Did something stupid!

United States
December 8, 2012 2:04pm CST
I worked my catering gig again this morning. It was so nice to finish a 6 hour shift by noon and have the rest of the day to finish errands and relax. My catering uniform needed to be cleaned so I threw it in the laundry. Also in the laundry was a red dress that I have washed SEVERAL TIMES before and it has bled red before. I put it in. Now my catering shirt (white, button down) is very pink, as well as a few socks. Is there any way to reverse the damage? I have some bleach, but I wonder if it will really be worth the effort? I mean, I can't use it for work if it is still a little pink, so I will have to pick up a new shirt. If you have been successful in getting "pink" out from a white shirt, please share your tips with me! Thanks!
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5 responses
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
8 Dec 12
Depending on where your shirt was made and the materials in it will determine if the color will come out. I would recommend Rit Color remover. Also try bleach and oxy clean. The combination may work. I have found that bleach isn't as strong as it used to be, so I often have to use another additive with it. I have a bunch of whites that are now a dingy gray because of the fact that the bleach just doesn't do anything for the dirt. I have used Biz and Bleach and Bleach and oxy clean. A suggestion for your red dress, so that you don't have something like this happen again, soak the dress in vinegar! It sounds crazy but I do that with my new red clothes and also for my jeans. If you have your own washer, put it on the lowest load setting and add about 2 cups vinegar and let the stuff soak for a couple of hours. If you have to soak it in the sink, fill the sink and then add the 2 cups vinegar. I also use the vinegar to set the colors in the mohair that I dye for teddy bears. Hope this will help you out some.
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• United States
8 Dec 12
Thanks! I actually never buy red, but my friend came back from Morocco and got me red dresses, shirts, and suits from there! The color is so strong and although they are very beautiful, I really hate how difficult they are to wash! I will try bleach and oxyclean as you suggested. I didn't know that bleach is not as strong anymore...I wonder why they changed it?
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
8 Dec 12
Very very good advice from Loverbear as always. I will also take the info in case I need it, thanks L!
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
9 Dec 12
Keep the vinegar in mind when you get a piece of clothing made in countries like Morocco and other areas. They don't always set their dyes and you go to wash the item and it bleeds all over your other clothing. I check labels and even before I wear the item I soak it in vinegar to set the dye. If you don't have vinegar you can use a cup or two of salt in the water. Salt is harder on your pipes and your washing machine and that's the main reason that I use vinegar. Plus if you put baking soda in the drain before you fill the sink with the vinegar and water, when you pull the plug it will clean your pipes and also deodorize them too.
@KrauseHome (32781)
• United States
14 Dec 12
To the best of my knowledge, once you get a White shirt mixed in with another color, it is impossible to get it back to white again. You can try different things but I think it will only lighten the color some. So it sounds like your Best bet is to buy a new one and try and keep things seperated next time.
• India
9 Dec 12
Hi friend, sad to hear about this. Really you had a great experience with your laundry service. Lot of strain and color removers are available in the shop, just search about them and buy it, wash your clothes with it to get it normal.
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
8 Dec 12
This is also one of my problems because these colored clothes sometimes get mixed with the white ones. Yah, maybe you can try oxi bleach. I haven't tried it but according to one member here, it works.
• United States
8 Dec 12
I've got pink socks white again by socking them in oxi clean for clothes