When it comes to an affordable and popular solution for a wardrobe color makeover, Rit dye tops the chart.
Despite its popularity, apprehensions about Rit dye staining washing machines deter some folks from using it.
So, let’s address the questions that have been on everyone’s mind – can you dye fabrics in a washing machine and will Rit dye leave a telltale stain on the washer after dyeing?
Can You Dye Fabric In A Front or Top Loading Washing Machine?
Imagine revamping your old, faded clothes into vibrant pieces that look brand new.
The good news is, you can do just that by dyeing fabric in either a front-loading or top-loading washing machine.
Yes, you heard it right; your laundry machine isn’t just for cleaning!
Here’s how to get started:
First things first, pre-wash your fabric to rid it of any dirt or finishes such as fabric softener that could hinder the dye from adhering properly. Pay particular attention to stains; better dyeing results are achieved on clean fabric.
Once pre-washed and wetted, put the fabric into the washing machine.
For front loaders, remember: less is more! Overstuffing may result in incomplete dyeing. Plus, it’s not really that suited for pretty large items.
Set the water to its hottest setting and choose the longest cycle possible. More time equals a deeper color saturation.
Next, prepare your dye.
Dissolve it in hot water following the instructions given on the package.
You might need to add salt, vinegar or dish detergent depending on your fabric type and chosen dye; each has specific requirements which can typically be found on their labels.
Pour this dye solution into the machine using either the dispenser (for front loaders) or directly into the drum after it’s filled with water (for top loaders).
Let your machine do its magic through a complete cycle.
If you’re using a top load washer and dyeing larger items, consider pausing mid-cycle periodically to untangle them for an even coverage of color.
An extra rinse cycle may be beneficial to remove any residual dye.
Finally wash and dry your newly dyed garment as you would normally.
A few words of wisdom:
- Wear attire you’re not fond of and rubber gloves while handling dyes – unless purple hands match with everything in your wardrobe!
- Check if you’ve got enough dye–not having sufficient amount might risk uneven colors.
- Choose a suitable dye for your fabric type – cottons and linens favour certain dyes while polyester or nylon have their own preferences.
Will Rit Dye Cause A Permanent Stain On Washer?
Some people are hesitant to use Rit dye, anxious about whether it will cause a permanent stain on their washer.
To dispel this myth, no, Rit dye will not result in an everlasting mark on your machine if you clean it properly after your DIY dyeing project.
Rit dye is an eco-friendly and non-toxic colorant that dissolves easily in water.
Its water-solubility makes it simple to wash away with the assistance of hot water and bleach.
Here are some straightforward steps to prevent your washer from turning into a rainbow wheel:
Once you’re done with dyeing, take the fabric out of the washer and use a damp cloth soaked in bleach to wipe around the inside area of the lid and also deep into the drum of the washer to eliminate any residual dye.
If your washer has an internal dispenser, pour some bleach through it as dyes often tend to find their way into these hidden spots.
Activate a hot water cycle accompanied by some bleach and detergent to cleanse your washer meticulously.
If you still notice some color lurking within the corners of your machine, repeat the cleaning process until your washer is devoid of any color.
You can also throw in old towels or rags during cleaning cycles for extra scrubbing action.
What Are The Other Methods Of Dying Fabric Using Rit Dye?
One of the best things about using Rit dye is the diversification it offers in dying methods, extending beyond just the use of a washing machine.
With alternatives like bucket or sink, stovetop, spray method or even spot dyeing, Rit Dye gives you a color culture that fits every fabric type and size.
Let’s take a sneak peek into some of these techniques:
Sink or Bucket: Ideal for smaller objects or delicate materials that can withstand hot water submersion. All you need is a large vessel, heated water, your chosen Rit dye color, and salt or vinegar with either tongs or wooden spoon to stir the fabric around – simple yet effective.
Stovetop: If you’re seeking deep-dyed hues on natural fabrics like cotton or wool, this is your go-to technique. You’ll need a spacious stainless-steel pot in which you’ll heat water just short of boiling before adding the dye and fabric. For previously dyed fabrics, different submersion techniques may be necessary to ensure an impeccable dyeing process.
Spray Method: Using this technique requires laying out your dyed items on a workspace and evenly spraying them with dye before setting them using heat exposure.
Spot Dyeing: Use this when you want patterns or designs dyed directly onto certain areas of your fabric. It corrects individual color spots and dyes smaller fabric quantities.
And that’s not all – there are even more unique ways to apply Rit Dye such as tie-dyeing, shibori techniques, ice-dying, and marbling for extra character.
Need some motivation?
Visit this link for helpful tutorials and inspiring projects: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/