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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: All natural fabrics including cotton and silk (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!

*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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Name Quant
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

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.

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.
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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  ½ oz. (14 grams)
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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
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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.

Stock# Product Details Quantity Dharma Price
#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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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.
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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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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8 of 8 users found this review helpful.
MOST RECENT REVIEWS
9/28/2014
1
Used iDye poly. Followed the directions exactly using a stainless steel pot on the stove etc. The color was a beautiful dark crimson cut there were black streaks all over the dress. I will have to dye it black now or toss it.
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9/7/2014
5
The YouTube video was a great help. I watched it 4-5 times and followed the instructions exactly. I dyed 12 gray 100% cotton napkins black.I used the Stove Top Method and a 16 qt stock pot from Big Lots ($17). The 12 napkins weighed 1 lb 9 oz so 1 packet was sufficient. The napkins are jet black exactly what I wanted. The gray hemming thread did not take the dye so it must be polyester. I'm fine with that.
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1/20/2014
5
I wanted this for dying cotton dish towels so I washed the towels first. I dissolved 1 cup of salt in boiling water added that to my front loading washer along with a dye packet and the wet towels. I choose the 'heavy setting' because it runs longer and washed on warmwarm settingWhen they finished I re-washed the towels in hot using 1 Tb. Woolite then threw them in the dryer. I'm hooked. They're beautiful
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12/12/2013
5
My hospital changed our scrub color from white to pewter. As they do not pay for our scrubs I dyed my cottonpolyester whites using a combination of iDye natural and poly. I then used the fixative. They look absolutely terrific. A lot of people have commented that they couldn't tell they were home-dyed. My suggestion is to follow the directions To A T! When they say to leave plenty of room for the material to move do it. And give the packets plenty of time to dissolve or you'll end up with spots.
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11/10/2013
1
Beware if you have a front-loader. I dyed a pair of jeans in my front-loading washer with idye for natural fibers. It came out ok BUT 20 or more wash cycles later my washer is still staining subsequent wash loads of clothing with blackish brown dye. It's like old nasty dye is seeping out of the pores. I've done a lot of dyeing in top-loaders and never had this problem.
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10/24/2013
5
I took a 100% polyester white suite washable and turned it green. I followed the directions to a tee. I did the suite in two different batches first the coat. I added both the Kelly green dye and the green poly dye to a boiling pot on the stove and let mix for about 5 minutes. Then set the coat in the pot for about thirty. I washed it out in the sink and did the same thing with the pants. It came out with a nice green as described. Then I washed it and lost a couple of shades not to bad still perfect for my costume. It still came out with a nice mild shade of green with 30 minutes of boiling the fabic. I would recommend boiling it longer if you want a darker shade of color and or a better set. I was pleasantly surprise that the polyester took as well as it did. I let the suit air dry after washing and ironed it. I sprayed frabezze on the coast a few times to get the smell of the dye out no problems really. The whole process was quite easy and not hard at all. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to try to dyeing polyester. Make sure you get a nice big pot and you should have no troubles.
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10/9/2013
5
I used the natural to dye some 100% cotton sheets in the washing machine. Easy as pie and they came out beautifully.
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9/18/2013
1
I would caution anyone wishing to dye an article of poly clothing (versus just fabric): My lovely polyester chiffon shrug purchased at bridal store needed to be black not off white. While the color took but polyester of this weight cannot tolerate hot water and the instructions say to BOIL the fabric on the stove for color to take on poly. Shrug is now black but it shrunk down to now fit a 12 year old (from woman's size 20). Off to Goodwill Store with it and out $50 bucks for the purchase. Company's general warning about polyester not taking dye color never hints at shrinking when exposed to prolonged heat.
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