Rit All Purpose Dye

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Rit All Purpose Dye

Rit All Purpose Dye
Grand Total: $3.99

Introducing Rit dye, the perfect dye for all of your color-tinting needs. Whether you want to change the color of your shirt or create a dye pattern. We got you. Rit dye is an all-natural, environmentally safe dye that can turn your faded garments back to a rich, vibrant color piece of art or help you on creating those tie-dye shirts that you have been wanting to make. With over 27 colors available, your artistic vision will be unbounded and your creativity will flourish to new heights.


The Dye to rule them all

Deliver vibrant color to almost any type of fabric or fabric blend, including cotton, linen, silk, wool, rayon, ramie, or nylon. This dye can even color wood, wicker, paper, and cork

Turn up the color dial

Perfect for rejuvenating faded clothing, changing the color of apparel, shoes, or accessories, coordinating home décor, hiding laundry accidents and so much more

Time to Create Your Brand

Get creative and create something unique with an easy dye technique, like an ice dye, dip-dyed, marbled, shibori, or tie-dye pattern

Environment-friendly info:

  • Dyes are non-toxic, they use specific chemicals in their dyes that aren’t Priority Chemicals, which are the chemicals that are bad for the environment. 
  • They don’t test their products on animals 
  • Liquid dyes are highly concentrated and dissolved in water and preferable to the powder dye since you would use half of the desired amount of liquid dye to get the same results as the powder dye.
  • The dye is safe for flushing it into the drain
  • Rit has an unlimited shelf life so you can essentially have it sitting for years on end and it will still be good as new to use for your next project. 
  • Their dye formulas are a combination of various acid, disperse and direct dyes, along with sodium chloride.


  1. Weigh your fabric and find out how much dye you need for your project
  2. If in doubt, test the dye using a swatch first
  3. Before dyeing, wash the fabrics first with soap
  4. Cover your work area with paper towels to avoid spills
  5. Cover your hands with rubber gloves and insulate them when using hot water
  6. Fill a plastic container or stainless steel sink with enough water for the fabric to move freely. It’s recommended to use three gallons of water for every pound of fabric. The water should ideally be 140ºF
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to the container or steel sink of water/dye to help promote level dyeing.
  8. Pour the well-shaken liquid dye into dye bath and mix well
  9. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If the color is too light, add more dye. If the color is too dark, add more water.
  10. Wet the item with water that you are going to be dyeing and add it to the dyebath.
  11. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  12. Item can remain in dye bath from 10 minutes up to one hour. If dyeing a polyester-cotton blend, keep the fabric in the dye bath for at least 30 minutes to ensure that the color takes fully. Nylon tends to dye very quickly and much darker than other fibers so the actual time needed in the dyebath is less.
  13. When the desired color is achieved, remove the fabric from the dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter.
  14. Rinse the fabric in cool water until the rinse water begins to run clear.
  15. Wash fabric in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry

Dye info:

    • People can also mix the liquid dye and powder dye but must be aware that the liquid dye is twice as concentrated as the powder dye so you should only use half as much compared to the amount you are using for the powder dye.
    • Rit products may also be used in front loader washers
  • The Rit dye can dye: 
      • Washable Fabrics Containing Natural Fibers: Such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, ramie, and modal
      • Washable Fabrics Containing Synthetic Fibers: Such as nylon, rayon, and viscose
      • Washable Fabrics Containing Cotton Synthetic Blends: Such as polyester-cotton blends that contain less than 35% polyester
      • Fabric Shoes: Such as cotton canvas sneakers and satin shoes made of silk
      • Unfinished Wood and Wicker: Such as furniture, picture frames, moldings, shutters, wicker baskets, straw, rattan, and sisal squares
      • Natural Dried Plants and Pine Cones: Such as dried cornhusks, milkweed, goldenrod, thistle, foxtails, and pine cones
      • Paper: Such as watercolor paper and newspaper for papercrafts and cardmaking
      • Miscellaneous Items: Such as unfinished clay, cement, cork, feathers, fabric lampshades, paraffin (powder dye only), cotton and nylon rope, sand and seashells
      • Food for Crafts: Such as dried beans, eggshells, seeds, and macaroni
  • What will the dye not dye:
    • Fiberglass, spandex, and metallic fibers
    • Fabrics with severe bleach or stain damage,
    • Fabrics with rubber backings
    • Fabrics with special finishes, such as waterproof or stain-resistant finishes
    • Fabrics labeled Washable Only in Cold Water or Dry Clean Only
  • Rit is only recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water
  • You can dye a shirt with a picture logo but the color chosen to overdye will mix with the existing color(s) in the logo and create new colors.
  • The dye will not weaken the fabric
  • The dye can also be used on wood, making it a good alternative to paint since the dye won’t chip away as paint does.
  • You can turn a black garment to white using the Rit color remover

Dyeing tips:

  • How can you test out the dye before applying it?
    • If you are using Rit All-Purpose Dye, you can test the color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. A Paper towel is made of fibers that react to the dye in a similar way that cotton would. 


  • How do you determine how much dye you need?
  • It depends upon the weight of the item you are dyeing. As a general guideline, 4 ounces of liquid dye will color one pound of dry weight fabric (about 3 yards of lightweight fabric or two adult large t-shirts). To obtain a lighter color, use less dye. For a darker or brighter color, double the amount of dye.
  • How do you take dye off of your hands or skin?
    • Just rinse off with hot water or take a hot shower 
  • To avoid having specks of dye in your shirt after the process, make sure beforehand that the dye is fully dissolved in hot water, to not have the dye be poured directly on the fabric and only have it be dissolved in water beforehand, and to have the fabric be stirred in the bath of water and dye consistently.  
  • Before dunking the fabric in the hot water/dye solution, always wash the fabric beforehand, removing any dust or stains from the fabric. 
  • If your results with the dyeing process were unsatisfactory, you can apply Rit color remover to reset the fabric to its natural white color and start over 
  • To prevent color bleeding to occur, use Rit ColorStay Dye fixative immediately after dyeing but before rinsing and laundering.