How to Dye Clothing With Food Colouring

When you dye clothing, it is common to use commercial fabric dye from a craft or art store. However, if you do not have any fabric dye on hand, you can dye your clothes with food coloring.

This is what you will need:  Large stock pot, Water Food coloring, any color (4 tablespoons per quart of water used), Table salt (1 cup per gallon of water used) and a spoon

Step 1: Fill a large stock pot with water. If you are only dyeing a small amount of clothing, fill the pot halfway. If you are going to dye a larger amount of clothing, fill the stock three-fourths full.

Step 2: Squeeze in 4 tablespoons of food coloring per quart of water that you have added into the stock pot.

Step 3: Pour in 1 cup of table salt per gallon of water. Using table salt will help the coloring adhere to the fibers in the clothing and will produce a more vibrant finished product. Stir the water well with a spoon to help the salt dissolve in the water.

Step 4: Heat the stock pot over medium-high heat until the water begins to boil. Decrease the heat to medium-low. The mixture should be simmering.

Step 5: Insert your clothing into the dye bath and submerge it completely. Stir the clothing in the dye bath for 20 minutes while it simmers.

Step 6: Rinse out the dyed clothing in warm water until the water runs clear, then rinse it with cold water.

Move! Warnings

Food coloring will stain your pot and spoon.

Do not use food coloring dye on synthetic fibers -- it likely won't take.

Any stitching on your fabric will dye a shade lighter or darker than the fabric itself.

Wash the dyed clothing separately to avoid bleeding onto other clothes.

Kelly Sundstrom, Demand Media