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Bleach Has Made My Clothing Pink

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Bleach can have unexpected results when used on colored clothing. This is a guide about bleach has made my clothing pink.
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April 12, 20060 found this helpful

I bought an off-white (sort of really light beige) colored shirt recently. The first time I washed it, it came out with a couple of purple splashes on it from another t-shirt in the wash I suppose. I bleached it lightly to try and get rid of the stain. Immediately after I submerged it in the water and bleach solution, it seemed to turn a really light pink color. The stain came out but now it's this different color. Is there anything I can do to get the pink out? I'm sure that the pink is not from the stain, but a reaction to the bleaching process.

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Matt B from San Francisco, CA

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April 15, 20060 found this helpful
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The best way that I have found for this kind of problem is to get a dye remover like Rit. If it is an allwhite shirt it should come right out. Another thing I use is Shout Color Catchers. I use one in each load of laundry. I spend about $3.50 every other month on a box and get it from the Dollar General Store.

Teacups95

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April 16, 20060 found this helpful

You can dye over the pink of your shirt by soaking it in a strong tea or coffee solution until you get the color you want, remembering that it will be much darker wet than dry. Ironing it on the highest setting possible for the fabric will help to set the color, but you will still have to wash it separately, and may have to refresh the color from time to time. Fortunately, this is not difficult to do.

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June 9, 20060 found this helpful

Hey everyone, thanks so much for the advice.. I tried the rit color remover and that worked like a charm. Awesome! Now I can wear my hoodie again :-)

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March 24, 20070 found this helpful

Stuck in hotel with 10 pink uniforms for guys all over 6'5 not about to wear pink for basketball tourney tomorrow-no rit color removal to be found in any store any other household ideas like baking soda or something?

Editor's Note: Can you dye them? You also could try vinegar or bleach. Let us know what happens.

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September 14, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone know if the Rit color remover will work with 100% beige sheets that turned light pink after washing them with detergent and bleach? Or would the tea solution work better?

Thanks!

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February 29, 20160 found this helpful

Same thing happened to me - my white sleeveless top turned pink around the armholes and neck when soaked in bleach so I rinsed it then soaked in bleach again for about 1 hour then hung outside wet in full sun (didn't rinse the 2nd time). Within 1 hour the pink had gone white again.

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July 17, 2016

I used Rin Ala, a fabric whitener, by mistake. It made my blue colored T-shirt pink. Please help me to recover it's blue colour, it is brand new.

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July 18, 20161 found this helpful
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I am not familiar with this product. It sounds like you have bleached the colour out of the shirt, and there will be no way to recover it. I think you should contact the manufacturer and see what they say. Alternately you could try dying the shirt a dark navy blue. If you go for a light blue, it may just turn purple, unless the shirt is very, very pale.

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March 19, 2017

I have 6 poly/cotton white shirts that turned pink after applying bleach to yellow staining from sunscreen. What can I do to rescue the situation? I can't believe I've ruined 6 shirts.

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March 19, 20170 found this helpful

Try soaking the shirts overnight in a 5-gallon pail filled with the hottest tap water you have. Add 2T each hydrogen peroxide and powdered dishwashing detergent. Wash as usual the next morning.

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March 19, 20170 found this helpful

There is a chemical reaction between the chlorine and sunscreen. Per thread you are not alone - http://www.styl  pink-suggestions

On recommend there said, try soaking your shirts in bleach for longer.

You could also wear the pink shirts for around the house or as pajamas too if it does not work out.

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March 20, 20170 found this helpful

After internet search I tried 3 different cures, lemon juice, vinegar and washing soda I soaked 3 pink shirts overnight and then washed again none of the treatments made any difference oops. I will try the dish washer powder and keep you posted

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

I have always put my whites in a solution of bleach & warm water but today my top has gone pink I do know that it also happens with flash spray with bleach but it's all recently been happening?

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June 11, 20170 found this helpful

i am so grateful for your help

I used bleach to brighten up my white Bras low and behold they came out bright pink and white I googled [Mr Google I love what you can find on it ] and your site appealed to me. I have done what you said to to with the bleach WOW i now have my beautiful white Bra's again

Thank you so very much am so grateful kindest regards Jeanette

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