The vegetable dye from vegetable peelings
Have your fabrics lost their intensity ? You don't know how to get their color back ?
Then read this:
I grant you that vegetable peelings are far from glamorous. They usually end up in the garbage or in the compost for the more eco-friendly. However, it is one of the most beneficial waste for the planet. In addition to being 100% natural, it is not uncommon to reuse them for compost. Compost is a very powerful natural product.
Before composting your peelings, there are other ways to recycle them.
One of them is to give a new shine to your natural colors. I'm talking about vegetable coloring. Have you heard of it?
It's one of the easiest, quickest and most economical techniques to create new colors. And you'll see, the recipe isn't that complicated.
In the rest of this article, you will discover how to get a beautiful natural color by recycling your vegetable peels.
How to recycle your vegetable peelings?
The first step in your quest for vegetable dye, is to gather peelings. Generally, you don't have to look far. Your garden or kitchen is full of these ingredients if you are used to eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, no matter what kind of peel it is, whether it is from apples, carrots or onions, the result will be the same. Only the color will change.
If you still haven't been able to find any. Here are some other ideas that you might like to try: go to the market gardens, restaurants or go to the markets. You will see that fruits and vegetables are everywhere.
Don't be stingy on quantity. For the best color, you'll need a good supply.
What fabrics to choose?
That's it, your peel stock is ready to be recycled. All you need to do is choose the fabric before you get to work.
Indeed, to be able to put all the fabrics in it would have been too easy. For an optimal result, you should know that not all fabrics are suitable. In fact, those that are most suitable for vegetable dyeing are of natural origin.
Turn to fibers such as linen, wool, silk, or cotton and preferably white.
You can imagine that placing a blue garment in a green dye will give you a result closer to yellow than to green.
Oh yes! Before anything else, I strongly recommend that you wash your garment and then prepare it with alum salt. If you don't do this, you risk having your beautiful color disappear once again. To find your preparation solution, I invite you to go to a drugstore. They often sell this type of product.
To prepare your fabric, mix the alum salt with boiling water and then put your fabric in it for an hour. Once it is dry, you are ready to move on to the next step.
Vegetable dye for fabric, how to obtain it?
Finally the most interesting step, is not very difficult. To do this, you just need to take a large container, pour water into it, then bring it to a boil.
Besides, for more fun you can always mix components together to get a different color. Plants and spices also have beautiful colors to share.
Then, to make your mixture, 300g of the plant of your choice will be necessary. Place the peelings in water and let it simmer for an hour.
It is after this hour that you can add your garment to the potion.
When it is in the water, do not wait for the time to pass. Instead, be sure to stir it from time to time so that the color is uniform (unless you are looking for a particular style...).
Once again you will need to wait an hour.
The last step is to rinse your fabric with clean water and let it dry in the shade.
In this video, the tip shows you how to color a scarf with roses.
You will see, the color you get will be different depending on the peel.
And as a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 4 colors corresponding to the associated fruit or vegetable:
What are the benefits of vegetable dyeing ?Coloring your fabrics with vegetable dye is not just for show. The latter hides many advantages over its enemy, the artificial dye. Indeed, dyeing a fabric with an artificial color filled with chemicals is opening the door to allergic reactions.On the contrary, by recycling your peelings into natural dye, you respect your skin and the skin of your children. And this is not the only advantage of this practice:You can create the color of your choice without leaving your homeYou don't need a horde of tools and ingredients.You enjoy creating something with your handsYour colors will still be visible after years, if the preparation step is not forgotten.Speaking of not forgetting the preparation, I'd like to point out a few mistakes you should not make.Don't make these mistakesBefore you let yourself create the perfect vegetable hair color, try to take 30 secs to read the mistakes not to make! It would be a shame if you don't get the result you want because you missed a step in the process.Do not dry your garment in the sun without rinsing. Prefer a shady spot and above all, rinse it abundantly with clear water.Do not wash your garment above 40°. Keep the temperature between 30° and 40°.Opt for a soft detergent that does not attack the fabrics too much. If you can, I even recommend washing it by hand.In ConclusionWhen you think about it, almost anything can be recycled with a little creativity. Fruit and vegetable peels that are usually thrown away or composted are actually great natural dyes. This waste has a definite advantage over artificial dye. It doesn't pollute, respects your skin, and doesn't take much time. Apple peels, carrot peels, or onion peels, try them out and find the colors that suit you.Are you ready to try it?