Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing

One of the more frustrating and difficult clothing stains you can encounter is dye transfer. This is a guide about removing dye transfer stains from clothing.

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Tip: DIY Colour Catchers

By coville123 326 89

Colour catchers catch loose dyes in your wash water and prevent dyes from running or bleeding into each other. You can wash lights and darks together to save time and money by reducing the need for half size loads. Just cut up white fabric or felt pieces, soak in a solution of 1 cup of hot water and 1 Tbsp. of washing soda; mix well. Saturate white rags and let dry. Then add to your wash. Always test first.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

A white blouse got washed with a red one. How do you get the pink out?

By Pat B.

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By Virginia T. 15 Flag

July 27, 2011

Try soaking it in hydrogen peroxide. May take several times.

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Color Stains out of Other Colored Clothes

By Alison 2

I just washed all of my baby's clothes, two of which were gifts and some of these dresses are really expensive and beautiful ones. However, the color bled into all the others and they have turned bluish/reddish. Can anyone please suggest a way of getting them back to their original colors?

I did not have this problem before with her other colored clothes, just this lot (actually one of two blueish red outfits.) I am so upset, because some of these dresses she hasn't even worn. Please help.

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Question: Red Collar Bleeding On White Shirt

I have a shirt with a red collar, but the rest is white. After I washed it the red collar bleed on the white part making it pink. How do I get the white white and keep the red, red.

Gina from Selma, NC

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By Brigitte LaBorde 1 Flag

July 5, 2008

I've gotten out some bleeding with a product called Shout Color Catcher. I never tried it on anything very saturated with bleeding, though.

Color catcher looks like a dryer sheet and is absolutely incredible. My college daughter throws everything in the wash at one time, and none of the colors bleed.

Brigitte from Louisiana

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Tip: Removing Stains from Your New Dress

By sana haji 1

Hey guys, the best tip ever is too simple. You just need to rub a lemon on the stain and it actually vanishes :) So no more worries.

By Sana from Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Question: Removing Dye that Transferred in the Wash

By Margaret S. 1

I accidentally put my husband's white bowls shirt in the wash with a new black pair of pants. So now the white shirt is a nice shade of blue. How do I get it white again?

By Margaret S from Lal-Lal Australia

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By J-Kat 7 43 Flag

February 16, 2015

Can the shirt be bleached? If not, and his shirt has to be white right away, you'll probably need to buy him a new one. I once washed a white tablecloth with a dark burgundy one, and for a long time, I had a nice pearly pink tablecloth. Eventually, as I washed it, it faded back to white, but you'll probably wear the shirt out by washing it.

When my son changed jobs, from waiting tables to working in a bank, he had a bunch of white shirts from his waiter job. I dyed them all blue to give him new shirts for the bank, which saved him a lot of money. Maybe your husband can wear the "new" blue shirt for something else?

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Tip: Removing Transferred Dye from Clothing

By Yolanda S. 1

I accidentally ruined my daughter's favorite delicate light pink shirt. Somehow, I managed to get blue streaks of dye all over it. I tried stain remover, but the dye didn't budge. I did not dry it in the dryer, thank God! But it did sit in the laundry room for a couple of weeks thinking I would have to trash it. I decided I didn't have anything to lose so I researched and did a combination of different recommendations.

I applied rubbing alcohol, nothing happened. Directly over the alcohol, I applied white vinegar, still nothing. I filled the bathroom sink with hot water and dissolved 1/2 cup of Tide, 1/2 cup of Borax detergent booster, a big splash of rubbing alcohol, a big splash of white vinegar, and small splash of regular Clorox bleach. The blue dye instantly vanished!

Now, it is in the wash with cold water and Woolite. I am sure my daughter will be thrilled!

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    Question: Removing Dye Transferred in the Wash

    I have washed a white cotton sweater and it came out of the washer with pink blotches. Is there anything I can do to remove the color?

