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iDye for Natural and Poly Fabrics

USE FOR: Quick, easy, no fuss dye jobs, solid color dyeing, single color tie dye

USE ON: Natural fabrics including rayon, hemp, linen, cotton, silk and SOME Nylons (iDye Natural), polyester and nylon (iDye Poly)

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46 brilliant colors for quick and easy dye jobs in the washing machine** or on the stove. Much better than typical "grocery store" dyes. One packet of iDye will dye about 2 to 3 pounds of fabric in 30 minutes. Just pre-wash your items, toss a packet of iDye into your washing machine with hot water (or a large pot on the stove to simmer for a bit), add some household salt or vinegar depending on the fabric, and that's it! (**New HE machines are more difficult to dye in - the water often doesn't get hot enough for these dyes, and the fabric doesn't swim freely for even dyeing, since the machines are meant to use super low water levels.)

*CAREFUL, not all Polyesters and Nylons are created equal, and not all will dye as desired or even at all. Be sure to read our instructions below to see how to use iDye and whether it will work for your situation!

Note: The 1 lb. sizes of iDye are Special Order items. Also, while iDye Poly Color Intensifier is already included in the ½ oz. packets of iDye Poly, it is sold separately for the 1 lb. sizes and needs to be bought separately below and added.

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1/2 oz. $3.59 $2.99 $2.72

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iDye For Natural Fabrics½ oz.1 lb.
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402 Ecru
$2.99 n/a
403 Sun Yellow
$2.99 $21.09
404 Bright Yellow
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405 Fluorescent Yellow
$2.99 n/a
406 Golden Yellow
$2.99 n/a
407 Pumpkin
$2.99 n/a
408 Deep Orange
$2.99 $54.07
409 Pink
$2.99 n/a
410 Scarlet
$2.99 n/a
411 True Red
$2.99 $26.75
412 Fire Red
$2.99 n/a
413 Crimson
$2.99 $41.30
414 Lilac
$2.99 $81.63
415 Violet
$2.99 n/a
416 Purple
$2.99 n/a
417 Brilliant Blue
$2.99 $83.22
418 Turquoise
$2.99 $81.67
419 Royal Blue
$2.99 n/a
420 Navy
$2.99 n/a
421 Kelly Green
$2.99 n/a
422 Chartreuse
$2.99 n/a
423 Emerald
$2.99 $92.18
424 Chestnut
$2.99 n/a
425 Aztec Gold
$2.99 n/a
426 Olive
$2.99 n/a
427 Brown
$2.99 $55.57
428 Gold Ocher
$2.99 n/a
429 Gun Metal
$2.99 n/a
430 Silver Grey
$2.99 n/a
431 Black
$2.99 $30.58
 iDye For Polyester Fabrics  
ColorName Quant
447 Yellow
$2.99 $30.87
448 Orange
$2.99 $36.92
449 Red
$2.99 $44.95
450 Violet
$2.99 $47.52
451 Blue
$2.99 $48.60
452 Green
$2.99 $41.77
453 Brown
$2.99 $33.07
454 Black
$2.99 $49.67
455 Golden Yellow
$2.99 $29.65
456 Pink
$2.99 $55.78
457 Crimson
$2.99 $26.90
458 Lilac
$2.99 $19.12
459 Turquoise
$2.99 $69.98
460 Kelly Green
$2.99 $38.73
461 Gun Metal
$2.99 $55.32
462 Silver Grey
$2.99 $22.32
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46 brilliant colors for quick and easy dye jobs in the washing machine or on the stove. Much better than typical "grocery store" dyes.

The best way to dye fabrics and garments for longevity and brilliance is, hands down, using professional dyes like Dharma Procion Fiber Reactive Dyes, or Acid dyes for wool and silk, and going through all the steps, chemicals and measuring. But, we don't always have the time and/or energy for doing things the 'long way'. Maybe we need a 'quickie' for a party or costume, or to renew a faded or stained garment, or, gosh darn it, we only want to dye one or a few garments and we don't want leftover dyes and chemicals. So we have a new product - iDye - for a no muss-no fuss basic dye job. Just pre-wash your items, toss a packet into your washing machine** with hot water (or a large pot to simmer it on the stove for a bit), add some household salt or vinegar depending on the fabric, and that's it. Dyeing has never been easier. **New HE machines are hard to dye in - the water doesn't get hot enough for these dyes, and the fabric doesn't swim freely for even dyeing, since the machines are meant to use super low water levels.

iDye comes in 46 colors: 30 colors for 100% natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, rayon, wool, and linen, and 16 colors for polyesters and nylons. Each iDye packet contains 14 grams of pure dye powder (no fillers like grocery or drug store dyes) and for the lighter colors it will dye 2 to 3 pounds of fabric. For the black or darker colors, more intense color or synthetics, Jacquard recommends that twice the amount of iDye be used and that you simmer garments on the stove to maintain a constant heat.

