How to Dye Fabric Green

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How to Dye Fabric Green
Emerald green is a nice colour to dye an old shirt. (pretty woman in green blouse image by csaba fikker from

What do you do when your favourite article of clothing is ruined by a stain that won't come out, or your favourite white shirt starts to yellow? Don't throw the garment away--you can dye it a brilliant new colour to give it a new life. Green is an ideal colour to dye shirts, as it is a bright colour, yet dark enough to hide a stain.

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Things you need

  • Rit dye (dry powder or liquid)
  • 3 gallons hot water
  • Washing machine, 5-gallon bucket or large sink

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    Consult a colour chart to decide the shade of green for your item of clothing. Decide how you want the colour to look. Do you want a lighter green shade such as lime, a medium shade like emerald or a darker shade such as olive green? The colour chart provided on the Rit Dye website (see References) will tell you what colours to combine to create the shade of green you want. This brand of dye works best on cotton, rayon, silk and nylon. For other types of fabric, you may want to purchase an alternate brand that is more suitable.

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    Decide how you will dye your item. You can use a 5-gallon bucket, your sink or washing machine to dye clothing. In most cases, the washing machine will not be affected by the dye, but if you are concerned, you may want to use the bucket method instead.

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    Prepare the dye mix. Use one box of Rit powder for 0.454kg. of clothing or half a bottle of the liquid to 3 gallons of hot water. Dissolve powdered dye in 2 cups hot water to mix before adding the colour to the rest of the water. For a dark green colour, use 2 boxes or 1 full 236ml. bottle of dye. Darker colours require double the amount of dye to achieve the desired shade.

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    Launder the item and use a stain treatment to fade the stain as much as possible prior to dyeing. Squeeze the water out of the item and place in the dyeing water. The longer the item soaks in the hot dye water, the darker the colour will be. It is safe to leave the item in the dye for up to an hour as long as the water is still hot.

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    Remove the item from the dye bath and rinse it in cool water until the water turns clear. Wash the clothing in warm water with mild laundry soap and let dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Other brands of fabric dye such as Dylon Cold Water Fabric Dye, Deka and Tintex also work well for dyeing clothing. If you prefer a more natural approach, there are natural plant dyes that are eco-friendly and safe to use around pets and children.
  • Use caution and keep dyes away from children and pets.

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