Koolaid for Tye Dye

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Can I use koolaid to tye-dye T-shirts, and if so, how do I make the dye, so it does not wash out when I do the laundry?


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April 8, 20050 found this helpful

I have scene Kool aid used as a hair dye but never as shirt dye, I would just suggest using regular food color die, delute it a little bit with water, wrap the shirt with rubber bands around different spots on the shirt and go to town with the different colors.

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By amber (Guest Post)
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

Hey did you ever find out if you really can dye clothes with kool aid!?!!??! if so email me back at skittles_rainbow2202@! thanks so much. I love tye dye. I am a friken hippy:)

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By Agent7 (Guest Post)
June 13, 20050 found this helpful

Kool Aid Tye Dye
This is just too much fun! Great for any size group and its super inexpensive as well.


Equipment and Supplies:
T-shirt (cotton works best)
Unsweetened Kool-Aid
Small plastic bowls
Plastic gloves
Rubber bands


For every color you wish to use, combine 1 package Kool-Aid and 1 ounce of vinegar in individual plastic bowls. Mix until Kool-Aid is dissolved. Using rubber bands, pull and twist T-shirt into different shapes. Dip rubber-banded ends in bowls (make sure you wear gloves or your hands will stain). To set colors, iron on medium-high using an ironing cloth between shirt and iron. Let set for 24 hours before washing. Wash separately the first time.

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By Danielle (Guest Post)
July 25, 20050 found this helpful


We tried this and the kool aid washed out in the first washing except for a little pink. The directions are vague ~ do you iron it wet to set it or dry?


The kids had such fun doing this and we would like to try again. Any one have any advice? Kind of funny, koolaid spilled on their clothes fails to come off when washed and when I want it to stay, it washes out.

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By Liz (Guest Post)
August 2, 20050 found this helpful

Koolaid is only colorfast on protein fibers, (typically fibers derived from animals like wool, silk or angora). Cotton is not a protein fiber.

And yup, our hair is also a protein fiber. ;^)


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By (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

Koolaid dye works excellently who ever came up with this is brilliant!

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