For those of you who remember Deka L, this dye is the closest thing for sale in this country to that old favorite. Like Deka L, iDye is also what is called an "all purpose" dye. It is a combination of Direct Dye for plant fibers and Acid Dye for protein fibers. It has reasonable washfastness and lightfastness, is not as fade proof and color fast as Procion or pure Acid type dyes, but way better than the brands you will find at your local market whose names shall remain nameless. In our tests it worked very well on silk, cotton, and rayon. The iDye Poly worked fine on our nylon fabric and a polyester garment one of our employees had, as long as we simmered that one on the stove. **But CAREFUL, all Polyesters and Nylons are not created equal - some are made to be dyed and a few aren't. Has to do with patents and treatments and molecular structure. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell by tags or by looking. If it's important you just have to TEST first. We did not get such great results on feathers or wool and still recommend Acid dye as the dye of choice for those. We also found that we got better results when we dyed each batch all the same type of fabric, ie. didn't mix rayons and cottons in the same dye bath. But we did get very even level results and pretty bright colors! We do recommend washing finished garments in cool water with like colors after the initial washout in hot water to get out the excess dye.

One of the great things about iDye is that the packet dissolves in water, so there is no handling of messy dye powders or chemicals. Just throw the dye packet in the hot water, add household salt or vinegar, depending on your fabric, stir or agitate in your machine 30 minutes, then wash it out. It is the ultimate easy way to get color!

Conforms to ASTM D-4236. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Avoid inhalation and contact with eyes. Made in the USA.

Easy to use soluble dye packet. For all natural fabrics plus many polyesters and nylons! Dyes 2 to 3 pounds of fabric. (1-1.3 kg.) Keep in mind that for lighter colors, you can dye more fabric, and for black or darker colors, double the amount of iDye and use the stove top method to keep the heat constant.

Which Dye Should I Use?

  • for 100% natural fabrics (cotton, rayon, silk, wool, etc.) use iDye.
  • for 100% polyester or nylon use iDye Poly **IMPORTANT - some polyesters and nylons just won't take dye - we don't know why. Most will, but some won't. You just have to TEST!
  • for polyester or nylon/natural blends use iDye and the corresponding or closest color of iDye Poly.

For best results:

  • Pre-wash garment to remove any sizings, softeners, finishes, grease and oils, etc. (Synthrapol Fabric Detergent works well for this.)
  • Use the stove top method and double the iDye for dark colors (black, brown or olive) or very intense colors (bright yellow, reds, etc.) Items dyed with the stove top method will be more washfast than items dyed in the washing machine because you can get more heat. Also use the stove top method for iDye Poly, or when dyeing blends.
  • For deep colors on silk/cotton blends Jacquard recommends using the stove top method and keeping the heat up as high as the material will allow. The addition of vinegar or salt is not crucial when dealing with a blend as the heat is the trick with these.
  • Use constant agitation for uniform color.
  • Use Jacquard iDye Fixative to improve wash fastness, color retention and reduce bleeding.
  • Wash finished garments with like colors in cool water.

Note: utensils and pots for dyeing should not be used for food.

FAQs and Troubleshooting from Jacquard

Top load washing machine method for natural fabrics:

1. Fill washing machine with JUST enough HOT water for the fabric to move freely. Important not to use too much water, but also for the fabric to move freely.

2. Add the iDye soluble dye. Agitate for 30 seconds to dissolve packet. The water in a washing machine won't be as hot as on the stove top, so make absolutely sure the packet and dye are COMPLETELY dissolved before adding any clothing or fabric.

3. Add one cup (237 ml.) of salt for cotton, linen and rayon. Add 1/3 cup (78 ml.) of white vinegar for silk and wool. (Although you might want to do wool the stove top way so it doesn't felt!) Make sure everything is thoroughly mixed and/or dissolved.

4. Add pre-wetted fabric.

5. Extend the dyeing time by resetting the wash cycle before the rinse cycle begins.

6. The longer the dyeing time, the darker the color and better the fixation. Unless you want a really light color, we suggest a minimum of 30 minutes agitation. Run it through a rinse cycle and then wash the garment(s) in a regular cycle with HOT water and a mild detergent and dry.

Front load washing machine method:

Follow top load method, except add everything to beginning of cycle.

Stove top method:

1. Fill a stainless steel or enamel pot with just enough hot water for the fabric to move freely. Turn on medium to high heat.

2. Add the iDye (for natural fibers) or iDye Poly (for Polyester or Nylon) soluble dye packet to water and stir.

2a. For iDye Poly; open the included Color Intensifier packet and empty into dyepot.