    By jackye1

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    By Sandy 6 128 Flag

    January 24, 2012

    Half cup of Clorox, half cup of Cascade powder in a gallon or so of warm water. Let soak overnnight. (Then wash us usual. It has worked every time for me.

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    Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

    I usually do this one item by hand, but this particular day it got washed with delicates. It's a sheer blouse with a crocheted vest in front, it's off-white in color, at least it was. When it came out of the washer, the sheer netting at the bottom half was a light blue and the all over color had a blue hue, the crocheted vest had turned a white bluish. Is there any thing or way I can take it back to its original color without losing its original color?

    By JoJo from Phoenix, AZ

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    By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,695 Flag

    November 4, 2011

    In the US you should look for Rit Dyes products, they make a dye remover for natural and synthetic fabrics-check your blouse to find out what it's made with so that you get the right product.

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    Question: Dye Transfer on Clothing

    By gustafson 1

    I have a black shirt with white on the sleeves. The black ran into white. How can I remove this on the white cotton material?

    By gustafson from Danforth, ME

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    By Wilma Long 1 50 Flag

    April 20, 2011

    One should never let the item dry out after the dye has spread. Contact Amway... they have 2 product syou can use if you use it while it is still damp, and they really do a great job. The products to use are Amway fabric bleach and Tri-enyme laundry pre-soak and detergent booster.

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    Question: Removing Dye Transfer on Colored Clothing

    By lisagculp 1

    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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    By chan.kelly@hotmail.co.ukulele 1 Flag

    October 11, 2013

    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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    Question: Dark Colored Towels Bled on Light Colored Towels

    I read about using boiling water and bleach for taking out color bleeding. It appears that these were white clothes. What about green towels that had a red towel thrown in? They are now an awful brown color. Will the boiling water and bleach work on colored items?

    Sandra

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    By Charlene Richardson 2 2 Flag

    April 28, 2009

    Try "Dye Grabber". It worked great for me with some similarly stained clothing. One terry-cloth Dye Grabber is good for 30 loads of clothes. I bought mine @ JoAnn Fabrics

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    Question: Red Towels Bled on Clothing

    By L. Eldridge 5 1

    My daughter has accidentally washed a white jacket with red towels. Now her jacket is blotched pink. How do I get the jacket back to white?

    Thanks for any help.
    Elymunile from Ely, NV

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    By guest (Guest Post) Flag

    April 26, 2006

    Rit dye remover works great.

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    Question: Fabric Dye Transferred in the Wash

    By jbm0518 1

    I washed "hand wash only" dresses on the gentle cycle and tossed in a new dress, black and white tie-dyed, that was never washed before. It bled on all the dresses, really badly on an ombre pink colored tube dress and a pair of gauze material palazzo pants that are cream. How do I get the black/grey streaks out? They are currently soaking in cool water with laundry detergent and vinegar. Please help.

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      By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

      July 3, 2015

      You might also look for a product from Rit that is supposed to work to take out dye transfered in the wash.

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      Question: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

      I washed my daughter's new white jeans in alongside a pink face cloth. The jeans are pink. Please help, she is gonna kill me.

      By Brenda

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      By Laura H. 1 Flag

      April 17, 2015

      Rit brand makes a color remover. My husband turned my favorite sweatshirt pink once, and I washed it with the Rit color remover (making sure to follow directions), and my sweatshirt came out great!

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      Question: Dye Transferred to Colored Clothing

      Peach shirt with stains.I have a peach color 100% cotton t-shirt. The cloth is stretchable and it's tag asks not to bleach. It had gotten several blue stains over it and I came to know about them after it was dried after the wash. How do I remove these stains?

      By Deshna from India

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      By Barb W. 1 Flag

      August 1, 2015

      I splashed myself with wash water while rinsing the dye out of a t shirt my son tie-dyed at camp. I had large dark splotches on a coral colored cotton blouse.

      I am very happy to report that the rubbing alcohol treatment worked perfectly.

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      Question: Dye Transferred in Wash Cream Coat is Now Pink

      I've managed to dye my new cream coat, pink, in the washer. How do I get it back to cream? Will bleaching it turn it white? Help if you can please!

