How to dye Ugg boots

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How to dye Ugg boots
Uggs will keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. (Image by AisforAmy91; Flickr)

Ugg boots have gained popularity over the past few years. The boots are made to keep feet warm in freezing temperatures and keep them cool during hot weather. These simple-looking boots have been copied and remade by other clothing and shoe distributors, but none come close to the fit, style, comfort and warmth of original Uggs. Uggs are made from Grade-A sheepskin so you can dye them if you want to change their colour.

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • 1 package Rit powder dye
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Stainless steel spoon
  • 59 ml bleach
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Fill a large bucket with hot water. Fill the bucket so that the water is about 10 cm from the top.

  2. 2

    Pour one packet of powder dye into a medium-sized bowl. Add 2 cups of hot water to the dye. Use a stainless steel spoon to dissolve the powder into the hot water. When the dye is dissolved, pour it into the bucket.

  3. 3

    Run water over the first boot you're about to dye. When soaked, place the first boot into the bucket.

  4. 4

    Stir the water around the boot constantly to ensure that the colour transfers evenly to the boot. Keep the boot in the water for 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Rinse the boot in warm water. Once the water starts to run clear, run the boot in cold water. Allow the boot to air dry.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process with the second boot. Since the water from the bucket has cooled, the process does need to be redone to ensure that the second boot takes the same amount of colour.

  7. 7

    Clean the bucket. Mix the bleach with a cup of hot water. Scrub with a sponge.

Tips and warnings

  • For best colour, use the lightest colour of Ugg boot. Darker Uggs will only achieve dark (blue, navy, maroon, brown) colours.
  • Because it penetrates evenly and completely, Rit Dye is the best fabric dye to use on your Uggs.
  • Clean the bucket after you dye the boots to prevent staining.

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