Accidentally getting bleach on clothing will damage the dye and leave a discoloration often referred to as a bleach stain. This is a guide about removing bleach stains from clothing.
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We all know how Clorox spots ruin clothes, recently I splashed Clorox on my black top. I was going to throw it out, then I thought I would try something. I took a Sharpie pen (black or corresponding color) and carefully dabbed it over the Clorox splash. It worked. So now I will get more wear from my top.
By Irene from Williston, FL
If you are trying to get bleach stain out of tan clothing you can use a tea bag to hide the stain. I discovered this trick when I used a bit of bleach to get rid of a stain on my favorite tan jacket.
By Isabelle geczy
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Here are questions related to Removing Bleach Stains From Clothing.
How can I get a bleach stain off of my favorite sweat pants?
Cover with a fabric stick-on patch or fabric paints to make a nice looking image, the bleach spot can't be dyed successfully in any manner! Use vinegar to brighten fabrics, not bleach. Good luck!
Any tips for removing a bleach stain from a white shirt?
Darrylin from Bronx, NY
By Joel (Guest Post)04/07/2007
I got Bleach On My white shirt and nowe its all yellow I live in Canada and the resources for stain removal are not as vast as the are as in the us of a any suggestions?
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
Bleach the entire jeans and wash well, then use Rit denim fabric dye to redye then.
I am going to France soon and my dad bought me a lovely Animal top baby blue with fauz fur inside it and i have got a bleach stain on it and he is quite upset because it was 80 pounds. How do i get this out and is it possible? Please help,
By better off left unknown (Guest Post)12/12/2008
That's what happened to my navy dark blue shirt. I'm trying to figure out how to remove it. It has that orange-brownish color in it.
How can I get the color back into my jeans after getting a splash of bleach on them?
By Brittany from Atlanta, GA
Use indelible magic markers. Had a rug in an apartment that got bleach spot" sprinkles". I used Artex fabric paints and did not ever see the spots again.
I washed a pair of white jeans and there were blue stains left from the laundry detergent that didn't dissolve. I poured bleach onto the areas that were stained and I then washed them and the bleach left those areas yellowed. How can I get this back to white again?
By Ann from FL
By Louise B.04/20/2011
Of course you know this now, but you must never pour bleach directly onto clothing. As well as causing this yellowing, it will have weakened the fibers and this will wear holes much more quickly than elsewhere. You should also dissolve the soap in your wash water before adding clothes, as you now know. I don't know if you can remove these marks, as bleach is not a stain, but removes the actual color from clothing, and so it is a chemical reaction. It is not a matter of removing something, like when you spill raspberry juice or coffee on something. Perhaps you should contact the company that made your bleach. I am sure there is a toll free number on the bottle, a customer service line. All products have that now. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
I got a couple of small stains on the side of my needlepoint. It is white Aida fabric. I put a small amount of Clorox bleach on them and they came out. When it dried I now have a yellow stain on the fabric.
I have tried a baking soda paste. I need to just treat the small affected area. I do not want to risk stripping the color out of any of the areas that have colored stitching on them. Help.
By njlhedger from Claysville, PA
By Sharon Cross06/10/2011
Using a q-tip, dab peroxide on the yellow stain. Be sure to wet the stain with the peroxide, thoroughly though.
Which dye will do the best to cover up bleach stains (light tan) on brown shorts. My husband was using bleach on something and didn't even realize that it had splashed back on his clothing. I know of Rit and Tintex. Is there anything new that will make these shorts like new again?
I guess the darkest brown should cover, but I've never experimented with dyes before. He actually ruined two pairs of shorts. Help!
By Becki Barnes09/06/2011
In the past I've used Sharpies markers to cover up light spots. It worked very well for my problem situations.
I dried a blue shirt (washed separately) with whites that were bleached and bleach got on the blue shirt. Can the shirt be saved?
By Christa from MI
How can I re-dye a sweater made of cotton and alogon? It is light pink and I want to dye it dark pink. It was stained by bleach.
My gray, high school, hooded sweatshirt turned brown, after I put it accidentally in with the whites! How would I get my sweatshirt go back to its original color?
