Dos and don’ts of washing tie dye shirts together
Step by step guide to washing tie dye shirts together
Sort your clothes
Sort your clothes by color, and group tie-dye shirts together with other clothes of similar colors. This will help prevent bleeding and color transfer between different items of clothing.
Prepare the washing machine
Set your washing machine to the cold water setting and add a gentle, color-safe detergent to the dispenser. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as they can damage the colors and patterns on your tie-dye shirts.
Load the washing machine
Load your tie-dye shirts and other clothes into the washing machine, making sure not to overload the machine. You can wash multiple tie-dye shirts together, but make sure to leave enough space for the water and detergent to circulate.
Wash the clothes
Start the washing machine and let it run through a full cycle. Once the cycle is complete, remove your tie-dye shirts and other clothes from the machine.
Dry the clothes
Hang or lay your tie-dye shirts and other clothes flat to dry. Avoid tumble drying on high heat, as this can cause the colors to fade or the fabric to shrink. Once dry, your tie-dye shirts should be ready to wear again!
Can I wash new tie-dye shirts with other clothes right away?
It’s generally not recommended to wash new tie-dye shirts with other clothes right away, as the colors may bleed onto other items of clothing. It’s best to wash new tie-dye shirts separately for the first few washes to prevent bleeding, and to follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer or the person who created the tie-dye design.
What should I do if my tie-dye shirt bleeds onto other clothes?
If your tie-dye shirt bleeds onto other clothes during washing, immediately remove the affected items from the washing machine and rewash them separately with a color-safe detergent. If the dye stain is still visible, you may need to use a color remover product or take the garment to a professional cleaner.
Is it okay to use a stain remover on tie-dye shirts?
It’s generally not recommended to use a stain remover on tie-dye shirts, as it can cause the colors to fade or the patterns to blur. Instead, try treating stains with a gentle, color-safe detergent or a solution of white vinegar and water before washing. If the stain persists, you may need to take the garment to a professional cleaner.