- for 100% natural fabrics use iDye
- for 100% polyester & nylon use iDye Poly
- for polyester blends use iDye and the corresponding colour of iDye Poly.
For best results:
- Read entire instructions before beginning.
- Prewash garment to remove any sizings, softeners or finishes.
- Use the stove top method for dark colours (black, brown or olive)
or very intense colours (bright yellow, reds).
- Use the stove top method for iDye Poly and polyester blends
- Use constant agitation for uniform colour.
Note: utensils and pot for dyeing should not be used for food.
Stove Top Method For 100% Polyester and Nylon:
1. Fill a stainless steel or enamel pot with just enough water for the fabric to move freely. Turn heat on high.
2. Add the iDye Poly soluble dye packet and the iDye Colour Intensifier to the water and stir until dissolved.
3. Add pre-wetted garments or fabric and bring to a rolling boil. Maintain temperature and stir frequently for ½ to 1 hour. For uniform colour use constant agitation.
4. Wash the garment with a mild detergent and dry.
Stove Top Method for Polyester and Nylon Blends with Natural Fibres:
1. Choose iDye Poly colour closest to the iDye for natural fabrics you are dyeing
2. Fill a stainless steel or enamel pot with just enough water for the fabric to move freely. Turn on to high heat.
3. Add iDye Poly, iDye Colour Intensifier, and iDye to the water and stir until dissolved.
4. Add garments/fabric and bring to a boil.
5. Add 1 cup (237 ml) of fabric salt for cotton, linen and rayon or a third of a cup (78 ml) of white vinegar for silk. Avoid pouring directly onto fabric.
6. Maintain a rolling boil and stir frequently for ½ to 1 hour. For uniform colour use constant agitation.
7. Gradually cool the fabric and wash with a mild detergent and dry.
Stove Top Method for Natural Fibres:
1. Fill a stainless steel or enamel pot with just enough warm water for the fabric to move freely. Turn heat on medium. Remove fabric from water.
2. Add the iDye soluble dye packet to water and stir until fully dissolved.
3. Add pre-wetted fabric and raise temperature to a simmer, just below boiling.
4. For cotton, linen and rayon dissolve one cup (237 ml) of salt in a little hot water and add to dye bath. For silk and wool add a third of a cup (78 ml) of white vinegar instead of salt. Avoid pouring directly onto fabric.
5. Maintain simmer and stir frequently for ½ hour.
6. Turn off heat and allow the dye bath to return to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Rinse when cool enough to handle. Wear gloves as residual dye can stain skin.
7. Wash the fabric with a mild detergent in cool water and dry.
Front Loading Washing Machine Method:
1. Dissolve the iDye soluble dye packet in approximately
two cups of very hot water.
2. For cotton, linen and rayon dissolve one cup salt in
approximately one quart of very hot water.
3. If you are dyeing silk you will use 1/3 cup of vinegar
instead of salt. Do not use the washing machine method
for wool because it will felt.
4. Pour the dissolved iDye and dissolved salt or vinegar
into the bottom of the washing machine tub.
5. Add pre-wetted fabric.
6. Set your machine for the hottest possible water
temperature and longest possible wash cycle. If you
are able to extend the wash cycle, do so. The longer you
are able to allow the fabric to remain in the wash/dye
cycle the darker the colour and the better the fixation.
7. When the machine has completed the wash cycle allow
it to complete the balance of the wash/rinse/spin cycle.
8. Wash the garment with a mild detergent in cold water
Top Loading Washing Machine Method:
1. Fill washing machine with just enough very hot water for
the fabric to move freely.
2. Add the iDye soluble dye packet. Agitate for 30 seconds
or longer until packet is dissolved.
3. For cotton, linen and rayon add one cup (237 ml) of salt.
For silk add 1/3 cup (78 ml) of white vinegar instead of
salt. Do not use the washing machine method for wool
as it will felt.
4. Add pre-wetted fabric.
5. Extend the dyeing time by resetting the wash cycle before
the rinse cycle begins. The longer the dyeing time, the
darker the colour and better the fixation. We recommend
50 to 60 minutes of dyeing time.
6. Allow the cycle to complete.
7. Wash the garment with a mild detergent in cold water
For Cotton & Silk blends:
If you are doing a cotton and silk blend and don’t know
whether to add the salt or the vinegar you have 3 options:
1. It’s not critical, as either the salt or the vinegar will work
so just pick one.
2. Don’t add either, but use substantial heat in the dye bath
3. Do 2 separate dyebaths, one with salt and one with
vinegar. This will probably be best for darkest colours.
