How to Dye Red Clothing Black

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How to Dye Red Clothing Black
Update your wardrobe with easy-to-use clothing dye. (blobs of paint image by AGphotographer from

Revamp your exhausted wardrobe without the hassle of shopping or spending hundreds of dollars on new clothes---all you need is dye! Expertise not required; colour dull red clothing a chic, fashionable black at home, using just a few simple tools and techniques.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Plastic smock
  • Four gallon metal bucket
  • Measuring cup
  • Glass mixing bowl
  • One 227gr. bottle of black liquid dye
  • Large plastic mixing spoon
  • Access to hot running water
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer

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  1. 1

    Put on rubber gloves and smock.

  2. 2

    In the mixing bowl, combine 2 cups hot water with 113gr. of dye. Stir with plastic mixing spoon until concentrated mixture is even.

  3. 3

    In the metal bucket, combine concentrated dye mixture with three gallons of hot water. Stir until even, creating a dye bath.

  4. 4

    Dampen red clothing under running water. Smooth clothing out and submerge it in the dye bath.

  5. 5

    Stir clothing continuously in dye bath for 10 to 30 minutes, until clothing is saturated.

  6. 6

    Remove clothing from dye bath and rinse it with warm water. Gradually reduce the temperature of the water, and continue rinsing until the water runs clear.

  7. 7

    Machine wash clothing in warm water, using a mild detergent.

  8. 8

    Hand rinse clothing in cold water.

  9. 9

    Machine dry clothing on a low temperature setting, or hang dry if material is delicate.

  10. 10

    Immediately clean bucket, bowl and mixing spoon with chlorine-based cleaner.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear disposable clothing, in case of accidental spills.
  • Avoid accidental dyeing of hair by securing long hair with a tie or under a shower cap.
  • Dye is available online or at your local grocery or chemist.
  • Dye clothing outside if possible, to avoid staining household items or floors.
  • Dye clothing in a well-ventilated area to prevent fumes.

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