You can dye machine-washable silk in the washing machine or in a bowl. Incidentally, this can be done irrespective of the temperature specification on the care label. Even a silk item that has to be washed at 30°C can be dyed at 60°C. However, the silk textile should only be spun very gently or preferably not at all.
Silk that is only suitable for hand-washing should be dyed in a pot.
When dyeing silk, always add vinegar: 750 ml for machine dyeing or 300 ml per 6 L of water when dyeing in a bowl or pot.
Dyeing silk in the washing machine
- Place the silk textile loosely in the washing machine.
- Cut open the top of the sachet of Textile Dye expert and place it on the textile in the drum.
- Where appropriate, add fixative to the softener compartment.
- Select a 60°C easy-care cycle without pre-wash, and select the extra rinse button, if available. Switch off the spin cycle or reduce the spin speed.
- Start the washing machine.
- Now add 750 ml of vinegar via the detergent compartment.
After dyeing, remove the sachet from the drum and rewash the dyed silk textile in the machine with detergent according to the care label.
Dyeing silk in a bowl
Machine-washable silk can also be dyed in a bowl.
Find instructions for dyeing in a bowl here.
Dyeing delicate silks
Silk that is not suitable for machine washing or very delicate silk can be dyed at 60°C in a pot, even if the care label recommends a lower temperature.
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