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How to dye with Dylon

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

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

  7. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.

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