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How to dye clothes naturally at home with family and friends

Dyeing clothes at home is one of the best things one can do to push your free time to something experimental. Just to make you feel better, if you are a parent then it is best to involve your children in this activity which they will enjoy the most. I say this because I am aware of the fact that children are always interested in new things and more importantly exploring new things. But, for you it is Quality time spent with your loved ones.

Dyeing clothes at home with family and friends naturally

Dyeing clothes and fabrics have been an old tradition. I would not stress more on the time it began as that is not what we are discussing things about. I will surely not make it lecturing details here about it.

Dyeing in nature is a wonderful notion and yes, we would not spend a penny here except for the things that are available at home. You need not plan to visit your nearest store (at times this nearest store seems quite a mile) to buy any stuff to have a wonderful exploring time with your family and loved ones.

So let me not wait for a moment and share ‘How to dye clothes naturally at home with family and friends’

What you need?

–          Fabric such as old tee’s, pants, shorts, skirts, tops, handkerchiefs, curtains, towels etc.

–          Any old container

–          Old spatula or a stick from your back yard.

–          Fixator such as Salt, Vinegar

–          Water to boil fabric with fixator in the old container

–          Natural dye substances such as berries, flowers, roots, onions, tea etc.

–          Knife or cutter to chop the natural dye substances.

how to dye clothes naturally at home

Let’s get started:

  • Step 1:

Collect you natural dye substance and chop them in regular pieces to measure. If you are using 2 cups of the substance then make sure you add 4 cups of water to boil them. Boil the substance, once boiling simmer for an hour.

Let the substance and mixture cool down. Then drain out the hard substance and keep the liquid state which is the dye that you have prepared naturally. If you have planned this quite in advance then you can let the mixture of substance and water soaked overnight. This will concentrate the dye solution.

  • Step 2:

I am sure you will be ready with the dye that has been prepared naturally. Now we need to complete the Fixator.

Fixator is nothing but, the substance that will keep the color stuck to the fabric or cloth.

You will need Salt (½ cup salt to 8 cups of water) as the Fixator if you are using Berries and Vinegar (1 cup of vinegar to 4 cups of water) if you are using plants as natural dye substance.

Now you can rinse the fabric in cold water (apart from the dye mixture prepared) for Step 3.

  • Step 3:

Once you are ready with your dye and fixator all that you need to do is immerse your wet fabric or cloth into the container containing the natural dye and fixator (added as per quantity mentioned) and bring it to boil and simmer for an hour.

You can boil and simmer until you get the desired color and shade on your fabric or cloth. The result is going to be a little lighter to the color or shade you can see while boiling/simmering.

Once you are done, let the fabric and dye cool down and then rinse and wash the fabric in cold water. And once your fabric is dried out you see the new color and shade on your fabric which was made by you and your loved ones.


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3 thoughts on “How to dye clothes naturally at home with family and friends”

  1. Warrior says:

    Nice blog!

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Madison,Sorry the elastic didn’t turn out as you hoped! As sttaed in the tutorial, polyester elastic doesn’t hold dye very well…especially very dark colors such as blue, black, or dark brown. Lighter colors like yellow, orange, pink, gray, etc. will work best. But they still won’t retain their color entirely. They will always be a watered down shade of the original color. Cotton elastic is ideal and holds dye well but of course, it’s hard to come by in any size other than 1/4 inch (no thanks). My tutorial is not an exact science but more of a “this is how I do it at home”. DIY/home dyes, such as RIT, are always experimental. There are more detailed tutorials out there and more involved dyes if you’re interested in stepping it up a notch. Read through the comments section of my tutorial and people recommend all sorts of interesting products. I hope you give it a go again! Maybe with a different dye color.

  3. Summer C says:

    I never knew that you could dye your clothes naturally at home. What a spectacular activity to have the kids do! Not only is it convinient to your wallet, but you also get to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Thank you for sharing this helpful blog!

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