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I washed my two favorite scrub tops together, and it ruined both of them. Apparently, there was some bleach left in my washer or an item with bleach on it left in my washer. One of the tops was dark in color. It left several light green stains on my white top. I rewashed the top seperately and this lightened the green stains a very small amount. I tried soaking the top overnight in Oxiclean, but this had no effect. I also tried applying regular bleach (full strength) to the stains and left it on for approximately 1 hour. Again, there was no change. Do you have any suggestions for removing these green color run stains? I am willing to try almost anything.
If it is of a cotton material, I would wash the white one with the bleach and oxyclean several times. I would think it would lighten up and disappear after several washings. Do not dry it as heat can set it. As for the dark one, you may have to use rit color remover and possibly redye it.
You do not say what happened to your dark top so if it is not spotted, maybe a salt or vinegar soak will help bring some color back.
For the light top, you could try dabbing the stains with hydrogen peroxide on a Q-tip. For the darker top, you can try to get a matching marker or fabric paint.
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?
Try a product called Shout Color Catcher sheets, available in the laundry aisle at the supermarket, washing the sweater by itself with 2-3 sheets. The box will say use 1, but I find more is better.Then air dry.
If the sweater was dried in the dryer, the color may be set.
Another thing to try is soaking in a powder dishwasher and water solution. Fill a container big enough to submerge the sweater in with warm water, and dissolve 1 cup of detergent in it. Put in the sweater, making sure it is under the water and soak overnight. Rinse well and air dry.
Both the methods above have saved items for me. Hope they may help you
Since the sweater is white cotton, you could also make a bleach and warm water solution deep enough to cover the item and soak overnight. Check the bleach label for amount to use. Rinse and air dry.
Rit Dye has a product called Rit Color Remover. I have used it several times and have had good luck.
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.
I washed some white clothes and a pair of brown pants got caught into the load. The clothes now are all yellowish. What can I do to make them white again?
Try washing them with your usual detergent and some oxyclean. Or, you can use some of the new Shout Color Run Remover. Don't dry in the dryer until it is all removed. It may take more than 1 treatment.
Soak overnight in a 5 gallon pail of hot water to which you have added 2T each of powdered dishwasher detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Wash as usual.
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
Rit has a product for this. If you go to a store that sells Rit dyes you will also see that they have one to take the transferred colours out of whites.
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.
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?
The supermarket sells RIT in a small bottle or small pack. Usually on the top shelf. This is great for fixing mixed dyes. Easy and cheap too.
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I washed some white clothing with my girlfriend's red dress, how do I remove the pink colouration from the clothing without destroying the other colours on my shirt?
Neville from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Try washing it again as usual, but add a cup of white vinegar to the wash water. I'm not sure if this will remove your red bleeding, but it will work in the future if you use this method to wash any item that is at risk of bleeding.
What worked for me was soaking the item in cold water with only Clorox bleach for colors. Wring it out and let it sit for a while before washing. After I took it out, I had actually forgotten about the item until the next day, but the stain was gone. (01/11/2007)
I had a mishap with the washing machine. I accidentally washed something pink with an off-white tank top and jacket which are now slightly pink. How do I get the pink out of my clothing?
Starrling from Tempe, AZ
Soak for 24 to 48 hours in Napisan or other brand of baby napkin, (diaper) or laundry soaker. Ensure it says its safe for coloured articles on the label.
By Jo Bodey
Sometimes all I have to do when red clothes bleed into whites or lights is... simply re-wash the stained clothing in the machine with a bleach-alternative detergent. (as in XYZ Detergent with Bleach Alternative). Often it works for me if done immediately. (01/24/2006)
The Rit Dye folks make a Color Remover that you might try. I think it's less than $2 a box. (01/25/2006)
Sometimes just re-washing the stained items works! Also, hanging out in the sun. Or, soaking (or re-washing) in water with some bleach added. Last resort, Oxy cleaner, sometimes it works, sometimes not; or rubbing alcohol if the stains are localized enough to use a q-tip, but it could remove the base color too.
Warning - I used the special dye remover made for removing colors that have bled onto colored items (my stained items were all whites except one blouse that had a pale blue base), and it removed all of the blue color from my blouse, and then transferred it to the other clothes all over again, dying everything. Thankfullly that "dye job" was weak and the sun bleached most of it out. (07/07/2006)