How to Make Fire Resistant Fabric at Home

In a fire, treated fabric creates a protective barrier between your skin and the flames.

Some fabric comes from the manufacturer treated with a fire-resistant coating while untreated fabric can be made fire-resistant with a homemade solution.

Pour the hot water into the bucket. The bucket needs to be large enough to hold all of the fabric and solution.

Measure and add both the alum and the borax to the hot water. Stir gently with the stir stick until the alum and borax are dissolved.

Immerse the fabric in the bucket of fire-resistant solution. Push the fabric gently under the water until it is completely soaked. Let the fabric soak overnight.

Put the rubber gloves on your hands because the solution can cause skin irritation. Wring the solution out of the fabric.

Place the fabric in the dryer and run it on the cool setting until the fabric is completely dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Large bucket
  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 4 ounces of alum
  • 9 ounces of borax
  • Stir stick
  • Clean fabric
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dryer


  • The water needs to be hot to dissolve the alum and borax.
  • Test a small area of the fabric for colorfastness before doing the whole piece of fabric.


  • Test for flame resistance before using the fabric.
  • Do not ingest the solution, and keep it away from children as it is toxic if ingested.

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