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Soda Ash Fixer

Pure Dense Sodium Carbonate

 4.82 ( 249 review )
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Stock# Product Details Quantity Dharma Price
#FIX1
  1 lb. (approx. 1.75 Cups)
$1.69
#FIX5
  5 lbs. (approx. 9 Cups)
$5.95
#FIX10
  10 lbs. (approx. 18 Cups)
$11.25
#FIX25
  25 lbs. (approx. 44 Cups)
$22.95
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Dharma Fiber Reactive Dye must be 'fixed' (made permanent) with soda ash on cotton and other cellulose fibers. It's a mild alkali that enables the reaction between the dye and the cellulose fibers at lower temperatures, causing them to "become one", and the reason Fiber Reactive Dye is so permanent. How much you use is normally a function of the amount of water, not the amount of fabric or dye. Roughly 1 oz. per gallon of water is needed when garment dyeing or 1 cup per gallon of water as a pre-soak when tie-dyeing. If you don't use enough, the dye won't yield full strength. A pH of 10.5 is ideal. It can also be used to fix fiber reactive dyes on silk when you don't want to use a lot of heat (as with steaming or the simmering with vinegar method), but be careful, as it can reduce the sheen, or even cause silk to fall apart - use less, and expose the fabric to it for less time than cotton.

Caution! The soda ash solution is mildly caustic - it can irritate your skin.
Wear gloves and eye protection. Rinse off at once to avoid eye and skin irritation.

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PRODUCT REVIEWS
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MOST HELPFUL REVIEWS
6/30/2009
2
needs to come in a reclosable bag so it is easier to store.
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25 of 26 users found this review helpful.
7/7/2009
5
We had one shirt that showed up late after we had started clean-up and the soda ash had been tossed. She still went ahead and dyed her shirt but the colors were barely there after the wash. This is a step you just can't skip!
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25 of 25 users found this review helpful.
1/27/2009
4
It's soda ash fixer. What can I say? Dharma Trading company does a great job stocking everything you'll ever need to get the job done. Plus they ship fast and are an honest company.
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15 of 16 users found this review helpful.
9/13/2009
5
Easy to use but should have stirred as I added it into the water....
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13 of 13 users found this review helpful.
1/27/2009
5
What can I say? It's soda ash. Gotta have it to use Procion-mx type dyes. Reasonably priced and does the job.
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13 of 13 users found this review helpful.
MOST RECENT REVIEWS
5/26/2014
5
Much better than the soda ash I bought from a local pool supply store (as recommended by a local teacher and some books). Well worth the extra price in shipping costs as the other clumped horribly and was difficult to mix with even extremely hot water. Dharma's soda ash mixes easily and evenly and works beautifully when using Procion MX type dyes.
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1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
4/11/2014
5
So soda ash is a MUST I forgot to soak my shirts in the ash before I dyed I asked the company if I soaked the shirts after I dyed it what would happen...well they took forever to respond so after I dyed the shirts and let them dry I soaked them in the ash the colors did run (that's why they say soak before) Then I let them dry again and you will never believe it!!!! It still turned out good So what did we learn today soak in soda ash and soda ash is a MUST :)
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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
5/3/2013
5
This is an essential step for dying. Works best if you dissolve in REALY hot water. I usually boil water to dissolve it in then let the solution cool before adding to my dye mix. I never have clumping issues doing it this way. Thanks
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6 of 6 users found this review helpful.
8/17/2011
5
Truly works at keeping the colors vibrant! Does anyone know if soda ash expires? I have an old bag from over 10 years ago would like to use it up but got new just in case. Dharma comment It should be fine if it's still dry but do do a test first!
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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
8/14/2011
5
Mixed well with dyes
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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
8/6/2011
5
Works great
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8/5/2011
5
I had never used soda ash before and my tie-dyes have NEVER turned out well. I was so excited to see for the first time that my colors were bright and not bleeding into each other.
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1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
8/2/2011
5
Good quality easy to use. Makes the colors really pop.
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1 of 1 users found this review helpful.

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