The color run is an incredible experience that everyone should try at least once in their life. You get covered in vibrant colors, and it feels like you’re running through a rainbow.
However, getting that color-run dye out of clothes can be hard and frustrating.
Luckily we have compiled a detailed list of the best ways to remove the color run from clothes to their normal colors.
How to get color run out of clothes
1. OxiClean White Revive Laundry Whitener
OxiClean White Revive Laundry Whitener is just one of the many products that can help you get out those stubborn color stains. It contains a powerful bleaching agent, and it also works as a clarifying agent on your clothes. This means it will help remove dye stains, dirt, and any other stains from your clothes.
Using this product is pretty easy. Just make sure to follow the instructions on the package for the best results. To do a more general spot test make sure you cover the area with some of the Oxy Clean White Revive Laundry Whitener paste you’ve mixed.
You can add a bit of water to the paste if you want, but make sure it doesn’t become too runny. You will know what this product is capable of after you have used it on just one color-run stained garment.
2. Rit Color Remover
Rit Color Remover provides a quick and easy way to remove color stains from clothes. This product is specifically designed for clothing stains that are made with cooking oil, fruit juice, tomato sauce, mustard, egg yolk, lipstick, food dye colors, and other kinds of lipstick. It comes in a spray bottle so you can easily apply it to the color-stained area on your clothing.
Rit Color Remover is a non-toxic and cruelty-free product. It is a gentle formula that can be used on all clothes. There are no harmful chemicals in this product, and it is not going to damage your clothes the same way bleach does.
3. Shout Color Catcher Sheets for Laundry
Color Catcher sheets are a chemical-free way to remove color-run stains from your clothes. This stain remover prevents color run and dye transfer to maintain the original colors of clothes.
These sheets have microporous crystals that will capture the dye from colors and prevent it from being released.
These specially designed sheets do not contain any bleach so they are safe for all of your clothes, even those made with natural dyes or wool blends.
How to Remove Colour Run Stains from Clothes Home Remedies
1. Coldwater soak
This works best if you have stained clothing and the color is not set in too much. Make a mixture of cold water and a cup of white vinegar (1:4 ratio), put your clothes in then leave overnight.
The next day, wash them through the washer as normal to get your clothes looking clean.
2. Use Baking soda to remove colour run
Baking soda is a common household item that can be used to remove color-run stains from clothes.
The process of removing the stain is simple.
- Put the clothes in a washing machine.
- Add half a cup of baking soda to your washer.
- Add detergent, Plus OxiClean™ Odor Blasters.
- Run the wash cycle.
- Add another half a cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.
3. Get Dye Out of Clothes With Vinegar wash
This is by far the simplest way to get color run out of clothes.
Mix a cup of white vinegar with 4-parts water in a spray bottle and lightly mist over your clothes.
Let it sit for half an hour then throw them through the washer as normal.
The acidity in the vinegar will break down the dye and make the color run to wash out easily.
4. Detergent Wash
Mix your regular detergent with water in a 1:4 ratio and lightly spray onto your clothes before throwing them through the washer as normal. The detergent will help break down the dye in your clothes.
5. Shampoo Wash
Make a mixture of regular shampoo and water, the same 1 to 4 ratio as the vinegar wash, and lightly spray over your clothes.
Let it sit for an hour or so then throw them through the washer as normal.
The shampoo will help break down the dye in your clothes and let the colors run.
How to remove colour run from coloured clothes
To remove the color run from colored clothes, try to wash new garments separately for the first few washes, and do not let them come into contact with other items of clothing as this could cause the color transfer.
You can also soak your garment before washing it for color run prevention or, alternatively, use a color catcher bag when doing the laundry to trap any stains from leaking out.
How to get colour run out of white clothes
To get colour run out of white clothes, soak them in cold water and add a heavy-duty detergent. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash them in cold water. If the colour is still there, repeat the process.
To get Color Run out of white clothes, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap with 1 cup of warm water. Apply the mixture to the stained area and launder as usual in an oxygen color-safe bleach, or use a pre-treat product for whites.