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Bleach and Silk

By Dr. Laundry September 14, 2010

Q. Need your help. I accidentally bleached a white silk top and it turned yellow. I didn’t realize it’s not suitable for silk. How can I turn it white again?

A. That’s too bad about your silk top. I wish I had better news for you, but unfortunately it can’t be restored. While so many fabrics can be safely bleached, it’s important to keep track of the fabrics it shouldn’t be used on. In addition to not bleaching silk, you also want to avoid bleaching animal hair fibers (wool, cashmere, alpaca, angora, mohair, etc.) as well as leather and spandex. Thanks for writing!