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Casa Quickie: Bleeding Colors

If you never thought the cliché laundry joke about a red sock dying all of your clothes bubblegum pink would happen to you, you may one day be wrong. Everyone is bound to encounter bleeding colors at least once. Aside from laughing it off, and accessorizing with a pretty pink purse, there is something you can do to reclaim that favorite white top of yours. If you realize your colors have bled in the wash, the rule of thumb is do not dry them! Steer clear of the dryer, and toss your tainted clothes back into the washing machine, this time with your regular detergent and a color-safe detergent. That should do the trick. If it doesn't, a powdered-chemical color remover (i.e. Rit color remover) is worth a shot.

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bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
I have 2 dtrs - between the three of us we can do a load of pinks/reds in a week easy. So yeah, I've had my share of accidental pink loads too! Rit color remover is great stuff!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I bought a black sweater from Macy's that bled and ruined a ton of my clothes. I washed them about 3x and to no avail it was so bad. :(
emalove emalove 9 years
Yes, NEVER dry them!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I never had anything bleed red, but somehow I have had blue run in my wash. Too bad I only noticed once I was putting it away. ehh.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
The last red shirt I bought stained my arms bright red for days. I looked like I had a sunburn. It also stained my headphone wire pink. Luckily my clothes got out unscathed. There was a bit of pink at the top of my jeans, though...
jedimasterarmi jedimasterarmi 9 years
i had a red sweater bleed on a blue jacket and now it's a purple colour. :( if i had known this it would have helped a ton!
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