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Color Bled on White Clothing

There are several remedies for this situation, depending on the fiber content of the white clothing. They include, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and sometimes even time in the sun. Check the fabric for caution alerts and then choose the best solution for your garment. This is a guide about color bled on white clothing.
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July 15, 2017

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.

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July 15, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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Your white top may not be all cotton? Be careful with any product containing bleach is it is a mixture of any material other than cotton as it will turn it yellow.
I always tell people to try water and sunshine because it works ao well that many times nothing else is needed. Lay your white top in sunshine and keep it wet for at least a day or longer, even outside overnight is good because dew also helps. (Do you ever remember hearing how people used to lay their linens on grass overnight and then in sunshine to keep them white?) I do not do that but I use sunshine before I try any cleaning solutions - especially bleach as it tends to weaken material and will cause it to wear out quicker.

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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January 22, 20120 found this helpful

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?

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January 23, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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January 23, 20120 found this helpful
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Rit Dye has a product called Rit Color Remover. I have used it several times and have had good luck.

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It can be found at the grocery store, Walmart, etc. Any place that sells Rit Dye would probably have it. That's a frustrating problem. Good luck to you.

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January 24, 20120 found this helpful
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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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September 7, 2016

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?

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful
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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.

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April 26, 2011

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!

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By Connie from NY

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April 28, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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June 18, 20110 found this helpful
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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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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

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?

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Sharlene
November 17, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

Good luck!

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January 12, 20070 found this helpful

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

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Color Bled on White Clothing

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.

(01/08/2007)

By Cheapo Person

Color Bled on White Clothing

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)

By Heather Krucker

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January 8, 20070 found this helpful

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

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Color Bled on Karate Suits

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.
(12/16/2004)

By Jo Bodey

Color Bled on White Clothing

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)

By kidsNclutter

Color Bled on White Clothing

The Rit Dye folks make a Color Remover that you might try. I think it's less than $2 a box. (01/25/2006)

By Claudia-MD

Color Bled on White Clothing

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)

By Anna

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