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Getting Red Dye Out of Clothing

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      I recently washed my husbands favorite shirts with a red cotton sweater.  Needless to say everything has turned pink and red.  I haven’t dried these clothes yet, they are still soaking in plain water in my washer.  I really need to know how to get the red dye out of these clothes or I might be on my way to divorce court.  Can anyone help me  :'(


        Rit Dye Company has a product for getting colors out before you dye.  This might work.  Good luck 8)


          Just a word of warning — the color removers REALLY remove the color from clothing. I turned a whole load of good clothes light blue after washing them with a navy sweater.  I soaked them, rewashed them, and finally used the color remover. The problem was the color remover removed all the color from EVERYTHING and now the clothes are all a dusky gray. Sometimes it is best to cut your losses and make do. I imagine lots of men and boys are wearing light pink undies — I know the guys around here are!  :D


            Bleeding of Colors:  :(  First off, DON’T DRY THEM! Wash again with regular detergent and color-safe bleach. If that didn’t work, the makers of clothes dye, makes a color remover that works wonders and doesn’t cost much.   Also added by the author was that she uses that oxygen cleaner to prevent the bleeding in the first place; apparently 1 scoop/load and with every wash.


              I haven’t tried this but… I’ve seen those cloths that are sold in the stores that are supposed to take unwanted color out of laundry. I think you throw them in with each load to start with. It would seem that it would work as long as the clothes remain wet. I’m thinking of getting a couple when I see them on sale for just such a disaster.


                I actually got this tip off this site under the subject “Getting Pink out of a Black and White Sweater” and it worked like a charm. ;) I accidentally threw my sons white shirt with a red collar in with the regular white load with bleach. The color from the collar bled all over the shirt. I was sooo mad!  >:( It was not a cheap shirt. So I let the shirt soak in a plastic tub with some cold water and some dishwashing detergent. (cascade, electrosol, etc.) I left it for about a day and the shirt came out perfectly white. And the best part is, it didnt fade the red collar at all like dye removers can. I highly recommend this and would like to give a big thanks to the wonderful person who first posted this suggestion. You saved me.


                  You can also wash clothes in 1/2 cup vinegar
                  along with detergent for first wash to set colors.
                  I’ve heard some folks say they use 1/2 cup salt too.


                    Hi I recently washed my son's expensive black t shirt on a delicate wash but his underarm white stains didn't come out. The next time I washed it I soaked and rubbed these parts in Vanish powder which worked but which was too strong on one side as there are now patches of underlying red colour. I rubbed them again in vanish trying to restore the colour but hasn't worked and he will go mad…. Please help as quick as you can, it's only a small patch. Thanks Paula

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