My last post gave me an idea… Note to self; While at Spotlight sourcing pretty beads and thread, check out the fabric dyes to see if they have anything in neon.
They did! They had Fluorescent Yellow! So, next stop.. Find things that are white that I can dye. Reading the instructions told me I could dye up on 1.3 kg’s of fabric in the top loader washing machine method. That’s a lot of clothes.
I found singlets, tank tops, t-shirts, even a cardigan. I think I even got a long-sleeved top too. Anyway.. My mother and I chucked it all in the washing machine.
I was a bit apprehensive. I mean.. Dying clothes in the washing machine. It’s a thing. This is all new to me. Mum seemed to be all “been there done that” from the ’80s when she was all DIY-esquing everything.
Anyway, you get the washing machine filled to roughly one quarter of the tub. You add the soluble packet of dye. Agitate, i.e. turn the cycle on, until the package dissolves and goes everywhere. Stop cycle. Add fabric. Add a cup of salt (apparently this pulls the dye out of the water and into the clothes. I googled that just then because I had no idea why I had to do that).
Then you agitate i.e. turn the cycle back on. Every time the washing machine tries to go onto the next step in the cycle, pull it pack to agitating. The longer you do this, the stronger the colour. So just play it by ear and watch your garments closely. Even pull them out to check the colour. We kept the lid off the whole time FYI.
Anyway.. Once done you need to drain the washing machine and simply wash the clothes with a bit of mild detergent on a normal cycle. Hang out to dry and viola! Hey presto everything is fluorescent yellow.
I actually bought another colour, it’s called “Chartreuse” which looks quite nice.. Still nice & bright without being so fluorescent. I just need to find a tonne of white clothes to dye.. Again!