HOW TO DYE TABLE LINEN IN THE WASHING MACHINE

I don’t know about you but spring cleaning has taken on a whole new meaning over here. We’ve been busy painting the bedroom, sorting the cupboards, and cleaning all sort of things that I’ve never even thought of cleaning before… all in order to give us something to do and force us to stay indoors as much as possible.

A couple of weeks ago, IDEAL wrote to me asking if I’d like to try out their liquid textile dye and show you guys how it works. I’ve had a little play around dyeing some old white napkins that I found in the midst all of my tidying and home decorating and thought I’d share the process with you all.

Initially I was a little hesitant to put dye in the washing machine but it worked wonderfully, and I can confirm that I’ve used my washing machine again since and everything came out as it should. If you’re interested in giving some old linens you have a new life, check out the video below for the full process.

Here’s what you’ll need to dye a handful of old cloth napkins to give them a second life: 

  • IDEAL liquid dye (I used number 29 “rouse poudre”)
  • a pair of scissors
  • 6-8 old white cotton or linen napkins (washed at least once if new)
  • 500g fine table salt
  • a needle (optional)
  • embroidery thread (optional)

Step 1: Weigh your napkins or tablecloth and make sure you are under the 2kg limit.

Step 2: Cut out the plastic cover in the corner of both the dye and the white powder.

Step 3: Place both containers in the bottom of your washing machine.

Try to avoid spilling any of the contents of the containers.

Step 4: Place 500g salt and your unfolded napkins on top of the IDEAL containers and set your washing machine to a 40°C long cotton wash.

Step 5: Once the cycle is complete, remove the two plastic containers and wash on a short 40°C cycle with a little bit of washing powder.

Step 6: Once the second cycle is complete, remove and hang to dry.

Step 7: Iron and follow the video tutorial to add a simple lazy daisy embroidery.

Tips, tricks and thoughts:

  • Make sure to wear gloves and protect your clothes when handling the dye.
  • If you’re worried about the colour coming out too strong, pour some of the dye down the drain before putting the container in the washing machine. If I were to do this again, I think I would pour away half of the dye for the weight of fabric I dyed to get a slightly softer pink.
  • You could also embroider initials onto the napkins or follow this tutorial and write someone’s name

I love how these turned out and think it’s such a lovely way to bring a new lease of life to old tablecloths, napkins and bed sheets. I love the idea of playing around with different colours and mixing your own slightly different colours, too.

I’m not 100% clued up on how eco-friendly this is actually is as you do need two washes to get it done, but I love the idea of being able to keep your old favourites for a little bit longer with a new colour. They even have specific dyes for black jeans which I think is pretty genius and I definitely think that any ideas to prolong the life of our bedding and clothes are worth exploring.

Do let me know if you give this a go :) I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by for a read and happy DIYing. xS

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with IDEAL