace”. I am not opposed to having white show through – just curious what the regular fabric dye will do to the polyester. Will it hold any bit of color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Michelle, Thank you for reaching out. The All Purpose would be able to dye the dress a navy blue just not the lining, you would have to use DyeMore and at this time there is no Navy Blue in the DyeMore line. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kim. Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tereza, So sorry to hear your dye project did not turn out as expected. We have e-mailed you some additional questions to assist you in getting the results you are looking for.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sarah, You can try adding boiling water to a bucket or into the washing machine to start with the hottest water possible. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Shirt Delima

    Hi there! I have some 100% cotton denim button down shirts. They have a small embroidery design about 4×3″. The embroidery is done with polyester thread. I’d like to dye the shirts to a darker shade of blue. Would this be possible without changing the color of the existing embroidery?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, As long as the all-purpose dye is used and the threading is 100% polyester, the all-purpose dye should not dye the thread. It may look like it is taking on dye, but once rinsed it should wash out. Hope this helps!

  • Kleci

    I am going to dye a few canvas drop cloths to use in covering my couch. I have decided on the color gray that I want and have figured out how much dye I will need. I have never dyed anything. I need to dye more than one drop cloth. Do I need to figure the dye for each drop cloth and dye them separately or would it be best to dye them together? Also could I use the dye to dye one and reuse the dye for the next one?

    • 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 100% polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and and polyester/cotton blends. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. One package of powder dye (Rit’s all-purpose) or 1/2 bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric in 3 gallons of water or using the low setting in a washing machine. There needs to be plenty of room in a dyebath for the fabric to move freely, for this reason, it is often necessary to divide the fabric into more than one load. If you re-use a dyebath, the resulting color will be lighter or an off-shade due to the chemicals that were pulled from the dyebath the 1st time it was used. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Brad Vickrey

    I want to dye a t-shirt pink for a breast cancer walk. My local stores don’t have pink but do have red. Can I get pink by using less red?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brad, Thank you for reaching out. Adding less dye will make the color lighter but will not achieve a pink. . You may try finding the pink dye at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric, Micheal’s, or can order it at our website. Hope this helps!

  • Sadie_The_Otaku

    Hi, I have a cherry red (?) fabric. It was the closet I could find to my jacket and I want to match it as CLOSE As possible to the jacket which is a wine red color. If I use wine red dye would you think it would come out wine red or something darker ? Would it work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sadie, It is hard to say what would happen with overdyeing. What is the fabric content of the material you are looking to dye? It should not matter if you dye it before or after as long as the fabric is all the same material and it would also depend on the fabric content of the fabric.

      • Sadie_The_Otaku

        The fabric im using is a cotton or polyester type. I forgot but it was one of those.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sadie, 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.

          • Sadie_The_Otaku

            thank you very much !

  • lisa waldstein

    I want to dye a dress that has a cotton layer and nylon lace overlay. I know they will dye to slightly different colors. Can I use the salt AND vinegar together to bring out the best color in both of these layers?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, We suggest using salt or vinegar and not both as they can counteract each other. If it has a higher cotton percentage, use salt. If it has a higher nylon percentage, use vinegar. If it is 50/50, you can choose one or the other. Hope this helps!

  • Carbonatom

    I have a dark brown (roughly #603b09) 100% sisal robe I’d like to dye as black as possible. Is there anything special I need to do in order to use Rit dye for that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We do not have any information regarding sisal, but you might try using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color prior to dyeing or adding in 1/2 package of Navy Blue or 1/4 cup of Navy Blue to the Black dye when overdyeing Brown to Black. Hope this helps!

  • Nikki

    Hey!
    I would like to dye my dark purple prom dress (100% silk) to a yellow.. is this at all possible? If yes, what colours do I use to dye it? Thanks!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nikki, Thank you for reaching out. Since it is silk, you can use the Rit Color Remover to remove as much of the purple as possible to achieve a yellow. Please keep in mind that the product does require hot water so shrinkage can occur. You would need to be able to reduce the color of the material to an off white in order to be able to achieve a yellow. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Sarah, Yes, you should wash before dyeing to make sure garment is clean and free of finishes. In the DyeMore line we have one red called Racing Red, you could try to apply over the existing orange and get the hue you are looking for. You can find directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ , and find colors here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ . Hope this helps.

  • GodSoONErsPetsAndRoughersFan

    Is it possible to change a green stuffed animal to blue? If so, what dye colors and method?