Note: We recommend a thorough cleaning of your washer
after you have used it to dye fabric. Most front loading
washers collect residual water in the front door gasket
and will also hold water in the exterior tub. Wipe down
the door gasket carefully and run a short cycle with your
normal detergent after completing dye process. (You may
want to refer to your Washing Machine Users Manual for
DYLON MULTI-PURPOSE DYE COLOUR CHART
DYLON MULTI-PURPOSE DYE INSTRUCTIONS
- Suitable fabrics: cotton, linen, viscose, wool, silk, nylon and Lycra® (elastane).
- NOT for pure synthetics (except nylon), polyester/wool mixtures, or fabrics with
- Multi-Purpose Dye is not colourfast so garments should always be washed separately.
5g of powder is sufficient to dye up to 250g/8 oz dry weight fabric.
WASHING MACHINE METHOD
For use with fully automatic front-loading machines only.
Do NOT dye wool or silk in the washing machine.
Do NOT dye less than 500g/lb of dry weight fabric or more than half the machine's
maximum wash load.
Do NOT use 'economy' or 'half load' programmes.
1) Weigh and wash the fabric and leave damp.
2) Wearing rubber gloves, add required amount of dye (refer to shade chart on tin
for relevant quantities)
to drum of washing machine (NOT soap dispenser).
3) Add 60g/2oz of salt for every 500g/lb of fabric being dyed, covering the dye powder.
4) Place damp unfolded fabric in the machine. Set and run the longest hottest wash
cycle without pre-wash.
5) Remove the fabric from the machine and dry away from direct sunlight and heat.
6) Clean the machine immediately by running the longest hottest wash with one cup of
7) Wash articles dyed with Multi-Purpose dye separately.
Note: Reseal the tin immediately after use.
You will need:
- 30g / 1oz of salt
- Rubber gloves
- A saucepan
1. Weigh dry fabric. Wash fabric thoroughly even if new and leave damp.
2. Fill saucepan or similar heatproof container with enough hot water to cover article
and allow easy movement during dyeing.
3. Wearing rubber gloves, dissolve dye in 500ml/1 pint of boiling water, stir well.
4. Add solution to vessel with 30g/1oz salt, stirring well.
5. Put in clean, damp article and raise temperature to simmer, then stir constantly for
20 minutes to ensure even dyeing.
6. Rinse article until water runs clear. Results are not colourfast, so dyed garments
should be turned inside out and washed separately.
7. Dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
Special Instructions for Wool:
Follow steps for 1 to 4 above.
5. Put in clean, damp, unfolded article. Bring slowly to a simmer and reduce heat
at once. Stir gently for 10 minutes.
6. Remove article from dye and allow to cool before rinsing in lukewarm water,
until water runs clear.
7. Dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
PLASTIC BUTTONS AND ACCESSORIES
Suitable for all plastics including Polyester.
1) Wearing gloves, dissolve 5g of dye in 500ml/1 pint of boiling water.
2) Add plastic components (upto 12g/4oz if ti can be submerged) in 500ml/1 pint
of boiling water.
3) Dye for 10 minutes at the boil.
4) Rinse as per fabric.
NOTE: The plastic components should be regularly checked for distortion during
the dyeing process. The dyeing process should be stopped if the items begin to
show signs of distortion.
DYLON MACHINE & HAND DYE COLOUR CHART
DYLON HAND DYE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Weigh dry fabric. Wash thoroughly. Leave damp
2. Using rubber gloves, dissolve dye in 500ml warm water
3. Fill bowl/stainless steel sink with approx 6 litres warm water (40°C)
4. Stir in 250g (5tbsp) salt. Add dye & stir well
5. Submerge fabric in water
6. Stir for 15mins, then stir regularly for 45mins
7. Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water and dry away from
direct heat & sunlight
a) You will need 250g salt
b) 1 pack dyes up to 250g fabric (e.g. shirt) to full shade or larger amounts
to lighter shade
c) Suitable fabrics: Cotton, linen and viscose. Wool, Silk, Polyester/cotton
polyester/viscose mixes will dye to lighter shade
d) Not suitable: Pure polyester, acrylic, nylon & fabric with special finishes
e) Wash separately for first few washes to remove any excess dye
f) Please note: Colour mixing rules apply (e.g. blue on red gives purple)
a) Hand dye can be used in the microwave to create special effects.
b) For cotton, linen, silk and polyester/cotton mixes only.
c) Micro-Dyeing is not suitable for wool, viscose or synthetic fabrics.
d) DO NOT USE ON VISCOSE, AS FABRIC CAN GIVE OFF HARMFUL FUMES.
e) Remove all metal on fabric (zips, studs, etc).
