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How to Remove Dye Stains from Dryer Drum

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By kevin g

My Laundry Question

We have new red flannel sheets. When i washed them they left a red stain on the inside of our clothes dryer. how can i remove the stain, i don't want to use anything to damage the surfaces of the inside of the dryer.

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This happened when we washed the sheets in warm water and dried them on warm settings. We washed them as "regular" clothing and tried them the same way, with "regular" settings, the same as we would for any other sheets.

Lessons Learned

  • I tried rubbing the stains with Rubbing Alcohol, nothing happened. tried, clorox hard surface cleaner, nothing as well.

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Red Flannel Sheets

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Oops! Well, as you know the dye wasn't stable on the sheets and that is what is on the inside of your dryer drum. Unfortunately, there is no easy solutions. But here are two remedies.

Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean each area of the drum. You'll need to rinse it out frequently in clear water and just keep moving all the way around the drum. When all the red is gone, wipe down the interior with clear water.

This one is more harsh, use a solution of chlorine bleach and water to wipe down the drum. You'll need about 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water. When the red is gone, the entire drum must be rinsed with clear water. Then dry a load of wet rags or white towels to be sure that all of the bleach is gone.

You might also want to check the inside of your washer to be sure that no dye is deposited there. You can run a cycle with hot water and bleach only to clean your washer.

Good luck!

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