    • 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, 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

  • Phoebe

    I have a white jacket that is 50% polyester and 50% cotton fleece. I want to dye it a baby pink. Do you think using a darker red/pink color or simply soaking for longer than usual will achieve the desired results? Would adding the cup of salt suggested above make a difference?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Phoebe, We would recommend using Rit’s new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. There are 12 colors available in this new dye line, one of which is Super Pink http: //store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Different fabrics will display the color differently once dyed, which is why there are various shades of color on the bottle. You can lighten the color of a dyebath by adding additional water. Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Very hot water and constant agitation are required when dyeing. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Gaben

    I was hoping to dye a Red Plaid 100% cotton shirt to an orange plaid by using RIT Golden Sun yellow. Is this possible?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gaben, Thank you for reaching out. The yellow will not be able to dye-over the red. We recommend using Rit color remover to reduce/remover the color then dye the shirt with our orange dye. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gaben, The color remover will try and remover all color for the shirt including the black. There is not a way to section off the shirt and keep the color remover from effecting the black areas.

  • Caitlin

    Hello! I have some cotton fabric that I would like to dye cocoa brown (1 pair of men’s khaki pants and about 1/4 yard of muslin). Would it be better to dye them in the same pot, or to dye the muslin, and then the pants, so that the items can move more freely in the dye bath? I would be using the stovetop method in a large soup pot.
    Thanks!
    Caitlin

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Caitlin, It is very important that there be enough room in the dyebath for the fabric to move freely. Any bunching of fabric can create a blotchy color result. For this reason, we would recommend dyeing them separately. If you were to reuse the same dyebath, a light or off-shade would result due to the chemicals that were pulled from it the 1st time it was used. For the best color result, each dyebath should be newly made. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Caitlin

        Thank you so much for your speedy reply!

  • José Bienvenido DeLeon Santos

    how do I dye fabrics with bleach damage???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jose, 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 the best chance of an even color result, 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 appearing blotchy. Hope this information is helpful.

  • José Bienvenido DeLeon Santos

    Is the deterergent necessary to be added to the dye bath, wont”t that prevent the fabric from absorbing the dye dye effectively and the bath become soapy?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jose, We recommend adding 1 tablespoon laundry detergent to all dye baths to help promote level dyeing. This small amount of detergent will not cause the dyebath to become soapy. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lina, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover and trying again. Be sure to let the fabric agitate for 30-60 minutes with no soaking as soaking can cause the fabric to dye unevenly. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Maria Rapp

    Hi Rit, I’m dying a 5 oz cashmere sweater, do I STILL use 1/2 bottle of dye and 1 cup of vinegar which is what you recommend for 1 lb of fabric OR do i cut the amounts AGAIN in half? Please advise for both the dye and vinegar.Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maria, You can use 1/2 cup of dye for 1/2 pound of fabric and 1 cup of vinegar into enough water for the fabric to freely move around. Hope this helps!

  • Elizabeth

    Hi, I have a blend of cotton/polyester light pink jeans that are too similiar to the color of my skin. I would like to dye them a different color. Do I need to turn them white to begin? What color works best with a light pink/peach base? Which Rit product should I purchase? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, What is the percentage of cotton and polyester in the fabric? Were you looking to obtain a certain color?

  • Sam

    Hello,

    I want to dye my cotton pants but I am worried about the color running or bleeding afterwards. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Sam

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sam, Thank you for reaching out. If you are worried about color bleeding, we would recommend using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative afterwards to help reduce color bleeding and set the dye. Hope this helps!

  • Annie

    I just tried to dye 1 lb. of a 95/5 rayon/spandex blend with 2 cups scarlet and a little bit of violet and got a (not surprisingly) salmon color. If I try to dye it again, would the color deepen significantly? It looks beautiful wet, but dries so light!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Annie, Thank you for reaching out. You could dye again to get a darker color or even add a little bit more of each color to darken. You may even leave item in dye bath longer making sure your still stirring constantly, the longer the bath also helps with deeper color. Hope this helps.

  • elizabeth

    Hi I have a question is it possible to dye brown to pink or red?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are looking to dye?

      • elizabeth

        I think it is silk, it doesn’t say what material it is

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Elizabeth, If the material is silk you can use Rit Color Remover and take the brown down enough to dye with pink or red. This process will help you get the best hue of the pink or red you are trying to achieve. If the material is a synthetic material remover will not work well and over dyeing would be hard to get pink or a red. Hope this helps.

