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How to Wash Tie Dye Shirts and Projects

Washing tie dye shirts properly guarantees a pretty project. Learn how to properly wash your tie dye projects today!

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
How to Wash Tie Dye Shirts and Projects
How to Wash Tie Dye Shirts and Projects
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Washing your tie dye projects and tie dye shirts properly is imperative to keeping colors bright and projects perfect. If you do not care for tie dye properly, the shirts can fade much more quickly than you would like. Even the smartest, prettiest, and most stunning tie dye techniques and tie dye folding tutorials can be ruined by not properly caring for your project post-dyeing. The instructions below explain exactly How to Wash Tie Dye Shirts and Projects to insure that your colors do not run.
The information below is divided into two parts: How to Wash Your Tie Dye Shirts for the First Time and Washing Your Tie Dye Shirts. Washing your tie dye shirt for the first time involves a few more steps to make sure that you keep your project looking beautiful as well as avoid destroying your other clothes in the process. If you are considering tie dye ideas and projects for your next DIY endeavor, make sure you keep this info handy.
 

How to Wash Tie Dye Shirts for the First Time

The first time you wash a tie dye t-shirt or tie dye project, you absolutely must wash it all by itself to prevent the colors from bleeding onto other garments. You may be tempted to wash several brand new tie dye t-shirts together, but this would be a big mistake. Newly tie dyed projects will run and ruin other garments around them. This means it is imperative that you wash them entirely on their own. 

  1. Rinse out your tie dye project completely while wearing gloves. Make sure you rinse out all of the excess dye. The better job you do of removing excess dye, the cleaner your tie dye designs will look in the end.

  2. Place your shirt in the washer on the largest load on hot.

  3. Place a small amount of soap in the washer and turn it on.

Washing Tie Dye Shirts: The Next Few Wash Cycles

For the next few washing cycles, you should wash your tie dye shirts entirely on their own. Generally, up to 3 washes will do the trick. This is an imperative step that allows you to prevent from destroying other clothing pieces. 

Washing Tie Dye Shirts: Taking Care of Your Tie Dye Shirt

Continue to wash your tie dye shirts like you would any other bright colors and colored fabrics. For the first handful of washes, your dye may run. This means you should absolutely avoid washing these shirts with your white clothing.

Drying Your Tie Dye Shirts

You can either hang dry or dry your tie dye shirts in your dryer. Generally, drying tie dye shirts in your machine will not do too much damage fading-wise. Just make sure you take care of them the way you would other brightly colored fabrics and avoid washing them on too hot of a setting to prevent the color fading and the fabric shrinking.

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Dye disaster? Uhm... yeah! I once dyed our beautiful white sink black (I'm not the only one who uses black tie dye, right?). Needless to say, my mother was not pleased in the slightest. Informative article! I've definitely ruined a few projects in my time by not washing them "properly."

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