Dye Old Clothes With Spices

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I love wearing white ... it's my color! Unfortunately, I do have my fair share of oopsies, aka stains. Two of my most coveted white summer dresses have these random yellow spots.

My solution -- dye them yellow -- another one of my fave colors.

Find out what spice (yes, spice) gives clothes gorgeous color, from pale yellow to rust.


It's tumeric. Try it at home with this recipe:

Tumeric Dye
  • 4 tablespoons ground turmeric (or more if you want a stronger, more orange color)
  • 2 pints water
  • Large stainless steel (not aluminium) saucepan
  • Wooden spoon or plastic stirring utensil

Stir the turmeric into the water, bring it to a boil, and simmer about 15 minutes. Allow it to cool a little and you're ready to dye.

Soak the fabric in tap water first and wring out. Then submerge the damp fabric into your hot turmeric dye. Allow it to soak for as long as you like to allow the color to develop.

You can prod and poke at it with a wooden spoon to make sure the fabric is evenly covered. If the dye is still hot, be very careful!

If you'd like a stronger dye, remove the fabric, wring (wearing gloves), and allow it to dry, then re-soak it in the dye. Repeat this process until you get the color you want. Tumeric dyes can fade quickly, so I recommend repeating.

Once you're happy with the shade, rise it under water until the water runs clear. Allow it to dry.

Wash in cold water separately.

Would you dye your clothes with spice?

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