Rit-DYE.. How not to!

September 16, 2008


i decided last week to dye anything i owned that was light colored Black. This of course would have been a fabulous idea had i actually finished the process. But to my dismay the clothes are still sitting in a tiny little trashcan looking well actually more like a tie-dye experience i had when i was 8 then solid dark black.In true Ty form i somehow managed to end up dyeing everything very well except for the clothes. I have ended up with a fabulous ring on my hardwood floors, stains on my porcelain stove top and the worst of all black hands because i refused to walk right down the stairs and across the street to get a pair of gloves. 


I don’t know what it is about me that refuses to take the needed precautions in life so that i don’t end up causing a horrific mess and not to mention hours of extra work. I just get so excited about my projects and jump in full sail ahead.  Usually i find it hysterical that this is the way i function but i do admit I have been slightly embarrassed about the state of my hands this week. I guess i figured burning and sawing them daily was not hideous enough because now they are stained an awfully dark shade of gray. It is as if my hands are dead, mangled and truly not extensions of my living self. Oh well, maybe now that I am thirty I can try to work on this character trait but for now I will copy the directions for dying with Rit  so that maybe next time the directions will be embedded in my brain.


This is the best technique for dyeing small or delicate items. 

  Fill sink or bucket with enough hot water for fabric to move freely. Remember: Use 1 package of RIT powder or 1/2 bottle of RIT liquid dye and 3 gallons of hot water for each pound of fabric. Pre-dissolve powder in 2 cups of hot water. Add pre-dissolved powder or liquid to dye bath. Stir to mix.
  Wet fabric in hot water. Uncrumple and add to dye bath.
  Stir constantly (back and forth, up and down) for 10 to 30 minutes.
  Rinse in warm water, then gradually cooler water until water runs clear. Wash item in warm water with mild detergent and rinse thoroughly in cool water.
  Dry item in dryer or air dry.
  Clean sink or bucket immediately with chlorine bleach or scrub with chlorine-based powder, liquid, or gel cleanser.