Can I dye a sweatshirt with RIT dye in a front loading washing machine?
By Glen1Co from Lafayette, IN
No, the dye will get into the little areas you don't think about and will give "shed" color to items over the next few washings afterward. If you do decide to use your washer, be sure to run at least 3 empty loads (waste of water and power) with 2 cups white vinegar in the water, no soap but it can also stain any light plastic parts as well. Best solution is to either use a 5 gallon bucket and do it the "hippie way," lol. Or go to the local pay laundry, you will be glad you did! (09/17/2009)
By Beau D
Please do not use a pay laundry and possibly be ruining the clothes of the next one, two, three and possibly four users after you.
If you have a large aluminum (or other large non-porous kitchen) sink, just dye the article in the sink (or a non-porous bathtub). You can use a large spoon to keep stirring the water and fabric for even dyeing, or wear rubber or plastic gloves. Then rinse well, soak in vinegar and water (to set the color), rinse again, soak in dish soap, rinse again, and then put the article in your washing machine. If you don't have a non-porous sink or bathtub, then use a large bucket or large plastic tub and use the same recipe. (09/24/2009)
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