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Laundry

How to Wash New Coloured Clothes & Prevent Colour from Running

Washing bright colours can be risky, especially if the clothes are brand new! Find out how to prevent the colour running from your clothes with this helpful guide.

Key Steps

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

When you’ve spent your hard-earned money on brand new clothes, the last thing you want is for them to be ruined during the very first wash. 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 Wash New Clothes

It’s difficult to know whether the colour on new clothing will run – it usually depends on the quality of the garment, or simply how it has been dyed. However, there are measures you can take to help prevent it from happening.

Before washing a new item, remember these tips:

Wash with cool water. Hot water is more likely to make the dye on fabric run, so always wash for the first time in a cool temperature – around 30 degrees is fine, or warm to the touch if you are hand washing.

Turn items inside out. This will help to prevent dye running, and it’ll also reduce the chances of other garments being stained if it does!

Sort by colour. If dye does run, it might not be a problem if you are washing similar colours, so always wash lights and darks separately.

Avoid leaving damp clothes if washing in the washing machine. Wet clothing is likely to colour bleed, to remember to remove clothing and dry it as soon as you can when using a machine.

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. With these steps, you might still be able to salvage stained clothing:

  1. Re-wash the item immediately! Leaving it to dry means the stain will be more likely to set, so throw it back in the machine or the washing bucket straight away.
  1. If the dye is still there, soak the garment in a bucket with a bit of laundry detergent like Rin Powder, or Rin Detergent Bar – they are both easy to use and will help to shift stubborn marks.
  1. If you’re washing white clothes, use a brightening aid like lemon juice, or for an extra boost in the machine, try oxygen bleach or Rin Ala Fabric Whitener. Remember to follow the directions on the label, and to test any product on a small area first. Only use Rin Fabric Whitener on white clothes.
  1. If the dye stains are proving tough to remove, you might be able to find a product in the supermarket that’s specifically for removing colour run. Remember, always read the instructions carefully and follow all the safety precautions with care.

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

Top Tip


Before washing a garment, test to see if the colour runs. 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!

Don't Forget


Always wash your clothing according to the care label guidance – and don’t forget to follow the instructions on your detergent, too!