      By Rachel

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      By tasana 3 20 Flag

      December 5, 2011

      I once worked for a lady and and did this same sort of thing. I turned all her whites a pink shade! So embarrassing! I thought she was going to fire me. She didn't. Thank goodness! I don't know how long ago this happened but for me, she said to just re-wash everything on cold (after taking out the red item) and everything turned back to white. Not sure how it worked, but it did.

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      Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

      I have a long black dress with white detail around the chest area. I washed it with dark colours and now the white bits have gone blue. It cost a lot of money and I only wore it once. What can I do to get it back to white. The dress hasn't been dried and I've soaked it in hot water

      By Rachael

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      By Karen H. 10 140 Flag

      September 8, 2011

      OOOHHH-Girl.Hot water is a No-No! You probably set the stain in now.Never put things in hot water unless it's white, & w/bleach & fabric safe for bleach.You didn't say what material the dress was made of either.You could try a cold wash alone w/color safe bleach & color catcher.Other than that -I don't know. Good Luck! : )

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      Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

      I washed a new dress with a load of colored clothes and the dye from the dress faded onto some of the other clothes. How do I get the pink spots out of the other clothes?

      By QMRice

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      By Debi Radcliffe 3 8 Flag

      August 16, 2011

      I have had great success with the color catcher sheets that you throw into the wash cycle. I usually put one into each load of laundry, but occasionally forget and something bleeds onto something else. Try putting the spotted/color-run clothes in to wash again but use a color catcher sheet to catch the excess dye. Hope you are successful the first time around.

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      Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

      I put a children's t-shirt in with my wash, by mistake. The t-shirt is white, the front is white and pink, it came out of the wash light blue. I have tried most of the colour removers but no luck. I have to be careful what I use as there is pink in the front of the t-shirt. Please help!

      By Christine

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      By Karen H. 10 140 Flag

      June 12, 2011

      Try hot water & a little bleach in a white (hot) wash, alone.That just might do the trick.I've washed items this way in the past, & it worked. Also,sometimes certain fabrics don't bleach out like you think they would-& things come out clean & not even faded,let alone bleached.I put colored prints like pjs & pillowcases in hot wash whites w/bleach & the stains come out but are clean w/no fading.I put them in 1st, then put the Real whites in on top.You can also go to Good Housekeeping or The library & go to Ask Helouise column. She knows everything! She has books out & has been doing this for years- like Dear Abby. Good Luck. : )

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      Question: Removing Dye Transfer on White Clothing

      By Connie 1

      I washed a raspberry colored jacket in with other clothes. The jacket bled, but I didn't notice until after they were dried in the clothes dryer. How can I get the pink color out of my whites after they dried? Help!

      By Connie from NY

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      By eileen 7 49 Flag

      June 18, 2011

      And next time, buy a product called color catchers, by Shout! It works, and you can save $$ by mixing up the clothes in one load. They are a bit pricey, but will save in the long run.

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      Question: Color Bled on White Clothing

      I soaked my white shirts along with my red and black shirts. The white shirts have stains of red and black. Can you please give me any suggestions to remove the stains?

      Nikki

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      By guest (Guest Post) Flag

      February 12, 2009

      My husband bought white satin/silk shorts for his upcoming fight in March and he asked me to wash them before he wore them and I lost my mind and threw a pink shirt in with them and it turned the shorts into a heavy tint of pink. I have tried the Rit and white vinegar and nothing has seemed to work. PLEASE help I need to fix them because there is no way to get another pair in time for them fight.

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      Question: Dye Bled On Khaki Pants

      By Paige 1

      I washed a pair of Khaki pants accidentally with a rust colored shirt. The shirt bled in splotches on the pants, how do I get it out?

