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How to Remove Dye Transfer on Colored Clothing

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October 29, 2018

I washed new black jeans with a green shirt and now has stains all over it. Is there a way to fix it?

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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

Provided you didn't put the item in the dryer, the Rit Color Grabber might work.

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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

Try some regular blue Dawn massaged into the stains, and then soak for an hour in a vinegar and baking soda solution and wash in cold. The vinegar and baking soda is one to 2 cups vinegar in a bucket with half cup baking soda and enough cold water to cover garment.

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It will fizz up. Don't use the dryer until you have all the stains out. It sometimes takes a few treatments!

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November 6, 20180 found this helpful

Hopefully you have not dried your shirt but some remedies may still work even if you have. You may just have to repeat the process more than once.

  • Good remedies have been suggested but I would be careful if using any color remover as it may remove more than just the stains (or even remove color and leave the stain) but may be used if very, very careful and watchful.
  • I have used rubbing alcohol on some colorfast material but not sure about polyester (you do not state the material type). Just pour rubbing alcohol on the shirt and squish it around to make sure the complete shirt is covered.
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  • Let it rest for 30 minutes or so and check; if still stained leave another 30 minutes and wash as usual. This process may work and it is not hard on clothes.
  • I have also used non-chlorine bleach (OkiClean is one) and let garment soak for several hours and it worked most of the time.
  • Be sure you read EVERY detail on a product before using it on your clothes as most are not recommended for removing color run but are to be used in your wash before you have color run.
  • Here is a product that I have used and it usually works. It can sometimes be found at most big box stores (Walmart, Target) but usually always at Michaels's or JoAnn's or other craft stores.
  • www.amazon.com/.../ref=psdc_15356211_t2_B004TQWWMK?tag...
  • Here is a link to a site that has some very good suggestions with full instructions.
  • www.thespruce.com/how-to-remove-dye-bleeding-stains...
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Here is a very useful site for anyone wondering what all those symbols mean that are now on most clothes tags.

www.textileaffairs.com/c-common.htm

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July 14, 2011

I have the same problem. I washed some clothes and one of them bled on the others and the other clothes changed in color. I live in Lebanon and I didn't find the products named in the feedback. Could someone help me please?

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November 30, 20180 found this helpful

I found this link while reading answers. It should be worth a try.
www.thespruce.com/how-to-remove-dye-bleeding-stains...

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January 30, 2011

I have a black and white cow print jacket made out of cotton. I washed it with sweatshirts that I've washed a lot. One was light pink. It faded on the jacket. How do I get the pink out?

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December 30, 2010

I have a red garment which had blue colour run onto it. I need advice as to how to get rid of this blue colour? Regards.

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July 17, 2010

I hand washed a bright multicolored striped swimsuit with mild liquid soap, and the color from the stripes bled into each other, particularly into the white striping. Can this be removed?

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June 6, 2010

I hand washed a beige silk-blend sweater that has red and green florets and of course, the red bled onto the sweater. Is Rit Dye Remover good for spot cleaning?

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February 12, 2010

I tried cleaning a food spot from an expensive cotton sweatshirt, which is dark blue with a wide yellow stripe. The spot was on the yellow stripe, which has a dark blue backing.

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September 17, 2009

I washed colored laundry and had a blue towel in with them. Now all my colored laundry has blue spots on them.

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My children wear these clothes a lot. How can I get the blue dye out of my colored clothes?

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August 16, 2009

I washed my husband's blue shorts with a new red shirt of his, in cold water. The blue shorts which have been washed once before bled into the redshirt. The redshirt now has blue spots on it. How can I remove this mess?

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June 9, 2009

I have a blouse that is 100% ramie. The instructions were to machine wash, but I chose to hand wash. In some places the black has run, not all.

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June 3, 2009

How do I take color that bled from fabric sewn onto a towel off the towel, but not take the color out of the material it belongs on?

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February 17, 2009

I just washed my brand new pink and cream maternity outfit with some blue pants and the blue bled all over the outfit. Anyone know a way to get the blue o

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January 13, 2009
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January 6, 2009

How do you remove color stains from a shirt?

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December 23, 2008

My light blue cotton shirt has got red colored stains while washing. How can I remove the stains?

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March 21, 2008

I need to find out how to get color stains out of other colored clothes.

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