At 32 weeks pregnant I’m starting to nest. As I was folding away clothes in the nursery this week, I noticed we have so many plain white baby bits and white just doesn’t do it for me when it comes to boring things like muslins and vests. I had a look on You Tube to see how easy it would be to dye them myself and it turns out, very!
I love dark colours, especially as we’re having a boy so off I went to Amazon and purchased Dylon machine dyes in Antique Grey and Navy Blue. I couldn’t wait to get colouring!
Once they arrived, I took the instructions out of one of the boxes and read very carefully – I didn’t want to mess this up! I needed rubber gloves and salt – lots of salt.
Luckily we already had a huge 1kg box from the cash and carry, so I weighed out 500g in a bowl and looked at the next step to continue.
- Wash the items you plan to dye thoroughly – even if brand new to remove any residue (I did a 40 degree machine wash)
- Remove items from machine after washing and pour the packet of dye directly into the drum (not the detergent drawer)
- Pour 500g salt into the drum, covering dye powder
- Put damp, prewashed items in drum, unfolded
- Run a full 40 degree cotton cycle – NOT a short cycle, half load or pre rinse etc and watch the dye get to work
- When that cycle has finished, leave clothes in machine, add detergent and run another full 40 degree cycle to remove excess dye
- Remove items and put out to dry
- Add more detergent to the empty machine and run another 40 degree cycle to fully clean your machine
- Wait until dry and admire your items!
Once I’d repeated these steps with both colours and saw just how easy it was, I have since ordered Intense Violet and Velvet Black (I love babies in black). I can’t wait to try them and see the result – I’m especially looking forward to bright violet muslins!!
These machine dyes really couldn’t be simpler and you don’t need to get your hands dirty whatsoever. The dye comes in a powder and the gloves are a precaution, I got no marks on them whatsoever. One day very soon I’m going to get a hand dye and see what fun I can have with that….I’m thinking of experimenting and trying my hand at tie dye!
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**I was not approached or paid by Dylon for this review. I purchased this product personally and chose to review it myself**