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Dylon hand dye instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Dylon Hand Dye in an all-purpose fabric dye that comes in a variety of colours. Use the colours on their own or mix them to create new colours. Cotton, linen and viscose can be dyed to the full colour shade pictured on the Dylon Dye package. Wool, silk, cotton/polyester blends and any synthetic fabrics may appear a slightly lighter shade. With Dylon Hand Dye, simply dye your fabrics in a large bowl or sink and you'll get a brand-new colour in an hour.

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  1. Wash the fabric as usual in a mild detergent before dyeing. Do not dry the fabric --- it must be wet/damp for the dyeing process.

  2. Put on a pair of rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands from the dye.

  3. Pour 1 package of Dylon Hand Dye into a small bowl. Add 1 litre (4 cups) of hot water to the dye to dissolve it. Stir the dye with a stainless-steel spoon.

  4. Fill a bucket, glass bowl or stainless-steel sink with 6.5 litres 91 1/2 gallons) of hot water.

  5. Pour 1 cup of salt into the hot water, then add the dye water to the hot water.

  6. Place the damp fabric into the dye bath. Stir the fabric in the dye bath constantly for the first 15 minutes of dyeing. Then stir the fabric occasionally for another 45 minutes.

  7. Rinse the fabric thoroughly under cold water. Wash the fabric --- separately from other clothing --- using a mild detergent and hot water. Dry as normal.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • 1 package Dylon Hand Dye
  • Small bowl
  • 1 litre (4 cups) hot water
  • Stainless-steel spoon
  • Large bowl, bucket or stainless-steel sink
  • 1 cup salt

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