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Avocado Kitchen waste DIY dyeing

As you have learnt from the previous post avocados contain tannins naturally within themselves, which makes them a good example for homemade DIY dyes. Although its performance results will not be the equivalent as if the textile was pre-treated, the colour will last surely a couple of washes unlike other by-product dyes used without textile pre-treatments. Dyeluxe facilitates such  workshops when requested. 




  • fresh or dried 4 avocado pits and its 8 peels

  • 1 preferably 8l stainless steel pot/alum pot (minimum 5l pot necessary) which is not used for cooking

  • 1 stainless steel/wooden spoon

  • 1 stainless steel colander/ cloth for draining

  • appr. 100gram white/unbleached/light coloured natural textile or clothes (e.g. cotton, silk, wool, linen or hemp)


  1. Wash chosen textile or cloth

  2. Scrub clean the peels and pits of remaining avocado bits

  3. Fill 8l pot with 1,5l of water, place pits and peels inside

  4. Start heating the pot until it reaches the shimmering point of 95 degrees

  5. Start reducing heat to maintain 95 degrees for an hour 

  6. Let the dye cool enough to be able to remove the residues by puring through a colander or a cloth the dye bath to have a clear dye liquid remaining in the pot

  7. Add your textile and enough water to the 1,5l dye bath for textile to float comfortably and be covered completely

  8. Heat until shimmer point and keep at shimmer point for 1 hour, while stiring each 10 minutes

  9. Remove textile, let it cool and rinse in water

  10. Wash with pH neutral soap

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