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How To Rescue Clothes You've Dyed In The Wash

How To Rescue Clothes You've Dyed In The Wash

If you've dyed your clothes in the wash, rewash the clothes immediately. Separate the whites and as a last resort add a cup of bleach to the washing machine. The dyed clothes should be back to there original whiteness.

Step 1: You will need

  • 1 Pile of dyed laundry
  • 1 washing machine
  • 1 Bottle of bleach
  • 1 white vinegar

Step 2: Separate and re-wash

Separate the whites and rewash them, using non-chlorine bleach or a cup of white vinegar.
If you put the clothes in the dryer before this second wash, the heat will set the stains.
It's always better to handle anything that has gone wrong while it's still wet.

Step 3: Bleach as a last measure

If it still won't budge, try starting a new load of ONLY whites adding a small cup of bleach where you normally put the soap powder.
Once the washer is full of water turn it off and let the clothes soak for about 45 minutes.
Then turn the washer back on and finish the load.
This should make the whites white once again. You can also use vinegar instead of bleach.

Step 4: Dry as usual

Dry as usual and next time, separate your loads.
You might have washed that crimson shirt a dozen times with your husband's y-fronts, but just because a shirt didn't run before, doesn't mean it won't ever happen in the future so beware