How To Use
1. Wash the fabric and leave damp.
2. Select your special effect and prepare the fabric by scrunching, knotting,
twisting or folding - tie all fabrics tightly.
3. Wearing rubber gloves, empty the dye carefully into the bowl and gradually
add 250 ml / ½ pint of hot water. Stir thoroughly to ensure dye is dissolved.
Add further 250 ml / ½ pint of water.
4. Place the fabric in the bowl and work into the dye.
5. Put the bowl into a plastic bag or plastic wrap and place in the microwave.
Set on ‘high’ for 4 minutes.
6. After 4 minutes remove the bowl from the oven
- remember to protect your hands from the heat.
7. Tip away the dye solution and rinse the fabric in cold water.
To protect the pattern do not undo any knots, twists, folds etc.,
until the water runs clear.
8. Rinse, wash and dry as for the Hand method.
DYLON MACHINE DYE INSTRUCTIONS
The shade you achieve will depend on 3 things:
1. FABRIC TYPE
a) Cotton, linen & viscose will dye to full shade
b) Polyester/cotton & polyester/viscose mixes will dye to lighter shade
c) Wool, silk, polyester, acrylic, nylon & fabric with special finishes
e.g. ‘dry clean only’, cannot be dyed
2. FABRIC AMOUNT
a) One pack will dye up to 600g of fabric (e.g. jeans, bath towel, double sheet)
to the full shade & up to 1.2kg of fabric (e.g. double duvet) to lighter shade
b) Multiple packs will dye larger amounts to full shade, e.g. 2 packs for 1200g
(e.g. double duvet) or 4 packs for 2kg (e.g. curtains)
3. ORIGINAL FABRIC COLOUR
a) You can change one strong colour to another (or dye it to a lighter shade)
by using DYLON PRE-DYE which lightens before you dye, ready for colour change.
b) Otherwise colour mixing rules apply, e.g. blue dye on red fabric gives purple
c) Patterned fabric will often still show through
a) Weigh dry fabric to ensure you have sufficient dye
b) Wash thoroughly, even if new, to remove stains or any dressings that can not be seen
c) Wearing rubber gloves, empty full contents of pack(s) into drum (not the soap
d) Add 500g salt, covering dye powder (only 500g is required for any amount of dye)
e) Put in damp unfolded fabric
f) Run 40°C cotton cycle (do not use pre-wash, economy or half load cycles)
g) When complete, add detergent & run 40°C cotton cycle again
h) Remove fabric from machine, add detergent & run empty 40°C cycle to clean machine
i) Dry fabric away from direct heat & sunlight
Our promise: This dye won’t damage your machine or affect subsequent washes
1) Use in front loading automatic washing machines. Do not use in launderette machines.
2) Don’t dye more than half machine’s maximum load to avoid crowding which will
give patchy results
3) Don’t use more than five packs of dye at once
4) Dyeing may not cover stains, faded areas or bleach marks
5) Should any dye be left in machine after dyeing, add cup of bleach to drum,
add detergent as usual & run machine empty on 40°C cycle
6) After dyeing, wash separately or with similar colours for first two washes to remove
any excess dye
7) Polyester stitching will not dye
DYLON WASH & DYE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wearing rubber gloves, empty Wash & Dye powder into washing machine drum
& add dry fabric
2. Immediately run 40°C cotton cycle without pre-wash or economy setting
3. Add normal washing detergent and run 40°C cotton cycle to remove excess dye
from fabric and to clean the machine to clean the machine
4. Dry fabric as normal, away from direct sunlight & heat
The shade will depend on 3 things:
1. FABRIC TYPE:
a) Cotton, linen, viscose, will dye to the full shade
b) Polyester/cotton & polyester/viscose mixes, will dye to lighter shades
c) Wool, silk, polyester, acrylic, nylon & fabrics with special finishes,
e.g. ‘dry-clean only’, cannot be dyed with Dylon dyes.
2. FABRIC AMOUNT:
a) Up to 500g fabric (e.g. 1 pair jeans) will dye to the full shade
b) A maximum of 1kg can be dyed, to lighter shades
3. FABRIC COLOUR:
Colour mixing rules apply, e.g. black dye on red fabric gives burgundy.
