Tie-Dye Shirt Cleaning Instructions
Step 1. You need to wait two days until opening and washing the shirt. The
dyes need time to set into the cotton fibers.
* Thursday or Friday should be fine.
Step 2. Take out the shirt and carefully cut-off/remove the rubber bands. It is best to do this in a laundry sink or outside with a hose. You may want to wear some old clothes when doing this because the dye is still active and could stain what you are wearing. You may also want to wear rubber gloves as the dye will also stain your hands temporarily.
Step 3. Rinse the shirt under cold water to remove some of the excess dye. You can also soak it in a water bath in your laundry sink. Although this will leave the white sections of your shirt looking colored, your washing machine will get the rest of the dye out.
Step 4. Wash the shirt separately from any other clothing. With regular laundry detergent, send the shirt through a double rinse cycle. If possible, watch the second rinse to see if the waste water is clear.
Step 5. If the second rinse still had color to it, send the shirt through another double cycle. Otherwise, check to see that the white sections are white.
Step 6. Dry on normal press. If you have a fabric softener sheet, it will help soften your shirt.
Once your shirt has gone through this cycle, you should be able to wash it with dark clothing.
Please have your child return with their shirt on Monday for our trip to Eagle Bluff. We can’t wait to see how they look.