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How to Remove Red Dye from White Polyester Skirt

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By PATRICIA BELL

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red dye stain on 100 pct white polyester skirt.

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I have a stain on a 100 pct white polyester skirt. The stain was transferred from a previous load of red colors and I am not sure if it occurred in the dryer or wash. I did not mix the whites with the colored clothes - these were separate loads. I would like to know if Rit color remover will safely remove the red dye from my white skirt. It is only 2 small spots, but very noticeable. Thanks

Lessons Learned

  • Unfortunately, I do not think that there is a lesson to be learned here since I did not mix the colors in either the washing machine or dryer.

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

The color transfer could have occurred from leftover dye residue in your washer. Or, if the skirt and red items were in the same hamper and were damp, the dye transfer could have happened there.

Yes, you can remove the stains with Rit Color Remover. Or, you can mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

Good luck!

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