One of the most common laundry problems that a person can face is color bleed. This most commonly happens when a red sock or other piece of clothing is left in with the rest of the wash. When that red-colored cloth gets wet, it has a tendency to transfer (or bleed) its color onto the rest of the clothes in the wash.
With dark-colored clothes this is probably not that noticeable. However, the problem actually comes when the clothing that has gotten stained is either white or lightly colored. Instead of throwing away the clothes, or only saving those clothes for the days when you have really dirty chores, take a little extra time to properly clean those clothes. Here's how.
Just remember that bleed stains don't have to be the end of your clothes. By simply taking a little extra time and effort you will be able to save your favorite shirt. (Now, whether your significant other thinks that this is a good thing or not is another matter.)
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JJ 13 Nov 2015, 07:36
Karen, I must be a dim-bulb; that answer has been staring me in the face all this time! If it works for you, a quilter, I'm convinced. After this I'll use Color Catcher. Can you tell me who puts it out?
akisha 12 Nov 2015, 16:58
I have a yellow, white and black dress. I washed it separately in cold water by hand. The black bled on the yellow and white parts of the dress. How can I get the black of the yellow and white?
Debbie 26 Oct 2015, 09:07
My son's home hockey team hockey jersey is red and white. I washed the jersey separately in cold water on delicate cycle. The red bled into the white. How can I get the white white again? His jersey is now red and Pink.
Maria 24 Jun 2015, 09:06
I have a micro fiber comforter that is red, light grey and black. I washed it in the washer and when it came out the red had bled into the grey in a few areas. How is the safest way to get that out?
Ruki 12 Aug 2014, 21:25
I bought a brand new outfit and decided to hand wash it. It's composed of Ivory, black, and beige wide stripes. However, the colors bled onto itself and the garment is ruined. I've tried using Carbona color run remover but no luck. Please help!
Elesa Davis 30 Jul 2014, 11:27
How do I remove stains from dark clothing on my nails? I bought some new items yesterday and just from trying on the clothing my nails are stained. I do not want to remove with polish remover as just had a manicure. Soap and water will not remove. Even after an item has been dry cleaned it still stains my nails.
JJ 09 Apr 2014, 08:02
Running the clothes through another wash would be fine and dandy if you've got your own washer; but for me it would never work. I, in an apartment complex, use the laundry facilities, which means I must take what I've got. I can't stop or start the washer, or decide the water level. Suggestions? Thank you very much! (-:
lisa 08 Apr 2014, 13:31
help !! a red sock bled onto my daughter's high school white jerseys's. I have tried bleach, oxyclean and vinegar and cannot get the Jersey to look anything but a pale pink!!!
Karen 03 Sep 2012, 05:35
There's a product on the market called "Color Catchers" than you can put into the washing machine with clothes you suspect might bleed. They will absorb any loose color in the water which prevents it from attaching to other garments.
We quilters know to use them when we first wash our newly made quilts.