You might have been surprised by an accidental dye transfer from an article of red clothing, but you've probably never considered deliberately dyeing your socks pink. However, this process is simple, and can turn boring white socks into funky fashion pieces. If you can't find the perfect shade of pink in the store or want to try your hand at style crafting, you can't go wrong with a dye project. Start by picking the right sock fabric -- white socks in cotton, silk and linen work best.
Pink Sock Dip
Put on a pair of protective latex gloves. Pour 2 cups of water into a medium-size saucepan and place it on a lit stove to boil.
Pour 1 gallon of water into a plastic basin or bucket. Unroll the socks and remove any stickers or tags.
Add the liquid or powder dye to the boiling water. Follow the mixing instructions on the product's packaging. Generally, you need 1/2 bottle of liquid dye for every 3 gallons of water. This will dye up to 1 pound of dry fabric. Turn off the heat, and stir the dye water with a plastic spoon.
Place the socks in the basin of water, and then add the dye mixture. Stir the water with the plastic spoon. Allow the socks to soak for at least 10 minutes.
Wash the socks in warm water using a mild detergent. Wash them by themselves or the dye may transfer to other items. If you prefer, hand wash the socks in a sink of soapy water, and follow with a cool rinse. Hang or lay the socks flat to dry.
Ombre Sock Dye
Unroll the socks and remove any stickers or tags.
Fill a medium-size saucepan two-thirds full of water. Sprinkle in 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt. Turn on the heat and let the water come to a boil.
Turn off the heat. Measure 2 tablespoons of powder dye into the water.
Mix the dye into the hot water carefully to avoid burns. If you want a more intense ombre dye, add a third spoonful of dye to the water.
Place the sock toes in the dye water. Secure the socks to the side of the pot with clothespins. Allow the socks to soak for 10 minutes. Then lower the middle part of the socks down into the dye water and secure them again with the clothespins. Leave this portion to soak for 10 minutes.
Unpin the socks and push them completely into the water for a few minutes. Remove the socks from the dye bath and rinse them in cool water.
Wash the socks by hand or place them solo in the washing machine with 1 tablespoon of gentle laundry detergent. Hang the socks to dry.
- If you want a bright, bold pink for the solid-color socks, sprinkle a tablespoon of salt into the soaking mixture.
Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.
Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images