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Dye Clothing in a Front Loading Washer

I have a Whirlpool front loading washer and would like to dye an item of clothing in it. Is this possible? Thanks.

By Elaine


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February 23, 20100 found this helpful

Step 1 Turn the washing machine on. Use only hot water for the dye job. Add enough water for the clothes to fit comfortably in the machine.

Step 2 Pour the dye powder into 2 cups of hot water while the washing machine is filling with hot water.

Step 3 Add the dye to the washing machine's hot water.

Step 4 Soak the clothes to be dyed in hot water prior to putting them in the washing machine. Unwrinkle the wet clothes, and place them into the washing machine.

Step 5 Set the washing machine on an extended wash cycle. The clothes need to be in the dyed washing machine water for a minimum of 30 minutes before the rinse cycle begins.


Step 6 Rinse the dyed clothes in cold water until the water runs clear. For darker, deeper colors, wash the clothes in warm water with a mild detergent, and rinse thoroughly in cold water. This will help prevent the darker clothes from bleeding.

Step 7 Hang the clothes to dry.

Clean the Washing Machine
Step 1 Turn the washing machine onto the highest level of water, using only hot water.

Step 2 Add a capful of detergent and 1 cup of bleach to the water.

Step 3 Allow the washing machine to "wash" for the entire cycle.
good luck.

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you, kffrmw88! I had been wondering about this, too.

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February 26, 20100 found this helpful

Not sure how you can dye clothes as kffmrw88 says in a frontloader. (once you have water in it you can't open the door again.) Should think it would work well in a top loader.


I have dyed curtains in my Whirlpool frontloader:
It's best to put the dye in the machine first and move the drum back and forth so that it drops throught the holes in drum; this prevents the item 'spotting', then add some water from a jug. Put in item to be dyed and perform a hot wash as recommended on dye packet. Clean your washer afterward as kffrmw88 states.

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