In recent years, the organic, natural and ecological is gaining ground in society. More and more individuals are joining this movement and learning to make better use of the resources they have. The ECO concept does not only include food or some cleaning products. This current can also be applied to dye clothes with natural textile dyes.
How to dye clothes with natural textile dyes
In this article, you can learn how to dye clothes with natural textile dyes. To make these dyes, you will need materials that you have in the kitchen. Some of these you throw them away every day without knowing how useful they can be, since they are reusable.
The fact of giving certain materials a second chance, in addition to being good for the domestic economy, is an advantage for your health, without having to give up comfort. Basically, it is about knowing how to take better advantage of the resources you have, while reducing the amount of waste and helping to conserve the planet.
By focusing on the realization of natural textile dyes, you can do this practice with children and thus encourage them to lead a sustainable life and learn new things.
Before you get to work, look for a space that is comfortable to put various containers and buckets. Also get gloves, clothes or fabrics, tweezers, spoons and a clothesline. Likewise, it is important that the site is ventilated.
Ingredients you need to make the dyes
- Strawberries and/or cherries: pink tint;
- Onion skin: yellow or orange tint;
- Avocado skin and seeds: light pink tint;
- Coffee and/or tea: brown tint:
- Carrot leaves and stems: yellow tint;
- Purple cabbage: blue or purple tint;
- Pumpkin shells: yellow or orange dye;
- Artichokes: green tint;
- Celery leaves: yellow tint;
- Walnut shell: brown tint;
- Spinach: green tint;
- Holy basil: red or purple tint;
- Beetroot: pink or red tint;
- Hibiscus flowers: tinte rojo or morado;
- Parsley: green dye;
- Black grapes: blue tint;
- Roses: pink tint;
- Dyers Polypore: yellow or gold tint;
- Dandelion roots: brown tint;
- Hyacinth flowers: blue tint;
- Lavender: pink or lilac dye;
- Hapalopilus Nidulans: red or violet dye.
How to apply natural textile dyes
There are several methods that you can apply to dye clothes with natural textile dyes.
- First, cut the plant material into small pieces in a pot and cover with water. The ratio is one part vegetable matter and two parts water.
- Cook over low heat for 30 minutes to an hour after heating to 80º C.
- Now, wait for the vegetable matter to cool down in the saucepan and soak overnight. In this way there will be a more intense tonality.
- When you get the color you want from the dye bath, it’s time to strain the solid materials out of the liquid and then dispose of them.
For the result to be as expected, it is important that you wash the garment or fabric before dyeing it. Then, soak the clothing in a pan of dye over low heat for half an hour. Check the intensity of the shade and take it off the heat when it reaches the one you want.
Let it cool in the dye bath, then rinse to remove excess dye. Finally, hang the garment to dry.
If you are going to use red cabbage or beets, chop the food and put it in coves in a pot.
- Start by filling the saucepan with warm water and letting it soak overnight.
- Take to the fire the next day. You should not let it boil. Keep in mind that it should not exceed 80º C.
- Wait between one and two hours, depending on the intensity of the shade you prefer.
- Turn off the heat and wait for it to cool down before removing.
In case you want to dye with turmeric, use four tablespoons of powder for every liter of water. Also add ¼ cup of salt.
- Put the amount of water, salt and powder in an old pot and heat over medium high heat until the mixture boils.
- Stir well and lower the intensity of the fire.
- Now introduce the garments or fabric and let them soak for 30 minutes.
- From time to time, stir gently.
- Turn off the heat and rinse with warm water until you see that the water comes out clear.
- Finish by rinsing with cold water and hang whatever you have dyed to dry.
Important: Some plants can be poisonous. Therefore, always wear a mask and rubber gloves. Avoid breathing in any hot fumes and dye in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.
Finally, to help you in your task of dyeing clothes with natural textile dyes, the following video gives more advice.