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Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing

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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.


Solutions: Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing

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Tip: DIY Colour Catchers

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

Tip: Removing Transferred Dye from Clothing

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!

    Editor's Note: Use caution when mixing household cleansers with other substances, especially bleach. Toxic gasses are easily created, which could cause injury. Read all labels first.

    By Yolanda S. [1]

    Tip: Removing Stains from Your New Dress

    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

    Tip: Removing Red Stains from Clothing

    Have the garment either dry and damp with cold water, rub in by hand methylated spirits, undiluted, rinse well in cold water, then wash as normal. To remove sunscreen stains from the neckline and hems of my bowls uniform I usually use diluted bleach. This time the red contained in the State emblem on the top right front of my blouse ran into the neckline and also ran into the hemline of the skirt being soaked in the same container. I knew metho worked on Biro ink, so decided to try with the colour run. It disappeared as I rubbed.

    Editor's Note: Methylated spirits are also known as denatured alcohol.

      By Looby from Lismore [1]

      Tip: Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing

      First, soak the affected clothing item overnight or longer, in a solution of 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent and enough warm water to cover the item. This also works well on stains. Next, wash the item by itself with 1-2 Shout Color Catcher sheets. These are available in the laundry aisle at the supermarket. This may not work if the item has already been through the dryer.

      By Jean from Buffalo, NY

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      Here are questions related to Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing.

      Question: Removing Dye that Transferred in the Wash

      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


      Best Answer

      By J-Kat [7]02/16/2015

      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?

      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

      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.07/27/2011

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

      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 [5]01/24/2012

      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.

      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]11/04/2011

      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.

      Question: Dye Transfer on Clothing

      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]04/20/2011

      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.

      Question: 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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      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?

      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?


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      By Charlene Richardson [2]04/28/2009

      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

      Question: Red Towels Bled on Clothing

      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

      Most Recent Answer

      By (Guest Post)04/26/2006

      Rit dye remover works great.

      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.04/17/2015

      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!

      RE: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

      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]12/05/2011

      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.

      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]09/08/2011

      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! : )

      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 [1]08/16/2011

      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.

      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]06/12/2011

      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. : )

      Question: Removing Dye Transfer on White Clothing

      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]06/18/2011

      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.

      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?


      Most Recent Answer

      By TCook (Guest Post)02/12/2009

      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.

      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 [231]04/21/2015

      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.

      Question: Black Fabric Dye Turned White Collar Grey

      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.03/25/2015

      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)?

      Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

      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 [185]02/13/2015

      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.

      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.01/23/2015

      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
      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. ;)

      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.01/23/2015

      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.

      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 [28]01/05/2014

      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.

      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 Jean [2]08/01/2013

      Saturate the stains with straight rubbing alcohol - then wash as usual. I've used this method several times. It works most of the time, but not always. But it's cheap and won't do any harm. Worth a try...

      Question: Red Clothing Dye Ran on White Hoodie

      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

      Most Recent Answer

      By ghero2510/20/2014

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

      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]04/08/2013

      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.

      Question: Pink Scarf Dye Transferred in Wash

      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 Emit44402/19/2013

      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.

      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 [14]02/04/2013

      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.

      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]07/30/2012

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

      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 [10]06/07/2012

      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.

      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]12/29/2011

      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.

      Question: Clothing Dye Bled On Colored Clothes

      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.10/28/2011

      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.

      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]08/17/2011

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

      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]05/29/2011

      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.

      Question: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

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

      By Nityasri from R.A. Puram, Chennai

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      By Elaine [129]03/11/2011

      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.

      Question: White Clothing Dyed Blue

      How do I get blue dye out of white clothing?

      By AThayer from IN

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      By Grandma J [46]12/29/2010

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

      Question: Color Bled on a Sweater

      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 [18]11/09/2010

      You might have to take it to a dry cleaner.

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

      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 [40]04/30/2010

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

      Question: Red Ash Stains on Clothing

      How do I remove red ash stains from white jeans?


      Most Recent Answer

      By Pat (Guest Post)06/21/2008

      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.

