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Whether your clothes are brand new or you have done some dyeing, it is important to set the color. This guide is about setting clothing dye.

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September 15, 2014 Flag
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Many people recommend either vinegar or salt, but no one ever says "how much" to put in a washer load or even in a big pot. Will some one please give us that information in a usable form? Do you put in a cup or a whole gallon bottle of vinegar or a whole box of salt?

By Karahana

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

I have soaked my black jeans in vinegar to keep them from fading and it has definitely worked. I've submerged them in a mostly (or at least 50%) vinegar mixture and left them in there for hours (sometimes 12-24).

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April 26, 2016 Flag
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How do you prepare a color guard product at home? I want to make a product that would prevent the dyes from mixing with water and spreading into other white clothes.

I was told vinegar with glycerin is an ideal combination. Can anybody help?

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    May 31, 20160 found this helpful

    Salt

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    August 7, 2015 Flag
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    I've worn this black knit dress twice. Every time I wear it the dye rubs off, onto nail color, fingers, and skin. Help! It's awful. What can I wash this dress in to prevent this?

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      June 17, 20160 found this helpful

      Why?

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      June 11, 2013 Flag
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      I brought a pair of flannelette sheets, they have been washed twice.
      When you sweat at night the dye comes out on your skin. Any idea how to stop it?

      By Val S from Deception Bay, Qld

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      June 14, 20130 found this helpful

      There is no need to return the sheets. Do as others have suggested and wash them in hot water with vinegar. I would add several cups, because when people dye things, they use a ratio of at least one cup of vinegar to 8 cups of water. You can also purchase products to set dye where you find fabric dyes. You may have to do the vinegar wash a couple of times.

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      January 30, 2005 Flag
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      Does anyone know how to stop color bleeding from clothes when washing them. Is there any way to stabilize the colored fabric so it will no longer run? Hoping someone has answer for me and thanks in advance if you do.

      Dinnie from Tampa

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      December 14, 20080 found this helpful

      By soaking in salt water or vinager will it keep the fabric color from rubbing off on to another color while you are wearing it?

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      October 24, 2013 Flag
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      I've just bought a red wool and cashmere coat, with a patterned, red polyester lining. I didn't notice the disclaimer label, when I bought it, stating you should not get it moist or damp, avoid contact with light fabrics, upholstery, or accessories. What can I do to prevent it bleeding? I really like the coat.

      By Rosemary from Nottingham, UK

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      November 9, 20130 found this helpful

      I would ask a dry cleaner. Perhaps having it dry cleaned could help.

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      March 3, 2015 Flag
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      My daughter bought a material school bag from a surf shop. It is yellow. The problem is that from sweating, the yellow from the straps has come onto her white school shirt. How will I stop the yellow dye from the bag staining her shirt?

      By Kat

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      March 4, 20150 found this helpful

      Check this out: http://www.joann.com/retayne-color-fixative-solution-4-ounce/2181311.html

      and read the reviews! I have not used this product but it sounds like it might work. I have used the old vinegar and salt tricks in the past... worked some time, not so much other times. The kind of fabric matters I think. Good luck!

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      April 14, 2013 Flag
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      I recently bought a red cardigan and when I wore it, it transferred the red dye onto my white t-shirt. I have managed to remove the red dye from the t- shirt, but I am wondering is there a way I can stabilise the dye in the cardigan to prevent it transferring to my other clothing when worn together.

      By yvie

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      May 17, 20160 found this helpful

      Shout colour catchers

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      February 13, 2014 Flag
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      I'm knitting an afghan for my grandson who's going to Michigan State. The colors are dark green and white. The yarn is 75% acrylic and 25% wool. Is there anything I can do before I give it to him to prevent the dark green from running?

      By Betty

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      July 23, 20140 found this helpful

      I doubt you have to do anything in particular. With acrylic yarn the color is actually spun into the fabric - I believe it is part of the chemical process (ie they don't make the yarn & then dye it). I've never had a problem with color drift on any man made yarn & I doubt the 25% wool would change that. The mostly acrylic with some wool yarns I've used have generally pretty much acted like 100% acrylic yarns. You could try washing it in cold water with salt or vinegar & then machine drying as always before you give it to him.

