laundry help

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I had an "oops" moment. I committed the cardinal sin of laundering. Any guesses as to what I did? That's right, I put a red shirt in with some whites. Now I have lovely pink socks and underwear, which I'm not too concerned about. I'm concerned about two nice white shirts that were in that load. All the directions I found online for turning pink clothes white again involve bleach. I cannot use bleach on these two shirts. One has a logo and the other has an appliqued "E" on it. Both are 100% cotton. Any ideas?

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Tara - posted on 12/24/2010

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Rit or Dylon colour remover.
I have used the Dylon stuff to take out manufacturer dye, I bought a 100% cotton bedspread for one of my daughters, but it was an awful shade of Mauve, so I used the dylon stuff and it came out white. White white too, not sort of white.
And that was manufacturer dye, set in and "colour fast". lol
After removing the dye, I used Dylon sea foam green to dye it the colour I wanted. Turned out wonderfully.
Good Luck.
:)
I also agree with whoever said you can bleach things that have a label or applique, usually said labels etc. are made from synthetic material that doesn't hold dye.
:)

Stifler's - posted on 12/23/2010

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Dylon colour run remover! This has happened to me before, new pyjamas in with work shirts :( The Dylon fixed it though

Sherri - posted on 12/24/2010

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Just try rewashing them without the red shirt this time and hopefully you will get most of the dye out. My husband did that once and rewashing them got all the dye out.

Jenn - posted on 12/24/2010

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I have found through personal experience that you in fact CAN bleach some things that would think you couldn't - such as white shirts with logos or embroidered flowers - the shirt is white again and the colours still stay in the logo/flower.

Stifler's - posted on 12/23/2010

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there is probably an american version of it hahaha i think it's called carbona?

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Meghan - posted on 12/26/2010

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Ohhhh, that is the cardnial sin of laundering. At first I was going to say, "yeah don't let the kids help fold!"

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I tried the carbona today...the result...VERY faded pink...and a faded appliqued "E"... =(

I think I'm going to count my losses and give up on the shirt.

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My daughter's boyfriend is usually very good at sorting whites, but...recently he carefully sorted his white chef's coats but left a red texta (felt-tipped pen) in one of the pockets! Result - a chef clothed in a delicate shade of pink!
(It was sorted - neat bleach did the job, eventually!)

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Does it work? I wouldn't know...I just buy whatever detergent is on sale when I need it. I've never had an issue or stain that I couldn't handle. Thanks for all the responses.

Tara - posted on 12/25/2010

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@Morgan
I found the mauve one at a vintage store. It had lovely crocheted eyelets around the hem... but the colour was really "granny like" so I bought it knowing I could get the colour out and re-dye it.
I used to tie dye shirts for a friend who travelled around following the Grateful Dead, she sold them out of the back of her van!! So I'm a bit of a "dye" expert now!

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I've re-washed twice! With 2 different types of stain remover. And now they've been soaking alllll day. The pink has faded, but it's still there. Thanks though. :/

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I have never had this problem. I am the worst person for washing clothes as i don't sort colours or heavy stuff. I just throw it in and wash it. If i had expensive clothes that might be another story.

Kate CP - posted on 12/23/2010

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Uhhh...I hope you like pink?

Getting synthetic dyes out of cotton is damn near impossible. I wish you the best of luck. Wash in cold water and don't dry them until you've treated the shirts.

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Okay, the phrase "color run remover" really helped. Thanks, Emma. I found a product called Carbona that I can get at my regional grocery chain.



Anyone else have tips in case this doesn't work?



*edit* I posted this before I saw your second response! Thank you!!!

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Hmmm...I hope that's not an Aussie thing. Maybe there's an American version...going to google it now. Thanks!

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