Your Questions: White + Red = Pink

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

My husband washed a red sweatshirt with his whites which are now pink. Can his dress shirts be saved and turned white again? They are cotton/polyester blend.

A.

Oops on the red sweatshirt! After the shirts have been dried they are pretty well dyed pink from the red dye. If they are white you might try soaking in Clorox Regular Bleach2 (¼ cup in gallon of cool water for 5-10 minutes) then wash in hot water with detergent plus ¾ cup Clorox Regular-Bleach. If that doesn’t work, the last resort is dye remover like Rit, but this is kind of powerful stuff. If all else fails might be time for some new dress shirts….