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How to Wash New Coloured Clothes & Prevent Their Colour from Running

Removing colour-run stains from clothes is difficult, especially if the clothes are brand new!  Find out how to remove the colour-run stains from your clothes with these helpful tips.

When you’ve spent your hard-earned money on the brand new clothes, you wouldn’t want them to be ruined due to the accidental colour run that happens during the washing process, so, whether you want to find out how to prevent colour bleeding or advice on how to remove dye stains from clothes – read on for the low-down on keeping your new clothes clean and stain free! 

How to Remove Colour Run Stains from Clothes

If you’re wondering – ‘how can I remove colour run stains from clothes?’ – The good news is that dye doesn’t have to ruin them for good. These tips might still be able to rescue those stained clothes.

1) Re-wash the item immediately! Leaving it to dry means the stains are more likely to set, so throw it back in the machine or the washing bucket straight away. If the dye is still there, soak the garment in a bucket of water with a bit of laundry detergent like Rin Powder, or Rin Detergent Bar – they are both easy to use and will help eradicate stubborn marks.

2) If you’re washing white clothes, use a brightening aid like lemon juice. After loading your clothes into the machine, pour the lemon juice into the drum. For an extra boost in the machine, try oxygen bleach or Rin Ala Fabric Whitener. Remember to follow the directions on the label and test any product on a small area first. Only use Rin Fabric Whitener on white clothes.

3) If the dye stains are proving tough to remove, you might be able to find a product in the supermarket that specializes in removing the colour run. Remember, always read the instructions carefully and follow all the safety precautions with care.

Key Steps:

  • Separate loads by colour and turn the clothing inside out to help prevent colour run stains.
  • Wash in cool water with Rin Powder detergent.
  • Rewash colour-stained clothing separately, before it dries.

Looking for more laundry advice? Check out our other articles on removing common stains and odours.

Top Tip

Test if the colour runs from the garment before putting them to wash. Place the cloth in a bucket full of soapy water for half-an-hour. If the colour transfers – the cloth needs special care when washing!