      Paige from AZ

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      By OliveOyl 602 Flag

      June 9, 2009

      See if the khaki pants are colorfast--if they are, you can wash or soak them in bleach--diluted, of course. Turn the pants inside out and find an inconspicuous spot to test--a pocket or waistband. Put a teaspoon of bleach in 2 cups of water, then dab on some bleach solution on a spot and wait 2 minutes. If nothing happens to the khaki, it is colorfast. If the spot bleaches out it's not safe to bleach the entire garment.

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      Question: Bikini Dingy After Being Washed With Darks

      By Alexis N. 1

      I accidentally washed my brand new multicolored bikini with hot water and new black shorts in the washer. Not only did the shorts bleed, obviously, but my new swimsuit is not stained, but the whole thing has a much darker obviously dingy color to it. I did not put in the dryer, but it did air dry. I rewashed it by hand and soaked with Oxiclean for 2 days! How do I get the stain out?

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        By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

        July 17, 2015

        I believe there is a product you can get to take the colour out of garments like this. Perhaps you could google for info, or go onto the website of companies that make cleaning products or dyes - like Rit, Johnson & Johnson, etc.

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        Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

        By kim loveday 1

        I washed my curtains and forgot I had a pair of black jeans in the washing machine. Now they have gone like a grey colour. How can I get them back to the right colour?

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          By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

          June 17, 2015

          Try Rit color remover dye (if they were white)

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          Question: Removing Dye Transferred for Clothes

          I washed my whites with a couple of light green cold wash items and all of my whites turned a dull yellowish color. How do I get my whites, white again?

          By SJ

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          By Donna 309 325 Flag

          April 21, 2015

          There is an old product called bluing. It doesn't damage clothes like bleach but it whitens whites (only whites). It is a little tricky since it stains stuff, so follow it's directions. You add a little to your washer water (to turn it light blue) then add the whites.

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          Question: Black Fabric Dye Turned White Collar Grey

          By kimberley26 1

          I wonder if some lovely lady is able to help me. I bought a dress which is black with white trim on the collar and on the leg of the dress. I used Colour Catcher sheets in the wash and the white parts have still turned grey. Is there anything I can use to either turn the grey bits of the dress back to white again or is there a way of turning the grey parts black so the whole dress will be black?
          Any advice would be appreciated. It's my favourite dress. I have never had one fit me so well. I've tried to buy another, but it's been sold out for months.
          It is made from 90% polyester and 10% rayon.
          Thank you in advance.

          By Kimberley26

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          By Kerry W. 6 Flag

          March 25, 2015

          If your efforts are not fruitful to return the grey parts to their white color, you could buy some white bias tape and cover the trim with that, or any similar white fabric would work, as well. If it is trimmed with larger pieces (perhaps even an entire collar or pocket), you may have to remove the trim and replace it, proceed according to your own sewing skills, or have a professional make these replacements.

          Failing that, you can find fabric markers in department stores and fabric stores, and they come in black, generally, so you should be able to use one of those to cover all the white/grey trim with black color that way. It may take several applications to make a dark enough color, and to make it come out even, but you should be able to make it work. It may also require re-application after washing.

          Finally, I would be tempted to just leave it and wear it as is, as who could tell it wasn't supposed to be grey in the first place (unless it is really uneven)?

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          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          By Carey Ann Stanford S. 1

          A few of my husband's tall white socks and white under tees were accidentally mixed in with a load of denim. This load contained at least 4 pairs of new dark-wash jeans. He is embarrassed at work for people to see them. They are brand new, so I cannot just trash them. I have tried bleaching the dickens out of them a few times in a few loads of whites. So far- no luck :(

          By Carey Ann

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          By April 187 452 Flag

          February 13, 2015

          Well, in our house... hose would become my t shirts and socks. Keep washing them with the whites and bleach-and line dry them in the sun. It will take a few times, but they will lighten up. You can also speed up the process by using Rite dye remover. Don't use the dryer-heat sets dyes.

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          Question: Removing Dye That Transferred in Wash

          I washed a pair of my hubby's jeans with a burgundy cotton twill chair cover. The dye ran out of the cover unto the jeans; what a mess! I pulled the cover out and washed the jeans separately and they seemed OK so I put them in the dryer. When I removed them, his jeans are pinky blue. He is going to kill me since he just bought them.

