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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Oklahoma Dirt Shirt

Each student needs:

  • bucket
  • water
  • red dirt
  • purple clothing dye
  • white cotton
  • T-shirt
  • vinegar
  • long wooden stick


  1. Fill a bucket half full with water. Add enough red dirt so the water is gritty and muddy looking. Add a small amount of purple clothing dye.
  2. Place a white cotton T-shirt in the bucket. If desired, tie knots in the shirt or tightly secure random sections with rubber bands for a tie-dye effect.
  3. Use a long wooden stick to stir the shirt in the muddy water until the shirt has attained the desired color.
  4. Hang the shirt in the sun to dry.
  5. When the shirt is dry, rinse it in cold water to remove excess mud.
  6. Wash the shirt in cold water in the washing machine. Add vinegar to the wash water.
  7. Dry hot to set the color.