Setting Colors in Clothing So They Don't Bleed

March 2, 2010

Is there anything you can use before washing red clothing so it will not bleed afterward?

By lisa from Grand Rapids, MN



March 4, 20100 found this helpful
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Put the item(s) in the dryer for a cycle-the heat should help set the color. Also, when you wash the item, use cold water and add about a half a cup of salt to the water. Red is a toughie though, there are no guarantees-sorry.

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July 24, 2005

How do I set the dye for my new pants that are blue? A friend bought the same outfit and said when she rinsed the pants there was alot of color in the water. Should I do the top also, it is shaded in blue colors?

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By bekkicat (Guest Post)
July 25, 20051 found this helpful
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You can do one of two things: Either soak the garment in a sink of cold water with (1) a handful of salt--swish around and let sit for an hour or so (2) 1/4 cup whte vinegar with cold water. Also, let sit for and hour or so. With either ingredient, return to the sink (or wash basin) a few times to swish the garment and squeeze lightly. After an hour or so, take out the garment and squeeze excess water out. Some dye might "bleed" into the water but let the garment hang until damp-dry. Then wash with like colors.

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How do you set dye in clothing? I am looking for a solution that really keeps it from bleeding. The clothes from Indonesia are great, but they all bleed horribly.

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