How to Remove Coloring Washed Into Clothes

How to Remove Coloring Washed Into Clothes. If you've ever turned your underwear and socks pink, you know what a surprise to discover that an item has run and tinted the entire laundry. Since the color was so eager to leave one garment, it may be fairly easy to remove it from others. Follow these steps to rescue your laundry.

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Remove the color-stained items from the wash. Find the item that bled and set it aside.

Get the color-stained items back into the washer immediately. Fill the washer with enough cold water to cover them.

Start the machine to agitate the laundry. Add 4 to 8 oz. of chlorine bleach to the washer for white items that are stained. Add twice as much white vinegar as bleach. Use a non-chlorine bleach for colored items.

Let the washer agitate for 5 minutes then stop it. Allow the items to soak for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Add an appropriate amount of laundry soap to the machine. Run the washer through the full cycle.

Check the items when the wash cycle is complete. Compare white items to a dry, white towel to make sure that no color remains. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 for items still holding color.

Soak the items in a basin. Add a product like specialized product to remove color runs. Use according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test fabrics for color-fastness. Put a drop of water on an inside seam and then blot with a cotton ball or white towel. Note that color transfer means that the color is not "fast" and the item should be washed separately or with like items.
  • Remember that heat sets color. Use cold water. Keep the items wet until the color run is removed.
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