          • Elizabeth

            Thank you very much

  • Victoria_or_vicky@hotmail.com

    Hi I’m I’ve got some light blue gingham 100% cotton curtains I’d like to dye either red or black to match my kitchen any tips on doing this please.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce/remove the overall color prior to dying. When dying over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color. Hope this information was helpful, let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lizzy, Thank you for reaching out. Here are some tips are stenciling: https://www.ritdye.com/2014/10/27/community-video-hands-on-crafts-for-kids-stenciled-flower-flag/ Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Patty Wilson

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Rit Dye for developing this amazing product! I make Witch Hats attached to headbands for Halloween, and have had a heck of a time finding narrow black lace to decorate them with. Most ruffled lace is made out of Polyester, so dying white lace was out of the question until now. I just finished one of my hats using white lace that was dyed black with Rit DyeMore. Problem solved!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Patty, Thank you for sharing! Your hat looks absolutely amazing!

    • http://www.ritdye.com Patty Wilson

      Thank you very much!

  • Sarah Deaton Peery

    Is it possible to dye a dark gray fabric purple? I need it for a costume so it’s cheaper to dye a vest I have rather than buy one. The vest is a darker gray but I need it to be purple.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce/remover the overall color prior to dying. . When dyeing over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Patricia Rodriguez

    How do I dye a dress that has black and pink but I want to dye it all black

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

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

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You could try a spot dye approach, depending on the fabric content of the hat. Here are directions: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Gina, Thank you for reaching out. Have you ever washed them before? Since they are labeled dry clean only, shrinkage could occur or other damage to the fabric. If you want to give it a try, you can try the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color. It would not be able to turn them to a bright white. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Maidev, The salt makes the color more vibrant in the dye process. For best results, we suggest using regular table salt. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • roslyn

    I have a dusky mushroomy pink linen dress which I’d like to dye either lilac or a lighter pink colour. What colour should I use

  • Ashley

    i want to dye a white shirt black but im afraid of the color staining my skin afterwards. how can i prevent that?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, You would achieve a color close to what is on the bottle for 100% cotton depending on how much dye and water is used. To ensure you achieve even color results, make sure the fabric has enough room to freely move around, the dye is thoroughly dissolved before adding the fabric and that you are stirring the material constantly with no soaking. The fabric would go in wet. You can always redye if it does not reach a color that is dark enough. We suggest removing the fabric when it is a little darker than what you want, as the fabric will dry lighter. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Sabrina

    I have my toddlers electric blue unitard made from about 90% polyester and 10% nylon. Would the royal blue dye work to get the unitard to more of a royal blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sabrina, 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. Unfortunately, Rit DyeMore does not offer a royal blue. The colors available in the new dye line can be viewed at: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Instructions for using DyeMore can be viewed at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ DyeMore can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, or, online. Hope this information is helpful.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/10101150602470617/ Nadine

    I am trying to dye a 100% cotton shirt a powder blue color. I chose the royal blue based on the color of the packaging (which doesn’t look anything like the actual dye), thinking i could just leave it in for less time to get the result i want. The shirt came out a very saturated blue, almost purple. You mentioned the RIT color remover below. Will that reduce the saturation of the dye to possibly get the blue that I want? I am looking for a color similar to the attached photo. If not, maybe you can suggest a dye formula that will achieve this color from scratch?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nadine, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible so the item can be redyed. It likely would not be able to reduce it to the color you are after. We would recommend using the Rit Dye More Kentucky Sky it is available online or in Hobby Lobby. It is a dye for synthetics, but will work well on the cotton. You can view the color here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • GB

    My daughter bought a white cotton dress that she wanted to dye purple. We followed all the directions on the package – hot water, salt, etc. She left it in the dye for over an hour. It came out light pink. So, we bought a black Rit powder packet. We followed all the directions again, and even left it in overnight. The dress is still only a very light grey. What can we do??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, So sorry to hear your dye project did not turn out as planned. We have e-mailed you some questions to further assist you.

  • Anna

    Can I dye a black dress that is 50% polyester and 50% Rayon to a yellow?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anna, Thank you for reaching out. The yellow would not be able to successfully dye over the black. In order to change the color of the fabric, color remover would need to be used to take the fabric back to an off-white shade. Unfortunately, when working with a synthetic fabric, Rit color remover is not able to remove color.

      • anna

        ok. what about a blue dress that I have, it is 100% cotton, would that dye over to a yellow?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Anna, We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to reduce/remover the overall color prior to dying. When dyeing over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color.

