5 Minute Tie Dye T Shirts

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5 minute tie dye t shirt

School starts back up here in one week, which means all of us have been crazy busy. My 15-year-old daughter just got her first job, and of course I have been busy in the salon with back to school haircuts. I am trying to soak up every moment I can with my daughter before she goes back to school and we start a new stage of normal in our lives. She is growing up before my eyes and I am torn between wanting to stop it and being proud of the person she is becoming. 

We have been trying to spend some extra time together, which has resulted in doing some really fun projects this summer! The other day we headed outside to design tie dye t shirts. There was a time when my daughter’s severe allergies kept us indoors, but I am thankful to have found products and solutions that have allowed her to worry less and live more. One of those is using all® free clear liquid detergent and all® free clear mighty pacs® for our laundry. all® is the #1 recommended brand by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin because it is perfume-free, dye-free, and hypoallergenic. It removes 99% of the top everyday seasonal allergens from your laundry.* Make sure that you follow the exact directions on the packaging!

in store photo

I was able to find the all® free clear AND all of the supplies for our t shirt project when I stopped at the Walmart by our house.

t shirt

So head outside with a few supplies:

blank white t shirt

permanent markers

rubbing alcohol

You can use any permanent markers for this project! Draw whatever design you want on the white t shirt. You can draw more of a “traditional” tie dyed pattern, or you can go in a completely different direction like my daughter did. 

shirt design

Once you have the desired design on your shirt, you want to pour the rubbing alcohol over it. Now keep in mind the more rubbing alcohol you add, the more the ink will feather, so if you want a subtle effect use less and if you want  dramatic effect, really soak it. We found it easier to transfer the rubbing alcohol into a cup and then pour it on the design.

rubbing alcohol

This is the part where you will see why this is an outside project! Beware of the drips, which will have some of the dye from the marker in them so be careful of dripping on your clothing or any other surfaces that you don’t want a little color on. 

tie dye shirt

While the shirt was still pretty wet with rubbing alcohol, we rolled and squeezed it vertically, then unrolled and did horizontally so the color would transfer to the back. You want to let the shirt dry completely. We opted to dry it on this table, hoping it would pick up some of the pattern, and it did! Once the shirt is completely dry, go over it with a hot iron to lock the color in.

finished shirt

This was really fun and easy, and you could use the technique on virtually anything like canvas shoes or even scarves. The best part is that we are able to make this outside without worry of dragging in more allergens because washing with all® free clear helps remove 99% of the top everyday and seasonal allergens like dog and cat dander, dust mite matter, ragweed pollen, grass/tree pollen. We typically use all® free clear liquid detergent, but I love having the all® free clear mighty pacs® on hand in case we travel. If you or someone in your family has skin allergies, you know how miserable it can be to wear clothes laundered in detergent you are allergic to, so I always try to be prepared! Next time you are in Walmart pick up the supplies to make a fun 5 minute tie dye shirt with your kiddos before they had back to school, and don’t forget the all® free clear so you can stop worrying about allergies! Connect with other parents in the all® free clear community for some great tips and ideas!


*all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies.


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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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