The Best, Natural Dye You’ll Ever Use- Avocado!

4 Materials
22 Hours

Guacamole? No. Avo salad? No. Avo dye? YES! That’s right- when you think of avocados, what’s the first thing you think of? A lovely dip that goes together with your nachos. What you may not have thought of is using avos as a natural dye. This avocado peel dye tutorial is really awesome; it’s a plant-based dye that won’t let you down. In this fun and interesting tutorial, I will show you how to dye a t-shirt with some avos. The result is not green, I promise!

Tools and materials:

  • Avocado pits and peels
  • White, cotton T-shirt
  • Pot
  • Washing Machine
Dye with natural dyes

Natural dye colors

Cut the avocado

You are going to need a bunch of avocado pits and peels. So, go ahead and cut the pits and peels. Next, wash them and place them aside.

Natural dyed shirt

Boil the water

Get a large, clean pot, add a generous amount of water. Heat the pot, and only once the water is at the boiling point do you add the avocado peels and pits.

Avocado peel dye

Throw in your T-shirt

Let the water boil for a good 30 minutes until the water becomes a beautiful red color. Next, with caution, place your t-shirt in the boiling pot.


Use a 100% cotton T-shirt as this will most likely give you the best results.

Avocado pit dye

Leave to soak

After putting the T-shirt in the pot, let it boil for another 15 minutes. Next, place your pot outside in the sun. I let it sit outside the whole day as it was quite sunny outside. I also brought it in and let it sit overnight, letting the T-shirt soak up that wonderful natural dye. In total, I let it sit for around 20 hours.

Avocado dye

Wash your T-shirt

This is what it looks like after 20 hours. How beautiful is this pinkish color? I love it. Now, I know you can’t wait to see the result, but I do recommend throwing the t-shirt in the wash, adding laundry detergent, and put it on a general wash cycle.

Plant-based dye

Here’s is the T-shirt after! I am so in love with this color, and it’s so humbling to know this color came from a natural dye. How amazing is nature? This is definitely a good natural-dye tutorial as the colors don’t even run out after washing the T-shirt. I am so chuffed! I hope you enjoyed this avocado peel dye tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Avocados
  • White t-shirt
  • Pot
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  • Carol Stewart Carol Stewart on Mar 14, 2023

    You can also use tea bags for a natural beige color.

  • Marian Marian on Mar 06, 2024

    Onion skins can be dark brown.

    Purple cabbage makes a pretty blue.

    Beets make a lovely dark pink.

    Celery and Kale make a light green.

    Many options will need to be dried in a hot dryer to not lose their color in a cold wash. They will lighten over time but will not smell bad at all.