How to use rit dye – How to Dye – Rit Dye

How to Use Rit All-Purpose Dye

A note about dye and washing machines: If you have never used dye in a washing machine, we get why you would be nervous! Who wants a purple washing machine? Well, maybe us. Nonetheless, we can promise you Rit won’t permanently stain any metal component on your machine. Rit has been used in washing machines for decades, dating back to the time when the electric washing machine was invented in the 1950s. We coined the phrase “Push Button Color!” in the early 60s to promote the marriage between Rit and washing machines. We even launched liquid dye just so that it would be easier to use Rit in your machine. With that much history, you can feel confident that your washing machine will stay dye free for decades to come.

With the growing popularity of front loading washing machines, we have found that dye may stain the plastic parts around the machine if it is not cleaned up right away; so it’s important to clean up immediately after dyeing, which we detail how below. 

Front Loader Instructions

To determine how much dye is needed, reference this load size guide. If you are trying to achieve a very bold color, then double the dye ratio.

Small

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
1/4 to 1 lb

Liquid
1/4 to 1/2 bottle

Powder
1/2 to 1 box

Medium

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 to 1 1/2 lbs

Liquid
1/2 to 1 bottle

Powder
1 to 2 boxes

Extra Medium

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 1/2 to 3 lbs

Liquid
1 to 2 bottles

Powder
2 to 3 boxes

Large

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
4 to 6 lbs

Liquid
2 to 3 bottles

Powder
4 to 6 boxes

Extra Large

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
6 to 8 lbs

Liquid
3 to 4 bottles

Powder
6 to 8 boxes

  1. Before dyeing, remove any visibile stains on the garment. This will help achieve uniform color results when dyeing. Pre-wash item in warm, soapy water. This helps to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  2. Wet fabric and place item(s) in the washing machine.
  3. Set water temperature to the hottest possible setting and a wash cycle of at least 30 minutes or longer. The longer the item is in the dye, the darker the color will be.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, mix powder or well-shaken liquid dye with 4 cups of very hot water. Stir well.
  5. In a separate container, dissolve 1 cup of salt in 4 cups of very hot water if dyeing natural fibers like cotton or linen. If dyeing silk or nylon, mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 to 4 cups of hot tap water.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to the container to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Start the cycle.
  8. Remove detergent cup from detergent tray.
  9. Pour the dye solution into the dispenser.  Then, pour the salt or vinegar solution. Flush the dispenser thoroughly with 4 more cups of hot tap water.
  10. To enhance the color and reduce color bleeding, use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing, following these instructions.
  11. Rewash item in warm water with mild detergent.
  12. To clean the washing machine: Wipe around the inside of the lid and pour a little bleach through the internal dispenser (if there is one) as dyes can get into these areas. Then, fill washer to the highest water level there is and select the hottest water temperature setting. Add detergent with 2 cups of chlorine bleach and run a full wash cycle with 3 old towels.

Top Loader Instructions

To determine how much dye is needed, reference this load size guide.  If you are trying to achieve a very bold color, then double the dye ratio.

Small

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
1/4 to 1 lb

Liquid
1/4 to 1/2 bottle

Powder
1/2 to 1 box

Medium

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 to 1 1/2 lbs

Liquid
1/2 to 1 bottle

Powder
1 to 2 boxes

Extra Medium

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
1 1/2 to 3 lbs

Liquid
1 to 2 bottles

Powder
2 to 3 boxes

Large

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
4 to 6 lbs

Liquid
2 to 3 bottles

Powder
4 to 6 boxes

Extra Large

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

Dry Weight of Fabric
6 to 8 lbs

Liquid
3 to 4 bottles

Powder
6 to 8 boxes

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How To Stencil Using Rit Dye

Hey-hey there! The day I had my Rit Dye out, when I painted on the wood plaque, I figured I may as well see what else I could tackle. Dye is not something I like to mess with often…I fear for myself and surroundings when I use it. Did you know I was sort of clumsy? I am. I am known to trip over my own two feet, run into walls, slip and slide all over…all being sober by the way. I probably would be less clumsy with a few in me. I have never stenciled using Rit dye. It was about time I tried that. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  I did a stocking and a burlap place mat.

