Dyeing with Pots

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The stove top fabric dyeing method is the best for getting deep or bright colours because the water is heated for the duration of active dyeing. Please note that Tintex is not food grade so avoid using cooking pots for fabric dye projects.

You can always find very inexpensive pots to use at vintage or second hand/thrift shops, second hand online selling sites, or even big box stores or kitchen supply outlets. If you don't want to buy a special pot for craft projects, a suitable substitute could be a plastic buckets, sinks or bathtubs (you may need to adjust the water temperature for plastic). If you decide to use a cooking pot for a 'non-food related fabric project' you will need to wash it thoroughly afterwards and you will be proceeding at your own risk.

Fabric Dyeing Pot Clean Up Tips

  • Protect your hands:  during dyeing and cleanup, wear plastic or rubber gloves 
  • Reduce staining: rinse pot immediately, and clean with bleach, the soap of your choice and plenty of water
  • Wipe dry: with a paper towel, soft cloth or cleaning sponge 

If desired, you may choose to boil water after the pot is clean and wipe dry again.  Some dyers have used eraser sponges or microfiber clothes to wipe their pots; use whatever works best for your particular pot.

 Basic Cleaning Tips

Wear rubber (or plastic) gloves while dyeing & cleaning, to protect your hands

rubber gloves

    Use soap & water and bleach (if needed) to clean up

    There are many types sponges that will clean your dyeing pot like magic


    When pot looks clean wipe it down with a soft cloth 

      washing a pot

    Wipe with a sponge (or paper towel) to remove residue

    How do you like to clean up after a fabric dyeing project?

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