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Do you have to wash the shirt before you tie dye?

Yes. Always wash clothing before dyeing it. Otherwise, you may get pale splotches where invisible finishes from the manufacturing process remain to repel the dye. Use hot water and detergent, and run the washing machine as you usually do for laundry.

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Keeping this in consideration, do you have to wash your shirt before you tie dye it?

We generally recommend washing your fabric and leaving it damp before tie-dyeing, as the dye has an easier time saturating the fabric when it’s wet. But depending on the technique and the look you want, you can apply dye to dry fabric. Just make sure the fabric has been washed (if it’s new) to remove the sizing.

One may also ask, why do you have to pre wash the items being dyed? That is because fabrics and garments go through a lot of machines and hands (including yours!) before they get dyed. Any oily substance (seen or unseen) can inhibit dye from absorbing. Fabrics and clothing not specifically sold for the purpose of dyeing can have other substances on them which inhibit the dye.

Also, how do you wash a tie dye shirt for the first time?

How to Wash a Tie-Dye Shirt for the First Time

  1. Rinse the shirt with cold water from a sink or hose.
  2. Fill a tub or basin with clean, warm water to set the remaining dye so that it will not bleed.
  3. Place the tie-dyed shirt into the tub or basin, and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes undisturbed.
  4. Wash the shirt gently with your hands.

How long after tie dying do you wash the shirt?

Make the effort to wash it properly the first time, so it will look newly dyed whenever you wear it.

  1. Wait at least 24 hours before washing your tie-dye t-shirt, after dying it.
  2. Put the shirt in the washer alone, or only with other tie-dyed shirts with similar colors.
  3. Place the shirt in a hot dryer for a full cycle.

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