          By Jo-Ann from Sarnia, ON

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          By Judy M. 3 Flag

          January 23, 2015

          Hello : ) I have no idea when your post was made, so this may be of no help for you. : (

          I've had good luck getting that accidental "pink" out of jeans by soaking them in barely warm bleach water in a bucket for a few minutes. It will require careful patience and up to about 30 minutes. The bleach works faster in hot water and it is very hard to gauge what is happening, warm water is much safer.

          Wet the pants

          Add 1/4 cup of bleach to a bucket of warm water

          Stir

          Lower the pants into the bucket slowly, so they are not getting crinkled before they are soaked in the bleach solution.

          Check and stir by swishing up, down and sideways every few minutes, set your timer!

          You will notice the pink leaving.

          When gone, rinse, rinse, rinse, put 1/2c. white vinegar in the 2nd rinse.

          Spin out in washer, dry as usual. ;)

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          Question: Removing Dye That Transferred in Wash

          I put a white jumper in with jeans by mistake. It came out all blue. How do I get it back to white?

          By Gaynor

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          Question: Fabric Dye Bled Onto Dress

          On a night out I managed to ruin my favourite white tee. Long story short, I had a wristband on that bleeds when it gets wet; the wristband bled bright red dye all over my white shirt. Someone please help me! I've tried using strain remover, bi carb soda, vinegar, and a strain remover spray. The strain wont budge. Help!

          By Cassie

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          By Judy M. 3 Flag

          January 23, 2015

          1/4 cup bleach, hot water for a few minutes in a bucket. Keep an eye on it, so you don't forget and leave it too long. Should take between 5 and 20 minutes.

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          Question: Removing Dye Transfer on Football Jersey

          I washed my son's white football jersey last night with a few other items (that have been washed hundreds of times). My bright pink tank top decided to bleed for the first time ever and it bleed onto my son's white football jersey, as well as, a pair of plaid shorts, and a pair of light brown/khaki shorts. I did not dry the jersey, I always hang his jerseys to dry, but the other items were dried in the dryer.

          How do I get the pink splotches out of his new white jersey (it's just the beginning of the season). There are random pink lines/spots all over his jersey. The only color items on it originally are the school name and his name/number which are kinda like an heat press/iron on type sticker/stuff and they are black and gold.

          Is it possible to remove the pink dye from my two pairs of shorts?

          By Carrie L.

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          By braymad1831 1 Flag

          September 6, 2015

          I just did the same thing to my sons brand new bright white jersey! My fear is using bleach and the lettering or number fade. Also only the mesh part is pink the top collar and strip are satiny material and fine. Please anyone who has had this problem I would love your suggestions

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          Question: Fabric Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I have a black and white dress and when washed the black ran into the white. Now the white is grey. The dress isn't mine it's a friend's. Please someone help me with how to get it back to white. Please.

          By Clare H

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          By HerkDia 35 132 Flag

          January 5, 2014

          Shout makes a product I think is called Color Grab, try rewashing the items with a sheet of this and it is suppose to pull the color out of the stained clothing. It was recommended by our Chapter leader for Project Linus and swears by it to prevent colors from bleeding.

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          Question: Red Clothing Dye Ran on White Hoodie

          By Nealie1966 1

          I bought my son a White Assassins Creed Desmond hoodie and they said that I have to wash it by hand. It has red inside the hood of the hoodie. I just washed it again by hand and now the red from the hood has bled on the outside of the hoodie. What can I do or use to get that out?

          By Nealie1966

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          By ghero25 1 Flag

          October 20, 2014

          Did anyone answer you? I have the same hoodie with the same problem.

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          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred In the Wash

          I washed a new pair of dark blue jeans with a color sheet and a pair of light lime jeans and some other clothes. The blue jeans bled onto the lime jeans. They have been dried. Please help me to get the blue out. Thank you in advance.

