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We color clothes in the washing machine

dyeing clothes in the washing machineI don’t want to part with my favorite jeans or trousers, but they look faded at the same time? Then we suggest you paint them. This procedure is scary for many, but if painted in an automatic machine, then nothing is difficult. This article will describe in detail how to do it right, what paint for clothes in the washing machine to choose, will it harm the equipment?

The procedure for dyeing clothes in the washing machine

Before dyeing clothes in the washing machine, it must be washed well. Only after that we carry out sequential actions:

  • We take the dye for fabrics and breed it according to the instructions. If the dye is liquid, then pour the required amount into a measuring container.
  • Pour the paint into the powder tray.
  • Put in the drum wet clothes (jeans, coats or t-shirts) that you want to dye. Wet things are stained better.
  • Depending on the model of the washing machine, we select the washing mode in which the water in the drum heats up to a temperature of 90-950C. The washing time should be at least 30 minutes. Read more about the possible functions in the article. Functions and modes in the washing machine

Note! A longer wash will provide better staining of the fabric, its color will be more saturated.

  • You can set an additional rinse so that the excess paint is well rinsed from the clothes.
  • We start the wash and wait.
  • Now we select the mode of washing in cold water and wash the dyed clothes with powder. Cold water will fix the paint in the fabric. You can rinse the item by hand, but always in cold water.
  • At the end of the procedure, the washing machine must be cleaned from paint. To do this, start the washing process with the addition of one glass of bleach. You can put old and unnecessary things. If there are none, then you need to start the car in idle mode. This procedure is done so that the remaining dye particles are washed out of the machine and do not spoil things during the next wash.

So, the thing is colored, it remains only to dry it, and you can put it on again.

Does paint harm the washing machine?

dyeing clothes in the washing machineHearing that clothes can be dyed in the washing machine, some will have a question, what will happen to the machine after such a procedure. The question is quite reasonable, let's try to answer it. After the usual procedure for dyeing clothes with a fabric dye, nothing will happen to the machine, since dyes do not contain aggressive chemicals. It is much more dangerous to pour vinegar or other acids into the machine, which can lead to the destruction of rubber parts.

But not so simple. After such a procedure, particles of paint may remain in the machine, which will require additional cleaning and washing. If this is neglected, then after the next washing, spotty things can be pulled out of the machine. That is why it is worth at least once washing something unnecessary in it.

Dyeing jeans and fabrics in the car is a big plus. You do not have to constantly interfere and turn the product over with your hands, working with paint and boiling water. All this work is done by the technician, thereby ensuring uniform coloring. However, the final decision is to make you how to color the jeans in the washing machine or in the basin.

Paint for dyeing clothes

In order to dye clothes at home, you must choose the right paint for this. The most important thing to consider is the type of fabric. If you are not sure what fabric the clothes are made of, then get universal paint. Consider the most common dyes.

  • Dye "Surf" - universal dye suitable for natural and artificial fabrics such as cotton, wool, nylon. The palette of this dye includes 10 colors. One bag of paint is designed to dye 0.5 kg of fabric.
  • Simplicol paint - paint intended for dyeing natural fabrics, as well as clothing, consisting of half synthetic. Paint manufacturers warn that it is not suitable for dyeing wool, silk, cashmere, polyamide and clothing coated with polyurethane. There is a special paint marked for silk and wool. Note that the composition of this paint, unlike the previous one, includes a fixing agent for the coloring matter. It is suitable for coloring in a washing machine.
  • Fashion Color paint - German-made fabric dye suitable for dyeing products in a washing machine. One pack of paint is enough for 1.5 kg of clothing.

Important! The color of paint declared by the manufacturer will turn out to be original only when staining white clothes, in other cases the tone will differ.

Alternative staining methods

If you still did not dare to dye in the washing machine, you can try to color the product in one of the following ways manually.

The first method is to dye fabrics with natural dyes. Natural plants are used as such dyes. For example:

  • They give an orange color: carrots, plantain seeds, onion husks.
  • Brown color is obtained from shavings of oak bark, coffee, tea, nutshells, dandelions.
  • The berries give pink color: Victoria, Cherries, Raspberries.
  • Blue dye is found in cauliflower leaves, cornflower petals, blueberries, irises, and dark grapes.
  • Red with a brownish tint will turn out when stained with pomegranate juice, elderberry, beetroot, hibiscus.
  • Black color gives ink nuts and blackberries.
  • Green color is characteristic of sorrel roots, spinach leaves, lilac flowers, yarrow.
  • Yellow is obtained from laurel leaves, marigold flowers, dandelions, St. John's wort, daffodil or turmeric.

Before dyeing a thing, you need to process it with a latch, which will help fix the paint on the fabric. If the berry dye, then a salt solution is used as a fixative, 125 g of salt is taken per 2 liters of water. If the dye is vegetable, then a vinegar solution diluted in a ratio of 1: 4, where 4 parts is water, is used as a fixative.dyeing clothes

When the plant material is collected (leaves and berries must be ripe) it is cut into small pieces and placed in a large container. In this container you have to dye clothes. Fill the dye with water and bring to a boil, after which over low heat for about an hour we boil the solution.

Pay attention! Water needs 2 times more than dye.

After boiling, filter the water from the leaves or berries and place the product in it. Boil clothes for an hour, periodically turning it over. The longer the item will be in the water with the paint, the more intense the color. After the procedure, it is necessary to rinse the product well in cold water and air dry.

The second method involves the use of chemical dyes. To do this, pour water into a large container and boil. Then add fixing solution to the water. For cotton products, salt is used at the rate of 1 glass per 3 liters of water, for synthetics white vinegar, 1 glass per 3 liters of water.

Now add the dye, stir the water until it is completely dissolved. Next, lower the clothes into the container, and, stirring for half an hour, simmer over low heat. It remains to rinse the product in plenty of water. First you can rinse with hot water, and then gradually lower the temperature of the water. Rinsing in ice water will fix the paint on the fabric.

A few coloring tips

In conclusion, we offer some useful tips that will help to avoid typical mistakes when dyeing clothes at home.

  • Berry and vegetable dyes stain silk, wool and cotton better.
  • It is not recommended to dye clothes made of polyester, acrylic, elastane, as well as clothes that are washed in cold water or only cleaned.
  • Before the procedure, prepare napkins in case you accidentally spill the paint. Wear gloves and an old bathrobe.
  • Strictly follow the instructions that came with the dye.
  • When dissolving paint, do not inhale it. Be sure to ventilate the room during and after work.

Good luck experimenting with dyeing textiles in the washing machine!


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