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Color Runoff & Transfers

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  • Removing the pink when red clothes dye whites

    How do I treat my white clothes that were turned pink from washing alongside red clothes? You should be able to restore the white items that picked up a pink color with a bleach soaking solution as long as the white items are safely bleachable. Note...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    08/20/13 124452
  • Black and White Shirt: Your Questions

    I have a black & white shirt, and when I washed it, the black bled into the white. So now instead of having a black & white shirt, I have a black and dingy white shirt. Is there anything I can do to return the white to its normal color withou...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    10/28/08 34676
  • How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

    I accidentally threw my girls’ clothes with a black dress of mine and all of their clothes now have a gray tint! I washed it a couple of times with vinegar (home remedy I read online) and it was no help. I’m getting ready to wash it with...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    10/13/14 21647
  • Ruined Whites?

    A few white items were washed in a color load and turned blue. Some of the items were all white and others had colored patterns. I did not put them in the dryer.  Currently, I’m soaking them in 1 cup white distilled vinegar and detergent.  If this do...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    02/24/12 24013
  • Color Bleeding Removal

    How do I remove color bleeding during laundering? Most garments that are new bleed a little, but usually they stop after a few cycles, so washing newer items alone or only with like colors is an effective strategy for limiting dye transfer.  To rest...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    04/17/12 14335
  • How do I get red dye out of fabric?

    I washed a new quilt and the red fabric color faded onto everything else. What do I do? Dye transfer problems are so disheartening. Usually items that pick up color can be restored—that’s the good news!  The challenge here will be adapting the techn...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    01/30/15 19761
  • Bleaching a White Coat

    My white coat has a pink hue on it – can I safely bleach it? 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.  Cotto...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    12/16/11 2807
  • Pink Clothes from a Red Towel in the Laundry: Your Questions

    Help! I washed my son’s clothes with a towel that bled red dye all through the load. My son is 20 and he had boxer shorts and t-shirts in the load. Some of the t-shirts have some designs on them. I have left the load in soak overnight and trie...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    09/04/08 5449
  • Color Bleeding in Spandex

    I washed a new white top with spandex in it with light colors and now it is grey. How do I get it back to white? Your issue is dye transfer after just one cycle. Unfortunately, the fact that your top contains spandex means you won’t be able to ...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    02/20/13 2451
  • Removing Red Dye from Whites

    Q. This weekend I washed a load of whites and included 1 top with red trim with the load in cold water. The red dye left everything a faint pink color which I would like to remove, but I’m not sure of the best approach. The load contained: ...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    09/02/10 2514