          By Kacey

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          By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,695 Flag

          April 8, 2013

          If the clothing have been dried in the dryer, you may not be able to get the dye transfer out completely.

          But you can try washing the clothing that has been accidentally transfer-dyed separately (nothing else in the washer) at the hottest water setting the garment will take (check the label), it has worked for me on some things. It usually takes a couple of washings to get the transferred dye out satisfactorily, and you may want to try a pre-soak in very hot water if your fabric will take it. Blue jean dye is usually easiest to remove this way but it doesn't always come completely out, though.

          There are dye transfer removal products available but it's been my experience those remedies strip ALL colour, so be wary of that.

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          Question: Pink Scarf Dye Transferred in Wash

          By Shanitra Sha J. 1

          I washed some color clothes and I had a pink scarf in them. So now everything is pink. Is there any way to change them back? Especially my gray Bama sweatshirt!

          By Sha

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          By Emit444 1 Flag

          February 19, 2013

          To remove dye stains from your scarf or other clothing just add a few scoops of Oxi Clean to the wash water. It will get it all out.

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          Question: Removing Dye Transferred in Wash

          I put purple cotton pants in with the rest of my colors, including a gray sweatshirt which is cotton, it has some purple dye on it. How do I get it out?

          By Christie B.

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          By jean leiner 15 411 Flag

          February 4, 2013

          Was the item dryer dried or air dried? If dryer dried the color may be set. One thing to try is Shout Color Catcher Sheets, sold in the detergent aisle at the supermarket. Wash the shirt by itself with 1-2 sheets. The directions say 1, but I find 2 works better.

          Another thing to try is soaking the item in a solution of powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup detergent to enough warm water to cover the shirt. Keep it submerged overnight, weighting it down with a plate if needed. If you do not have a dishwasher, the el cheapo brand from the dollar store works well. Just rinse thoroughly and air dry. Hope this helps.

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          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I have a pair of yellow shorts and when I washed them they got spots of blue dye on them from a blue t-shirt of mine that I accidentally mixed in with the load of clothes. How do I get the blue dye out of my yellow shorts?

          By MW

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          By hiphophood 1 23 Flag

          July 30, 2012

          Unfortunately, I don't think there is anything you can do to reverse that.

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          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I did a load of clothes in cold water with both light and dark colors, but I had the Shout color catcher sheet in with the clothes. I had put my daughter's brand new pale pink pants in with blue shorts and some faded denim (not the first time for washing these) and the blue color ran on to the pink pants. Do I have to soak these overnight (as suggested already) or can I just try to wash the pants by themselves with the Shout color catcher and some color safe bleach right away? Will that work?

          By Mary S.

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          By HJ 13 121 Flag

          June 7, 2012

          If you can find RIT Dye Color Remover, it works great to remove color transferred from one item to another. I recently put a white shirt in the dryer with a red shirt (had washed them separately - so much for being frugal on using the dryer!) and other items for a very few minutes and some red was transferred to the white shirt. Oops! Then I remembered using Rit Dye Color Remover in the past. I didn't have any on hand.

          After going to two grocery stores, I found one pack at AC Moore. I used the hot water in a pot method because I only had one item. It worked great. I would like to find more to keep on hand, but haven't run across another pack. I bought a box Shout Color Catcher to have in case I need them. As you probably know, don't put the item in the dryer until you get the unwanted color out. I felt very lucky to get the red out of my white shirt. Good luck to you.

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          Question: Red Dye Transferred on Santa Suit

          I have a Santa suit; the red bled over into the white fur. The suit is not a throw away. I paid $750 two years ago. I need help for how to get the fur white and not ruin it. Does someone have any help? Please. Thank you.

          By John

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          By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,695 Flag

          December 29, 2011

          It really depends on the material the fur part is made of-spot cleaning with the wrong cleaner or application technique could make the problem even worse.

          For something that expensive you might want to call around to dry cleaners in your area who have a good reputation (check with the Better Business Bureau and online review sites for businesses in your town).

