Revamping my fabrics with DYLON

I’m sure that I can’t be the only person who, after a few washes of white clothes, finds that they have an increasingly grey wardrobe. Or that I’m the only one who experiences that familiar sinking feeling when a white top comes through the wash with tell-tale yellow sunscreen marks on it. Normally I have one of four uses for such items of clothing:

1. They become mucky spares for painting or gardening;
2. They become dressing up clothes for the children;
3. They are turned into rags; or
4. They are put into our nearest fabric recycling box.

A couple of years ago, determined to avoid waste, I started a little collection of previously white items. I ventured to our local large craft supplier for some fabric dye and, well, the pile of clothes was distributed by one of the above four methods. I simply didn’t have the time (or inclination, if I’m honest) to measure out various portions of fabric dye and mix them up and apply them accordingly in order to get good results.

So when I saw that DYLON was looking for people to review their dye pod it aroused my natural curiosity. Here was a pod, ready mixed, and you all have to do is add it to your washing and hey presto clothes and fabrics would be dyed. DYLON sent me their Ocean Blue pod to try. I selected two previously white polo shirts for the boys, and one previously white cotton shower curtain which I wanted to transform into a table cloth.

The process itself was very easy. You remove the outer packaging, take the easy to peel seal off the top and pop it in with your damp washing. You then run it on one cycle with the dye, remove the now empty pod and run another cycle with detergent, and hey presto your garments are transformed! It was so easy and reminded me of when I used to use a washing ball for liquid detergent before I switched to using powder.

Not only that but I was thrilled with the results! The two polo shirts are a beautiful deep blue colour (which the boys are delighted with too) and the old shower curtain being a heavier fabric is a lighter colour. Each garment is evenly dyed and, with one final empty cycle, the washing machine is clean and ready to use again for regular washing.

In my opinion DYLON have come up with a great solution for transforming tired fabrics whilst also making the process easy and not time intensive. Competitively priced I would happily use one of these again and recommend them to others. There are a range of colours to choose from and, like I did, you can use them to give new life to an old piece of fabric, freshening it up for an alternative use.

My only concern, and I wouldn’t be providing an honest review if I didn’t point this out, is that although the pods are recyclable (and ours can go into our curbside collection) you can’t refill them. The textile dyeing process, at home or on an industrial level, does have environmental impacts, and it would be nice to minimise these by making the pods refillable rather than adding them to your recycling pile each time. Then again, I have removed three (one quite large) textile items from that pile, so perhaps that is the balance.

All in all, I would give this product a big Cup of Toast thumbs up for ease of use and for the end result.

Thank you to DYLON for supplying the product for review. All opinions are my own. To learn more, please visit my disclosure page here.


The Tale of Mummyhood


13th June 2017


I’ve always worried about using dyes in my washing machine so it’s good to know I really don’t have to #blogstravaganza

I was exactly the same. This is so much easier than I thought it would be, and totally removes all the hassle, pre-washing etc etc from the process. I would happily buy a pod to do this again.

This sounds ace product to use to revamp clothes, especially if you have dull white or grey clothing a great solution to re-use again x #blogstravaganza

Definitely! We’re really pleased with our cotton shower curtain too which has been in use regularly over the past week as a tablecloth. Much better than having to fill up the fabric recycling pile or avoid light coloured products in the first place.

This would certainly come in handy over here, I’m terrible at keeping whites white! What a fab product! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

You’re welcome! Yes, I was really pleased with the results and the boys are delighted with their polo shirts. I would happily use again, I regularly seem to have a pile of ‘grey’ clothing! 😉

I don’t buy a lot of white clothes because I don’t think they last long enough, but being able to revive them in a different colour would be a great way to breathe new life into things. What a great product!

I’m exactly the same, and have put out clothes for recycling that I really liked but went grey. I would definitely use one of these next time, I’m really pleased with the results.

You’ve definitely won me over! I have never ventured in this direction but the results speak for themselves. What a saving on buying new clothes when the old ones still fit!! X

Thanks! Definitely saves on throwing old clothes out, they’re lasting well in the wash too. Very pleased 🙂

Dylon have been doing an all-in-one washing machine dye for some years. There was no problem to be solved. This is not a new product, it’s just new and entirely unnecessary overpackaging.

Thank you for your interesting comment. As I said in the post, the last time that I looked for a product like this you had to mix each element together, hence why this approach really appeals. As you will have read, I did mention the environmental impact. I do think that a refillable capsule would be preferable (although at least the one provided is recyclable) and perhaps that is something to work towards, although I’m not in that industry so don’t know how it might be achieved. What I can confirm though is that some seven months after testing the product all three items are still used regularly so have been saved from my textile recycling pile at least.

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