As I hinted on Monday and posted to Facebook, it's time for another DIY project! While sorting through clothes to give away over the weekend, I found a white cardigan stashed with other sweaters beneath our bed.
It still fit me fine, but was a little worse for wear. There were several food stains, most likely balsamic vinaigrette.
And, unfortunately, some pit stains. I think I've tried bleaching this sweater, but clearly didn't do a very good job at it.
So I decided to Martha Stewart-MacGuyver it. For $1.50 (after a Michaels coupon) I had a package of Rit fuschia fabric dye. I considered orange or yellow, but ultimately went with my gut...pink.
- Dingy sweater
- Gloves rubber
- Grungy clothes to wear (white T-shirts need not apply)
- Something to stir with
- Hot water
- Sink (preferably not the stainless steel sink mounted underneath your granite countertops)
- 1 cup salt (for best results) if you're dyeing cotton
The Rit package also has instructions for using the stovetop and washing machines. Pick the best method for you and read all instructions before starting.
Once I felt confident in my review of the instructions, I filled my bucket with hot water. The instructions say 140* so get it steaming!
While soaking my sweater in the hot water, I pre-dissolved the dye. To two cups of hot water, I added the dye and salt. Give it a good stir, making sure everything is dissolved, and add that to the bucket of hot water.
I dropped my sweater back in the bucket of dye and proceeded to stir it for about 15 minutes.
Once 15 minutes was up (the instructions say 10 to 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved), I rinsed out my sweater. Starting with warm water then gradually cooler until the water ran clear.
After rinsing as best I could, I washed my sweater in warm water. The water from the washing machine still seemed a little pink, so I ran the rinse and spin cycle with the sweater 2 or 3 times more. Afterwards, I partially dried the sweater in the dryer, letting it air dry the rest of the way.
Lo and behold...the stains are gone! Or at least hidden by the pink :)
And let me tell you something, it's tough taking outfit pictures! John and I took all sorts of shots and figured this one was pretty decent. I don't think I'll be posting other outfits on the regular.
Have you dyed anything recently? I'm considering sprucing up some dingy white button down shirts and jeans.
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