Removing Denim Stain from the Bottom of the Washer Drum

Advice from Dr. Laundry
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-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX® 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-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX® 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-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX® 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