Tie-dye questions and answers

Here are some of the most common questions you may ask yourself while on your tie-dyeing journey.

We are here to help you wether you’re just starting out have a few shirt under your belt. We have been in the world of tie-dye for quite a while now and are still encountering new scenarios that make us question ourselves.

If you’re asking yourself this question we can assume either that you :

a)  Are about to begin or end a tie-dye project yourself
b) Just bought a new tie-dye shirt from a third party

These two scenarios require different answers so we’ll tackle them separately.

Let’s start with the first scenario, you dyed or are about to dye an item yourself and are unsure of how to wash the item after it’s been dyed.

I have my own tie-dye project

One of the steps of the dyeing process is to rinse the shirt in the sink, after the dye has set. Be sure to rinse the shirt before attempting to wash it, or the shirt can stain itself while on a wash cycle.

After you’ve rinsed the shirt, you can put it in the washing machine without any problem. Wash the shirt by itself at first.

Just do a normal washing cycle for the single shirt to ensure it will not stain anything. Wash the single shirt on a normal cycle with cold water and use a little bit of detergent.

I just bought a new tie-dye shirt

A company specialized in hand-dyed clothing will generally already have washed the shirt. Some of them even wash it multiple times to ensure there will be no problem at home.

In this case you can feel reassured that you can wash the shirt normally as you would do with any other shirt. Just to be sure we advise that you wash with clothes of similar colors.

If you’re unsure about the trustworthiness of the brand you can wash the shirt by itself at first.

What is polyester

Polyester is a man-made fiber derived from petroleum. Synthetic fiber created in a chemical reaction with petroleum, air and water.

This artificial fiber is thermoplastic, it means it can be melted and reformed.

These fibers are manufactured to be perfectly homogeneous. It is also hydrophobic. For these reasons, polyester fabrics won’t let the skin breathe, neither let the water pass through it.

It has good stretchy ability, but can leave the wearer with some moist due to non-absorption of its fibers.

Also know that majority of polyesters create microfibres that aren’t biodegradable. Those microfibers are so small they can go through sewage treatment, going up into the food chain until they reach us.

How to dye polyester

When combined with 65% cotton and 35% polyester, it can be dyed with all-purpose dyes or fiber reactive dyes.

With more than 35%, this polymer fabric won’t get dyed efficiently, since it doesn’t absorb liquids.

For a 100% polyester cloth, you will need to use DyeMore dyes from Rit. They are made specially for synthetic fabrics like polyester, acrylic and acetate.

Fabric dyes are not toxic for you skin.

As long as you don’t inhale it, drink it,or get some on your eyes. If you forgot to put on your gloves, don’t worry about it. Dyes could irritate a bit, but won’t damage your skin.

How long does the dye stay on your skin?

All purpose dyes like Rit will last between one to two weeks on your skin. Fibers reactive dyes like Procion by Dharma will tinte your skin for about three to five fays.

How to get tie dye off your hands? 

For fast results, use cleanser such as Comet with a bit of water and scrub your hands with a brush. We recommend to go for a second wash with soft soap to be sure that the cleanser doesn’t dry or damage your skin.