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Jacquard iDye Fabric Dye 14 Grams-Black
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- Can be used on any natural fabric: cotton, linen, canvas, silk, rayon and more
- May be used on the stovetop or in the washing machine
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Dyeing has never been easier than with iDye from Jacquard! iDye comes in a dissolvable packet, so there are never any messy powders to handle: simply dissolve the packet in the dye bath or drop it in the washer, then add the fabric. iDye is a hot water dye that produces brilliant colors on any natural fabric and may be used on the stovetop or in the washing machine. For fabric blends containing blended fabrics that contain both synthetic and natural fibers, use iDye Natural with the corresponding iDye Poly color at the same time. Or use a two different complementing colors to create a two-tone effect.
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Anyway, I took the plunge hoping for the best. I decided to do the entire sheet set at one time and diligently followed the instructions that came with the dye. I used a top-load washing machine and two packets of dye (based on the weight of sheet set). Since the fabric needed to be pre-wetted, I simply washed the sheets first and set them aside. Then I turned the temperature up on our hot water heater and gave it time to heat - this might not be necessary, but the instructions make it clear that you need very hot water. Then, I filled the machine to medium load (normally I wash them on high load, but this was just enough room for them to move freely). I added the two soluble dye packets and let them agitate for 30 seconds, added 1-1/2 cups of Morton Plain Salt (non-iodized), and added the sheet set. I extended the dyeing time to 60 minutes, per the instructions for better fixation, by resetting the wash cycle several times before it drained to move to the rinse cycle. After that, I let the cycle complete and washed the sheet set from start with a mild detergent in cold water. Then into the dryer. I turned the water heater back to normal and ran a cleaning wash/rinse cycle. I'm providing the detail in case it's helpful. It might seem like a lot, but was actually quite simple.
The sheets are now back on the bed - they look and feel great. I don't expect any trouble, but I'll add info if something goes wrong as we use and wash the sheets. Finally, I had to answer some questions about this "toy" - since the dye is sold by a toy store and fulfilled by Amazon. I picked the highest ratings, but have nothing to do with the toy questions.
RIT DYE: You don't want to use it to dye natural fabrics, like cotton. Rit dye is a general purpose dye that doesn't do too well with cotton, and it will fade with washings or sunlight exposure. However, if you're dying something that doesn't see much light and gets infrequently washed, rit dye is "ok." Aside from being a general purpose dye and not made exclusively for natural fabrics, Rit dye's main deficiency is that it doesn't dye dark enough, unless you use about twice what is recommended.
If you're dying cotton or other natural fabrics, Jacquard dye is what you want, and make sure it's for natural fabrics because they offer a "poly" type for synthetics. They also offer two other types of dyes, but they are much harder to apply. So if you want easy, use the "iDye" type.
Fill your washer with hot water (as hot as your hot setting gets). I turned my cold inlet off to initially fill the washer.
Drop the packs into the water. They dissolve. Mix it well.
Add one cup of salt and mix.
Add the fabric and let the washer agitate. The longer you let it agitate/soak, the darker the color. Shoot for around 30 minutes. If you don't want to screw up, like I did, leave the washing machine top open (can't do that with front loaders) so it stops before it goes any further than agitate. Reset and let it go again.