Written by Karen Bates (last updated July 6, 2020)
There are various ways that dye can end up on fabrics in your home. A brand new red shirt might be washed with a load of whites, dye might spill onto fabric, or you might sit on a light-colored sofa while wearing a dark colored wash of jeans. Whatever the cause, these dye stains might make you worry that your fabrics can never return to their original color.
Although dye stains can be tricky to remove, there are some things you can try to get rid of them. When dealing with dye stains, remember that the sooner you clean the stain, the better. If you give the dye too much time to set in, removal will become a lot more difficult. Also, if you wash fabric with a dye stain, be sure that the stain is gone completely before you put the item in the dyer. Once it goes through the dryer, the stain will be set in and won't be removable.
If dye ends up staining fabric in your home, here are some tips to help you get it out:
Prevention is the safest bet that fabric won't fall victim to dye stains. For example, wash new dark-wash pants before wearing them and sitting on furniture. Sort your laundry to prevent dye running in the wash. Consider using washable slip covers on your nice furniture.
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