Modern Milady Style: Rit Dye DIY

I love using Rit dye to refurbish my most-loved items that have started to fade. But if you’ve never used dye before, the process and the thought of dyed hands and fingers comes to mind, right?! Trust me though, using the washing machine to dye your item is pretty fool-proof.

I’ve had these shorts for a few years now. See how they’ve started to fade? First things first: how do I make mint green? Rit has a handy Color Library that will help you achieve any color. According to their guide, I needed Aquamarine and a splash of Kelly Green to get that perfect shade of green I desired. The Rit site can be a bit of information overload, just a head’s up! I’ve tried to break it down for you.

Step 1:

Wet your item in hot water in a nearby sink while you set your washing machine for an extended wash cycle on HOT.

Step 2:

Once it’s almost full, add your Rit liquid. Refer to the bottle on how much to use, or check their site. Shorts are considered “medium,” so I used half a bottle of aquamarine and then eyeballed the Kelly green, probably a tablespoon or so. I also added maybe a half a cup of salt. They say that helps the dye hold.


Step 3:

Add the item to the dye bath in the washing machine. It needs to stay in the dye bath for 30 minutes before the rinse cycle begins. I used a timer and when my rinse started up, I just reset the machine back.


Step 4:

Once you’ve had the item in there for 30 minutes, let the machine finish the cycle.

Step 5:

Run the item through on a normal cold cycle with a little bit of detergent.

Step 6:

Let the item air dry. Clean your washing machine on the highest water level with hot water, detergent and 1 cup of bleach.


And that’s it!! Not too painful, right?!

I just love the way my shorts turned out—better than new!


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