  • Marc Parsont

    I have purchased those kids kits for tie-dying shirts and they are o.k. for a novice like me. I have lots of dye bottles/packets (RIT of course) for “normal,” dying. I’d like to use the dyes I have for tee-shirts and stuff….I have plenty of plastic bottles. Should I just prepare the dyes as I would normally and then put them into the squirt bottles? That gives me the correct proportions of water to dye.

  • Shawna

    I am wondering if Rit is safe to use on baby clothes? I don’t want to use anything that will irritate her skin or be toxic if she puts the fabric in her mouth.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shawna, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye is safe for babies as it is a non-toxic dye. Hope this information was helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shauna, 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. Using one of Rit’s dyes to dye over the existing colors will dye the white stripes yellow and leave the black stripes black. Hope this helps!

  • Miranda

    I’m have been trying to dye my mint colored polyester prom dress a light grey color with the Frost grey Rit dye More. But it has not changed in color. I then tried a bottle of black in the pot and it turned it emerald green. How can I get my dress to turn a light grey?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Miranda, Since the original mint color cannot be removed, you would likely not be able to achieve a light grey hue on the fabric. You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove the Dye More that was applied, but the Color Remover would be unable to remove the original mint color. In order to achieve a light grey, the material would need to be white or off white to start. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Carrie

    How important is adding salt to the dye for dying cotton? I have a hunter-orange hans sweatshirt that i want to be more pumpkin orange for my halloween costume

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carrie, Thank you for reaching out. When dying salt it is not required but recommended to make the color more vibrant.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ryan,

    So sorry to hear your tie dye project did not go as planned. The dye does work best when it remains hot, but as long as the initial water is as hot as possible and the dye is used immediately then it should not cause any issues with tie dyeing. The heat from the microwave just helps to set the dye, but does not necessarily need to dry the fabric. In fact, you really do not want it to become dry in the microwave as that can cause the fabric to scorch or burn. The salt just helps make the color more vibrant and would not affect the tie dyeing. We strongly recommend using the Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing prior to rinsing to help reduce color bleeding and to help better set the dye. The Dye Fixative can be sprayed on and then you can let it sit for 20 minutes, microwave the shirts and then carefully rinse. You want to make sure you rinse the fabric in cold water and then remove rubber bands and re-rinse to ensure that all excess dye has been rinsed from the fabric prior to washing. You might try washing by hand for the first few washes if you are having an issue with color bleeding. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Crystal Eutopia

    I was wondering what would happen if I dyed 100% polyester

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Crystal, Thank you for reaching out. We have a synthetic dye called Rit DyeMore that would dye 100% polyester. You can find the 12 core colors DyeMore offers here http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Karen, Thank you for reaching out. Here are some tips on achieving an ombre effect: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/ombre/ Silk , cotton or rayon should not bleed up too much farther than what you have dipped into the dye bath. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jay, The all-purpose dye would only be able to adhere to the cotton portion of the fabric and not the polyester, resulting in a lighter hue to be achieved such as grey. For best results, we would recommend using the Dye More Graphite. It can be found at Hobby Lobby. You also want to ensure you are agitating or stirring constantly with no soaking for 30-60 minutes. Hope this helps!

  • T. Nelson

    Hi, I bought a polyester dress that is supposed to be red but it appears to be a more coral color. I would like to use RIT red dye to deepen the color. Also the fabric is cold water wash. Can you please tell me what my options are? Thanks in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Dye More for synthetics would be needed to dye the polyester dress. It is available on our website or at Hobby Lobby. Dye More requires very hot water to open the fibers of the polyester and successfully dye the garment. Since it is labeled as cold water wash, some shrinkage could occur. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alissa, The Dye More Graphite would be the best option, but may only be able to reach a grey hue. It can be found online or in Hobby Lobby. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Michelle, You can try redyeing. Make sure to add in 1 cup of salt. Black works best in 160-180 degrees which could cause shrinkage on the wool to occur. Agitate for 30-60 minutes, but be careful of felting due to the agitation. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Julie McKeon

    Hello,
    I’m trying to dye a stuffed fabric car. The car is light pink. I wanted to dye it either black or a dark blue. I have tried several rounds of both. It is now a purple-ish color. Doesn’t seem to be taking the dye well. It will look great till I rinse it out. Should I try a red color? I want something more boy looking than pink.
    Thanks for your help.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Julie, Thank you for reaching out. What is the material of the car? This will help determine the dye line you would need to use. We have All Purpose for cotton and natural fibers and DyeMore for synthetic.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dyes are non-toxic and safe for use on baby clothes. Hope this helps!

