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5 from 2 votes

How to Make Naturally-dyed Linens with Food!!

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins


One or two food ingredients:

  • 1 3-inch knob fresh turmeric, sliced
  • Yellow onion skins from 2 onions
  • Avocado skins + pits from 2 avocados
  • Frozen blackberries about 1 pint
  • 6 to 8 cups water


  • To a medium saucepan, combine the ingredient (or two) with the water. Bring the heat to medium-high heat and cover the pot. Boil for 1 hour, mixing every now and then. Turn the heat off and uncover. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Then dip the linen in and allow to soak however long you like (20 seconds to a few minutes). Wring and twist and allow to air dry. Try to dry flat (any creases can show in the dye). Use an iron or steamer, as needed.