          If someone in your family sews and crafts, he/she may be able to remove the fur to clean it or replace it with new fur.

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          Question: Clothing Dye Bled On Colored Clothes

          By Randa 1

          I washed this greenish brownish jacket with some colored clothes, and the color from the jacket has bled onto my purple and blue bra, turning it a lime green color. I also have a gray pair of pants that got washed with this jacket and now have a brown tint to them. Is there any way to remove the color that has bled onto the bra and the pants?

          By Randa from MO

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          By Jean L. 21 Flag

          October 28, 2011

          Try washing just the bra and pants with several sheets of a product called Shout Color Catcher Sheets, available in the laundry aisle of the supermarket. The box says use 1, but I have found 3 seems to work better. Air dry the clothes, and repeat if needed. This product has saved several pieces of clothing for me. If you dried the items in the dryer, this may not work.

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          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed a very expensive grey sweatshirt with a new pair of jeans and the blue bled onto the sweatshirt. Yes, unfortunately, I also dried the sweatshirt.

          By Denise T.

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          By Doris 2 72 Flag

          August 17, 2011

          I would wash the sweatshirt with some white towels or colorfast items and add a little bleach, like a quarter cup.

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          Question: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          A brown shirt faded on several pieces of laundry. I have not dried the load yet. What can I do?

          By Shelley

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          By Patt 3 25 Flag

          May 29, 2011

          There are dye "catching" cloths you can purchase in a lot of stores now. By now it is probably dry and you can't do much about it though. One time I was doing a load of whites and missed something dark. When I saw the water I threw the cloth in and it captured the dye. The clothes came out perfectly fine. You might want to keep them on hand.

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          Question: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          By nityasri 1

          How do I remove the colour stains of another colour shirt?

          By Nityasri from R.A. Puram, Chennai

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          By Elaine 173 890 Flag

          March 11, 2011

          I don't know if you can get it in your area, but Rit has a product that will remove it. Hope you can find it there.

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          Question: White Clothing Dyed Blue

          By athayer 1

          How do I get blue dye out of white clothing?

          By AThayer from IN

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          By Grandma J 54 1,040 Flag

          December 29, 2010

          Go to the store and buy RIT dye out or dye remover. Works great. Follow instructors. Water must be hot.

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          Question: Color Bled on a Sweater

          By leslie 1

          I borrowed an off white sweater that is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. I was carrying my black sweater that was completely soaked and it rubbed against the off white sweater and bled into it. So far I've used baking soda and vinegar and it didn't work. Please help!

          By Leslie from Seattle, WA

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          By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

          November 9, 2010

          You might have to take it to a dry cleaner.

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          Question: How Can I Remove Dye Transfer on Silk Pants?

          By Rob 1

          I have done a stupid thing and hand washed 100% silk pants that are dry clean only. They are red with white flowers on them. The red dye has bled into the white. I know I can't use Rit on them, being silk.

          Is there any way I can do a spot-clean style stain removal on the white flower part? I'm really stuck, and want to fix it. Any advice would be awesome.

          By Rob

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          By Dorothy 79 155 Flag

          April 30, 2010

          When washing garments were the dye runs off the fabric add some sea salt and that helps to keep the dye in.

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          Question: Red Ash Stains on Clothing

          How do I remove red ash stains from white jeans?

          Lisa

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          By guest (Guest Post) Flag

          June 21, 2008

          My all-purpose attack for stains on white clothing is this 1) spray with Shout and leave on for a few days. If that doesn't do it then 2) Soak for a day or two in a plastic dishpan with cool water and Tide with Bleach powder. What ever is left over usually comes out with 3) a Clorox bleach pen.

          I always use the bleach pen as the last resort as bleach can weaken fibers. That's why I try everything else first to eliminate or at least lessen the severity of the original stain. Using these 3 steps, I can get practically any stain out of any white clothing, assuming it's a fabric that can be bleached.

          The only exception is rust stains. On white clothing, even bleach never works. I've found the best thing for that to be Whink.

