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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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August 17, 2016 Flag
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I wore a couple of new red t-shirts and didn't realize until later that my new white bra turned a light pink just while wearing them together.

How do I make my only white bra white again?

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May 3, 2016 Flag
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I washed a nice cream color towel with different colored towels, and the red bled onto the cream towels. Can I use bleach on the cream color towel to get the color bleed out?

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May 5, 20160 found this helpful
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Try soaking in color-safe bleach.

If you frequently have to do mixed- color loads, invest in Shout! Color Catcher sheets to "catch" the dye. Better than ruining towels or clothes.

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August 14, 2016 Flag
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My mum ruined some clothes that I got by putting them in the wash with her blue dress. Now my clothes have big dark blue patches on them! Please help me to get the stains out because I got these clothes at a beach market abroad. I adore these clothes and I've searched the internet for replacements, but there are none.

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August 14, 2016 Flag
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I washed a blue T-shirt with some red trousers by accident and the red ran. The blue was not affected, but the white cuffs on the sleeve and neckline are now pink. I don't want to bleach it as it'll ruin the blue, but don't know what to use on the now pink rims. Any advice?

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August 14, 2016 Flag
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I have a really nice light blue/teal fly veil (for horses) and I washed it with similar colours and a few reds. It's now purple. How do I get it blue again without ruining the whole thing? Please help!

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June 16, 2016 Flag
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I have a white dress, 100% cotton, with colored embroidery on it. I hand washed the dress, but dried it in the dryer with pink clothes. The entire dress turned to pale pink. I want to remove the pink color and change it back to white without disturbing the colored emroidery design. If I use bleach the embroidery will also get spoiled. What should I do? Please help. It's my favorite dress.

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July 15, 20160 found this helpful

Use Oxiclean. It makes white white and keeps other colours in place. Soak the dress in warm to hot water that has a scoop of Oxiclean in it.

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July 24, 2011 Flag
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A white blouse got washed with a red one. How do you get the pink out?

By Pat B.

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful
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Try soaking it in hydrogen peroxide. May take several times.

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February 16, 2015 Flag
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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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April 21, 20160 found this helpful
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Boil lemon in water and then while still hot soak the shirt.

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February 14, 2016 Flag
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I have a one piece blouse that looks like a white tank top with a wine colored jacket. The jacket ran so now the tank portion is pink. Any fix to this?

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February 15, 20160 found this helpful
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You could try fabric paint on the formerly white part or sew white lace onto that portion?

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May 22, 2014 Flag
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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.


August 1, 2016 Flag
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I recently bought some white jeans and put them in the dryer with some new black jeans and the dye left patchy stains, how can I get rid of them?

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April 16, 2015 Flag
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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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April 17, 20150 found this helpful
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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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March 24, 2015 Flag
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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. It is made from 90% polyester and 10% rayon.

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