Wait, what do I do with this shirt?
Did you tie-dye a tee at the Co-op's 40th Carnival? Did you misplace the instruction sheet, or forget to pick one up? Not to fear, we've got you covered. Here's your handy dandy guide to complete your tie-dye project!
Set & Rinse:
Let garment set in plastic baggie for 4 to 24 hours to allow dye to fix in fibers. Longer setting time produces deeper colors, especially for turquoise. Rinse in several changes of warm water, removing rubber bands partway through rinsing process. TIP: If you can, rinsing in running water during and after untying is the best technique.
To Remove All Remaining Loose Dye:
Wash with HOT water and Synthrapol detergent, 1/4 cup per washing marching load (if you do not have Synthrapol then use regular laundry soap for a normal wash load). Have machine pre-filled and add garments right out of the rinse. Never stack wet garments on each other. Machine or line dry.
Since procion dyes are "fiber reactive,” they are very permanent and will not fade or bleed. Bleach or detergents containing bleach should not be used! If the garments have been properly rinsed and washed, they are safe to throw in with the family laundry!