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Thread: Fabric and salt water?

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    Fabric and salt water?

    I just have to ask this. I was with a friend today and she told me that she pre-washes her newly brought fabric in 2cups of salt water. This "sets" the dyes so it won't bleed. This was a tip she got from her mother.
    Has anyone done this?

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    No I haven't. But I do believe RIT dye says something about this.

    This is what the company that makes RIT dye says.
    "For more intense color when dyeing fabrics containing cotton, rayon, ramie, or linen, add 1 cup salt to the dyebath. When dyeing nylon, silk and wool, add 1 cup white vinegar to the dyebath. If possible delay adding the salt or vinegar until 5 minutes after the fabric has been in the dye bath. The delay will help to promote level dyeing.
    Add 1 Tablespoon laundry detergent to all dye baths to help promote level dyeing.
    The longer the garment is immersed in the dye bath, the deeper the resulting color. Items can remain in the dye bath up to 1 hour as long as the water remains hot. You'll also have to make sure the item receives constant agitation or stirring."

    So your friend seems to have a good idea. I may try this.
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    Salt water was used in the past to set some organic dyes. It does not work on today's commercial dyes, which are chemical in nature. The salt doesn't hurt anything, but it also doesn't "set" any dyes in modern fabrics (unless they happen to be hand-dyed with organic substances, which is very unusual).

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    ditto to Prism99

    Retayne will set your fabrics, and prevent bleeding thereafter, if directions are followed.
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    My DIL does this on denim jeans before wearing them and says they keep their original color better.

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    I soak my fabric in a salt vinegar, and alum solution. I've done this for many years and my clothes keep origial color better than others that are not soaked ,sshshhhhsshh don't say it too loud that it doesn't work, cause so far it has.

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    Yes it works. The salt and or vinegar sets the dye

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    My mother taught me to use both salt and white vinegar.

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    Salt and vineagar are both good. Way back when, dyers used to use urine(!!) I would rinse it out later though, as salt can deteriorate fabric over time.
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    I have not done this but my daughter bought a quilt at the Ozarks and it said to wash it with 2 cups of salt. She asked me about it and I didn't know anything about it. It said that the salt will set the dyes, guess I need to ask her about that.

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    I did a little research, and denim jeans are one clothing item usually made with indigo dye. Indigo is an organic dye, and salt will help set it. Jeans are often over-saturated with dye, so they often crock. The idea of over-saturation is to allow creases, etc. that get a larger amount of rubbing to fade more than other areas of the jeans. Here is some more info on denim:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_6149578_set-...ye-fabric.html

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    No, but I heard of it.

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    thanks learning more here. I will have to do that with the jeans. I know we always washed our panty hose out in salt water or the knee highs cause it made them last longer. I haven't thought of that in years as I don't need to wear them anymore.

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    I do, too and add a little white vinegar to it.

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    I use salt and vinegar also. Learned this from hunters...sets the camo pattern AND eliminates odor which the animals can smell.

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    I wash my quilts in a machine rinse/cold water with salt if they get any stains on them, they come out perfect even if the stain, even blood, has dried in!

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    Wonderful to know, how much salt to a tub or half tub?

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    also good to know, how much salt and vinegar? thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKLAHOMA PEACH View Post
    Wonderful to know, how much salt to a tub or half tub?
    About half handful I find about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK View Post
    About half handful I find about right.
    Thank you, looks like a good tablespoon, lol

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    That much salt could soften the water a bit (at least here in Arizona, due to why it is our water is so hard). I doubt it would have much effect on the dyes. My mother always cleaned our work cloths (we were ranchers) with white vineager. Vineagar can aid in sterilizing, so I do use it in my final rinse, sometime with Florida Water, too, just to enjoy the sent it release when I press, or even stitch it. This way my studio smells like my late Father used to. It is more about sentiment than science, but I take my thrills where I can get them, yaknow?

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