White Polyester Spandex Top Turned Pink?

My daughter's cheer crop is blue with white inserts on the arms. The white has turned pink! The fabric is polyester and Spandex. I've tried hand washing in the sink and I'm now trying the baking soda paste to see if it helps. Anyone have other ideas? Will the RIT color remover work or will it ruin the blue?

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January 27, 20190 found this helpful

Fill a 5 gallon bucket with hot tap water. Add 2 T each dishwasher powder and hydrogen peroxide. Soak overnight. Wash as usual in the morning.

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January 28, 20190 found this helpful

Do you happen to know what garment the "pink/red" came from so you can isolate it next time? Sometimes a color run can come from just a red tag on another garment.

Hope you have not dried the cheer crop as that would make it more difficult to remove.

You definitely do not want to use Rit color remover as that would remove part or all of the blue also.

There is a product called Color Run Remover that is especially made for removing runs like this. It is sold at Walmart/Target type stores as well as online. Just be sure to test it on a small area of the blue first so you know the blue is colorfast. Do not dry garment until you are sure all the pink is gone.



In the future, you may want to use Color Grabber in your first wash to maybe keep colors from running.

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January 29, 20190 found this helpful

Nothing pink or red washed with the crops that I found. There were just 15 crops in the wash. I will try your suggestion. Thank you!

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January 29, 20190 found this helpful

I recently used the color run remover and it seemed to do the trick. It wasn't spandex though. i wonder if you can remove the colour of a synthetic fabric

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February 24, 20190 found this helpful

I just read a recipe for homemade Oxi clean, which I am going to try today so I can't vouch for it yet, but it is for a similar situation as you have, but my issue is blue on white (jeans bled to a shirt).


So it calls for 1 cup water, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup regular peroxide. Whisk together, put 1/2 directly on to the stain and let it soak in (10-15 minute) then put the rest in the washer with the regular detergent, let it sit on a soak cycle, then regular wash, then rinse. It says it could take 2 -3 tries.

If you try it before me, let me know if it works. I need to get more peroxide so I can try it tomorrow or Tuesday. I hope it works for us both!!!

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February 24, 20190 found this helpful

I just had to post back.

Since it was just one item I was dealing with, and all I had was 1/3 cup of the peroxide, I reduced it to 1/3 cup baking soda and 2/3 cups water and whisked it together and put it on the stain (which was old by the way--I had set the shirt aside and forgot about it until I saw this recipe).


So I put it on the stain, let it set for about 15 minutes, dumped the rest in the washer with the rest of the shirts (mostly whites, but some had color sleeves and trims that I know NEVER bleed) and washed as usual with the regular amount of Tide.

The stain is almost gone just a very, very faint outline of it!! I am so excited. I am now totally out of the ingredients, so I will repeat tomorrow.

If we get sun (ha ha--it is Pittsburgh after all), I will line dry it outside as sun helps the process too! I am just thrilled! This may have saved my favorite shirt!! Woo hoo!!

PS, the only thing I did not like about this solution is that there was some "residue" left in the place where you are supposed to put fabric softener--mine is in the center of the 1/2 agitator thingy. I never use fabric softener due to allergies, so that wasn't the issue. I just had to wipe it out. It was the baking soda grit left over. But that was an easy clean up!

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