Removing Bleeding Pink Laundry Stains

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Removing Bleeding Pink Laundry Stains
Removing stains from laundry can be a challenge. (towels 2 image by dana nicolescu from

It's happened to nearly everyone, a red shirt gets washed with a load of light-coloured clothing. The result is a load of pink-stained laundry. Once laundry is dye-stained, quick removal is important. There are a few tried-and-true methods of removing these stubborn laundry stains. Getting rid of pink bleeding stains from clothes can be difficult, but it can be done.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Oxygenated cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rit Color Remover
  • Toothbrush
  • Shout

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  1. 1

    Wash the stained clothes with regular laundry detergent and an oxygenated cleaner, like Oxyclean. Be sure not to dry newly discovered stained clothing. Drying the clothes will set in the stain. Get rid of the stains before putting the clothes in the dryer.

  2. 2

    Brush away any remaining spots of pink dye with a toothbrush and stain fighter. Dab a stain fighting agent, such as Shout on the stain, dampen with water, and lightly brush the clothing to remove the stain.

  3. 3

    Add three-quarters of a cup chlorine bleach and one cup regular laundry detergent to white clothing that has been stained with red dye. Fill the washer and let the stained clothing soak for 15 minutes. Wash the clothing. This method is for white clothes only.

  4. 4

    Wash the clothing with Rit Color Removal. Follow the directions on the bottle. This product can be used on whites or colours that tolerate hot water. This stain remover is effective in removing many bleeding pink stains from fabrics.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not dry clothing that is stained. Once the clothes are put in the dryer, the stain will set and become very difficult to remove.

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