How to Make Natural Dyes to Dye Fabric & Clothes at Home

If you have a small amount of fabric or clothing that needs dyeing, it can be done at home. There are many ways to make natural dyes for dyeing your fabric at home. You can buy premade stock solutions but they tend to be expensive and don’t last as long as homemade ones do. I’ve found that by mixing some natural ingredients together myself, I get better results with less effort! ( learn fully about The Ultimate Guide to Fabric Dye at Home

Make a stock solution using the natural dye materials

When you’re making a dye bath, the ingredients will be added to a large bowl. The first ingredient is the natural dye material, which can be anything from plants to bugs (though those are not recommended). You will also need some vinegar and water in order to dissolve your natural dye materials into a solution.

Next, add your vinegar and water mixture into your stock solution container—this is key! If you don’t do this step right away, it won’t work properly later on when mixing up all of your colors together for use in fabric dyeing projects. Once everything has been stirred together well enough so that no bubbles appear near its surface area at any given time during this process (usually only takes about 10 minutes), then it’s ready for use!

Prepare fabric for dying.

  • Wash the fabric in a washing machine to remove any soap or detergent residue.
  • Rinse the fabric thoroughly, then drain it in a bucket or tub of water until all excess suds are gone (this can take up to 20 minutes).
  • Hang the fabric to dry on hangers while you prepare your dye bath (if you’re using one).

Dye base fabric to be over-dyed.

  • Make sure that you have a clean, dry fabric to work with. If your fabric is dirty or has oil on it, it will interfere with the dyeing process and make your clothing look duller than normal.
  • The next step is to prepare your dyes for use by washing them in warm water with detergent (I like laundry detergent). This removes any trace of dirt from the dye bath and makes sure there aren’t any loose particles floating around in there that could possibly ruin your finished product later on down the road if they stick onto something else during storage/transportation etc., which would then be very difficult to remove without having damaged another part of whatever project you’re working on at this moment; imagine trying to remove an entire shirt backward while wearing gloves – not fun!

3 . Once all these steps have been taken care of successfully (which usually takes less than 5 minutes), then we’ll move on to actually making our own natural fabric dyes ourselves instead 🙂

If you decide to dye something in the machine, make sure that you’re using cold water and a mild detergent.

If you decide to dye something in the machine, make sure that you’re using cold water and a mild detergent. You can find these at most grocery stores or drugstores. When using a dye that’s safe for machine dyeing, it’s important to remember that the fabric should also be rinsed with hot water first before being washed again with cold water. This will help remove any leftover chemicals from your fabric so it ends up turning brown out of nowhere!


Hopefully, this post has helped you understand how to make natural dyes at home and what they look like in real life. The most important thing is to have fun with it and experiment with different colors!

Michael Caine

Michael Caine is the Owner of Amir Articles and also the founder of ANO Digital (Most Powerful Online Content Creator Company), from the USA, studied MBA in 2012, love to play games and write content in different categories.