Q: I recently purchased white towels so that I could bleach them to keep them fresh and white! Well, I accidentally put a white towel in with a color load and the towel came out pink. I didn't notice it until after it had fully dried in the dryer with the color load.I tried rewashing the towel and filling my bleach container to the max line (I have an HE washer). The towel was still pink after the wash. What should I do now?One other question... is there a benefit to adding bleach to a load of colored clothes? If so, how much bleach do I add so that the clothes aren't ruined.
A: Thanks for writing—these are great questions and I am happy to help. Let’s start with the towel.
For dye transfer (that’s what it’s called when dye comes off one item and transfers to another), I recommend starting with a bleach soak to get the unwanted color off. Because you have an HE washer, it’s best to do this in a plastic dish pan or bucket that is large enough to easily hold the towel.