Stovetop Fabric Dyeing
Get the most vibrant or deep colour and try the stovetop hand dyeing method. Dye small items by hand with a pot reserved for dyeing. Tintex is not food grade so avoid using cooking pots for dyeing fabric.
- Wear rubber gloves to prevent dye from staining your skin and if needed protect work area.
- Fill a pot with enough water to completely cover the material and allow it to move freely when stirred (do not place your material into the water yet).
- Place the pot on the stovetop and bring the water to a boil.
- Carefully pour the required amount of Tintex powder dye into the boiling water, stirring until evenly dissolved. Darker or brighter colours use double the usual amount of product.
- Carefully place damp, unfolded item into the pot, immersing it completely under water.
- Bring dyebath back to a gentle boil, stirring constantly for 20 – 30 minutes. Dye colour will appear darker while wet. Darker or brighter colours may need dyeing times of up to 60 minutes.
- When finished, carefully pour the entire contents of the pot into a clean, stainless steel sink. Proceed with caution as contents will be very hot.
- Run lukewarm water over item to cool it down and to remove excess dye. Continue rinsing until water runs clear.
- When safe to handle, gently squeeze excess water from the material without wringing. Hang the item to air-dry or lay flat.
- Wash pot and sink with chlorine bleach.
- Wash fabric in warm water with laundry detergent, alone or with similar colours.
- Optionally iron material while still slightly damp to lock in colour.