How Do I Use Rit Dye to Make Turquoise Color?

by Jennifer Habersham ; Updated September 28, 2017

Turquoise comes in a variety of shades.

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Like many colors, turquoise comes in a variety of shades. Although certain shades of blue or green are labeled as turquoise, generally turquoise is recognized as a blue-green color. Even though turquoise is a popular color for clothing, jewelry and appliances, items in that color are not always readily available. Creating the color turquoise from Rit dye is a matter of mixing the proper colors together.

Items you will need

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Royal blue Rit dye
  • Kelly green Rit dye
  • Long handled spoon
Step 1

Add three gallons of warm water into your bucket.

Step 2

Add one package of Royal Blue Rit dye to the water and stir until it dissolves.

Step 3

Add one package of Kelly Green Rit dye to the water and stir until it dissolves. Once the colors mix, you will have turquoise.

Step 4

Wet the fabric that you wish to dye and squeeze out any moisture.

Step 5

Add the fabric to the turquoise dye and allow to set for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. If you are looking for a light turquoise, leave the fabric in the dye for 15 minutes.

Step 6

Rinse the fabric with water then wash and dry as you normally would.


  • Remember, when using Rit dye, the longer you leave an item in the mixture the deeper it will be.

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