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Dylon fabric dye – does it work? I answer your questions!

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In the past if I had clothes that looked worn I would just throw them in the bin. Eventually. However, I want to waste less money and I hate clothes shopping. 

Since having my c-section I am really struggling with finding trousers that actually fit nicely, without hurting my stomach. I’ve got one pair of jeans that I absolutely love and they are really comfortable.

I’m able to work down the allotment in them and walk long distances without pain. They had seen better days though. Significantly better days. 

For a while I was wearing them faded and wasn’t really bothered. That is until I saw a photo of me wearing them. I knew then that I had to either find more jeans that I enjoy OR I had to give my favourite jeans a dye. I picked up this Dylon fabric dye and set to work.

Dylon fabric dye in use

The instructions for Dylon Fabric Dye

Wearing rubber gloves empty the entire packet in to the washing machine. Add your garment to be dyed. Turn the machine to a 40C wash without any eco settings.

Don’t use a pre-wash and don’t add any washing powder to the machine. Run the cycle.

Once finished remove your item, run another 40C cycle WITH washing powder/detergent and then you’re good to go.

Now I didn’t use rubber gloves. I thought it wouldn’t possibly touch me. But it did. My fingertips were stained black for at least two days. Also, before I realised I touched a few kitchen cupboards. It did come off. Eventually.

Just buy some rubber gloves. They are only cheap and you could always save them for similarly mucky jobs in the future. 

I ran my machine at least twice after I used this Dylon Dye. I then washed a load of white work shirts for my husband, as I forgot what I’d just used the machine for. Anyway, they were fine and don’t appear to have changed colour.

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Do I need salt for Dylon Dye?

No. All you need is a pouch of the Dylon Fabric Dye. That is it. You can buy it from Amazon. You can also purchase it in supermarkets and various other places. It seems to be widely available.

Does Dylon Fabric Dye stain my washing machine? Does Dylon your washing machine?

It did not stain my washing machine. I ran two cycles, instead of one just to be sure. When I had used it, and removed my jeans, my drum looked sparkling. If anything it looked cleaner than normal.

The dye CAN dye the seal of machines, as they’re made from different material to the drum, but follow the instructions and the dye won’t affect future wash loads.

It is hard to say for sure though as I don’t often look at the cleanliness of my washing machine drum! 

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Does Dylon Fabric Dye work?

Yes! It worked for me. Here is a comparison of the jeans before and the jeans after. I’ve tried to recreate the same lighting conditions to give an accurate representation.

Will Dylon cover bleach marks?

Not usually no! Bleach ruins fabrics and Dylon is just a dye, not a magic fabric restorer sadly!

Look out for stitching!

If you dye something that has polyester stitching then likely the stitching will stay the same colour as it was before – making a bit of an odd look if you’re trying to change the colour of something!

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Does Dylon work for black clothes? Dylon before and after on my denim jeans:

Dylon fabric dye - before and after

As you can see the jeans before were really grey, and covered in cat hairs. While there was a tiny bit of greyness left around the back pocket edge I was really happy with the results.

The Dylon dye worked well, it dyed the jeans back to black and they are still the same jeans. They are comfortable to wear and I’m really happy with the results.

Other things to remember when using Dylon Fabric Dye

Normal colour mixing rules apply. If you use dye on a blue item using red Dylon dye then you will have a purple shade on your clothing. I just dyed my black jeans back to black. I’m not very adventurous really.

You can dye 600g of fabric a full shade or 1.2kg of fabric to a lighter shade. I just dyed one pair of jeans with my Dylon dye. I’ve no idea what they weighed but I’m overweight so probably quite a bit!

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Does Dylon dye work on polyester?

Usually no! Dylon is for natural fabrics like cotton, linen and viscose. If you use Dylon fabric on blended materials, including polyester, you will achieve a lighter shade that shown on the packaging. Polyester, nylon and any other synthetics cannot be dyed using Dylon fabric dye.

Where to buy Dylon fabric dye? Where can you buy Dylon dye?

There are at least 25 different shades to choose from if you *look on Amazon. The flamingo pink looks really nice! I’ve used several shades over the last few years with great results – just follow the instructions and don’t try and dye things made from plastic!

I loved using Dylon fabric dye! It has now been over 18 months since I dyed these jeans and despite multiple wears and washes, the colour has not faded back to how it was before I used this dye.

If you enjoyed this post I’d love it if you could pin it on Pinterest!

Dylon fabric dye - before and after. Dylon fabric dye is suitable for machine washing, does not require salt and is simple to use.-2

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Tuesday 27th of June 2023

I'm not sure if you'll see this, but I have a quick question:

I want to refresh a slightly faded cotton navy polo shirt. There's no way this would require a whole packet. With the way the product is packaged, is it possible to just use part of it and save the rest? Thank you.


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Hiya! I did see it.

Dylon recommend that you always use the entire pod in one go. I'm not sure why unfortunately but that is their official advice and I've never tried to store it.

Best wishes!

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Thank you so much for this info! I'm planning to make some unpaper towels for my family this Christmas, bought white diaper fabric to use with navy checked flannel. Only then did I realize that white probably isn't the best color to use for something that will be cleaning up all manner of messes in the kitchen. Yeah.


Monday 1st of November 2021

That sounds lovely! I'd love a thoughtful gift like that!

Alison Lloyd

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Hi ,I only want to dye some cotton for a macrame project,can I save any left over dye for further projects Regards Alison


Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Hiya Alison! I'm really sorry but I don't know the answer to this one. Dylon are on social media and seem to reply to people on Twitter so that might be worth a try!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

Hi. I've dyed a denim jacket navy and would now prefer it to be black. Has anyone ever dyed something, then dyed it again a different colour?


Sunday 9th of June 2019

Hiya! I wasn't able to find the exact details for dying denim specifically. Typically cotton, linen & viscose will dye to full new shade. Polyester/cotton, polyester/viscose will dye to a lighter shade and fabrics marked as dry clean only cannot be dyed. You can find Dylon in store in Wilko (and other places I'm sure) and have a quick read, or the instructions should be on Amazon before purchasing too.

Natalka Antoniuk

Saturday 6th of April 2019

I've seen this dye in wilko's loads of times! Never thought of using it to reblack my jeans haha!


Monday 8th of April 2019

It is actually fantastic! A great way to save your favourite pair of jeans from being scrapped just because they've become a little bit faded!

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