White T-shirts Turned Pink?

My 2 teen sons recently bought some t-shirts. The shirts are white with colorful pictures of trucks, etc. on them. My problem is that when washing them something red got in with the shirts. Needless to say now we have 7 new "pink" shirts that the boys refuse to wear. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get them white again? I have tried washing them in clorox, peroxide, bluing, and have even sprayed them and washed with resolve. Thanks for any ideas.


Betty from Ruckersville, VA

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By Krysi (Guest Post)
October 22, 20050 found this helpful

That's going to be your best bet. Also you could try SuperClean. It's in the automotive aisle. It's what mechanics use to wash the oil/etc. from their clothes, and it really works AMAZINGLY. Just add a cup or two depending on how pink they are. You can use it on all your whites too (not baby clothes though, it will wash the fire retardant out). My ex was a mechanic, and that was 5 years ago.. I STILL use it on all my clothes! Way better than oxyclean.

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By debbie (Guest Post)
October 22, 20050 found this helpful

i would just over-dye them with a darker color (like red, dark green, navy, etc) that your kids DO like.

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By Joanne (Guest Post)
October 26, 20050 found this helpful

Place the pink T-shirts in a large tub of hot water. Boil a lemon in a couple of cups of water on the stove for a minute or two. Pour the boiled lemon and water into the tub of pink T-shirts and let them soak until the pink T-shirts are bright white again.


The boiled lemon is like a bleach. Don't mix the lemon with regular bleach. It will make holes in the material

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By Marilyn Norton (Guest Post)
October 29, 20050 found this helpful

This happened to me. I read to use liquid (only) dishwasher detergent. I wet the material and submerged them into a container of 1/3 detergent to water. Agitate them and let soak only until the pink comes out. Worked great for me. Good Luck.

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By Confused (Guest Post)
April 17, 20080 found this helpful

My baby clothes do this. When he poops up his back I soaked his clothes in water then put in the washer the next day. Took them out and the sleeper was bright pink.
I have also seen this with some throw up shirts I've washed out then laundered? Don't know what causes it. He is mostly breast fed, but not always.

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June 5, 20170 found this helpful

Best thing to do is hang clothes out in the sun and it takes the colour right out. Works great on lilly stamen stains too.

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By Ham Fam Mom (Guest Post)
September 13, 20080 found this helpful

Use 'all fabric bleach' from SA8. Mix with warm water and soak. Then wash with SA8 laundry detergent.


Works every time. I know because my husband has done this three times! You can get SA8 laundry products at

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February 27, 20171 found this helpful

Sorry, tried this and it didn't work.

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November 11, 20092 found this helpful

Another poster referred to SA8, but they have a better product which is Trizyme. OK, but this is past being a protein issue, it is a dye issue.
Get the Rit Dye Remover. Same place as Rit Dye is. Toss it in, that many shirts, use 1 bottle or 2 boxes. Hot water. Let it fill, dump in Rit then clothes, let swish. Shut off for about 15 minutes, Check shirts to see how they are coming, then go back and restart washer to run cycle to agitate. Never had anything NOT come out this way.


FYI, those with new front loading washers cannot do this, they have to do it on the stove in a large kettle. Cannot do dyes in those washers.

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December 11, 20091 found this helpful

Just an FYI, SA8 & Trizyme are Amway products.

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April 11, 20161 found this helpful

SuperClean is great it works on a lot stuff. My other half cleans the trash cans and the drive way with it. If you run your car through tar and you can get to it pretty quick it will take it off. I now keep at least 2 jugs around just in case. Like another poster when working on cars it sure does a number on grease and oil

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