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dishwasher gel bleaching

Tangent | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, I’m new here and missed the original info about using Cascade dishwasher gel to bleach a design on fabrics.  Could someone please fill me in on the details?  It sounds interesting!  Any problems to beware of?  What fabrics will it work on?  Polyester?  Thanks!

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  1. jkimes | | #1

    Hi there,

    The article I used mentioned SoftScrub with Bleach (which I used), not dishwashing detergent. I believe it was issue 115.
    I also used a Clorox Bleach Pen for details. Bleach works on direct dye, so cotton, rayon and linen fabrics, and typically darker colors (black is almost always direct dye since it is difficult to get a true black with the other types.) Polyester is dyed with a different type of dye (sorry I can't remember the types--it's been a REALLY long time since dye chemistry class), and sometimes the dye is added when the fiber is being made. Hence the amazing colorfastness.

    Have fun!

    Juliette

  2. MarshaK | | #2

    Hi, the info I have about using Cascade dishwasher liquid is from Linda MacPhee from MacPhee's Workshop in Edmonton, Alberta. On her TV show she shows how to use it, by putting it into a bottle with a tip on it so she can squeeze out the liquid onto the fabric. Either in a freehand design or by using a chalk marker to draw a design onto the fabric. She then says to let the liquid dry completely after which it's washed, dried and further embellished with foil, beads, hot-fix crystals, or whatever you choose, or it can be left as is. Of course she stresses that you should try this on a sample of your chosen fabric first. I think Linda uses denim mainly, there is such a contrast between the dark denim and the bleached out designs. MarshaK.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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