DIY: Towels to dye for 0
Old discoloured towels go from drab to fab in one wash cycle.
We’ve all got ’em: old discoloured towels that have seen better days (five years ago when you first bought them).
Especially if they are a lighter colour, they seem to pick up every mystery mark possible from rusty hook stains to bleach accidents.
However, you can erase this patchy history and make bath towels look new again using a reasonably priced dye kit or dye packet from your local art or craft store. With a quick dye job, unsightly towels (or mismatched ones you’ve inherited) turn into a fresh new set, once again worthy of hanging up in your bathroom (I am thoroughly enjoying my new lilac set, seen above).
Choose a bright colour like yellow, pink or orange (left plain or tie-dyed) and you can even use them as beach towels this summer.
- fabric dye ($5 a packet iDye is my favourite! Available in Vancouver at Opus Art Supplies or Canada-wide at Amazon.ca.)
- non-iodozied salt
- washing machine or basin
How-to towel dye:
Directions vary depending on which iDye method you use (washing machine or stove top). If you want tie-dye towels, I do not recommend the washing machine method as elastics can’t stand up to the spin cycle.
1. Pre-wet towels.
2. Fill up your washing machine (or a large basin) with hot water and stir in the iDye packet until it dissolves. Add non-iodized salt (measurements change depending on the method).
3. Next add your towels and leave in according to directions.
4. Wash towels afterwards on cool (this extra wash is also important to keep any leftover dye from ruining your next laundry load) and enjoy your freshly dyed set!
5. Note: The iDye packets recommend washing machine or stove top methods, but you could also fill up a large basin and follow the same stove top method pouring in boiled water instead of heating on the stove.
6. Tip: wear gloves!
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