How do I remove dye bleeding from laundry and fix ruined clothes? Pink seems to be the most dreaded color to find on white underwear when a red sock gets mixed in; but I’ve also seen colored clothes with a new tint when a garment with unset dye bleeds on everything else.
These stain removal techniques will work if the dye bleed is on white or colored fabric. Use the same technique if one color in a printed fabric has bled onto another. Just remember to use oxygen-based bleach - NOT chlorine bleach!
The first thing to do is find the culprit and pull it out. Then rewash all the clothes using a non-chlorine (oxygen-based) bleach or a cup of white distilled vinegar in addition to your regular laundry detergent. Do this BEFORE you put the clothes in the dryer.
If you have already dried the clothing or the dye transfer is heavy, you will need to take time to soak the clothing before rewashing. Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach - OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Oxygen Bleach, Seventh Generation Oxygen Bleach - and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Submerge the stained items and allow them to soak for at least eight hours. Check the clothes and if the dye stains are gone, wash as usual. If they remain, mix a fresh batch of oxygen bleach solution and soak for another eight hours then wash.
This is why clothes should be sorted correctly. Just because something hasn’t faded before doesn’t mean it never will. Sometimes it takes several washings before dyes begin to wash out and cling to the unsuspecting!
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