How to Remove the Stains Caused by Bleeding Denim

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New dark-wash jeans have an irritating habit of transferring their dark blue dye to anything that rubs against them, whether it's skin, a leather handbag or a light-colored shirt. To make sure that the denim doesn't bleed, wash them before you wear them, and if they are still bleeding, soak them for a few hours and wash them again. If you need to remove the stains, remember that they are dye stains and should be treated as such.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Carbona Color Run Remover

Removing Denim Stains from Leather

  • Mix a little clear liquid dish soap with water.

  • Dip a clean cloth into the soapy water.

  • Rub the affected leather with the cloth until the stain is removed. Wring out the cloth if it gets a lot of dye on it and dip it into the soapy water again.

Removing Denim Stains from Clothes

  • Dissolve a packet of Carbona Color Run Remover, a brand of stain remover, in 4 gallons of very hot water.

  • Place the dye-stained clothing into the solution and let soak, stirring occasionally.

  • Rinse the garment thoroughly with water once the stain is removed to remove the color run remover solution.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the denim dye stain is minor, try just spot cleaning with the Carbona Color Run Remover powder.
  • Rinse the garment completely after removing the stain to make sure that the Carbona Color Run Remover solution doesn't start removing more than just the stain.

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