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How to Remove Dye Transfer From White Denim

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By Katie

My Laundry Question

getting spot out of white denim jeans

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My husband spilled red wine on my white jeans. I rushed into the host's house and ran cold water on a green towel to wipe out the wine or dilute it. When we got home I spot cleaned the stain with Oxi-Clean spray and washed the pants. After a couple times of this the wine stain came out but now there is a stain from the green towel I used to rub out the wine stain. How do I get rid of the stain from the green towel? I've used Oxi-Clean spray on it and washed the jeans at least six times (always in cold water and I do not put them in the dryer).

Lessons Learned

  • don't use a colored towel to rub out a stain

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

You learned a very valuable lesson the hard way about dye transfer from one fabric to another. To remove the green dye from your white jeans, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and water. You should use a full-strength powder or liquid oxygen-bleach. Follow the package directions for amount of product per volume of water. Completely submerge the jeans and allow them to soak overnight. Check the "green area" and if it is gone, wash as usual. If the stain remains, mix a new batch of solution and soak again overnight. It may take several tries but the stain should come out.

If it doesn't, try Rit Color Remover and follow the package directions. Good luck!

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