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Natural Dyes – Bananas

This is a recipe I found for making a natural dye using banana peels. I haven’t tried it yet, so if you do, please let me know the results.

Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
3 days

Here’s How:

  1. Chop banana skins into small pieces.
  2. Cover them with water and let the mixture sit for a few days in a warm location, stirring the mixture each day.
  3. The mixture will get a bit smelly, so it is best to store it outside, covered. You can add some baking soda and sugar to the mixture.
  4. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or nylons stocking to remove the pulp.
  5. Add the liquid to a dyepot filled with water. Simmer for x-about an hour.
  6. Add clean, premordanted wool to the dyepot.
  7. Simmer for an hour or until sufficient colour is obtained.
  8. Allow the dyepot to cool. Then remove the dyed wool.
  9. Rinse and let dry.

Banana Dye Update

I was thinking about trying out this dye recipe, but have some hesitancy because I am quite sensitive to most moulds. I did a quick search for banana dye recipes and wasn’t very successful in finding any – but I did find a lot of research that has been done about using banana peels for other environmental uses. Banana peels can be used to help filter and purify water. Not all plants can be used for dyes but they are useful in other ways. Nature provides ways to help the environment. Trees are helpful to the eco-system in many ways. The leaves absorb CO2 and release oxygen. Trees product fruit and food for humans and animals. The rotting fruit or peels of the fruit can filter toxins from water or the soil. Tree leaves and barks can yield natural dyes and medicines. The roots help to stabilize the soil. absorb excess rain water and prevent flooding. Tree branches provide shelter for birds, squirrels and other animals. Banana Peels Could Help Clean Water Adsorption Characteristics of Banana Peel in the Removal of Dyes from Textile Effluent

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