      Question: Fabric Dye Transferred in Wash

      I have a top that has sleeves that are white and the main part is pink. I accidentally washed the top with a pair of tie dye pants and now the white sleeves have tie dye in spots. Is there any way to get the dye out that isn't expensive? Can I still use bleach with this top even though there is pink?

        By Violetxxx [1]

        Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

        My shirt is semi white and has blue stains from dye in it, it has already been dried. What do I do, is there any hope?

          By abbycrapmail [1]

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred Onto Kurta

          There is a blue colored stain on a mustard kurta. I tried lemon, toothpaste, Vanish liquid, and detergent, but there was no effect on the kurta.

          Please guide me on how to remove the stain.

          By Sachin

          Question: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in Wash

          I have a lovely pale teal/seafoam colored dress with white lace at the top, it was accidentally thrown in with a brand new black article of clothing and some of the dye leeched into the dress. The problem is, after it was washed it was thrown in a drawer and stored all winter, so the stain has been setting for several months.

          I tried using a stain removing spray, letting it soak before washing in hot water, but the stains only faded a few shades, and I am afraid they are permanently set. I am hesitant to use bleach, even diluted, for fear of ruining the dress entirely (if it is even salvageable at this point) This is a real shame because the dress is so pretty and perfect for the hot summer days.

          By Haley C

          Question: Quilt Top Faded Unto Back

          I washed a handmade quilt that has an off white back to it. It stayed in the washer for an hour before I put it in the dryer. I forgot about it! I didn't see that the colors from the front of the quilt had bled on the back off white side of the quilt until I took it out of the dryer. Anything I can do to get this out?

          By clm

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed a load of laundry with mostly lighter colors and accidentally had a pair of blue jeans in there. Well, long story short, my favorite pair of off white are now a nasty dirty white/blue, and my brand new light pink shirt now has a dirty tint and isn't the pretty light pink. Unfortunately, they had already been dried before I noticed. Is there any way to get my clothes back to their normal color?

          By Mariah

          Question: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          I washed some colored clothes and I had a black scarf in them. So now my cream coloured dress has a black stain. I washed it with Surf Excel, but that did not remove it. How can I remove this colour?

          By Fariha

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I recently bought one of those Topshop blue denim jackets with cream borg, fleece, lining. This is my first time washing it and I followed the instructions, I turned it inside out and washed at 30. I even threw in a couple of those color catcher sheets. But the borg lining has still turned all blue :(
          Any ideas on how to get this out and have it back to its lovely cream colour without ruining the denim itself?


          By Louise T

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          How do I get dye out of white pants that are now pink? It transferred from a red shirt.

          By Elizabeth

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed my daughter's purple duvet cover and it's dyed 2 white t-shirts. How can I get the dye out? I have tried bleach stain remover and still nothing.

          By Wendy

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          My son has a pair of black Nike socks with the white Nike symbol and white blocking stripes up the back. I washed them with my darks and the white is now red. How can I get it out?

          By Mona

          Question: Shirt Bled Dye Onto Vest

          I wore a new dark pink long sleeve top under a white down vest. The new top bled color onto the white vest. Help! I tried Spray 'n Wash in a cool wash (I didn't dry it) and no luck. I've tried soaking overnight in Oxi-clean. Any other ideas?

          By Terri

          Question: Red Dye Transferred in Wash

          Red leaked on white clothes. How do I fix this?

          By sam

          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.

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed a pair of pink 100 percent cotton pants with a new tye dress with brown and yellow dye! And now my pants have yellow stripes in them. How do I get it out? Please!

          By Michele

          Question: Removing Dye Transfer from Lace Bra

          Without thinking, I washed my white lace bra with a new red tea towel and the colour bled into my white lace bra. I've attempted to take the colour out by soaking over night in Napisan, but nothing really happened. Does anyone have an idea how to remove the colour from the lace? Without damaging the lace?

          By Zoe B

          Question: Fabric Dye Bled in Wash

          In trying to save time and water I washed two sets of bathroom carpets together, one dark green and the other yellow. I have previously washed the dark green carpets many times before, but the yellow rugs are new. The green dye color has bled onto the yellow and suggestions would be most appreciative.

