All it takes is a red sock or a red tee shirt to turn an entire load of laundry pink. Turning pink laundry back to white again is relatively easy to do as long as you catch the mistake before running the wash load through the dryer. Here are a few of the earth friendly, natural solutions I use to undo the damage caused by red dyes that bleed into the rest of my laundry.
Remove the red item
The first step in reversing the pink in your laundry is to dump the wet laundry in a basket so as to track down the source of the red dye. As long as that stray red sock or tee shirt remains hidden in the folds of your laundry, you won’t be able to remove the dye.
With the red item now removed, return the pink laundry back to the washing machine but instead of adding your favorite detergent, add white vinegar or Borax to the wash water instead. (I use two cups of either for one full load of clothes). Let the clothes agitate in the washing machine for several minutes and then turn the machine off before it moves on to the next cycle. I let the clothes soak for a couple of hours before turning the machine back on so that it can complete the wash and rinse cycles.
While the borax or vinegar will work on the bulk of the pink laundry, there may be a couple of items that will cling to the red dye. If the garment is solid white (and not a mix of white and another color), try soaking it in straight lemon juice for a moment or two until the bulk of the pink fades. The item can then be hung outdoors in the sun for a few hours until the pink has bleached back to white. Once the white has returned, the garment can be returned to the washing machine and washed as usual.
Removing pink dye from white laundry is easy to do by following these simple instructions. Natural, earth friendly products like vinegar, borax, lemon juice and sunshine will usually lift the pink and restore the white without having to resort to harsh chemicals.
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