Updated: Jun 1, 2020
Tie-dye isn't just a relic of the happy days. Today's tie-dyed clothes are bright and vibrant, and you can keep them that way by washing and drying correctly. The key to bright, fade-resistant tie-dye is using the right dye in the first place. Fist time start with hand-washing, it will keep your colors bright longer than machine washing.
Things You'll Need
Mild laundry detergent
Step 1 :
Turning the dress / top inside out will prevent detergent from wearing as harshly on the dye.
Step 2 :
Add 1 cup of white vinegar to a sink full of cold water and immerse the tie-dyed item for 30 minutes before washing it for the first time. The vinegar helps set the dye in the fabric.
Step 3 :
Drain the sink and refill it with enough cold water to cover the tie-dyed item. Add 1 teaspoon of detergent formulated for delicate while the water is running. Swish the item in the water, squeeze the suds through and allow it to soak for 30 minutes to one hour.
Step 4 : Drain the sink and rinse the item in cold running water. Squeeze out as much water as possible, then take the item outdoors and shake it out to help prevent wrinkles.
Step 5 : Hang the item to air-dry in the shade. Direct sunlight can cause fading, so it's better to dry indoors than outdoors on a sunny day.