          By Mary F

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I wasn't thinking when I did laundry and I threw a purple dress in with my favorite pair of pants. Is there any way to get all this purple out of what was once white?

          By Krissy Rae from San Antonio, TX

          Question: Removing Dye Transfer from a Coloured Cloth

          I washed my yellowish orange cotton dress on which there is a dark blue colour block print design. After washing the blue colour ran out on my yellowish dress. Is there any way to remove this blue colour from my dress?

          By FH from Kl

          Question: Red Dye on Green Sweater

          I have a bright green sweater that was to be washed only on gentle in cold water, has gotten some red on it somehow! I am pretty sure it happened in the dryer. I thought I read something about adding vinegar to the water for this? Any suggestions?

          By Danielle

          Question: Pink Clothing Dye Transferred to White Jacket

          I borrowed my sister's white Omni-Shield Colombia jacket. The day before she wanted it returned, I had thrown it in the washer with other white articles of clothing, along with a bright pink wash cloth I failed to notice. I tried bleaching it out, tried a stain remover, and I tried Rit Dye Remover. Nothing worked, although the Rit Dye Remover did lighten the pink up. So instead of the jacket having bright pink blotches all over, it now has pale pink blotches.

          The tag on the jacket reads; "Machine wash cold Permanent press, Powdered detergent, Rinse thoroughly, Wash separately, Do not bleach, Tumble dry permanent press low, Iron low, Do not use fabric softener, Do not dry clean. Shell: 100% Polyester, Lining: 100% Nylon, Mesh lining: 57% Recycled Polyester, 43% Polyester Exclusive of trimming"

          I don't know what to do to get the jacket back to white, if anyone has any suggestions, tips, tricks, secret methods, anything that could possibly work, please let me know.

          By Sadie

          Question: Dye From Shirt Lining Bled Onto Shirt

          I bought a dress top, only wore it once and when I did laundry the black from the lining of the shirt had made spots onto the rest of the shirt. And I hadn't noticed it until after I had dried it. I've been reading on different sites that Oxiclean gets dyes out, but I'm afraid since the shirt isn't white it would ruin the whole shirt. What would you use to remove the dye without ruining the entire shirt?

          By Adrianna K.

          Question: Black Dye Transferred into White Letters

          I washed my black sweater in warm water to try to shrink it a little, but then the dye transferred into the white letters and now they're like white/light brownish. How do I get it back to white? Help!

          By Ness

          Question: Dye Transfer Turned Lace Gray in the Wash

          My mother-in-law washed my new black and cream dress and it's cream lace on top. The cream lace has turned gray and I don't know how. She swears she did everything right with washing it (clearly not). It's 87% nylon and 13% elastane. My mum told me not to bleach the cream lace as it will turn yellow. Is this so? or can I bleach it? i need this dress for next weekend so I really need the nasty gray gone. Please help.

          By Daniella

          Question: Removing Yellow Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          I mistakenly got my green sarong in with my machine washable 100% cotton sweaters and now have yellow dye all over them. How can I get it out?

          By Shirley

          Question: Clothing Dye Bled Onto White Part of Dress

          I have a dress which is white at the top and black at the bottom. It has been washed and the black dye from the bottom has run into the white on the top. How can I resolve this problem please?

          By Ellen

          Question: Bathing Suit Dye Bled Onto Itself

          I washed my blue and white striped bathing suit today and the white turned into like a grey. How can I make it white again?

          By Veronica

          Question: Black Dye Transferred to White Clothing in Wash

          I brought a black pair of jeans and my partner thought he would try and help by doing some washing for me, but he put these black jeans in with a load of white clothes and now everything has got black stains on it. Any suggestions of how to get it all out?

          By Stacey

          Question: Removing Dye Transfer

          My daughter's peach color bathing suit has blue on it. Her beach towel bled on it. How do I get it out?

          By Vicky

          Question: Removing Colored Stain on Cotton Shirt

          My sand colored lawn cotton shirt has got ugly green color on it. Please help! How can I get it removed? I live in Karachi so don't know what I can get here.

