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A few decades ago when tie dye was all the rage, everyone created their own fashions by mixing colors and patterns. The only downside was the waiting that followed while the tie dye dried -- a process that felt long when someone was anxious to wear her new, colorful garment. Today, tie dye is making a comeback and with a simple microwave, you can speed up the drying process exponentially.

Wrap your tie-dyed garment in plastic or cover it so moisture and steam doesn't escape.

Place your garment in the microwave.

Heat the garment in the microwave for 1 to 3 minutes on the "high" setting. Check the garment periodically to ensure that it doesn't burn in the microwave. You just want to heat the garment thoroughly and not scorch or dry it. For nylon items, heat for only 15 to 30 seconds at a time.

Remove your garment from the microwave. Let it cool at room temperature before handling and washing it.


The actual amount of time needed varies on the garment and the wattage of the microwave being used.


Do not dye garments that contain metal objects such as zippers in the microwave.

Do not use the microwave to dry wool or rayon garments.

The microwave should never be used to cook food after using it to dry tie dye garments.