What I like about this look is that it looks like it is printed in the stocking. You don’t see any texture of paint. I did not find this to be difficult at all.  This really is a LESS is MORE project though. You want be conservative on the amount of dye you are dipping your brush in. No worries, I give you a live edited version below. It’s pretty quick.

I found the burlap place mats at Michaels.  They came in a three pack. I think they are doilies actually because they are not all the same size. Regardless, they look cute scattered about. This one is on our coffee table.

Thank you so much for visiting with me today.

Here is a short how to stencil with rit dye video for you:) Enjoy.

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How to Mix Colors

Colors

  1. Color Formulas: Head over to our Color Formulas page to find over 500 color formulas.
  2. Pantone Seasonal Colors: Each Spring and Fall, Pantone releases its seasonal on-trend colors. You can find color formulas to match these colors by going to our Color Formulas page, selecting the dye type and then using the “Pantone Collections” dropdown to select your preferred season.
  3. Vintage Colors: Just because an old color of ours was discontinued doesn’t mean it’s gone forever! You can find color formulas to match all of our discontinued colors by going to our Color Formulas page, selecting the dye type and then using the “All Collections” dropdown to select “Vintage Colors.”

Mixing Colors

  1. Dye Method: The sink or bucket or stovetop method are the best for mixing colors, letting you easily tweak dye amounts to get just the right color. However, our color formulas will also work in a washer. If you are using Rit DyeMore for Synthetics to dye a synthetic fabric (fabrics containing more than 35% polyester, acrylic or acetate), then you must use the stovetop method.
  2. Scaling: All formulas are automatically scalable to meet your needs. Just select the dyebath size that fits the item you are dyeing and the formula will automatically update.
  3. If Using Powder Dye: All formulas on our Color Formulas page are developed using liquid dye. If you are using powder dye, please reference the conversion chart below when mixing colors.
  4. Color: The colors shown on the Color Formulas page represent dyeing 100% cotton for 30 minutes with Rit All-Purpose Dye and 100% polyester with Rit DyeMore for Synthetics. If you are dyeing something different, you may achieve a different color than what is represented. See tips for testing the color of your dyebath below.
  5. Testing Colors: We strongly recommend testing the color of your dyebath before dyeing.
    1. Dye Type:
      1. If you are using Rit All-Purpose Dye, the most realistic test would be to use a scrap piece of fabric from the garment you are dyeing. However, you can also test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. Paper towel is made of fibers that react to the dye in a similar way that cotton would.
      2. If you are using Rit DyeMore Synthetic Dye, we recommend first heating up the dyebath on your stove to almost boiling. The most realistic test would be to use a scrap piece of fabric from the garment you are dyeing and leave it in the dyebath for 5 minutes. If a scrap piece of fabric isn’t available, then use a fabric swatch that has a similar fiber makeup as the garment (if available). Unfortunately, due to the complexities of dyeing synthetics, using a paper towel to test color will not give you a close representation of how the color will appear on your synthetic garment. It is worth a try if you do not have a fabric swatch available, but please keep in mind that it won’t provide you with an exact match.
    2. If the color is too light, add more dye; if the color is too dark, add more water. If more dye is needed, add dye in increments of 1/4 to 1 teaspoon, depending upon the recipe or amount of fabric being dyed. If the color is too dark, add hot water in 1 to 2 cup increments, depending upon the size of the dyebath and the amount of fabric being dyed.

Powder to Liquid Conversion Chart

All formulas on our Color Formulas page are developed using liquid dye. If you are using powder dye, please reference this conversion chart.

PowderLiquid
1/32 teaspoon1/8 teaspoon
1/16 teaspoon1/4 teaspoon
1/8 teaspoon1/2 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon2 teaspoons
3/4 teaspoon1 Tablespoon (3 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon4 teaspoons
1 1/4 teaspoon5 teaspoons
1 1/2 teaspoons2 Tablespoons (6 teaspoons)
 1 Tablespoon 1/4 Cup (4 Tablespoons)
1 1/2 Tablespoons6 Tablespoons
1 Package1/2 Cup
2 Packages1 Bottle
4 Packages2 Bottles
6 Packages3 Bottles
8 Packages4 Bottles

 

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