How To Dye Fabric With Turmeric.

6 Materials
2 Hours
Imagine a nice evening of you enjoying some curry chicken nachos and pow you drop some on your shirt. Many people know that eating curry while wearing white is just something you don’t do but is it really a death sentence? Yes. Just kidding...kinda. Reclaim your curry stains and dye natural fabric with turmeric
Combine 2 cups  the water and turmeric in the same pot, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside.
Combine the water and salt in your pan and bring it to a boil, then add your fabric and let it simmer for one hour. The salt is your “fixative,” which helps your fabric take the dye.

Drain your fabric, wring it out when it’s cool enough to handle.

Add your dye to a bowl and let your fabric soak. The longer it soaks, the more vibrant your color will be check it after the first 5-10 minutes.

Wash and rinse your fabric in the sink until the water runs clear, hang it to dry.

Suggested materials:
  • 6 Cups Water (divided)
  • 2 Tablespoons Turmeric
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
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A.V. Perkins
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  • Mar22896113 Mar22896113 on Jul 01, 2017
    Would this work with chilli or cumin

  • Kim Kim on Jul 01, 2017
    Such a pretty yellow, would this work for wooden clothes pins? Would like to use them to make a sunflower wreath.

  • Don20926866 Don20926866 on Jul 19, 2017
    Does Turmeric have a smell to it?

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  • Shailaja Shailaja on Jul 21, 2017
    Nice idea! And, did you know that the unintentional turmeric stain on cloth turns red when washed with soap?

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    • Shailaja Shailaja on Jul 22, 2017
      I know that soap of any kind turns "unfixed" stain of turmeric on cloth red. Your coloring is "fixed" with salt; therefore, it stays golden yellow, I suppose. Interesting, isn't it!

  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Apr 08, 2020

    I really like that shade of yellow. I also love your macrame. Did you make it yourself?