Dylon Machine Dye Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

Dylon is a brand of fabric dye manufactured in the U.K. Manufactured for more than 60 years, it comes in a wide range of colours that will dye your fabric in a single cycle in a regular washing machine. The intensity of colour you can produce depends on the type of fabric. Dylon works best on cotton, linen and viscose. Poly/cotton and poly/viscose blends dye to a lighter shade. Polyester, wool, silk, acrylic and nylon cannot be dyed with Dylon dyes.

Use the right amount of dye for your fabric. One packet of Dylon dyes up to 600 grams of fabric.

Wash your fabric to remove any stains before you dye.

Empty the dye directly into the drum of your washing machine. Do not use the detergent dispenser.

Add slightly less than 2 cups of salt. You only need 500 grams of salt, no matter how much fabric you are dyeing.

Add damp, unfolded fabric to the machine and fill the machine with the hottest water possible. Do not use detergent. Allow the machine to run for one full cycle.

Remove the fabric from the machine and hang it to dry. Run one cycle in your machine with only bleach and detergent to remove all traces of dye.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Washing machine
  • Measuring cup
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