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Bleaching a White Coat

By Dr. Laundry December 16, 2011

Q: My white coat has a pink hue on it – can I safely bleach it?

A:  It is important to know the material of your coat – if it’s wool, silk, leather, mohair or spandex, then you don’t want to bleach it, and should take it to a dry cleaner.  Cotton, poly-cotton, and polyester can be bleached, and you could try a bleach soaking solution to remove the pink hue.  Fully submerge the coat in 1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water for 5 minutes.  Drain the soaking solution and then wash in warm water with detergent + 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  Air dry and check for success.  Hopefully the pink color will be gone, but if any remains then I would try RIT® Color Remover; just be sure to follow the package instructions.

Something else to watch out for is if the coat is down-filled.  In that case, it also shouldn’t be bleached.