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Laundry emergency -- red and white, oh no! Please HELP?

Asked by SamIAm (8690points) November 14th, 2010

Stupid me put a blue & white striped cardigan in the wash with a red shirt… my cardigan is now blue & pink!

Is there anything I can do to fix this??

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Judi's avatar

A quick google search rendered this:

How do I fix pink laundry? Pink seems to be the most dreaded color to find on white underwear but I’ve also seen whites turned blue or gray depending on what accidentally gets mixed into the white load.
Answer: The first thing to do is find the culprit and pull it out. Then rewash all the whites using a nonchlorine bleach or a cup of white distilled vinegar in addition to your regular laundry detergent. Do this BEFORE you put the clothes in the dryer.
This is why clothes should be sorted. Just because something hasn’t faded before doesn’t mean it never will. Sometimes it takes several washings before dyes begin to wash out and cling to the unsuspecting!

Here’s another link with even more ideas

jaytkay's avatar

Matching pastel shoes & stockings?

truecomedian's avatar

What you can do is get some Rit dye and dye it Navy blue, green, or a type of brown, take your pick.

Jeruba's avatar

Red is like a cannibal color that eats up everything else. After a couple of those experiences, I learned never to wash red with anything but red or, occasionally, with something much darker that you can’t hurt, like old jeans. Since I don’t have much use for red in my life, this means that I do only a few red laundries a year. But nobody in my household has to wear pink T-shirts or socks any more, and my yellows and blues do not go orange and green.

SamIAm's avatar

I’m soaking it in a hot bath of Oxiclean and praying it comes up normal. This was SO stupid of me, I totally knew better. kasdjfklahewrlhasdf.

truecomedian's avatar

Dye it something darker than the stains.

SamIAm's avatar

@augustlan: do you think that works?

I just realized that a lot more of my stuff is red than I originally thought. I’m fuming… not a good way to start the week :/

augustlan's avatar

@Samantha_Rae I’ve never actually tried it, so I’m not sure. But they make dye, so I hope they know what they’re doing. ;)

BarnacleBill's avatar

There are some dye removal cloths that you can put in the wash with the sweater. Or try soaking it in some Oxyclean; I’ve had that brighten up whites that got washed with black jeans and took on dye from them.

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