If you’ve ever had the ‘pleasure’ of dyeing clothes, then you know how difficult it can be to remove the color afterward. There are a number of different methods that work for removing dye from clothes.
This article will cover how to remove the dye with chemicals and soaps, as well as how to remove stains with water. We’ll also provide some tips on how best to go about this process so your clothes last longer than just one wear!
Steps on How to Remove Dye Stains from Clothes After Drying
Determine how much dye is on your clothes
The first thing you need to do is determine how much dye is on your clothes. This will help determine how long the process will take and how much energy you need to put into it. You may also want to look for any stains or spills that might be causing the color to spread and increase in intensity. If there’s a risk that such a spill will happen, such as when eating at a restaurant, you can try to clean it up with an absorbent cloth.
Choose the best method for removing the dye from your clothes, whether it’s with chemicals or soaps
It is important to determine how much dye is on your clothes before you can choose how to remove it. You will have to be aware of how much time the process will take and how much energy you will need to put in.
If there are any stains or spills that might cause the color to be spread, what kind of chemical reactions are likely between your clothes and the original color, how well absorptive your garments are, how light-weight they are, how much dye is on them then this will influence how effective a particular method will be.
Distilled Vinegar, Baking soda, Alcohol, and water
If you have a light-colored garment that has been soaked with dye, then your best option might be to use rubbing alcohol. This will not instantly remove the color, but it seems to work better than anything else in some cases.
For the best chance of success,
- Start by soaking the garment in water mixed with 4 cups of distilled vinegar for about 30 minutes.
- Next, soak the garment in water mixed with 1 cup of baking soda for about four hours.
- Finally, soak the stained area in rubbing alcohol for an hour or two.
Use a Heavy Duty Detergent
One great way to remove dried dye from clothes is by using a heavy-duty detergent. The detergent will help to break down the dye so that it can be removed from your clothes.
- Apply the detergent to the dye stains.
- Scrub the stains with a brush or an old toothbrush.
- Rinse with warm water and wash normally.
Using the Chlorine Based Bleach
Bleach will only work on white garments, don’t use it on colored apparel or you’ll see it discoloring your clothes.
- Spray chlorine-based bleach on the dye stains and let it soak into the fabric for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse with water until all residue is gone.
- Wash as usual with detergent and warm water to make sure all residue is gone.
Can I use heat when removing dye from clothes?
Heat might be able to help by breaking down the color molecules in fabric fibers. This means that they won’t be bonded together and it will be easier for the detergent to remove them.
Does OxiClean remove color bleeding?
“Yes, But OxiClean should not be used on colored apparel or it may discolor your clothes. It should only be applied to garments that are white and it has been tested to work best with the following types of fabric: cotton, linen, and synthetics.
What home remedy removes dye from clothes?
Distilled white vinegar. Add one cup of white vinegar to 2 cups of water and soak the stained garment for 30 minutes.
Remember that using detergent alongside vinegar can make fabrics more bright and soft.