How to Remove Dye Stains From Clothes
It’s one of the worst things that could happen when it comes to doing the laundry: dye transfer. But even if it seems that the widespread stain will be there forever, there are a few ways to try cleaning it, both for white and colored clothes.
We at 5-Minute Crafts would like to give you a few tips on how to remove the transferred dye from your clothes.
What you’ll need
Step 1. Check the entire load.
- Once you find the culprit, take it out from the washer and set it aside so that you can wash it later with similar colored clothes.
- Now, check each piece of laundry carefully to see if others have stains or discoloration.
- Those with no stains can be transferred to a clothesline or a dryer.
Step 2. Rewash the stained laundry.
- Put the dyed clothes in the washing machine.
- Rewash them, but this time use a powdered oxygen bleach combined with regular detergent.
- Once done, check again, if the dye hasn’t been removed, it’s time for the next step.
Step 3. Remove dye stains.
From white clothes:
- Fill a bathtub or a sink with cool water.
- Add non-chlorine bleach, and let your clothes soak here for at least a few hours. However, make sure to use bleach carefully and always read the label before doing so.
- After soaking, wash the laundry in the washing machine as usual.
- If the dye is still there, repeat the process once more.
From colored clothes:
- Dampen a clean white cloth with hairspray, rubbing alcohol, or other solvents that are 90% alcohol.
- Dap the dye stain repeatedly. The dye should keep transferring from the clothes onto the cloth.
- After this, rinse the clothes with warm water.
- And lastly, wash in the washing machine.
- If the stain persists, you can repeat the process.