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Bleach Stains

By Dr. Laundry November 20, 2008

Q. I was cleaning in the bathroom when a few drops of Clorox splashed onto my black cotton pants. Is there a way to remove the orange stains?

A. I’m afraid I don’t have good news for you. Black cotton dyes are among the most susceptible to bleaching and once it has happened, there is no way to reverse the reaction/color change. For the future, when using bleach to clean, be aware of the clothes you are wearing and consider light colored cottons.