How to get dye to set in clothing?
May 28, 2011 6:59 AM Subscribe
Is there anything I can soak clothing in to get the dye to set instead of rinsing away?
posted by oh yeah! to clothing, beauty, & fashion (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I bought some dresses in Cuba back in September that are dyed in some vibrant colors, no idea what kind of dyes. When I tried to wash one of them (just by hand, with some Woolite) a lot of the color ran out in the water, leaving the clothing still dyed but not evenly and not as dark. When I bought them, one of the sellers apologized for the clothing not being washed, she said they didn't want people thinking that the clothing was used. At the time, I didn't think anything of it, since I knew I'd have to wash everything myself once I got home. But now I assume it means that all of the dyes are un-set. I gave up after that first try, but, now that the summer weather is here I want to get them out of the to-be-hand-washed hamper and into my closet.
Is there something I can soak them in that would get the dyes to set evenly? Or do I have to just keep rinsing them out until the water runs clear even if it means the colors will fade?