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What to Do When Your Clothes Leave Dye on Skin

Updated February 21, 2017

Some clothes can leave a dye stain on your skin. Very dark blue jeans, dark red or blue clothing, and fabrics that you have dyed yourself can leave stain marks. These stain marks can be difficult to remove but not impossible.

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Getting the Dye Off Your Skin

Scrub your hands (or whatever part of your body has been stained) with hand soap, warm water and an abrasion scrubbing pad. This will remove as much dye as possible.

Use a lye soap to wash the remaining stains. Lye soap work well on stains because it has a high pH or acidity. Purchase a lye soap at any dye shop or crafts store. Wash skin under warm water using the lye soap and a scrubbing pad.

Make a scrub using the juice from a whole lemon and baking soda (use just enough baking soda to make a paste). Both the baking soda and the lemon work to "bleach" the dye, scrubbing away the colour without being too harsh to your skin.

Taking Precautions

Always wash your new clothes before wearing them. Many clothes come with a warning that the colour of the clothing can transfer to other clothing or to the skin. Dark indigo jeans, dark coloured clothing or anything that you've had personally dyed need to be washed to prevent the colours from bleeding. These items might even need to be washed several times until the water that drains from the washing machine runs clear.

When you wash the clothes again, wash them separately with like colours only. This will prevent the colour from bleeding onto your other clothes.

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About the Author

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.

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