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          My light pink blouse was washed with dark color clothes. Now it looks like it's a different colored pink. How do I remove the unwanted color?

          HMoreno from San Diego, CA

          Answers:

          RE: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          Joann's craft store sells a product called "Rit Dye Powders - Color and Rust Removers" It works like a champ, and it's dirt cheap: less than $2.00 per package. (12/18/2007)

          By denise

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          I just got a brand new lulylemon hoodie. I pulled it out of the dryer this morning and it has blue dye stains all over it! It is purple and white. How do I get the stains out?

          Hailey from Canada

          Answers:

          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          Try Rit Color remover. Follow the directions, it may take a few boxes. Good luck. (10/08/2008)

          By fezziwig

          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          Try Oxi-Clean or other oxygen bleach. Since the stains got on in the wash, it may remove them without damage to the other colors. (10/10/2008)

          By DownSouth

          Archive: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I washed a pair of jeans with a green t-shirt and a pink cotton top. It now has blue blotches. Is there any way to get it out?

          By Carol from Kansas City

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          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I've had great success with Shout ultra gel, spray it on and scrub-brush it in good, let it sit over night, do it again and then wash it. I had a cotton blouse that got washed with a red lipstick pencil, and the shout ultra got it all out, I was amazed. It works great for old set in stains, too. A real lifesaver, I love it. (03/24/2009)

          By Kendy

          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I know this doesn't help now, but in the future, to avoid the problem, toss in a Shout "color-catcher" sheet when doing a load with something that might bleed when new. The color ends up on the sheet instead of on other clothes. (03/27/2009)

          By Mary T

          Archive: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I wore a black polyester and elasthanne cardigan top over an orange linen knitted sweater and the black material bled all over the under arm area of the orange linen knit sweater. How do I remove this black staining? Any help you can give will be sincerely appreciated.

          By bdtcsw from New York, New York

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          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          Most linen knit sweaters are dry clean only. You can try taking it to a dry cleaner and tell them what the stains are. They should be able to tell you whether or not they can remove them. (05/18/2009)

          By Anonymous

          Archive: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          My son is pretty upset with me. Somehow when I washed his very nice yellow shirt something blue apparently bled onto it. Don't have any idea what happened. Nothing else in the load was affected. Somehow I didn't catch it and it got put in the dryer. Is there anything I can do to get the blue stains out or do I owe him a new shirt?

          Robin from IN

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          RE: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          Carbona and Rit both make Color Run Removers. Carbona and Shout also make dye grabbers and color catchers. Best luck. (05/06/2008)

          By Claudia _MD

          Archive: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          How do I remove color bleeding onto other fabric?

          By GizmoGadget from Los Angeles, CA

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          RE: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          In the laundry aisle you will find a product called Shout Color Catcher. It is like a heavy fabric softener sheet. Follow the instructions and rewash the garment. I have had good luck with this product on several occasions. I hope it works for you! (07/29/2009)

          By Mary T

          Archive: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I have a mostly white shirt with some appliques that are not white. It is T-shirt fabric. I washed it with some red shorts and now the shirt is mostly pink. How can I get it white again?

          By joycedeborah from Corvallis, OR

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          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I have the same problem with an ethnic top with pink embroidery on a white background. I plan to carefully bleach the area(s) that have gotten pink in the background with a q-tip dipped in bleach on an area that has been wetted. Or you can try the new pen spot removers or bleach pens! (06/23/2009)

          By pamphyila

          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          I am not sure if bleach would be the answer or not, but I bought some new dish towels one time and they were red, and still are, I made the mistake of washing my underwear and socks with them, now being a man pink is generally not my color, I just hope that I never wear them to the gym or somewhere, where I might have to explain. I have never tried oxy-clean, but I hear it works. Good luck, let me know what happens. (06/24/2009)

          By frankenstork

          RE: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          "Rit" makes a liquid that will take color out of a clothing item. This may work for you. (06/24/2009)

          By castleberrycc

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