By Robin R from Sacramento, CA
I had a spot on a white denim skirt and used bleach to remove the stain and now I have 2 or 3 yellowish stains on the skirt. The skirt is 74% cotton, 22% polyester, and 2% spandex. What is the best method to remove these stains?
Help me! I just tried to clean two parts of my beige/pink pants with bleach and it got whiter. I need help. How can I put my pants back to their normal/beige? They have got two white spots right now D:
By Janine R.
By Frugal Sunnie02/04/2013
I've done the same thing to trousers and jeans over the years and I'm sorry to say there really isn't much you can do to save those trousers, especially if they are not 100% cotton. Synthetics (even in a small percentage of the fibres used in your garment) make matters even more difficult to remedy as synthetic fibres don't dye well after the garment has been constructed at the factory and then sold in shop.
I've tried several ways to save a bleached 100% cotton garment and none of them worked well enough to be called a success. Even if you stripped the colour using a dye stripping product and then tried to re-dye the entire garment, your success would be limited as the bleaching has not only stripped the fibers in the area but has weakened them. Plus, the colour of your trousers isn't one that A-strips easily, or B-takes a covering dye well, that colour (and a couple others, like greens) always goes 'muddy'. Not pretty.
If you could even find a close match dye colour, the bleach spots will always be noticeable-I know this from experience. Once I even tried using a cotton bud (cotton swab in the US) and colouring in the bleached spots on a pair of my son's chef trousers. It worked, sort of but was very noticeable+every time the trousers went through a wash the dye washed out all over anything in the machine with the trousers. We gave up on those for work days and my son used them on 'clean-up' days.
I'd wear a long top to hide the bleached area to get more wear out them. If there are bleach spots further down the legs, though, you're stuck.
I have a dark blue polo sweater that I love and spilled bleach on it. Any suggestions on what I can do to save it and not throw it away?
By pam munro12/29/2012
Is the sweater cotton? then you can use a colored marker to match & color in the bleach spot(s) if they are not too big. On wool or acrylic use a permanent marker (black will do for small spots on navy.)
My house cleaner dripped some diluted bleach on to my navy cotton skirt and now it has orange marks on it. Any ideas on how to get rid of them? dye? texta pen?
Considering that your skirt is already "ruined" by the bleach, I dont think it would hurt to try to re-dye the entire skirt. I would use Rit brand dye, which can be found in the laundry isle at walmart or in any craft store. I do know that Sharpie Marker has faded over time on things we have at home, such as shirts signed by friends from camp. I hope you find a solution!
I recently used bleach to spot clean white jeans. The spots came out immediately, but there seems to be spot of blue left in another area. I'm thinking it came in contact with the bleach and had a reaction, but this did not happen in the other areas I treated. Is there anything I can do to get the blue out?
My grey washable dress fabric has two bleach marks about 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. How do I remove or repair?
I have a baby blue striped polo and washed it with whites and now it has a few bleach stains. How do I get it out?
I think you are out of luck. Bleach breaks down the color molecules and once the color is gone you can't get it back. You could dye the fabric with a color or you could bleach out the rest of the color. Best of luck.
I accidentally got bleach from a spray cleaner on my new light green blouse. Any suggestions for removing the bleach?
I got a big round spot on my favorite dark maroon top. The spot turned white in colour. Please suggest something.
I don't know if anyone knows this but does anyone know how to cover bleach stains on shoes? They are pacifically polo shoes.
I was cleaning a bathroom when I noticed the cleaning agent I was using had bleach. The bleach dyed my soft yellow shorts grey and brown in certain spots. Can I fix this?
By April from HI
I have a pair of white leather shoes with mesh on top. I bleached them and now the meshed part has turned yellow. How can I get the yellow back to white again?
Robin from Selmer, TN
By jean (Guest Post)04/02/2007
You could cover the mesh with white shoe polish, or liquid paper correction fluid. Stuff the shoes with newspaper before applying carefully.
I have a white ball dress that was used by a family member before me, it's absolutely stunning. Unfortunately it had a few food stains on the bottom so my mother tried to bleach it. It stained it yellow so we decided to dye it a metallic grey.
