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I am a BuzzAgent (I take part in product trials) and was sent a packet of Dylon Wash & Dye to use and review. The package I received came in the colour Velvet Black; it comes in a 350g pouch and costs £5.50.
Dylon are experts in colour and fabric dyes and has been around since 1946. Dylon Wash & Dye's unique all-in-one formula dyes fabrics as it washes them, so you can achieve a colourful new look or refresh existing colours with minimum effort. As a child I remember my mum dyeing clothes by putting them in a large bucket and stirring it like a cauldron on the stove. Times have changed since then as Dylon Wash & Dye is placed in the washing machine drum.
Apart from black work trousers, the only other black clothes that I wear are 3 pairs of tracksuit bottoms and one long sleeved top, which I wear when I exercise. These clothes get a lot of use and are washed after each use, so over the years they have lost their colour and the bottoms look a little grey around the seams.
*How to use the Dye*
Wearing rubber gloves, empty Wash & Dye powder into your washing machine drum and add dry fabric (to be dyed). The powder granules are black and white, so looks grey in the bottom of the drum. With the powder and clothes in the drum, immediately run a 40ºC cotton cycle without pre-wash or economy setting. Then wait for the machine to finish the cycle.
When the cycle finishes, add normal washing detergent and run another 40ºC cotton cycle to remove excess dye from fabric and to clean the machine. Once finished, dry fabric as normal, away from sunlight and heat.
To achieve the full shade of Black, use up to 500g of fabric (e.g. 1 pair of jeans). The instructions state that a maximum of 1kg can be dyed, to a light shade. I used more than this as I dyed 3 pairs of tracksuit bottoms and one long sleeved top. It's hard to believe that I have had one pair of trousers for around 8 years and even though I used more fabric than was recommended, my clothes still came out very Black in colour and look like new.
As expected, colour matching rules apply when using Wash & Dye, e.g. black dye on red fabric gives burgundy and patterned fabric will often still show through.
As the clothes were washing, Dylon Wash & Dye turned the whole drum black/blue and there was a build-up of granules by the door seal. I was starting to panic at this point that my 3 year old washing machine was going to be ruined. However after a couple of washes, it soon disappeared. I even ran an empty cycle with bleach in it to ensure there was no black residue left in the machine.
I did notice that after dying my clothes, they came out of the machine as stiff as a board. I washed the clothes again, this time using fabric conditioner and my clothes returned to their usual softness. Also, Dylon Wash & Dye does not leave an aroma on the clothes.
It has been just over 3 months since I dyed my clothes and I am very happy with the results. As previously mentioned, I use these clothes when exercising so they get washed a lot. I have not noticed any fading and my black top especially, looks like new and I think I will get a few more years out of it.
Overall, this is a product that I would definitely purchase again and give it 4 stars. It's not cheap but is effective, provides good value for money and restores greying clothes back to their original colour. It loses a star as I had to wash the machine out a few times to ensure there was no dye left in the drum. On the plus side, I am pleased that even after a few months of dyeing my clothes, they still look like new and the dye has not faded.
For further information, please visit: www.dylon.co.uk
Thank you for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2013
Product: Dylon wash and dye.
Colour tried: velvet black
Price: £5.11 on amazon, around £5.50 in stores.
Why did I choose this product?
As a member of Bzzagent, I was given the opportunity to test dylon wash and dye black velvet. Receiving this for free in no way alters my judgment and review on this product.
How does it work?
The idea of dylon wash and dye is that you simply pour the product into your washing machine, put in the items you want to dye and turn on the machine. There is no need for extra salt and no dampening of material beforehand. The results are meant to be permanent and colours wont run or fade.
The final colour is determined on the amount of material being dyed, and what the material is. Cotton and linen will dye to full colour (black), whereas Polyester/Cotton Mixes and Polyester/Viscose mixes will dye to a reduced shade (grey). Also 500g of fabric being dyed will dye to the full shade but 1000g of fabric will dye to a reduced shade.
My personal experience of using this product...
As a one income family I very rarely get chance to treat myself to new clothes, so many of my clothes are greying, food stained (weaning a baby....ARGH food gets everywhere) and general fading of colour so I jumped at the chance to try this product.
I read the instructions and was surprised how easy it sounded. I tipped the dye into the drum and put in a few white (well more grey) vest tops and a pair of grubby grey trousers. I turned on the machine and almost screamed as the whole drum window turned black. I went away and left it to work...praying the results would be worth it and my machine wouldn't be unusable afterwards.
After one wash you put on the washer again with the dyed clothes inside. Again I was surprised how much dye was in the machine whilst washing.
After this cycle you remove the dyed fabrics and put the washing machine on again with your normal detergent to clean the machine.
