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Dharma Professional Textile Detergent

Highly recommended!

As a prewash - As an afterwash - A non-toxic alternative to Synthrapol

 4.61 ( 399 review )
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  32 oz. (Qt.)
  128 oz. (Gal.)
  55 gallon drum
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• Non-toxic Synthrapol replacement developed by Dharma!
• Works as well according to most who have tried it, lower-price, more eco friendly!
• Life is good! Enjoy!

What happened to Synthrapol? Nothing actually, but there was a scare...

What's the deal with this #PTD stuff? Read on, and learn...

At one point the manufacturer of Synthrapol told us they were completely discontinuing it. Just like that, Synthrapol is no more! After freaking out in the office for about 30 minutes, we set about working with a respected detergents chemist to make a viable substitute. Since Synthrapol has always been one of those things most dyers would never be without, we didn't want our customers to be left high and dry! So we managed to develop an industrial strength, non-toxic, alcohol free, solvent free, more environmentally friendly detergent that works as well as Synthrapol, and it's less expensive to boot! Enter Dharma Professional Textile Detergent.

After thoroughly testing the product ourselves for pre-washing, getting out oils, dye washout, etc, we then had one of our top tie-dye customers test production scale usage doing a 3-way, blind, side by side test - Synthrapol, a replacement we were offered by the manufacturer, and our new non-toxic Professional Textile Detergent. Our customer liked the results of our product as well as he did Synthrapol, and enjoyed not having to smell the alcohol fumes. With the proper normal rinsing, washing in hot water with the new detergent, his tie-dyes came out brilliantly, and the white areas were still white, which is the ultimate test of any dye-house detergent.

Of course, the manufacturer of Synthrapol gave us a call soon after the "big scare" to let us know that it was all a hoax! Synthrapol is not discontinued, it will be available for the foreseeable future. So, since we put the time, energy and money into developing a non-toxic alternative to Synthrapol we are offering it as well.

Use is exactly the same as Synthrapol - 1/4 cup per washing machine load, rayon, hemp, etc. and 1/8 cup (1 oz) for silks or front loading wash machines. Best used with HOT (140ºF or higher) water, both as a pre-wash to clean and prepare fabric for dyeing, get rid of fingerprints, oils, silk worm gum, and other things that cause the dye not to adhere well, and as an after-wash to get the excess dyes out. Also used, in the case of tie-dye, batik, or other situations where multiple colors are involved, to hold the dye out in suspension so it doesn't re-deposit where it isn't wanted. Gets out excess dye better and faster than normal household detergents so that items are safe to wash with others in the future. Is pH neutral like Synthrapol, so it discourages "setting" of loose Fiber Reactive dye particles where they are not wanted, and is easier on wool and silk than high pH detergents.

This detergent works best with HOT water, when washing out excess dye, particularly Fiber Reactive Dye. You are getting out the excess loose dye molecules that have not been chemically bonded to the fabric. This is a good thing! Then you can rest asssured that the dye won't bleed on you, or the family underwear, the next time you wash it. Hot water is also best for the pre-washing we discussed above. Acid Dyes for wool and silk are a different story - hot water can actually break the bonds of the acid dye and cause more washout of color than you would want. Wash wools and silks dyed with Acid Dyes in cool to warm water.

Another Dharma step forward towards a toxic free world!

Featured Customer Comment

I Love to tie-dye, we do it a couple times a year in my family and I have never before purchased the Synthrapol or the Professional Textile detergent until this time around.!

I used the Prof textile detergent and WOW!!! My whites are so white, I had no bleeding! I am sold!! I will pass that one on to everyone I know that tie-dyes and I will continue to use it! thanks for a great product

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I like having something I can use for fabric preparation which I know will have no brighteners or odors.
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27 of 28 users found this review helpful.
Seems to work fine even in my front-loading washer. Does produce a lot of bubbles so for front-loaders use just a tiny bit!
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12 of 12 users found this review helpful.
This works great on everything including having used it for stripping my son's diapers. I never have trouble with bleeding or fading.
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10 of 10 users found this review helpful.
I have a red and white quilt that had been washed turning the white parts pink. I used the product in hopes that it would remove the bleeding. The product worked great and the quilt looks brand new again!Erin
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9 of 9 users found this review helpful.
It's actually the only one I've used since I began dying to sell but it works great and I have no complaints.
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7 of 8 users found this review helpful.
Aside from dyeing I also use this for pre-treating spots before laundering. I just brush it on in a one to one ratio with water wash it is the warmest weather the fabric allows. The spots even greasy ones come right out.
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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
Yes Dharma! Because of your supreme effortsI now buy this instead of Synthrapol. Smells better and works great! I have been a customer for30 years. I work in silk.
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Lifts dye out like crazy!
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Love Dharma's Pro Textile Detergent. I can finally throw all of my hand dyed fabrics of all colors into the wash together and not worry about transfer or bleeding. I rinse my pieces in a bucket filled with cold (rain) water first then I do a rinse in the washing machine (not a full cycle just a few minutes) and finally I put the PTD in with the fabric on a 60C (hot) wash with double rinse. Keep in mind to only use 18 cup for a front loader at best. The PTD is NOT low-sudsingI wish Dharma would make a low-sudsing one though because even with just a bit of the PTD it foams like crazy. Still love it though and it gets the job done :)
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2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
This is just as good and better priced the synthropol. help keep colors in the place you want them
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I don't know it might be professional and everything but it smells so harsh. It foams fine. Don't have experience using other detergent but I hope to find a more gentle one.
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I am so glad Dharma created this product- no toxic smell still works great!
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