Did you know that you can use avocado to dye cloth? Read on for how to dye a shirt with an avocado. Have any guesses about what color an avocado dyes cloth? You might be surprised by the results!
How To Dye A Shirt With An Avocado
What You Will Need:
- 3-5 fresh avocado pits, cleaned, for every half-pound of fiber
- Clean, undyed clothing (preferably cotton, linen, silk, wool, or other natural fiber
- Large, stainless steel cooking pot (do not use this for cooking)
- heat-resistant gloves
- Eco-friendly dish soap
- Stainless steel tongs
- Soak your clothing item or other fiber in hot water. Add a few drops of eco-friendly dish soap into the water and allow fiber to soak overnight. This allows the fiber to absorb the dye evenly.
- The next day, fill the stainless steel pot with enough water to cover the item and allow it to float.
- Add your avocado pits to the pot. The more pits you add, the darker the resulting dye color.
- Bring the water to a boil and reduce it to simmer. Let the water simmer until a light pink color seeps from the pits into the water. When the color is distributed evenly throughout the water and turns a deep maroon, the pot is ready for your fiber.
- Place your fiber into the pot. Dye your shirt with an avocado by soaking the shirt for at least 60 minutes; the longer you soak it, the deeper and more vibrant the colors will be.
- Once your shirt has reached the desired color, use your tongs to carefully remove the shirt from the pot. Rinse the shirt in warm water with gentle soap until the water runs clear.
- Dry your clothing for a few hours, preferably in the shade where the sun can’t fade the color.
- Enjoy the result: dye a shirt with an avocado!
Did you guess the color right? While you might associate avocados with the color green, we dye a shirt with an avocado and end up with reds and pinks. Enjoy the shades of pink and red a pit can dye your clothes!