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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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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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    June 22, 20160 found this helpful

    I faded white dress

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    June 10, 2016 Flag
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    I had soaked blue jeans with a red t-shirt and white shirt. Both the t-shirt and shirt got stained with the blue colour. How do I remove this? Plz help.

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      June 24, 20160 found this helpful

      Washed a tie dye shirt with work.clothes and the shirt bled,how do I get the stains out of the other shirts

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      May 26, 2016 Flag
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      I soaked my father's shirt and pants together for washing, but unfortunately the green color from the t-shirt transferred to pink and white shirts. How can I remove the stains with the things which I can buy easily or with things at home?

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        June 24, 20160 found this helpful

        white golf shirt with cotton flannel red pj now shirt has pink on arms and front and back what do I do shirt is still wet

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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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          June 22, 20160 found this helpful

          Soak in vinegar for half an hour, and prey to god. Good luck, some time comes in without notice.

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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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          February 16, 20150 found this helpful
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          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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          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

            You could try fabric paint on the formerly white part or sew white lace onto that portion?

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            August 20, 2012 Flag

            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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            June 25, 2015 Flag
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            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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              July 3, 20150 found this helpful

              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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              April 10, 2016 Flag
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              I have two Ralph Lauren two toned dresses. One with blue in the middle and the other purple. Both dresses are cream on the sides. They are a polyester material. The instructions say machine wash separately cold, which I did. They came out great, but some how, from the car to my house, the blue dye has run on the sides of both dresses. I did however carry them in together. I am thinking that's how it transferred. Please help, how can I get it out?

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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.


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                  April 20, 2015 Flag
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                  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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                  April 14, 20160 found this helpful

                  What is bluing

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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

                  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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                  January 6, 2015 Flag
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                  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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                  November 8, 20150 found this helpful

                  I just bought my daughter a white gymnastics shirt she had to have and I wash it with her jeans and it turned it blue !! So momma to the rescue I mixed half a cup of gain detergent I'm sure any brand would work and a big splash of 70% alcohol I'm sure any % would work and a big splash of white vinegar any brand I used Walmart brand and it's pure white again and I washed as normal on a cold or tap cycle and dryer it and she does not even know it wa ever blue !!!

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                  July 14, 2015 Flag
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                  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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                    July 17, 20150 found this helpful

                    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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                    June 26, 2012 Flag
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                    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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                    June 16, 2015 Flag
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                    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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                      June 17, 20150 found this helpful

                      Try Rit color remover dye (if they were white)

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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

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

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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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                      February 12, 2015 Flag
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                      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.

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