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How to Fix Dye from Jeans that Transferred to Other Clothing in Wash

The blue dye in jeans is notorious for transferring to other clothing in the wash. It can be difficult to remove especially if the other clothing is not able to be bleached. This is a page about how to fix dye from jeans that transferred to other clothing in the wash.
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August 30, 2016

My son's new black with a red over wash jeans were washed with my blue jeans and shorts now all have a pink tinge to them. I re-washed them with cold water and they are all still pink.

If I boil them with the bleach added as I read here will they all become white? How can I get my blue jeans back to their faded old blue?

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September 27, 20161 found this helpful
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Try to soak the dye clothes for around an hour in 1/2 bucket cold water with white vinegar mixed in it.

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I usually wash different colored jeans separately, but didn't this time. I washed a new pair of black jeans with bleach-washed blue jeans and now the blue jeans have black dye on them everywhere.

Anyone have any great tricks to remove the black dye from the blue jeans? I am trying hard to save them. Thanks.

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June 28, 20200 found this helpful
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I've heard that soaking the affected garment in cool water with OxiClean for 8 hours (before re-laundering) can help remove the transferred dye stain.

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June 30, 20200 found this helpful
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Hopefully you have not put the affected jeans in the dryer - if you have - it may take longer to clear up the stains - or maybe never..

Sometimes you can help a few stains with Pghgirl's solution from another question (I tried it and it worked).
"I have had luck with covering the stain with a thin layer of baking soda and adding a few drops of white vinegar until it bubbles up. Then rub in a few drops of simply Dawn dish soap. Not the x power or any but the original. Sometimes it takes two treatments but usually works for me. Wash in cold once stains are gone to get rid of vinegar smell."

If there are stains all over I have mixed blue Dawn with a little Oxiclean in warm to hot water in the smallest wash setting and left it to soak overnight. Just use 1/4 cup or less of Dawn and a tablespoon or so of Oxiclean; turn on machine to mix and soak overnight; then wash as usual.
Do not place in dryer - dry outside if possible but air dry.
Check for stains - you may have to treat your jeans twice no matter what treatment you use.

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January 6, 2015

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, 20151 found this helpful
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I just bought my daughter a white gymnastic's shirt she had to have and I washed 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. I washed as normal on a cold or tap cycle and dried it and she does not even know it wa ever blue!

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January 30, 2011

My fiance never separates the darks with the colors. It makes me so mad. Last night he washed my brand new dark pair of jeans with his brand new t-shirts. One is purple and the other is yellow. After taking them out of the dryer and folding them I saw that there are many blue spots all over them, making it look so dirty.

I asked my mother and his father if there was anything I could do to get the stains out of his shirts and they both told me there was nothing I can do, they were ruined. I remember that last year I went on the computer to find a way to get crayons out of clothes, so I decided to go online to search for a way to get rid of these stubborn stains. A lot of people are saying to use the bleach with boiling water method. I'm just afraid to bleach the shirts. Please help! I don't want to throw his shirts away.

By angel from PA

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January 31, 20111 found this helpful
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Try using Shout Color Catcher Sheets, available in the detergent aisle in the supermarket. Wash the shirts by themselves with several sheets. This product has worked for me.

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I got this Adidas hoodie a few weeks ago it is white, but I washed it with jeans and it has a blue tint on the outside. And the inside is full on blue . What do I do to recover my $68 hoodie? It is the only one I have and I am having a panic attack.

Please help!

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April 2, 20200 found this helpful

You can try soaking the sweatshirt in cold water to see if the dye transfer comes off before washing it again. if this is not helping add some oxygen-based bleach to the water. This should not soak for very long and you should keep an eye on this. After the stains are removed wash it right away in your machine with your soap.

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April 3, 20200 found this helpful

There is a product called Rit dye removal. Its good for bleeding dye and color bleed removal!

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April 5, 20200 found this helpful

Sounds serious but be patient and only try one suggestion at a time and give it time to work it's magic.

One important factor is the material your hoodie is made of. Usually they are cotton and if that is yours, you'll probably be able to bring it back to normal - especially since it is white. Mixed materials may be more stubborn.

Most important - do not place it in the dryer until you are absolutely sure all stains have been removed. Air dry after each method - outdoors if possible.

Here is a link that gives some of the suggestions mentioned but also others to try.

www.thespruce.com/remove-dye-transfer-stains-2146658

www.thespruce.com/how-to-remove-dye-bleeding-stains...

www.thriftyfun.com/How-to-Fix-Dye-from-Jeans-that-Transferred...

As a last resort - You might also want to try 'Color Run Remover' as it can be bought online.

www.goodhousekeeping.com/.../

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April 5, 20200 found this helpful

This may be a little more difficult than all cotton as some materials just cling to dye transfer more than others.
Powered bleach for all materials may be something to try.
I know how it is to have absolute favorites and see them 'messed up' but I think because this is white you will be able to restore it.
We all wish you good luck and let us know how things work out so others may learn from your experience.

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June 16, 2015

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, 20151 found this helpful
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Try Rit color remover dye (if they were white)

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February 12, 2015

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 Stanford S.

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February 13, 20151 found this helpful
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Well, in our house those 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.

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January 30, 2011

I washed new jeans with a silk/cotton sweater, needless to say, there are now stains on the sweater. Any idea on how I can remove them?

By Tiggerlover68 from Pittsburgh, PA


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Dye from Jeans Transferred to Other Clothing in Wash

Try soaking the silk/cotton sweater in a light mixture of bleach water and when the blue effect is gone, rinse well several times. Or, try using Oxiclean to soak it in again rinsing well. (12/30/2010)

By Myrna

Dye from Jeans Transferred to Other Clothing in Wash

The bleach thing or there's those color remover packets by Rit that they sell at Walmart in the laundry soap isle. I just saw a commercial for these cloths things that you put in the wash to help absorb colors so they don't spread. (12/31/2010)

By cheapasatoothpick

Dye from Jeans Transferred to Other Clothing in Wash

Try washing the sweater by itself with a Shout Color Catcher sheet, available in the detergent aisle of the supermarket. This is one product that really works. (01/01/2011)

By jean leiner

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