Things You'll Need
1/2 cup table salt
1 cup white vinegar
Put your newly tie-dyed garment in a plastic bag and leave it in there for 24 hours prior soaking it in vinegar.
Pre-wash your cotton garment before tie-dying so shrinkage doesn't affect your tie-dye pattern.
To avoid possible color transfer stains, wash your tie-dyed garment by itself the first time.
Tie-dye crafts are a fun and simple way to create something new using a t-shirt or other white cotton garment. By adding different fabric colors in various patterns, you can make a one-of-a-kind garment to wear or give as a gift. Tie-dying is a good craft for the family to enjoy together, for summer camp groups or classrooms. Once the fabric dye is added to the cotton shirt it's best to set the color with vinegar.
Fill a bucket halfway with white vinegar then add enough cool water to fill the bucket the remainder of the way, leaving a few inches at the top.
Place your newly tie-dyed garment in the bucket. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes so the vinegar can help set the fabric dye and help your garment retain colorfastness.
Remove your tie-dye garment from the bucket.
Wash your tie-dye in the washing machine using cool water. Add 1/2 cup table salt to the wash cycle and 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle to further set the tie-dye colors.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.