Minimise the Mess in Natural Dyeing
OK, so there is some mess involved in any process, and natural dyeing is no different - there is no getting away from it!
However, with some careful preparation, you can enjoy your new found passion for plant based natural dyeing, and be left with a pristine space after a bit of clearing up, just as you would with cooking.
Here are some tips for minimising mess in your dye kitchen:
Use plastic sheeting, dust sheets or simple brown paper or card to cover your surfaces. No matter how careful we are, spillages can happen, and it is better to have some protection.
Protect your hands
Even though many plant dyes are safe to use, it is always better to use rubber gloves / latext free gloves to protect your hands from dyes and mordants, as well as from plant matter that could cause an allergic reaction.
Protect your clothes
Use old shirts, an apron, or whatever works for you to keep stain free.
Please also observe all Health and Safety in your 'dye kitchen', as follows:
Keep separate utensils and pans used for dyeing only.
Store all dyes in clearly marked storage containers, in a dry place out of reach from children and animals.
Work in a well ventilated area and avoid inhaling vapour from the dye pot. Do not eat, drink or smoke whilst working with dyestuff.
Project your skin, clothes and the dyeing area.
Do not consume the dye liquids and keep them separate from food. Handle all chemicals (e.g. baking soda, bleach) with care, and use gloves and aprons as necessary. Avoid skin contact and accidental ingestion and inhalation.
Use appropriate gloves when handling hot saucepans. Large saucepans full of liquid are heavy and it is safer to let the liquid cool down before handling them.
Dispose of used dyes responsibly