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How do you wash tie dye?

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To wash tie dye, rinse the item in fresh cold water several times, until the water runs clear. Never wash fresh tie dye with light-colored items, and make sure the dye has completely set before washing a tye-dyed piece in soap.

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  1. Rinse with cold water

    After completing your tie dye, rinse the item several times in cold water. Keep rinsing the item until the water comes out completely clear. Never wash fresh tie dye items with other items before the excess dye has been rinsed out properly.

  2. Wash tie dye items alone

    For the first several washes after tie dying, wash the item alone in the washing machine. If there is leftover dye in the item, the washing machine may need to be rinsed before starting the next load of laundry. If shrinking isn't a concern, dry the item completely in a heated dryer, and follow the item's labeled instructions. This helps set the dye, reduce fading and keep dye from bleeding onto other items.

  3. Wash in cold water with like colors

    Always wash tie dye in cold water and never with light colors. After washing items alone several times, you can wash tie-dyed items in a washing machine with like colors

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