Repairing Bleach Spot on Clothing

I splashed bleach accidentally on my grey Nike tracksuit bottoms. Any solutions to my problem?

By Gerry from London, Surrey Quays


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April 7, 20150 found this helpful

Bleach is very unforgiving-the spots are not only lost color but possible changes in the fabric as well. You can try to dye the pants but the result may not be the same color, likely lighter in the bleach spots.

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April 8, 20150 found this helpful

Place waxed paper wrapped cardboard between the layers of fabric, taping the fabric tight around the cardboard with masking tape, making sure the bleach spot(s) are centered on top. Take fabric markers, I suggest white and black. Put the white on first then add black until you get as close a color match as possible. Allow to dry overnight. Hope this helps

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April 8, 20151 found this helpful

This exact thing has happened to me. I had a terry cloth short set some years back and was devastated some bleach I was cleaning with splashed on the shorts. Looked horrible. While in dept. store in sewing section, I had a brainstorm. Butterfly appliques caught my eye. I bought the package of different sizes and sewed them on the bleach spots. Now, it looks like they should have been there all along. Good luck!

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April 8, 20151 found this helpful

Best luck I have had was to use Sharpie marker in a matching color. I had a par of black khakis I got from the thrift store to wear to work, and didn't realize there were bleach spots. I used a black sharpie, filling in the spots with a series of dots instead of trying to color it. Seemed to make the edges of the stain blend a little better.


I still have the sharpie in case the spot fades again but so far it hasn't even after washing. The problem with bleach spots is they change the fabric's ability to hold the dye pigment, and that effect is permanent, so the spot will always look different from the rest of the garment if you dye it.

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