Treating Bleach Spots and Stains

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As the queen of mending, here's another sneaky tip. If there are discolorations, such as bleach spots on your clothing, you can "mend" them by trying to fill in the bleached spot with various coloring methods. If the material is beige/tan, you can try applying hot tea/coffee with a Q-tip several times until you get the matching color. You can also use colored markers. (I just "dyed" a bra extender for a pink bra using pink highlighter + then water.)

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If, on the other hand, you have a spot to be bleached out, you can apply regular bleach to the spot, which has been made wet, with a Q-tip and repeat until the spot disappears. (This gives you greater control over the process and only bleaches one area.) No is no need to buy pricey bleach pens! You can also use hydrogen peroxide as a bleach. This is much less harsh and you can try repeated applications with a cotton ball until the stain is gone. Or you can apply the same hydrogen peroxide and then, using a pressing cloth, iron the spot to heighten the bleaching strength of the peroxide. (In the old days, people used to use that method for any white cottons that had gotten scorched by ironing on too high a heat.)

By pam munro from Los Angeles, CA

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