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How to Remove Fabric Dye from Dryer Drum

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My 13 year old daughter & her friends had me dye T-Shirts for cancer awareness month. I pink t-shirt, 1 orange, and 1 yellow. The pink and orange went through no problem. But the yellow one left a yellow residue/film on the inside of the dryer. Any suggestions how to remove the film (preferrably if there's a non-toxic cleaner to use). Any suggestions are helpful and welcome. We can't dry clothes until I can get this resolved; as the yellow transfers onto everything. I did a "dry run" with cleaning rags/towels and it just keeps transferring. I've tried everything I can think of to no avail. Please HELP! Thanks!

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The transfer from the yellow cothing dye adhered itself to the the door of the dryer; as well as the tumbler, even though the other two colors didn't. Also, it stated on the package that it would'nt transfer. Please Help! Thanks in advance to any and all responses. They are Very Much appreciated!

Lessons Learned

  • I've tried Clorox bleach with water by letting it sit to try and bring out the stain; as well as Comet by letting it soak in warm water in the tumbler for ½ hour and then scrubbing with a mild abrasive steel wool pad (fine grain).

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

100% Cotton

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

I'm sorry your good efforts on behalf of cancer caused a problem. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution except elbow grease. t here are two remedies.

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

Then dry a load of wet rags or white towels to be sure that all of the dye is gone. Be sure to wash the shirts separately to ensure that the dye doesn't transfer to other clothes.

Good luck!

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