The dress looks even better, but the stains are a lighter colour giving it actually a nice dip dye affect, but there are some darker patches on the bottom which I think are the normal dress, should I re-dye or use vinegar?
By Beth HD
I have a bleach stain on my white cheer uniform. It's a yellowish color and if I don't get it out I'll be billed. Any helpful tips!?
By Meghan M
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Does anyone know how to remove bleach stain from a white shirt? I tried vinegar and lemon, but nothing happened.
Mary from CA
It is me again, this time I got bleach on my nice light blue and white stripe shirt. Do you know how to get it out. I was trying to fix a shirt that I messed up when it happened. Thanks.
Meredith from Louisiana
Find a crayon to match the color needing to be redyed. Color over the spot. Use an old cotton rag and iron over the colored spot with the cloth between the hot iron and clothing. The heat will set the color in. Usually works pretty well, I'd have to say it looks better than a white spot.
Sharon from Ky (04/03/2005)
Bleach permanently removes color. There is no way to undo it once it is done. Do rinse it out well so that it stops the bleaching and keeps the fabric from totally disintegrating.
The best you can do is try to get a sharpie pen about the same color and color it in. Or, buy some Rit liquid dye and paint the spot. Be very careful with bleach. Make sure that if you are using it in the laundry use very little and to let the water fill into the washer before adding it or the clothes.
Take care, Susan from ThriftyFun (07/30/2005)
Just fixed a pair of blue jeans I got on ebay that had a bleach stain.
Sharpie has a line of Fall-ish colors I found at a local hobby store. The color has no number or name on it and comes in a pack of probably 12 colors (rust, mustard, magenta...), then you see this almost perfect blue jean color (the lid is the color of the ink). Try it, it worked great for me. I touched the spot lightly then immediately rubbed it with my finger very hard. Good Luck. (02/22/2006)
Sadly, you can't get bleach discoloring out because it is not a stain, it is a place where the dye has been permanently removed. Don't try to redye it without removing the rest of the color. You will add color to the white spot, but also to the surrounding darker area, making it even darker, so the spot will still be visible. Sometimes it is possible to use RIT dye remover to remove or at least lighten the rest of the dye in the garment and then redye it.
This doesn't always work. DON'T try to take the rest of the dye out with more bleach. The amount you need would probably weaken or damage the fibers. If this isn't possible, try your hand at embellishing over the problem, or maybe you will have to reuse the fabric for something else, like a pillow, if seeing it wouldn't be too much of a bad reminder. Good luck! (08/16/2006)
I know there is no way of getting bleach out, but I read somewhere if you re dye an article of clothing it will get a hole in it. Is this true? I just got bleach on a pair of sweat pants I got about 6 hours ago and I'm pretty mad. There is just a small spot. If I cover it in permanent marker enough will the marker eventually stay instead of me having to re apply it every time i wash them?Editor's Note: Whenever you get bleach on something, make sure to rinse it as soon as possible. Whether or not it develops a hole (where the bleach was) really depends on the type of fabric and how long the bleach was there before it was rinsed out. You may be able to find something that will cover the spot and look pretty good but you just might need to recolor it after you wash them. (02/16/2007)
If you have bleach spots on your clothes you can:
a) Dunk the whole thing in diluted 1:3 bleach then rinse for a faded look.
b) Splatter full strength bleach all over for a spotted artsy look.
c) Cut up your bleached shirt and use it for dust rags.(01/21/2009)
By Mrs. Frazee
I got some bleach on my new green sweatshirt. Can I get it out?
I have a pretty maroon blouse and I got a couple of bleach drops on the cuff. Is there any way to repair or fix this?
How do I get rid of a bleach spot about the size of a peanut on a blue sweater?
My new gray dress-pants, 90% cotton/10% polyester, got a few bleach spots on them; they are fairly big! I tried Rit color remover, no luck.
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?
The bottle of bleach fell off the washer during the spin cycle and landed on top of a new pair of True Religion jeans. What can I do to make the jeans look OK?