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Cleaning Up Tie Dye Method for Dying a Shirt

If you're looking for different tie dye folding techniques, this one sure is unique!

Updated April 27, 2018
Cleaning Up Tie Dye Method for Dying a Shirt
Cleaning Up Tie Dye Method for Dying a Shirt

This video on Cleaning Up Tie Dye can show you how something that used to seem wasteful and like a pain can actually be a super fun DIY project. In this how-to video you will learn how you can clean up a typical tie dye mess easily, and even get a great tie dye shirt out of it at the end! Plus, you know every tie dye creation you make will be completely different and unique from the previous one. You can even test out this cleaning method to simply create a some tie dye apparel whether you're trying to clean up a mess or not! Kids will love this method because it's more playful than a typical tie dye project, which requires some precision. Hopefully you've chosen colors that mix together well and won't turn your shirt totally brown! Have fun with this method and see what wild new tie dye shirts you can make.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Gloves
  • Leftover Tulip One Step dye in a few colors
  • White t-shirt
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Plastic bag

How to Clean Up Tie Dye

Clean-Up Tie Dye Shirt

  1. Put on your gloves.

  2. Create a puddle of dye on your tablecloth if you don’t already have one.

  3. Repeat with other colors.

  4. Press the t-shirt into the dye and pat into the dye.

  5. Repeat until you’re happy with the results.

  6. Place the shirt in the plastic bag and let sit for 6-8 hours or overnight.

  7. Rinse the shirt until the water runs clear and then wash in a washing machine set on cold.

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Whoa, this is such a cool idea for reusing dye that would totally just get scooped in the garbage! So cool!

What a great idea to create a tie-dye shirt or even shorts and cleaning up mess at the same time and creating something so unique. I think I will just wipe up and see what I get instead of finding places to wipe die. This is super easy and I like the video but it sure is skipping a lot and it is hard to watch like that.At least you still have the written directions if you need it. I will try this next time I tie dye.


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