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Removing Denim Stain from the Bottom of the Washer Drum

By Dr. Laundry April 14, 2017

Q. I washed new jeans and its left blue stain in bottom of washer which turns everything pale blue and I want to remove the blue stain from washer bottom.

—Anonymous

A. Hi There;

Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 can be used for general cleaning and maintenance of clothes washers, including removing the dye from your washer. I don’t know what type of machine you have, so I can give you some different options.

High Efficiency clothes washers (both front and top loading): If your HE washer has a maintenance cycle, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. If your HE washer doesn’t have a maintenance cycle, you may perform this function manually (Note: Do not put laundry in the washer):

  1. Select the hot water setting. If there is no hot water setting, then select a “white” or a “stain” cycle setting.
  2. Select the “extra rinse” option, if offered.
  3. Add Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 to the bleach dispenser. Fill to the maximum level.
  4. Run the cycle through its completion.
  5. If the HE washer does not have a second rinse option, manually select an additional rinse cycle to ensure that no bleach remains in the washer.

Traditional deep-fill clothes washers: These washers usually don’t have the special clean-out cycle that HE washers do, so you can do this manually. Make sure the clothes washer doesn’t have any laundry in it when you start.

  1. Select the highest water setting.
  2. Select the hot water cycle.
  3. Select an extra rinse, if available.
  4. Start the washer; once there is water in the bottom of the tub, add 1 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 to the tub.
  5. Run the cycle through its completion.
  6. Manually run an extra rinse if your washer doesn’t have this as a cycle option.

This will clean out not only the drum of your washer, but also the inner workings of the machine, which probably also have some dye in it. I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for writing!

—Dr. Laundry