Moondog from Tusla, OK
I always use RIT dye and it works great. Like others have said, just follow the directions and run an empty load w/bleach and water only. The tip of using two envelopes for darker colors, too, is a good one.
I understand your mom's doubt, though.---so, if you'd like her to just feel better, you can do the same thing in a large pot on the stove. (directions are on the inside of the RIT box) ;-) (04/11/2006)
I have used Rit dye in machines since the 70's
( i was very YOUNG then) but it has always worked
follow the directions make sure your clothes are
WET when you put them in to dye and yes use
2 packs for lots of clothes and add the salt
it recommends for the color to stay longer.
Machines clean up fine with bleach water mix.
Have fun. My hubby was shocked before when he
saw me do this he thought I would ruin machine
clothes now he asks me to do it.
I've used Rit for years and had good results. You just can't dye something polyester as it just won't take. Anyway, The very top edge of the washer basket is stained because even tho I cleaned it afterwards as directed, the water level didn't go that high. I also got some staining on the top of the agitator and on the softener dispenser. I really don't care tho as who's gonna see it? I could probably take something and get it off if I really wanted to go to the trouble. I don't see why you couldn't use a very large bucket to do the dying. It depends on how much you are trying to dye tho. I recently dyed some older hand-knit dishcloths in a very pretty green to match my new kitchen decor. They were country blue and took the dye very well and now it's like I have new dishcloths! I'd had the dye sitting around for years probably so I got rid of it plus got some almost new dishcloths at the same time. Dying can give new life to something old! (04/13/2006)
I've never had any problems using Rit in the washing machine--and as for bleeding onto other clothing, just be sure to wash the item with similar colors (blue with blue/black, for instance). (08/13/2007)
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