ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Dye with Kool Aid: Dyed Wool, Fabric & Yarn, Dyeing Hair

Updated on June 19, 2013
Kool Aid
Kool Aid | Source
Source
Source

Kool Aid Dye

Almost everyone loves Kool Aid. It has been around since long before I was born so of course over the years someone has found other uses for it.

Kool Aid has stood the test of time, and even has a funky mascot that has been parodied in all types of TV shows such as Robot Chicken, Family Guy and many others.

Kool Aid is not just for drink and frozen treats anymore!

You can dye all sorts of things with Kool Aid and it is non-toxic as a bonus!

Try dying these fun things with Kool Aid:

  • Hair (my favorite!)
  • wool
  • clothing

If you have never tried to dye things before, this is a perfect opportunity.

Dying with Kool Aid is the quickest, safest, and easiest way to introduce you to dyeing hair, fabrics and yarns than anything I have seen on the market.

How to dye Wool with Kool Aid

Kool Aid contains citric acid so no chemical additions are needed.

Kool Aid’s acid reacts with the protein fibers to set the dye into the wool.

What You Need

Un-dyed wool – protein based fiber. For better absorbency and to keep the wool from felting, buy the super wash type.

  • · Kool Aid (100g packs)

o 3 packs of Strawberry Kool Aid creates Scarlet Red

o 6 packs of Lemon Lime Kool Aid creates Green

o 4 packs of Orange Kool Aid creates Orange

o 4 packs of Grape creates Dark Purple

o 4 packs of Berry Blue creates Turquoise Blue

o 4 packs of Pineapple creates Golden Yellow

  • A stainless steel pan, large enough for your yarn
  • A plastic or metal stirring tool
  • Rubber gloves
  • Salt (25g for every 100g yarn) if you want a slower absorption to give an even color.

Method

  1. Soak your yarn in hot water for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. While it is soaking, make your Kool Aid mixture based on the math above.
  3. Heat the dye to just shy of boiling.
  4. Remove the yarn from the hot water and squeeze out any excess water.
  5. Now add the yarn to your Kool Aid dye mixture, making sure to completely submerge the yarn. Add more water if necessary to cover the yarn. Adding water will not affect the final result.
  6. Let simmer for around 40 minutes or until you see that the color is all gone. Be sure to rotate the yarn every now and then in the Kool Aid dye mixture so that the color is absorbed evenly. Turn off the burner once your water becomes clear or milky (the outcome depends on the Kool Aid you used).
  7. Once cooled to the point of safe handling, remove the yarn and rinse thoroughly with water the same temperature as the Kool Aid solution, add a bit of dishwashing detergent while you wash and clean as you would when cleaning store bought yarn.
  8. Hang the freshly dyed yarn and let it air dry.

Source
- All Rights Reserved - Do Not Distribute -
- All Rights Reserved - Do Not Distribute - | Source

Dying Hair with Kool Aid

Oh wow do I love to dye my hair. When in high school I learned this little trick for Kool Aid and it was a great way to get the funky colors that were popular without destroying my long hair.

If you have ever wanted to experiment with a rainbow of colors but don’t want to spend the money on the non-toxic varieties of Manic Panic hair dye, Special Effects hair dye, or use the toxic variations of salons, this is for you. Non-toxic and washes out easily if you dislike the outcome, Kool Aid hair dye has been around for years.

Just note that if you have darker colored hair you may have to bleach it first. Manic Panic does create a lightening kit that works great, but it does sort of beat the point of using Kool Aid to keep from using chemicals in your hair.

  1. Get your hair wet.
  2. Put gloves on to avoid the bright dyed skin that Kool Aid can give and work the powder into a thick coating on your wet hair.
  3. Wrap your head in Saran wrap and leave on for around seven hours minimum (Overnight is best). The longer it sits the brighter and more vibrant the color will be.
  4. Rinse well.

Here's a great example of how to dye Mermaid Hair from A Stash Addict.

A Video Tutorial

Kool Aid Playtime

In the end, there are many things you can do with Kool Aid besides drink it or freeze it. Dyeing your hair or wool for knitting is just two of many other ways you can have fun with the rainbow powder. You can even Tie-Dye with Kool Aid! The possibilities are endless and it is safe for the kids to use. Make up a pitcher of Kool Aid drink and make an outdoor play date this spring and summer for your kids and their friends.

Dye Wool Yarn with Kool Aid Tutorial

Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie 

      5 years ago from Canada

      @relache Thank you for bringing it to my attention in my ad! I didn't choose specific product but rather broad term and that's how it got slipped in there. It is corrected, thank you for letting me know!

    • relache profile image

      Raye 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Red heart super saver yarn is 100% acrylic, and cannot be dyed with the methods you are describing.

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie 

      5 years ago from Canada

      @celeste inscribed: Well if you tried it with Kool Aid would quickly wash out with a few washings so if you're feeling spontaneous one day...! Haha. I'm glad you will get some use out of it for the wool though. Thanks for the vote!

    • celeste inscribed profile image

      Celeste Wilson 

      5 years ago

      If only I was brave enough I would have red hair. Red is my favorite color. So I'll probably stick with the wool dye. This is so much cheaper and a whole lot more fun. Voted beautiful.

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie 

      5 years ago from Canada

      @ Wonder wool: Thank you very much. I'm sure with a name like wonder wool, you can get some use out of the yarn dying technique! :)

    • Wonder wool profile image

      Priyanka Estambale 

      5 years ago from United States

      This is something unique! Voted up!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)