Product Type: Dylon Household Cleaning
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Clothes come out like new!
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Advantages: A great quality dye
Disadvantages: Wont dye synthetic materials
Dylon makes really good quality dyes which are excellent for reviving faded clothes which are otherwise in excellent condition. There are various sorts of dyes available including this dye, which is to be used in the washing machine at 40 degrees along with 500g of salt, hand dyes and wash and dye, and I have tried them all at some stage.
~Using the Fabric Dye~
The dye comes in a cardboard box with paper instructions inside. The dye is powdered and enclosed in a sealed plastic bag, which needs cutting open to empty the dye out. I always cut the bag open inside the washing machine over the clothes I am dying so not to end up with the powered dye everywhere. If it gets on my fingers it does stain a little and takes a few washing to get it off. Next add in 500g of salt, Dylon does a 500g bag of salt, or you can use ordinary table salt from the supermarket. Switch the washing machine on to a 40 degrees cycle and wait for the results...
~How Much Clothes Vs How Much Dye~
There are instruction on how many clothes (in weight) can be sued to dye to full colour. Only a few times have I dyed something that was light black, which is when you need maximum amount of dye to clothes. Usually I am regenerating colour in faded clothes so I can put more clothes into the wash. To give you some idea; the other day I regenerated one pair of smart wide legged trousers and two shirts with one pack of dye, all previously black but a bit faded and all came out nice and black again. Realistically I think I could have put another top in too, but nothing else needed doing.
~What I have Dyed~
About 13 years ago I bought two, reasonably expensive cotton cardigans from Hobbs, they are identical except one is black, the other navy. They have been washed countless times and lost their colour. I have regenerated the black one twice with Dylon and the navy one once and they look as new.
Linen clothes also seem to loose their colour and I had a black linen skirt and navy linen trousers for many years which I re-dyed when they lost their colour. Quite a number of my favourite clothes have been "saved" by Dylon and I would say its saved me a lot of money as I wouldn't have worn them in their faded state so otherwise I would have replaced them.
~Dying Things a New Colour~
This is a bit more tricky, ie. if you were to dye something red blue it may end up purple, same with something yellow, it may end up green. This depended on the starting shade and the amount of dye to material used. I wouldn't suggest dying something another colour as the few things I have done don't seem to have worked as I expected. Dylon is very good in that you will get very consistent coverage, it's just you may end up with a shade you really don't want.
~Materials Which Can Be Dyed~
Basically linen and cotton work best and anything synthetic, silk or nylon doesn't work. There are warnings on the box about this. What the instructions don't warn you about is most cotton and linen garments are stitched with synthetic cotton and this does not dye. So, if you died a white top black the material would end up a nice covered black with white stitching.
~The Washing Machine~
After the dying cycle has finished the instructions tell you to do one normal wash of the clothes you dyed. This does get most of the dye out of the machine, however it does get dye on the rubber seal and the door of the machine, so it need to be wiped and I always do a coloured wash next just in case anything gets on my whites. I have always been careful and never had any accidents.
~Now Does the Dye Work and Last~
The dye lasts very well, just as long as anything you would buy in that colour and can be washed as normal in future washes. Dylon for machine washes is always very consistent in its coverage and I have always had very good results. However I did try the hand dye once in the bath and I could not get even coverage so I wouldn't recommend it.
~ Dylon Colours~
There is a large variety or reds, blues, greens, links, yellows, black etc and of course you can always mix them to make another colour, although I don't think I would risk it.
I bought my last dye from John Lewis and it was £5.99 plus the salt which was 49p. Not many places sell it, you can also get it from Dunelm or Robert Dyas, otherwise you would get it online.
Great for regenerating faded clothes. It has saved some of my favourite items and in the long run quite a lot of money. I give it a full 5 stars!
Summary: A great way to rejuvenate clothes
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