3. Add pre-washed wet garments or fabric and raise temperature to a simmer.

4. Add one cup (237 ml.)of salt for cotton, linen and rayon. Add 1/3 cup (78 ml.) of white vinegar for silk and wool. Avoid pouring directly onto fabric.

5. Maintain temperature and stir frequently for ½ hour (or up to an hour for darker colors or iDye Poly).

6. Rinse, then wash the garment with HOT water and a mild detergent and dry.

For Polyester or Nylon/natural fiber blends:

1. Choose an iDye Poly color closest to the iDye color you are dyeing and add both packets to dye bath.

2. Follow stove top method. Allow dye mixture to come to a simmer for ½ to 1 hour. Since you are using 2 packets, keep in mind you could dye twice as much fabric.

Polyester Sublimation!

Here is a handy how-to video Jacquard has put together for those that love heat transfer and iDye Poly!


iDye Color Remover

Use this little packet of color remover to remove color, lighten color, or brighten whites. It’s like a bleach, but not.

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 12 oz. (14 grams)
$2.99
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Jacquard iDye Fixative For use with iDye for natural fabrics. Increases wash fastness, stops bleeding and helps prevent back staining.
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  3 oz. jar
$3.99
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iDye Poly Color Intensifier

iDye Poly Color Intensifier is already included in the 1/2 oz. packets of iDye Poly, but is sold separately for the 1 lb. sizes and needs to be added.

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#IDYECI
  16 oz. bottle
$14.59
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MOST HELPFUL REVIEWS
5/21/2008
5
This is really a great simple easy to use dye that can be done just in your washing machine. The colors are vibrant on natural fabrics. I dyed a velour shirt and a cotton shirt with turquoise and the color turned out very vibrant and hasn't faded or bled at all. Just make sure you can keep resetting the agitate cycle!
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5/14/2008
5
I just used this to dye 2 pieces of Habotai silk AND a large piece of HempSilk blend fabric all in the same dye-bath. They all turned out beautifully...soooo simple and and you have NEVER seen Chartreuse like this!!!! It's gorgeous and I swear it's so vivid you could see it from space!! I'm buying more. It's a great supplement to my dye stock. :)
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16 of 16 users found this review helpful.
8/19/2008
5
I love the simplicity of this. With an inquisitive toddler underfoot it's really really nice to just be able to throw stuff into the washer! I initially had problems with colourfastness but that seems to be fixed now that I got some of Dharma's dye fixative.
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12 of 12 users found this review helpful.
10/21/2008
5
It worked for me. Just as the description described.
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9 of 9 users found this review helpful.
6/4/2008
5
Hubby's uniforms look like new and it wasn't any harder than just doing regular laundry.
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MOST RECENT REVIEWS
6/23/2016
5
I just dyed turquoise a white polyesternylon Title Nine "Cuz she says so" bra with iDye for Poly Fabrics. Followed instructions on packaging except I only simmered not boiled it for an hour. It was pretty scary as this is a $60 bra. At this moment after rinsing washing twice am letting it hang dry it is a beautiful color. A little tonal contrast as the dye took more on where the fabrics were different but a very nice look. We will see if it washes out over time or if my skin turns turquoise when I wear it LOL. Also since I had the dye in the pot did a little tie-dye on a length of fabric of unknown content...it turned out vibrant so I can make something to match the bra. Such fun!!
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6/14/2016
2
I got the iDye for cotton and the colours come out very differently to the picture & name. The 429 Gun Metal comes out dark blue with a taint of grey The 430 Silver Grey comes out a dirty greeny grey.The colour holds well after the third wash but the first few leaked dye onto other items so I recommend wash them seperately for a while.
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5/1/2016
5
I have a LG front load HE washer. I used the IDye Natural on custom slipcovers only doing about 2 cushion covers at a time since you can only do 2-3 lbs per load with 1 packet. I have a SANITARY setting on my washer that gets EXTRA HOT and that was the solution to make the colors vivid and not blotchy. My first load I only used "hot" water setting and the results were so-so but not great. So whatever makes your front load washer go to extra hot for a good length of time is best! Make sure to follow the directions on the Jacquard website for front loaders regarding prepping the color packet and the non iodized salt.
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4/10/2016
5
Great dye. Did my dying on the stove top for two sweaters in two different colors. They came out amazing! So easy and just followed the directions!
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11/22/2015
1
I bought the red Poly Dye and it was not red. My item came out burgundy. I am so disappointed.
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10/24/2015
5
Dyed true to color. Great quailty
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10/23/2015
5
Yes I am happy with the dye I ordered the only problem is the residue marks from the steam given off when boiling my pot on the stove top. It left stains from the dye which I cannot remove but would be very grateful for any tips on removing the marks. Thanks to the company for dispatching the items so well. I will reorder again.
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10/13/2015
1
Followed directions to the T.....came out faded in places
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