This should be the end of the cleaning of the machine but I put it on again with a scoop of vanish and a dylon colour catcher sheet to see if anymore dye was floating about. After this wash the sheet was grey....DARK GREY! which meant that there was still dye in the machine. I put it on another wash cycle with another colour catcher sheet and this time it came out a light grey, so although most of the dye was gone there was still a little left. I made sure I only washed darks for the next few washes and used a colour catcher sheet to check for dye.
I was quite disappointed with the fact it should have only taken 3 washes (1 dyeing, 1 rinsing dyed fabric and 1 for cleaning the machine) but it took 2 more empty loads on top of that and a few dark washes before I could happily use my machine as normal.
As for the clothes, I am very happy with the results. My vest tops are all cotton and have dyed to full colour and look like new clothes. The stitching Must have been a polyester blend because it didn't dye but I think it adds to the look, I personally like the contracting stitching. The trousers are a cotton/polyester blend and so have dyed dark grey. Initially I was happy with the colour but after about 5 washes they have started to fade a bit and look a bit scruffy. The tops however have washed very well and after a few washes are still dark velvet black.
I would probably use this again if I were wanting to spruce up some old clothes, I would maybe choose a different colour though so all my clothes don't end up black. I would recommend it to others to try too.
I'm taking off a star for the extra machine cycles that needed running, as this was meant to save me having to buy new clothes, the extra machine washes, colour catcher sheets, vanish and detergent in wash...not to mention the stress and worry that my whites being washed after may come out grey.
Recently in the shops all I can find are blue items and I just don't like it, blue jeans and shoes just don't look good on me and it's very frustrating not being able to find what you want or need in the right idea. So I had a spiffing idea and that is when I want something but it isn't the right colour I will but it and save them up to dye them with Dylon dye all at the same time such in most cases I dye them black or "velvet black" as this shade is called. This comes in several sizes and you can purchase from a lot of places.
*50g bag - £2
*200g bag - £4
You can buy this from shops such as wilkinsons, spavers, sugerdrug and other high street shops similar. I have also seen this is super markerts such as Tesco and Asda. All the prices are roughly the same and I try to always buy a 200g bag and save items up or ask my sister if she wants anything doing as well that way I'm making the most out of the dye. The weight of the bag goes on how many items and their weight you are dying. I never buy the smaller packet just because I can never work out if it is going to be enough or not. I'd rather pay that little bit extra just in case.
This is really easy to use but many people use this in different ways. For instance my mum adds salt in with this, no idea why because it doesn't state on the packet to but she still does it. The instruction are really clear on the back and easy to follow.
*put all items in the washing machine and add the full bag of powder in with it.
*wash at 40 degrees or a soft cotton wash
*afterwards put the washer on without the clothes with detergent in to get rid of any excess dye from the machine.
These instructions are basic and ones you can't really get wrong, You just put all your clothing inside and open the bag and poor it in, the product is in powder form and to me is a blue/grey colour. When I first used this I panicked thinking it would be that colour when died but silly of course it's velvet black.
I'm not good with what weight should go into this but when I dyed things I have 1 pair of high waisted blue skinny jeans, 2 pairs of faded black jeans, a pair of high weights three quarter length skinny jeans, a jumper and a pair of blue shoes. The jumper didn't dye but that didn't bother me because it is my sisters. My shoes dyed perfectly and the soles are still white so it didn't affect that. All the jeans are now completely black.
I don't just use this dye for when I want to change the colour, but for when I want to refresh the colour too, sometimes black items get faded when they've been washed a lot and this is a really good way to refresh them and make them look new again you can dye clothes, shoes and even underwear if you want them to look fresher. My mum used to dye all of our socks back white when we was children because we used to play outside and do silly childish things and end up being covered in dirt and after time things start to look dull so this is a great way to freshen things up!
I recently had to buy a new sofa after a burst pipe lead to the living room getting soaked and the sofa's getting damp and not drying out very well!!
I bought a second hand two-piece suite from a local second hand store. They were green in colour, faded and looking pretty shabby, but they were £40 for the pair so I couldn't really complain. And they had loose covers!
I went into Wilko's and bought 2 packets of Dylon Wash & Dye in Velvet Black. They cost £2.99 each (or there abouts). They didn't have anymore in stock!!
I wasn't sure if the sofa covers would dye but I thought I'd give it a go. The back of the packs give you all the information you need.
Empty the packet of dye straight into the drum, put the dry fabric in, then run the machine on a 40 degree cotton cycle with no pre-wash or economy setting. When that is done add your normal washing powder and run the machine again, dry fabric as normal.
I split the covers up equally and set about dying them, I didn't intend on using the back cushions that came with the sofa's but then decided it looked silly with the giant cushions I used on my old sofa!! I dried them off in the tumble dryer on a low setting and rather than be the deep black that I expected they came out an antique grey colour!!
the reason for this being that there was too much fabric in the machine for the dye to take properly, you are given a guide on the back of the packs.
