Question: How do I remove dye bleeding from laundry and fix ruined clothes?
Whether you find that all of your white underwear is now pink (that rogue red sock) or your favorite striped sweater no longer has crisp lines, dye bleeding is always a headache.
The first thing to do is find the bleeding 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.
Patience will be a virtue.
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!
Can you prevent or stop color bleeding? Sometimes. Learn more about preventing dye transfer disasters and what is just an old wives' tale about setting colors.
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