Patterned fabric will often still show through
a) Only dye up to 1kg fabric and always use whole pack, no more, no less
b) Dyeing may not cover stains, faded areas or bleach marks
c) After dyeing, wash separately for first few washes to remove any excess dye
d) Should any dye be left in machine, add cup of household bleach to drum,
add usual detergent & run machine empty on 40°C cycle
e) Remember polyester stitching will not dye
DYLON PRE-DYE INSTRUCTIONS
Use DYLON Pre-Dye to:
a) Change one strong colour to another (e.g. from brown to Tulip Red)
b) Dye fabric to a lighter shade (e.g. brown to Pebble Beige)
1. Weigh dry items to ensure that they are 2.5kg or less. If you need to treat more than
2.5kg of fabric, do so with two or more machine loads.
2. Put fabric in the washing machine. Set and start the longest/hottest programme
3. After about 15 minutes dissolve pack contents in 2 litres of hot water and add to
machine via detergent drawer.
4. When cycle is complete, add usual washing detergent, wash fabric as usual and
then dye to the colour of your choice.
a) One box treats up to a maximum of 2.5kg of fabric
(e.g. double duvet cover, sheet and pillows).
b) Pre-Dye may not return fabric to white
c) Always use the full contents of the pack
d) Some colours may not be removed,
e.g. bright greens, bright blues, & indigo (denim)
e) Not suitable for use in twin-tub machines, top-loader machines with central
disc agitators or launderette machines.
f) IMPORTANT: Always use in a well-ventilated room.
Do not breathe fumes especially of you suffer from asthma, bronchitis or allergies
that affect breathing. Store in a cool, dry place and keep out of the reach
What fabric do you want to change?
a) Suitable: Cotton, linen & viscose
b) Not suitable: Polyester, polyester/cotton mixes, acrylic, nylon, wool,
silk & special finishes (e.g. waterproof or dry clean only)
DYLON's promise: DYLON Pre-Dye’s chlorine-free formula won’t damage
fabrics or your machine or affect subsequent washes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q - What fabrics can I dye?
A - Cotton, linen, rayon, and viscose will dye to the full shade shown on
the pack when using either Dylon machine dyes, or Jacquard idye fabric dyes.
Polyester & nylon can be dyed using iDye Poly dyes, consequently for
Poly/Cotton fabric blends, choose an 'iDye Poly' colour closest to the 'iDye'
colour you are dyeing and simply add both packets to the wash! Wool
and silk can be dyed with either Dylon Hand Fabric Dye or iDye Fabric dye.
If you're not sure whether a fabric is suitable for dyeing give Dylon's friendly
experts a call on 020 7688 00 32.
Q - Will dye cover up bleach marks?
A - As bleach can harm the fabric, dyeing may not always cover up bleach marks.
Q - Can I dye fabric white?
A - It is not possible to dye a fabric white.
Q - Can I dye denim?
A- Yes, Machine Fabric Dye or Wash & Dye are best for dyeing denim however
you will lose the light dark contrast typically associated with denim.
Q - What do I do if I don't know what the fabric is?
A - Cut a small section from an inconspicuous area e.g. the hem and send it to Dylon
and they'll let you know.
Q - Can I dye faded items?
A - Yes but you should use Dylon Pre-Dye first to remove the colour from the fabric
and ensure that you get an even colour.
Q - Can I use dyes in the microwave?
A - Yes you can use Dylon Hand Fabric Dye in the microwave. Microwave dyeing can
achieve some good tie-dye effects however if you are looking for an even finish
Dylon do not recommend using the microwave.
Q - Why do I need to use salt?
A - You need to use salt because it opens up the pores of the fabric
and allows the dye to be absorbed.
Q - Will dyeing affect subsequent washes in my machine?
A - No, just make sure that you follow the pack instructions.
We also recommend running an additional wash cycle and adding
a cup of bleach to ensure that all residue dye is removed.
Q - Will dyeing stain my machine?
A - No, just make sure that you follow the pack instructions.
Q - Do you also provide a dyeing service?
A - YES we do offer a dye service for all fabric types.
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT GUIDE
We would always advise that you weigh the item that you want to dye
to determine how many packs of dye you'll need.
The table below gives you a rough idea of the weight of some regular
Jeans or Trousers 600g (1 1/4lbs)
2 Shirts 500g (1lb)
Bath Towel 600g (1 1/4lbs)
Double Sheet 600g (1 1/4lbs)
Double Duvet Cover 1200g (2 1/2lbs)
Curtains 2kg (4lbs)
Fabric dyes will blend with the original colour of your fabric so you'll need to consider
colour mixing rules.
* Red + Blue = Purple
* Blue + Yellow = Green
* Red + Yellow = Orange
Alternatively, you can use DYLON Pre-Dye to return a fabric to a neutral shade before
dyeing to obtain the colour close to that shown on the pack.