          By Yasmin

          Question: Removing Dye Transfer on Clothing

          How do I get rid a black dye on the white collar of my rugby jersey?

          By John from Auckland, NZ

          Question: Red Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed my Aeropostale school pants along with a yellow Hollister shirt and a red scarf. tTe red bled onto the shirt and pants and I have no idea how to get it out! Please help. Note: they have not been dried yet>

          By M.I.

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Dryer

          It was early in the morning with jeans I'd washed a hundred times, so I didn't think they would bleed! The sweater was in with the load prior and wasn't dry so I left it in and added 1 pair of jeans to dry and an orange sweater (why didn't that bleed?). The cream sweater turned into a cream and blue hued sweater. My mom is sooo angry! The sweater was brand new. Please help! Like I said, it was dried in the dryer.

          By Allison.

          Question: Printed Logo on T-shirt Bled onto Self

          LogoI have a fabric t-shirt with a printed logo. The logo is a red background with white letters saying 'obey'. The red background has stained the white letters. The logo is not fabric, it feels like paint not sure if iron on or painted on. Please help, the shirt cost $80and is from America. The shirt looks worse in person.

          By Jenna

          Question: Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          I bought a white-based dress with blue, yellow, and red stripes on it. I put in the washing machine for the very first time. When I took the dress out from the machine, the red colour at the bottom of the dress faded into the white area and also transferred to the other shirts as well. May I know how can I get rid of colour from the white area? Thank you.

          By morn

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred to Sweater

          I bought a new shirt and wore it before I washed it. I wore a white sweater over it. I noticed the next morning that the dark blue color from the shirt bled on the inside of my white sweater mainly in the armpit area. How can I get the blue dye out of my white sweater?

          By Kathryn S.

          Question: Clothing Dye Bled in the Wash

          What can I do if I washed and dried navy blue with pale yellow back to original?

          Question: Removing Color Transferred in Wash

          I washed a peach colored tank top with other colored clothing. An item that was turquoise faded into the tank top. I have tried using various cleaning items on the top, but cannot get all of the turquoise color out.

          Can someone advise me what I might use? I do not want to remove all color and redye.

          By Kay E.

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed somthing red with my load and it turned all four of my work pants pink, so how can I get the pink out of my khaki pants?

          By Sam I.

          Question: White Dress Turned Grey in Wash

          My white cotton dress has turned grey as I washed it with other clothes and something was pink. What can I do?

          By Rhonda from Frankston, Victoria

          Question: Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed red clothes with black ones. My red clothes have gone black. I don't know how to take the transferred colour off my red clothes.

          By Karamat

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed my clothes (red, blue, and ash) with dark blue colored clothes which accidentally has left ugly stains on them. Can I use Carbona Color Run Remover in this case to remove the stains and get original colors back?

          By Lakshmi

          Question: Dye Bled on Clothing in Wash

          My husband washed my 100% white cotton dress with colors and now it looks tye-dyed. How do I get it white again? Please help!

          By J Robinson

          Question: Shopping for Color Catcher Sheets in Chennai

          Where can I get Rit dye colour catcher sheets in Chennai, India?

          Question: Dye Transferred in the Wash

          I washed a black and white striped dress and the black bled into the white, so now, the white has become grey. None of the other clothes were affected.

          Is there anyway that I can remove the grey?


          By Soleil

          Question: Color Stains Out of Other Colored Clothes

          I have the same problem. I washed some clothes and one of them bled on the others and the other clothes changed in color. I live in Lebanon and I didn't find the products named in the feedback. Could someone help me please?



          Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

          Archive: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          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

          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

          RE: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          Archive: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          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

          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

          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

          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

          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

          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

          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

          Archive: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          My granddaughter has a black shirt. I washed it out by hand to remove excess dyes.


          Archive: Dye Transfer on Clothing

          My husband washed his red shirt with my clothes and my clothes now have red stains all over them. Is there any way to remove these stains? Thanks.


          Archive: Removing Dye That Transferred in the Wash

          I left wet, washing together, including a pair of white linen pants with black linen pants. The white linen now has black stains over it. So I want to remove the black splotches before I can wear the white pants again. Please help.