  • renae

    Hi, I used liquid dyes to paint designs on new flour sack towels, but I’m worried about the dye running when they are washed. I tested a spot on my “tester” towel that I won’t be giving as a gift like the others I’ve done. What can I do to set the color without it running all over when I wash the towels before giving them as gifts?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Renae, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest using Rit Color Stay Dye Fixative. This reduces color bleeding and provides long lasting color retention. You can find this at your local craft store Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s Fabric and Walmart. Hope this helps.

      • poleennadethr@yahoo.com

        I would like to dye my white MCDAVID HEX LEG SLEEVES WITH black dye because some of it turned yellow while i bleached it it is 80% nylon/20% spandex [elastane]; 
polyethylene foam. can i make it as black as the one on the picture please response thankyou

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, 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. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. If you choose to Dye black you would use Rit All Purpose, and best is the stove-top to keep your eyes on the process. Hope this helps.

  • Britt

    http://www.jcpenney.com/fire-34-sleeve-lace-fit-and-flare-dress/prod.jump?ppId=pp5006110273&searchTerm=fire+dress&catId=SearchResults&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0915201517023498M.tif

    I would like to dye this dress a mint green or a robin’s egg blue color. Do you have any tips or comments about the type of fabric that would be helpful?
    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Britt, Thank you for reaching out. Since the dress is nylon you can use our all-purpose dye but it will not ahere the polyester lining. If you you decide to try with the all-purpose any way you can email us a picture of the color you are trying to achieve tocolorformula@theritstudio.com You may also try Rit DyeMore which works on both natural and synthetic fabrics so if would cover all parts of the dress. We have 12 core colors you can choice from here http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Let us know if you have any other questions.

      • Britt

        Ok, thank you for the quick response. Does it matter that it says it is nylon/spandex?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Britt, As long as it is low amount in spandex you will be able to use either dye for the dress.

          • Britt

            So are you saying that Rit DyeMore would adhere to the polyester as well?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Britt, Yes, Rit DyeMore would also dye the polyester lining of your dress. DyeMore is our new synthetic dye that will color 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends as well as natural fabrics. Instructions for using DyeMore can be found at: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ Hope this helps!

  • Tina

    Hello – I am trying to dye white baseball pants black. they are 100% polyester. I have used a whole bottle of liquid dye and two pairs of kids pants. I am using the sink method. I cannot seem to get them black – they are just a charcoal color. How can I get them to be black?

    • Tina

      Also – at what point is the color fully saturated? I have had them in the dye for about an hour and they don’t seem to be getting any darker.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Tina, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. Since you are working with fabric that is 100% polyester, Rit DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. However, graphite is the darkest color is this new dye line and it dyes 100% polyester dark gray and other fabrics black. Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries the new dye line, or, it can be ordered at our website http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ or Amazon. Hope this information is helpful.

        • Tina

          okay – thank you for letting me know. Just so I am sure I understand, however, since the darkest color I can achieve with the new DyeMore is charcoal, it doesn’t sound like purchasing the new dye will help – correct? Right now, with the regular Rit liquid dye black, I have achieved a dark charcoal color.

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Tina, Unfortunately, that is correct. There would not be a way to achieve a black hue on that fabric content.

          • Tina

            Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I also have to dye a few pairs of pants brown (school play!). Do you think I might try to dye these now-charcoal pants brown so as to not waste another two pairs of pants? Would brown dye over charcoal work?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Tina, The brown would not be able to successfully dye over the charcoal. Typically, we recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color first, but the Color Remover would not be effective on polyester. Sorry about that.

        • Tina

          Also – one more quick question – is this also true of red? I need to dye a jacket red. The label says 70% polyester and 30% viscose rayon. what would you recommend so that I don’t end up with a pink jacket?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Tina, No, the color red in DyeMore will dye red and have no problems. It is only black that polyester will not take the true color form. Hope this helps.

          • Tina

            great. thank you.

  • Joshua

    Can I dye brown burlap grey?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Joshua, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can dye burlap with Rit All Purpose from brown to gray. We suggest using Rit Color remover to take the brown out or remove enough color to help the grey color show. After color remover is used then go ahead and dye with gray. Hope this helps.

  • courtney

    I have a question I have a couch I want to dye the fabric is nylon how would I go about it? The fabric is not removable

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Courtney, Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric becau