How to Remove Color Run Stains

Written by susan raphael
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How to Remove Color Run Stains
Learn how to remove colour run stains. (laundry image by timur1970 from

When new clothes get wet, the colours often bleed and run onto other garments. This can occur when it's raining outside or in the washing machine. When colours run in the washing machine, many other garments will be affected by the colour bleed. It's also common for coloured trim on clothing to bleed onto the other sections of the garment. Colour run stains can be difficult to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Washing soda
  • Dye remover
  • Liquid bleach

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  1. 1

    Wash or rewash the garment immediately in the washing machine, using washing powder and warm or hot water. Before dye dries completely, it can usually be washed off because it has not yet set.

  2. 2

    Fill a 5-gallon bucket with cold water and add 1 cup of washing soda. Soak the garment in this solution for an hour.

  3. 3

    Transfer the garment from the bucket to your washing machine. Add dye remover powder to the washing machine.

  4. 4

    Run the washing machine on permanent press, using warm water.

  5. 5

    Place the garment in a 5-gallon bucket again. Fill the bucket with cool water and add 2 capfuls of liquid bleach. Allow the garment to sit overnight in the solution.

  6. 6

    Machine-wash the garment with washing powder, using the permanent-press setting on your washing machine and warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • If the label on your garment says dry-clean only, take it to your dry cleaner immediately after the stain occurs.

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