dyes are one of the most important components of a home’s aesthetic, but as a growing number of products are being made in-house, the cost of their production is quickly becoming a big concern.
“The cost of dyeing and packaging is rising, especially with the increase in the amount of fabrics being used to make clothing,” says Michael DeLuca, director of the National Home Products Association, a trade group that represents home-care companies.
“Dyeing is a really large process.
There are a lot of costs involved, and dyeing, packaging and labeling all have to be done at the same time.”
Dye is one of those processes, and as a result, there’s a huge amount of pressure on suppliers to find ways to cut costs.
“There are so many suppliers out there who have a huge number of customers and want to have a competitive edge,” says DeLucas.
With that in mind, the National Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers is asking manufacturers to come up with better solutions to keep their prices down and to lower their production costs.
“We want to see manufacturers that have the ability to do this at lower costs,” says Kevin Jones, a product-management specialist for the association.
“We don’t want to be the suppliers of choice.”
It’s a trend that will likely only get worse in the years to come.
A study by the Association of American Home Appliances (AAH) found that home-supply costs jumped $1.6 billion in 2014, while the cost for raw materials and packaging rose by $3.2 billion.
The growing demand for home-dyeing products is also causing more manufacturers to switch to in-home dyeing instead of overseas.
Dryers are often cheaper than machines, and manufacturers are also getting more creative with the way they color the finished product.
There are now hundreds of dye-making methods available to home consumers, and the most popular are called organic and in-situ, says Jones.
If a dye isn’t organic, you’ll find that you can mix it with a variety of chemicals, such as chlorine and ammonia, to get a color that’s both chemical-free and color-stable, but the end result will usually have a darker shade of the original dye.
Some of the chemicals you’ll need to use include formaldehyde, sodium hypochlorite, ammonia and formaldehyde nitrate, but a wide variety of others can be used, including sodium carbonate, sodium silicate, sodium sulfate, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride and potassium nitrate.
The AAH report also pointed to a trend toward using more environmentally friendly dye, which is one reason why there’s an increased demand for it.
Natural-color home-printing is another popular method of home dyeing that doesn’t use chemicals or bleach, and you can even use the same color on a variety, natural materials.
But because the ingredients used to produce the dye have to go through a long process, there are a number of safety issues associated with it, including high levels of chlorine and some chemical ingredients.
While many manufacturers are still using in-office dyeing for home use, Jones says that’s no longer the norm.
And he says there’s also a lot more demand for in-the-home options, including the use of in-source dyes like the Organic Home Dye.
In-source is the process of mixing the dye with water, leaving it in the bottle for a while, and then using a chemical process to wash the dye off, says DeLauca.
You don’t have to do it in-person, but it’s still the most common method of dye production.
“A lot of these are products that have been around for a long time, but they’ve become very trendy, and there are quite a few that are starting to use them as a cheaper alternative,” he says.
When a home-color is applied to clothing, it adds a soft, subtle and subtle hue to the fabric.
By contrast, in-demand in-store color is often reserved for designer clothes and accessories, but there are also a number companies that make in-use products.
Home-colored jewelry is one example, but some brands are also starting to experiment with the process.
For instance, there is an in-stock line of jewelry that uses natural dyes to make it more colorful.
Even if the products aren’t specifically for home dye, there have been some cases of consumers using the color in their clothing.
That’s because in-product dyes can be quite toxic, so companies are often careful to make sure the products are only used by people with health issues.
It makes sense for consumers to want the best for their items, but in the case of home color,