Immediately you’ve tie-dyed your shirt; it should be washed and rinsed properly.
Rinsing eliminates loose dye while washing the shirt makes sure that the colors used in dying are correctly set and do not bleedWhile this process is time-consuming and messy, it is worth it when the colorful and beautiful pieces are ready to be displayed or worn.
Most materials perform best when washed on a washing machine. A machine provides complete and efficient wash to all your fabric needs.
- Start by turning on the washing machine, then set it to the normal cold-water cycle. Using cold water will allow the loose dye to rinse out slowly.
- Then choose a synthrapol detergent. This is a unique detergent best at rinsing too much dye from fabrics. Pour 2 tbsp. of the detergent to the washing machine.
- You can also use a regular laundry detergent if you want to prevent the machine from leaking suds.
- After that, run the machine on a warm water cycle if you will be doing subsequent washings. Most tie-dyed items require at least two washings to wash out the loose dye thoroughly. Therefore, continue using the usual laundry detergent or Synthrapol. But this will depend on the type of washing machine you are using.
- Look at the water while rinsing to make sure the shirt is rinsing clean. You can do this by peeking inside the machine if it has a glass door or opening it. If you find out that the water inside looks clean, your shirt is washed. But if the rinsing water is muddy with dye, make sure you rewash it.
- Then dry the shirt. Different materials may require different methods of drying on the washing machine. Therefore, be sure to look at the tag carefully to ensure you are drying the shirt correctly.
- You can air dry the shirt outside if you don’t want it to shrink .
- After your shirt dries up, it’s ready to wear.
When its time to rewash the shirt, and you fear that it will fade, use a color-safe detergent. If not, follow the procedure below.
How to Wash a Tie and Dye Shirt without it Fading
Since a tie-dyed shirt is beautiful and the pattern is meant to be bold, no one would wish the shirt to fade while washing. The good news is that there are numerous ways to make sure the tie-died shirt holds its color and not fade while washing.
Here’s what to do
- After drying the shirt, relax for at least 24 hours before thinking of washing it. This gives the dye adequate time to settle on the fabric properly.
- Place the shirt on a washer only, or in other tie-dyed shirts with the same colors. Then set the washing machine to a hot water setting.
- Finally, place the cloth on a hot dryer to make it undergo a complete cycle. Once you was and dry the shirt for the first time, the dyes on the fabric will set correctly and won’t fade excessively after future washes.
How To Was a Tie Dye a Shirt for the First Time
- Begin by rinsing the fabric shirt in cold water from a hose or sink. Immediately after the initial dyeing, you should have rinsed it, but in case you didn’t, you must rinse it with cold water to make the shirt remove excess dye.
- After that, fill a basin or tab with clean, warm water that you’ll use to set the remaining dye to prevent the shirt from bleeding. Mix laundry detergent.
- Then place the shirt inside the basin or tub then allow it soak for 15 minutes without disturbing it.
- Wash it carefully with your hands. Make sure you aren’t rubbing the shirt vigorously as this will affect the dyes making them run.
- Again allow the cloth to soak for ten minutes.
- With that done, remove the shirt from the basin then hang it on the line or lay it flat to dry.
How to Wash a Tie Dye Shirt with Vinegar
- Fill your basin halfway with white vinegar then pour in enough cool water that’s enough to fill the basin leaving a few inches on top of the basin.
- After that, place the tie-dyed shirt on the basin then give it 30 minutes to soak in the vinegar. Doing this makes the vinegar set the fabric dye as well as helping your shirt maintain its colorfastness.
- Then remove the tie-dye shirt from the basin
- After that, wash it in a washing machine with cold water. Add table salt to the wash cycle then add I cup of white vinegar on the rinse cycle to fully set the tie-dye colors.