How to Fix White Clothing Dyed Blue

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If you have washed a blue garment with a white one, some blue dye may transfer to the white clothing. It can be difficult but here are some ideas on how to fix white clothing dyed blue.


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December 28, 2010

I've just accidentally washed new white tops (which contain slight splashes of color design) with a blue skirt. Now the main body of both white tops is pale blue. What can I do?

By chelsey from Sandpoint, ID

Homemade Dye Remover

My Mom has been using this recipe for years to fix this problem. Mix 1/2 cup bleach and 1/2 cup powdered Cascade in a 2-gallon bucket of warm water. Mix until the Cascade is dissolved and soak item for about 2 hours Then wash the item in cold water.

By Sandy

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June 23, 2009

(format_html)I have dyed an item of clothing from white to blue (through another item bleeding in the wash). Is there any way to take this color back out, or am I now stuck with a blue top? The item is made of cotton and I have left it to soak in normal water.


Sarah from UK



There is a product that removes color by RIT, the company which makes dyes. We used it when we got a red garment in the white wash load and they came out white again. It might be worth checking out. Good luck!

By Guest from Delaware

Oxygen Bleach

I've seen the color remover by RIT, but I haven't tried it yet. You could try a strong all-fabric (oxygen) bleach solution, then wash the shirt again, using oxygen bleach in the washer, too.

Just dissolve the recommended amount for a full wash load in a container big enough to submerge the top. Use hot water, unless you're worried about shrinkage. I let it soak all day if that's what it takes.

If it's still a little blue, you can re-soak in oxygen bleach, or follow the directions for the old standby, chlorine bleach. I love oxygen bleach because it is safe, and it won't weaken the fabric, even if you soak it several times. You can throw in some other dingy clothes to whiten them up, too!


By Elizabeth

Iron Out

If the RIT product doesn't work I rely on a product called "Iron Out". It is used to remove iron from all kinds of things, but I've used it often on white only laundry that's been stained.

I recently had a white top that had unknown blue stains on it following a trip through the washer, and it came out so pretty and white after being treated with the Iron Out. You will find it in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store.

Shout Color Catcher

Using the Rit color remover is an excellent idea. To keep this from ever happening again, "Shout Color Catcher" sheets keep colors from mixing in your washer. After putting your clothes in the washer, the sheet goes on top to catch any color that might fade. It's an excellent product, everyone needs some in their laundry room.


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December 28, 2010

How do I get blue dye out of white clothing?

By athayer from IN


December 29, 20100 found this helpful
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Go to the store and buy RIT dye out or dye remover. Works great. Follow instructors. Water must be hot.

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December 31, 2009

I washed a blue shirt with a white shirt, and the white one came out with blue blotches. How can I get it clean?

By Larry Hedgpeth from Seattle, WA




The blue is the dye from the other blue shirt which bled onto the white shirt. It won't have set well, so you should be able to soak it out or use bleach to remove the unwanted color. I just got a blue spot on a red t-shirt with blue trim, but it came out after washing that area carefully several times. Avoid hot water, as that will usually set the dye.

By pam munro

Heat Sets Stains

Bleach is the way to go. And stay away from hot water and the dryer, or an iron, because heat tends to set the color or stain in. If bleach won't work, you can go to a drug store or a fabric store where they sell Rit dye and buy Rit's dye remover. This should do the trick.

Simply put the bleach and the laundry soap into the water before adding the clothes, then after it's agitated and mixed in, add the clothes and agitate a minute or so. Then turn the washer off and leave your clothes to sit about half an hour, then turn the washer back on and wash as usual.


By Cyinda


Go to the super market, and buy a packet of Runaway. Follow instructions. I found that this works the best.

By rose

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