I have a new pair of Wrangler jeans, on which I have spilt bleach. It has left a small white patch. Can you suggest anything to save my jeans?
By Phil from Jersey Channel Islands
If you've gotten bleach onto clothes, and haven't removed the bleach, run the clothes through a load of laundry to wash it away. But, if you're trying to restore the appearance of colored clothes that have been bleached, I doubt you'll have success. The bleach removes/lightens the color. Like if you take a sheet of colored construction paper, or a colored cotton handkerchief and leave it out in strong sun. The sun will bleach/lighten the colors. There is nothing to remove at that point.
You could bleach out the clothes more (to try and achieve a uniform appearance, but beware that bleach will weaken the fabric), dye the clothes, or attach an applique to cover a small bleach spot.
I almost never use chlorine bleach. Instead, I use a non-chlorine bleach (Clorox 2), and I don't have to worry about damaging colored clothes. Plus I can't stand the smell of bleach, and I get hives if I wear underwear that has been washed with chlorine bleach. (06/03/2010)
Once bleach stained, clothes can only be colored with Rit dye, or use bleach to draw designs on the pieces. I saw it once on HGTV when they had craft shows. Or you can applique decorations over the stain if it is small enough. (06/05/2010)
If you are just talking about a spot or two, you could color over with a matching color of jiffy marker. That will work for a time although you have to be careful to get a matching marker, and that can be tricky. If the clothing is overall faded or has large areas of bleached areas, you have no remedy, but to re-dye or live with it.
Bleach does not "stain", it removes the color from fabrics. (06/05/2010)
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