Removing Dye Transfer on Colored Clothing

I have a black and white sweater that I washed with a red tank top and now the white on my sweater is pink. Please help! How do I get it out?

By Lisa from Lubbock, TX

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There is a product called color out or something to that effect. I can't remember the exact name but it is usually located by the bleaches or color dyes in stores. I know Jo-ann fabrics has it and i have also see it at Walmart and Hyvee grocery. It is supposed to fix the problems you have all described, hope it works, good luck to all!

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Try washing it by itself with a Shout Color Catcher sheet, which I think is what Beesugarpie is referring to. This is one product that really works. At least it has for me.

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I put my black jeans in with my blue jeans. Now they've got black marks on. I've just used a color run. Will it work or make them look washed out now?

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I have a black and white cow print jacket made out of cotton. I washed it with sweatshirts that I've washed a lot. One was light pink. It faded on the jacket. How do I get the pink out?

By Norma from Stockbridge, GA

Removing Dye Transfer on Colored Clothing

Try washing the jacket by itself with a Shout Color Catcher Sheet, which is what suescats was referring to, I think. This is one product that really works well. At least it did for me under similar circumstances. (12/31/2010)

By Omanana

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I have a red garment which had blue colour run onto it. I need advice as to how to get rid of this blue colour? Regards.

By Maura from Malta

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I handwashed a bright multi-colored striped swimsuit with mild liquid soap, and the color from the stripes bled into each other, particularly into the white striping. Can this be removed? I saw where you suggested to use Shout Color Catchers with other items or Brite White, but would this work on a swimsuit?

By Kim from Iron City, GA

Removing Dye Transfer on Colored Clothing

If all else fails, try machine washing it. I hand washed a red and white striped top and the color bled terribly, but it came out great when I used the washer. Apparently, all the excess red color washed out. Please try all the other hints you get first, though! (06/06/2010)

By straightace

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I hand washed a beige silk-blend sweater that has red and green florets and of course, the red bled onto the sweater. Is Rit Dye Remover good for spot cleaning?

By Kate from Euclid, OH

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I tried cleaning a food spot from an expensive cotton sweatshirt, which is dark blue with a wide yellow stripe. The spot was on the yellow stripe, which has a dark blue backing. The blue bled onto the yellow. Washing instructions say the shirt can be washed in cold water and dried flat. Does anyone have any idea how I can remove the stain? Thank you.

By Evie Mae from Sunnyvale, CA

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I washed colored laundry and had a blue towel in with them. Now all my colored laundry has blue spots on them. My children wear these clothes a lot. How can I get the blue dye out of my colored clothes?

By happygirl0923 from Lawrenceburg, KY

Removing Dye Transfer on Colored Clothing

You might try Rit dye remover. I had a pair of tan pants which were part of my work outfit, and got ink all over them from a ball point pen which smudged and ran. I used the Rit dye remover, thinking I had nothing to lose, and it turned the pants purple as it removed the ink, but when they were finished with the wash cycle (did it in washer according to washer directions), the pants were tan again, and the ink was gone. (08/17/2009)


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I washed my husband's blue shorts with a new red shirt of his, in cold water. The blue shorts which have been washed once before bled into the red shirt.

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I have a blouse that is 100% ramie. The instructions were to machine wash, but I chose to hand wash. In some places the black has run, not all.

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How do I take color that bled from fabric sewn onto a towel off the towel, but not take the color out of the material it belongs on?

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