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#1 of 5 Old 12-12-2005, 04:54 PM - Thread Starter
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ok I read thrrough the thread about dying prefolds with procion dyes, but I was looking for something that I would have NO worries about having next to baby s skin, and also a project my four year old could help with. SO.....
if I use Kool Aid or food coloring will it wash out right away? And if I wash all the diapers together will the dyed ones bleed onto the undyed?
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Kool-aid only works on animal fibers, like wool and silk. For prefolds, you have to use a different type of dye.

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Most (if not all) of the WAHM who use dye on cotton be it prefolds or clothing use the procion dyes. We all have our comfort levels with what we put against our children's skin... I really think that the procion dyes are fine. Maybe you can run them through the wash a few extra times.

Sorry, no ideas for 4yr old safe dye...!
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You could dye play silks with your 4year old using Kool Aid and your microwave. Silk takes koolaid colors really well and then she'd have something to play with afterwards
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I dye with my dd using Procion dyes frequently. She doesn't help with mixing the dyes, but she sure is becoming an expert in squirting them on fabric. If you don't mind your child having colorful hands for a day, I wouldn't worry about mixing 4 year olds and fiber reactive dyes. FYI- I have found that using a little baking soda paste helps get some of the dye off the skin.


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