How to Set Tie-Dyed Cotton With Vinegar

Tie-dying cotton clothing is an activity that has been enjoyed for generations. Children and adults alike can enjoy creating colorful T-shirts, while no two designs are identical. Tie-dyed materials must be set with care in order to preserve their design. Tie-dyed cotton can be set with vinegar for long lasting vibrancy and wear.

Tie-dyed clothing was popularized in the 1970s. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Step 1

Place the dyed cotton in a bucket.

Step 2

Pour white vinegar over top of the clothing, until the bucket is half way full.

Step 3

Fill the remainder of the bucket with cold water.

Step 4

Allow the garment to soak in the vinegar and water for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the garment from the bucket.

Step 6

Place the garment in a washing machine alone.

Step 7

Add 1 cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of gentle laundry detergent to the wash cycle.

Step 8

Set the washing machine to the "delicate" setting and begin the wash.

Step 9

Remove the garment from the washing machine.

Step 10

Hang the garment to dry inside out on a clothing hanger.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • White vinegar

  • Washing machine

  • Laundry detergent

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