DIY: Budget & Environmental Friendly All Natural Dye
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love white dishtowels. I usually purchase a package of flour sack towels because they’re the cheapest. But sometimes you need something a little bit more than white in a kitchen to spice it up a bit! This Friday’s blog post is about naturally dyeing fabric with materials that you have around the house – ultimately saving you loads of money because you’re not buying the expensive hand towels at the store. Plus, those white flour sack towels have an uncanny knack for getting stains and turning grimy after a couple of uses. So, this is one way to cover up those pesky stains!
This is a quick and easy DIY that anyone can do and it only costs about $0.15 to make per towel – so pretty cost effective if you ask me!
Here’s what you need:
1 T Vinegar
3 Cups Water
1 T Turmeric
1 Flour sack Towel
Add the vinegar, water, and turmeric into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiled, reduce heat. This is an important step – I didn’t reduce the heat and I burned the turmeric turning the dye a dark burnt umber color instead of orange. I’m happy with how it turned out. But, if you’re looking for a yellow dye make sure you reduce the heat. Add the flour sack towel to the pot and soak completely with the dye and water. Let soak for about 30 minutes.
Take the towel out of the water. Be careful because it will be hot! Wring out and rinse a couple of times. You’ll want to wash it two or three times separate before you wash with the rest of your clothes to make sure the dye holds.
That’s it! I’m looking into naturally dyeing flour sack towels other colors too. So, stay tuned!