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Diana Quigley asked on 12/07/2011:
Can I use this dye in the washing machine? Will it colour either the washing machine or the sink? Do i need to add any other chemicals? Thanks for your help, Diana
Washing Machine Dyeing for Cellulose Fibers For 3 to 5 pounds of fabric (5 to 7 yards of fabric or 8 to 10 T-shirts) Materials: -Standard top-loading washing machine -6 to 8 cups salt (non-iodized) -Procion® MX dye (double the amounts for Immersion dyeing, page 2) -2 cups soda ash (3 cups for darder shades) -2 tablespoons Synthrapol 1. Wash fabric to remove dirt, grease and sizing with Synthrapol. 2. Fill washing machine to medium load (approx. 6 to 8 gallons) with hot water. Add salt and dye, and agitate for 5 minutes, until both are dissolved. 3. Place wet fabric in machine and agitate for 20 minutes. (The wash cycle needs to be extended, without the dye being drained or more water added, by turning the machine off and resetting at beginning of wash cycle.) 4. In a separate container dissolve soda ash in 1 quart hot water. Gradually add to dyebath in 3 parts at 5 minute intervals, being careful not to pour directly onto fabric. 5. Agitate for 50 minutes (30 minutes for pastels). 6. Let machine drain the dyebath and complete the rinse cycle. To remove any remaining dye, run through a complete wash cycle with hot water and Synthrapol.
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