My husband washed an expensive white towel with a deep red border around it in hot water. My towel is now pink. He showed it to me and I did not dry it.
It might be too late to save your towel. An option is that you can bleach the towel white. Sorry...
In the 70s when I used to sew, I was advised to wash colored cotton and blend fabrics in cold water with vinegar, then dry on hot before cutting out a pattern.
Nowadays, after purchase, if an item has the potential to bleed, I wash in cold with vinegar and dry (not necessarily hi heat) to set the dye. Since color catchers were introduced, I now use those after the initial wash and dry with items that might bleed.
I wish you the best of luck.
Use RIT dye/color removal for this, or buy pure oxyclean to remove the bleeding color!
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I read about using boiling water and bleach for taking out color bleeding. It appears that these were white clothes. What about green towels that had a red towel thrown in? They are now an awful brown color. Will the boiling water and bleach work on colored items?
Bleach on your green/brown towel will take out the green as well as the red. It may not put spots on the towel, if you have dissolved the bleach in the water thoroughly, but it will fade out the green and the red both. You will just end up with faded brown towels.
You could try just using a hot wash with lots of detergent. I don't think that would hurt the towels in any way. I would be wary of any color remover, as I think it would remove the original green as well as the new red.
Try "Dye Grabber". It worked great for me with some similarly stained clothing. One terry-cloth Dye Grabber is good for 30 loads of clothes. I bought mine @ JoAnn Fabrics
I washed a nice cream color towel with different colored towels, and the red bled onto the cream towels. Can I use bleach on the cream color towel to get the color bleed out?
Try soaking in color-safe bleach.
If you frequently have to do mixed- color loads, invest in Shout! Color Catcher sheets to "catch" the dye. Better than ruining towels or clothes.
I have this white cotton beach towel with a blue print on it. I accidentally washed my son's red shirt with it and now the white has turned pink. I have tried soaking it in soaker and then washing it and hanging it in the sun, but it's only faded the colour a little. Can you suggest anything else I can do to remove the colour with out ruining the blue print on it, so I don't have to buy a new one to replace it?
I've attached an image of the towel that I brought.
Soak overnight in a 5-gallon bucket of hot water with a couple of tablespoons each of hydrogen peroxide and powdered dishwasher detergent.
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I washed a white towel with a green one in hot water. The greed dye has run. I have kept the old white towel (now light green) wet.