How to dye with Dylon

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How to dye with Dylon
Fabric dye allows you to customise clothes to fit with your changing wardrobe colours. (teinturerie image by zinetoon from

Founded in a London garage in 1946 by Peter Samuel and Luca Purbeck, Dylon has brought high-quality dyes to consumers for over 60 years. Dylon dyes are available in a variety of colours and styles, including dyes for use in washing machines and old-fashioned hand dyes. You can use Dylon dyes on linen, cotton, wool, silk and polyester/cotton blends. Dylon dyes are affordable and easy to use, so even the inexperienced can successfully dye fabrics without damage.

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Things you need

  • Gentle washing powder
  • Rubber gloves
  • Container
  • Spoon
  • Salt

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  1. 1

    Launder the fabric with 50 g (1/4 cup) gentle washing powder on a cool water temperature.

  2. 2

    Don a pair of rubber gloves. Fill a container with 474 ml (2 cups) of warm water. Pour the package of Dylon dye into the water and mix with a spoon.

  3. 3

    Fill a sink or bath large enough to hold the fabric with 5.7 litres (1 1/2 gallons) of warm water. Pour 5 tbsp salt into the water and mix until dissolved. Carefully pour the dye into the mixture and stir with the spoon.

  4. 4

    Place the fabric into the dye and submerge it completely in the water. Use your gloved hand to stir the fabric and dye together.

  5. 5

    Let the fabric soak in the dye for 45 minutes and stir frequently. Remove the fabric from the dye and place inside a clean bath or sink filled with cool water. Rinse the fabric for several seconds in the cool water.

  6. 6

    Launder the dyed fabric in a warm water temperature with gentle washing powder. Remove the fabric immediately from the washing machine and air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the dye is dissolved completely. If not, dark specks of the undissolved dye will show up on the fabric.
  • Launder the recently dyed fabric separately for two to three washes. This will prevent excess dye from damaging other clothing.

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