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      July 31, 2008 Flag
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      Use 2 Tbsp. turpentine and 1 small handful of salt. Pour boiling water over this mixture. Put garment or cloth in and saturate. Let it soak until the water gets cold.

      By Anne from Fernley, NV

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      November 5, 2014 Flag
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      I received an old sweater that was my grandfather's. It was originally white and his mother dyed it red, I'm sure with some kind of cheap home-dyeing kit, maybe Rit. I washed the sweater because it was dusty and it's bled and bled red dye everywhere. I've read about soaking in salt; does that actually work? Any other tips for setting the dye? I'm willing to do some experimenting. The sweater isn't particularly beautiful or complicated work, so it's more of a sentiment thing. Any help is appreciated!

      By CG

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      November 8, 20140 found this helpful

      Contact the Rit company for information. i am sure they would have a website. You may be able to find info just by googling "setting dye".

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      July 17, 2013 Flag
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      How do you keep the colour in the shirt when you wash it? Is there something you can spray on it to hold it in the fabric?

      By Ellen S

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      July 23, 20130 found this helpful

      Also, wash it in cold water; that helps prevent colors running, although sometimes I have found that there is nothing to be done!

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      March 10, 2013 Flag
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      I purchased a few hand, tie-dyed tablecloths in China and they bleed very badly! They were done in a small village. How can I set the dye in such a large pieces of fabric. Some are a dark blue and another is orange.

      People I know that have purchased them, say the color washes out very dramatically, so they must be washed alone, separately. They do, however, maintain the dark blue color along with the lighter pattern (that is "tied in") remaining as well.

      Also, I have a front loading machine that doesn't use a lot of water. Is there a way to set the dye in a large tub or large stainless steel sink? Then wash it in the front loading machine. Or, do I have to go to a laundromat and use a tub machine that fills with a large quantity of water.

      By Jan D from St. Paul, MN

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      March 19, 20130 found this helpful

      Hello!

      The dye is probably indigo same dying as for the jeans. You can try to soak your tablecloth in white vinegar when you rinse it. Hope this helps.

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      December 13, 2004 Flag
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      When you wash dark clothes for the first time - use cold water and put salt in the water. The salt helps set the color. When I want to brighten dark clothes after they have been washed several times, I repeat the procedure (salt in cold water when washing).

      Lou

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      September 24, 2013 Flag
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      Person dressed as a knight wearing a white tunic with a red cross on the chest.My brother bought a white cotton tunic with a red cotton cross stitched on it. Is there any way to wash it without the red bleeding on the white?

      By N.Hale

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      September 28, 20130 found this helpful

      Wash it in cold water.

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      September 15, 2013 Flag
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      I made an organic dye using flowers, but the color changes when i wash using detergent. How do I make the color permanent? The color of the dye originally was light red, but when I wash it in detergent, it turns blue. If I soak it in vinegar, it turns back to the original color again. How do I let the original color stay even when washing? Please help. Thanks

      By Marie from Philippines

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      September 23, 20130 found this helpful

      You need to use what is known as a mordant with natural dyes. The one I use is washing soda. After dyeing, rinse the fabric in a solution of water and washing soda. Make the dye solution a little stronger or brighter than you actually want. Google natural dyeing to get more.

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      June 14, 2013 Flag
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      I used Jacquard brand of tie dye for my swimming suit. I've had it sitting for 15 hours. I tried to rinse a small part of it and it seems the dye is coming right out. Is there something I didn't do right? Should I use salt or vinegar when I rinse? Please help!

      By Amy

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      July 31, 20130 found this helpful

      Most of the Jacquard brand of dyes require heat or chemical setting. Check the package directions. Some color will come out even after treatment. It may be as simple as putting the suit in the dryer to heat treat it. Also be aware not all dyes work on all fabrics.

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