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Removing Yellow Splotches from a White Silk Blouse

By Dr. Laundry April 20, 2017

Q. I have a white silk blouse that got bleach on it and now has yellow splotches all over. Is there any way to get this out?

—Claudia

A. Hi Claudia;

I wish I had better news for you, but the discoloration is permanent.

Silk (along with wool, mohair, leather and spandex should never be washed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 or exposed to its sodium hypochlorite bleach active in any other laundry or home cleaning products.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for writing.

—Dr. Laundry