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Q: Laundery crises ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Laundery crises
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: amberko-ga
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Posted: 19 Apr 2003 01:50 PDT
Expires: 19 May 2003 01:50 PDT
Question ID: 192608
I accidently colored several wool jumpers.and a set of brand new white
underwear(panties and bra). i feel frustrated and heart broken. could
anyone kindly tell me what can i do to make them return to the
original color?thanks very much

Request for Question Clarification by aceresearcher-ga on 19 Apr 2003 01:56 PDT
Hi, amberko!

In what country do you live?


Clarification of Question by amberko-ga on 19 Apr 2003 02:49 PDT
I live in Sydney Australia
Subject: Re: Laundery crises
Answered By: angy-ga on 19 Apr 2003 22:44 PDT
Hi, amberko !

Oops, what a disaster ! I take it everything's come out in a murky
shade of not-quite-any-colour.

Note: Ace-researcher drew this question to my attention - thank you,

There are a couple of ways out of this,  but be prepared for mixed
results depending on the fabric. Obviously you don't want to use very
hot water methods on the wool.

If what you've got is a blotchy wash, rather than a uniformly coloured
wash, try a  a product called by Dylon called   Dylon Colour Safe
Runaway. It is described as:

" the easy way to remove most stains caused by non-fast colours
running in the wash. Unlike other colour run removers this product is
completely safe and effective to use on coloured fabrics ensuring they
survive those mixed wash disasters." It is designed to be used in your
washing machine.

If you want to take drastic measures, particularly on the garments
that started out white, try common or garden household bleach,
available from the supermarket. Get the liquid kind if you can.

Wear old clothes in case of splashes, and protective gloves are a good
idea. Work where it's well ventilated (there'll be a strong smell of
chlorine), and you might want to wear eye protection. Remember, this
is the stuff made to clean the loo.

Make a fairly strong solution. Test - say the panties - by putting a
little bit directly on the fabric. You should see the colour simply
disappear. If that's what happens, soak the garment in bleach or a
strong solution of bleach until all the colour has gone, then wash
normally, perhaps with siome Nappisan thrown in.

With the jumpers, test first on some corner that isn't going to show.

If this seems a bit fierce, try Dylon fabric colour stripper. See web
page at:

This is sutable for natural fibres and for nylon, but not so good for
"wool or silk, polyester, acetate, acrylics or fabrics with special
finishes." It returns the fabric to a neutral shade suitable for
overdying. With the wool, be warned, and try to test first, preferably
on a jumper that isn't your favurite !
An alternative product is Dylon pre-dye.

Some of the Dylon range can be used in your washing machine making
them really convenient to use, though these are not colourfast, so
must be washed spearately or dry-cleaned after dying. The range is
widely available through pharmacies as well as craft shops such as
Spotlight and Lincraft.  Big W and Kmart also have some stock.  A
fabric chart and tips on using the products are also on their
Australian site at:

Whatever you try, you are unlikely to get back that really bright
white new look, though you may get a soft white that pleases you. If
not, consider dying the garments to anther colour. For bright fun
colours and simplicity of use use the Dylon colours again.

For wool, use their Cold Water Dye but follow their special
instructions for wool which include using hot (not boiling) water
instead of cold and fixing with vinegar instead of their Dye Fix:

The colours will come out softer than they will on cotton.

Gold Cross pharmacies stock a similar range of products of their own.

If you prefer very natural colours and can be bothered with the
trouble, boiled brown onion skins give a lovely natural gold, and old
tea gives an ecru. (Strain out the tea leaves or throw out the teabag

For onion skins instructions, go to:

For tea dying go to's FAQ page at:

Scroll down for a method of dying in your washing maching.

Good Luck.

Search terms:
Dylon Australia
dye stripper Australia
Subject: Re: Laundery crises
From: aceresearcher-ga on 19 Apr 2003 02:53 PDT
Greetings, amberko!

I live in the U.S., so I am not posting this as an Answer. Perhaps one
of our great Researchers in the Land of Oz can provide you with
products and sources specific to your country.

Rit Dye Remover is my product of choice for this sort of repair.

However, I also searched to see what suggestions others might have.

From a posting by Lori in the Kaffee-Klatsch Forum Archives:

"Linda: There is a product called Retayne that is used to treat
commercially dyed fabric that runs. I bought some a while ago but
haven't needed to use it yet, thankfully. However, a friend in my
guild was working with fabric that ran, too. I lent her some Retayne,
and she said it worked. I ordered it through Dharma Trading (not
affiliated, just a satisfied customer)."

From a posting by Linda in the Kaffee-Klatsch Forum Archives:
"...I will definitely be trying several suggestions I received--Dye
Magnet, Rit Dye Remover, the product from JoAnn's, and peroxide!...

From a posting by Cindy of The Stencil Company on the Hearts 'n Hands
Quilt Guild Forum:
"If the lines didn't wash out after an hour of soaking then get two
boxes of Rit Color remover and use that to remove the lines. Do not
get dye remover but color remover..."

Rit Dye Remover or Color Remover can be purchased in the U.S. at most
grocery stores, fabric stores, and discount stores such as Wal-Mart.

Rit Color Remover:;?CATID=65593&PRODID=57141&SKUID=48872

Rit Whitener (liquid):;?CATID=43076&PRODID=47023&SKUID=48851

Rit Whitener (powder);?CATID=65593&PRODID=57141&SKUID=48871

Mary Ellen's Formula 1 Stain Remover from JoAnn Fabrics:;?CATID=40924&PRODID=47025

Woolite Dye Magnet:

Search Strategy

RIT "dye remover"

"dye magnet"

Subject: Re: Laundery crises
From: angy-ga on 19 Apr 2003 22:48 PDT
Oops !

Obviously, that first sentence, fourth paragraph should read:

"If what you've got is a blotchy wash, rather than a uniformly
coloured wash, try  a product by Dylon  called  Dylon Colour Safe

I've no idea what happened there...

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