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Kool-aid dying problem

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Kool-aid dying problem

Postby InkMinx » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:04 pm

So my first nappy making effort went through the washing machine last week on a 60degree wash and came out the machine a lovely sprucing white, which is all well and good . . . . apart from the fact that I had dyed it turquoise with kool-aid!

I had done as per instructions, mixing the kool-aid with water, applying to damp fabric then placing in a food bag and microwaving for 2 mins at a time (allowing it to cool in between until any fluid in the bag was clear.

Have a done something wrong? has anyone else had this happen?

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Re: Kool-aid dying problem

Postby Louise » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:11 pm

I've never done it but I am assuming your item was made from natural fabrics? Manmade ones like polyester don't take the dye. I just use dylon machine dye and dye fabric/clothes in the washing machine.

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Re: Kool-aid dying problem

Postby Sunset » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:11 pm

Apparently kool aid doesn't work on cotton fabric just silk or wool.

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Re: Kool-aid dying problem

Postby clothmama » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:31 pm

Sunset wrote:Apparently kool aid doesn't work on cotton fabric just silk or wool.

I didn't know that!

In terms of what you did when I went to my dying class (for wool though) it had to be wet with water that had vinegar in it as the vinegar is what sets it.

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Re: Kool-aid dying problem

Postby littlesez » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:18 am

If kool aid is the same as procion dyes then it will dye animal fibres only as it contains citric acid if you want to dye plant fibres you need a different fixer

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Re: Kool-aid dying problem

Postby InkMinx » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:39 am

Ahhh I assumed it dyed all natural fabrics. At least I don't have to worry about it coming out of all my knitted stuff I made. The nappy is bamboo terry. I currently have the rest of the fabric stewing in some Dylon!


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