Removing Dye That Transferred in Wash

I washed a pair of my hubby's jeans with a burgundy cotton twill chair cover. The dye ran out of the cover unto the jeans; what a mess! I pulled the cover out and washed the jeans separately and they seemed OK so I put them in the dryer. When I removed them, his jeans are pinky blue. He is going to kill me since he just bought them.


By Jo-Ann from Sarnia, ON

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January 23, 20150 found this helpful
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I have no idea when your post was made, so this may be of no help for you. I've had good luck getting that accidental "pink" out of jeans by soaking them in barely warm bleach water in a bucket for a few minutes. It will require careful patience and up to about 30 minutes. The bleach works faster in hot water and it is very hard to gauge what is happening, warm water is much safer.

  1. Wet the pants
  2. Add 1/4 cup of bleach to a bucket of warm water
  3. Stir
  4. Lower the pants into the bucket slowly, so they are not getting crinkled before they are soaked in the bleach solution.
  5. Check and stir by swishing up, down and sideways every few minutes, set your timer!
  6. You will notice the pink leaving.
  7. When gone, rinse, rinse, rinse, put 1/2c. white vinegar in the 2nd rinse.

  8. Spin out in washer, dry as usual.

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