Pink Clothes from a Red Towel in the Laundry: Your Questions

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

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 tried peroxide and club soda but the load is still very pink. Is there any way to remove this dye? It contained some of his favorite shirts.

A.

I hate when this happens and pink underwear is the result. You did the right things after the “accident” by trying to soak out the color and using a mild bleach like peroxide.

To have a better chance at removal you will need to kick it up a notch on the bleach scale to liquid bleach like Clorox® Regular-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX®. So we need to know if the boxers and t-shirts can stand to be bleached.

Also remember that washing in hotter water will SLOWLY remove additional dye over time; this will usually be barely perceptible wash to wash.