Repairing Bleach Stains on Clothing

Loads of our clothing have been ruined. I presume these are bleach stains. How can I get rid of them or any recommendations on what washing powder to use? This was Surf from Coles. We have a top loader.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

Bleach takes out the color. You can use a matching Sharpie or dab matching dye on with a small paintbrush.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

It looks more to me like residue from the detergent. Try to soak the worst item in a bucket with some vinegar and baking soda and see if that gets out the residue.

If it truly is bleach, you may be able to salvage the black or navy items using a Rit or other dye (follow directions on the pack exactly). I have had limited success with this, but only for black or navy items. Other colors are too difficult to match.

Good luck! Hope it is just residue vinegar and baking soda removes (1 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup soda and cool water).

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

I agree that it sounds more like soap residue than a bleach problem.

  • Here is something to try; load washer with cold water to halfway mark; add 1 or 2 cups white vinegar; turn on washer to mix and leave agitator working (or not); add any dark clothes to the washer and continue through the wash cycle (just water and vinegar). Water halfway mark should give clothes a good shake up.
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  • Check your clothes and hopefully the residue will be gone but let clothes air dry to be sure it is all gone. If some still remains, try again with warm water.
  • Remember in the future that it may be best to use liquid detergent (probably about half the usually called for) and put 1 cup white vinegar in last rinse with no other softener.
  • If you have to use powdered detergent, try putting 1/3 t0 1/2 the usual amount and turn washer on for a minute or so before putting clothes in washer. Use vinegar in final rinse.
  • Hope this works for you.
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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

I don't think bleach got in your wash. If it did the stains would be much worse and your clothes would be full of spots. I believe that the soap that you used to wash your clothes in didn't rinse all the way out and has left soap stains on your clothes.


This should be an easy fix if you want to wash your clothes again and this time don't add soap to the machine. Next time you wash clothes, buy a new laundry soap to use and don't use this one again.

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

in case it IS a bleach stain, you can actually use permanent markers! Black is the easiest one to use. Probably not use Sharpies but those super fumey permanent markers because sharpies might wash out

you just dab it on, or use a feathering technique (barely touching it)

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