How to Get Coral Using Rit Dye

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How to Get Coral Using Rit Dye
Get the colour of coral with a mix of Rit dyes. (Photos.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A delicate shade reminiscent of sun-drenched coral beaches can be made by combining two different colours of Rit dye. Rit dye has been used as a home fabric dye since shortly before WW I, when Charles C. Huffman began experimenting with fabric dye in a vacant Chicago store. By 1917, he began marketing his new project with the slogan "Never say dye -- say Rit!" Natural fibres like cotton and silk will accept dye the most evenly.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ceramic bowl
  • Tangerine Rit dye
  • Scarlet Rit dye
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • 1 pound cotton or silk fabric
  • Washing machine
  • Detergent
  • Chlorine bleach

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill the washing machine with hot water.

  2. 2

    Measure 1/4 teaspoon of tangerine Rit dye into the bowl. Measure 1/8 teaspoon scarlet Rit dye into the bowl. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and mix until the dye powder has dissolved. Add the dye to the washing machine.

  3. 3

    Immerse the cotton or silk fabric in water. Place the fabric in the washing machine. Set the washing machine for a 30-minute extended wash cycle.

  4. 4

    Set the rinse cycle and rinse the fabric in cold water until the water runs clear. Spin dry the fabric.

  5. 5

    Dry the fabric in the dryer. Run the washing machine with hot water, 1 cup detergent and 1 cup chlorine bleach.

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