I bought some more in Home Bargains and dyed the covers two at a time and they are now black... really dark black. I like it!!
I do however have a cream leather being delivered tomorrow, I ordered it when my old ones had to go, but had to wait for a delivery!! I wish I hadn't bothered now, as I really like these sofas. But I expect I'll much prefer my new one when it comes!!
If you are unsure as to whether the fabric you want to dye will dye there's a list on the back of the packs which tells you.....
Cotton, linen, viscose will dye to the full shade.
Polyester/cotton & polyester/viscose mixes will dye to a lighter shade.
Wool, silk, polyester, acrylic, nylon & fabric with special finishes, e.g. 'dry clean only' cannot be dyed.
Colour mixing rules apply. e.g. black on red gives burgundy, patterned fabric will often still show through.
It does say that dyeing may not cover stains, faded areas or bleach marks, but it covered all the marks on the sofa covers I dyed.
If any dye is left in the machine after use you are recommended to run the machine on a 40 degree cycle, with a cup of bleach added to the drum and your usual amount of detergent in the drawer, this will get rid of it.
I just run it on an economy wash with detergent and this was fine for me.
I would recommend Dylon dyes as they do what they are meant to do.
The packs I bought had 400g of loose powder not the solid little block ones, they didn't have any available but there was literally a 3p price difference anyway.
You know sometimes you find some item of clothing that you really like but they only do in boring old white? Or some colour you just can't stand? Me too. I had found THE most comfy bra in the world that also didn't look like something granny might wear, except for the white factor. We all know with white clothes, especially underwear, it soon becomes grey. So I decided to dye it. I'd done this in the past with some success and had used a Dylon cold water fabric dye, so I decided use this again.
I went down to our local 'cheapy' shop which was where I'd purchased the dye before, looking for those little round tins you pierce a hole in that I'd used in the past. It seems these are old school now. They had a few left but in rather foul colours and had a sparkly new range of Dylon dyes.
The new 'non machine' dyes come in rectangular plastic packets, though are not called 'cold water dyes' any more as you actually use warm, but simply labelled 'fabric dye'. I also discovered they now cost about a pound more than they used to at £2.99 for a 50g pack.
I went for velvet black, I hadn't dyed anything for a while and not used this new dye before, so I figured white to black is a fairly safe bet to get a good result. Remember if you are colouring coloured things other colours, mixing rules apply. For example, if you start with red and use blue dye, you're going to get purple. Generally the lighter the colour to begin with the better the result.
The instructions tell you to weigh the fabric before you begin. This is because this 50g packet will only dye a maximum of 250g weight of clothing. I didn't worry with such a small item, but if you are dying a big item such as jeans, it's best to weigh and check before you go out to buy your dye in case 1 packet isn't enough.
I used a plastic bowl for my dying and the plastic resisted the dye, so don't worry too much about using anything old. I do advise gloves though, this stuff does dye skin!
To start dissolve the dye in 500ml of warm water, this happens almost instantly if you give it a good stir with an old wooden spoon or something similar. You then need to add 6 litres of warm water to the bowl (check your bowl will hold this much before you start!) Then add 250ml salt. The packet says to add salt to water and then the dissolved dye, but I found this was too many containers and this way round worked just as well. Add your garment and stir regularly for about and hour. I stirred it well for a while to start with to make sure it was all covered and then came back every ten minutes or so to give it a good stir.
After the hour remove the garment from the bowl and rinse under cold water. Wash it for quite a while until the water runs clear, then hang it up to dry.
I was really impressed with the results. Most of my garment was cotton, with some man made fabrics used for the edging and stitching. These fabrics resisted the dye, and whilst not what I intended gave a funky pinstripe effect. It looks great, a very happy accident!
Make sure you check that the material you are dying is suitable though. This dye works great on cotton but fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon don't like it.
One complaint I did have that I had a slight metallic effect (similar to that of an oil spill) on part of the fabric. I think this may have been due to not stirring enough and perhaps where some air got to it, though this has faded with a few washes. Remember to wash your dyed garment separately for a few washes afterwards, although this dye is permanent it may run for a wash or two.
Overall, I'm pleased with the product. I was very easy to use and gave great results. Can prove addictive though, as I've now been scouring my wardrobe to find other things that might like to change colour! It's also great it if say you have favourite top that has a stain that won't come out, dye it a darker colour to cover it up!
The only thing I will say is it's pretty hard to get hold of. I knew my local shop sold it, but I've looked in haberdashers, Wilko, Tesco and Sainsbury's before an no where seemed to have it, though I'm sure it's available readily online.
Dyes fabric as it washes / To restore or change colour.