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Bleaching Spandex

By Dr. Laundry December 4, 2008

Q. I have a 92% cotton and 8% spandex top. It had a stain that I forgot about, and I laundered it. I then tried to remove the set-in stain with bleach, and now the top has yellow spots. Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of the yellowing?

A. I’m afraid that I don’t have good news for you.

General laundering using liquid bleach on

For the future, I would consider using an oxygen bleach like our Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster for specific spot pretreatment stain removal.