Today's Magpie Monday comes from a plea for help from a friend.
She had a whole load of lovely Egyptian cotton towels which were too good to throw away, but were beginning to look worse for wear. They were actually a wedding present so have done remarkably well for 9 years of use, and were in considerably better nick than most of my towels. They were still soft, fluffy and absorbent, but were no longer sparkly white. So instead of getting rid of them and buying new ones, she asked for my help dyeing them.
DYLON machine dyes come in a huge palette of colours, and she chose China Blue which is fresh, clean and bright, and will also match her bathroom decor.
If you've never tried machine dyeing, then I'd urge you to have a go. It's easy and quick and as long as you follow the simple instructions, you can't really go wrong.
First we weighed the towels dry to work out how much dye we'd need. There were 2 huge bath sheets, 1 bath towel and a 2 hand towels, so we split it into 2 loads and used 2 packs of dye in each machine load. The towels were then washed as you have to add them to the drum wet.
Into the machine drum we added 1 kilo of salt and the contents of 2 packets of DYLON machine dye. Then the wet towels are added and we ran a 40 degree wash. Once the cycle is complete, wash again on 40 degrees. And that's it. It really is that simple.
Using DYLON dye won't damage your machine. Once you have finished, run another wash at 40 with detergent to make sure any residual dye is gone and then your machine can safely be used again as normal.
So if you have any cotton towels; bed linen or table cloths that are looking a bit jaded, but are still in good condition, don't chuck them out but try giving them a new lease of life with a DYLON colour.
NB: always read the instructions before use.
Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with DYLON - please see my Disclosure Page for full details.
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