Ever accidentally tossed a red shirt in with a load of white clothes? If so, you may have found your load of whites distinctly pink after that wash. This kind of accidental colour-run can be fixed with the right steps. Here’s a handy article on how to remove colour-bleeding from white clothes, as well as treating other kinds of pink stains on clothes, such as lipstick or rouge. Just make sure to treat the stains as quickly as possible.
How To Remove Pink from White Clothes: Accidental Colour-Bleeding
If your load of whites is now pink, it’s important to follow these steps for the best chance of restoring your clothes to their previous whiteness. Do this before you tumble-dry any of your load, as heat will only further set the colour-bleeding.
- Remove the non-colourfast item, and pick out the garments that need to be fixed. This should be easy enough to do. Compare the load to another white cloth, to determine which clothes have been affected by the colour-bleed.
- Re-wash the stained garments in the washing machine with one cup of non-chlorine bleach, in addition to the standard detergent dosage. When handling bleach make sure that you wear protective gloves and follow all guidelines listed on the product. Run a full cycle with as much agitation as possible. You can also use one cup of white distilled vinegar instead of the bleach.
- If the colour-bleed remains, repeat Step 2.
- If the stain is still there, soak the stained garments for eight hours in a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cool water.
- If the stain persists, repeat Step 3 and launder again in a washing machine.
- Do not tumble-dry any garments until the colour bleed has been removed.
Remember to check your garment care tags first, as some fabrics may be damaged by excessive soaking. Oxygen-based or non-chlorine bleach is much safer and less harsh than chlorine bleach for laundry-related tasks, but using it too much can also damage certain fabrics.