Just one red sock gone astray can leave your white shirt looking a sad milky pink! With a few of these handy tricks, however, it is possible to shift a stubborn colour stain. This article provides five simple methods for getting rid of colour stains, along with a few useful tips for preventing future incidents.
What Causes Colour Run in the Wash?
Colour bleed clothes problems are annoying, but can be easily avoided. You get colour run in the wash because the dye is loose and not colourfast. The problem is also exacerbated if you’re washing on a high temperature, so whenever possible, wash dark and bright clothes at a lower temperature. Some dyes, like reds and other strong colours, are difficult to fix; if the garment carries a manufacturer’s warning to ‘wash dark colours separately’, then be aware it might run when you wash it. Always sort washing carefully, placing strong colours together, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the care labels.
How to Remove Colour Stains from Clothes
If you accidently end up with colour bleed on your clothes, though, don’t panic. These simple steps should help get your whites and light colours clean and fresh.
- Remove the offending item and rewash the load with a good detergent – we like Surf excel Liquid Detergent. Regardless of your chosen brand, be sure to read and follow the dosing instructions, and always use a detergent suitable for your fabric.
- If rewashing does not remove the dye, try soaking the affected garments in a bucket of cold water with a cup of distilled white vinegar added (remember to test this on a small area of the garment first, before proceeding), then wash again as above.