It's time for our third installment in DIY Life's stain removal series -- tackling dye-based stains.
Although dye-based stains can be tricky
, they're not impossible.
Common Dye-Based Stains
Fruits and berries
Condiments (mustard, ketchup)
Jelly or jam
Color bleeding (in the wash)
How to Launder Dye-Based Stains
Dye-based stains can be some of the most challenging to eliminate. The good news is, fresh dye-based can often be removed with just hot running water. The bad news? If the stain has had time to set, the process becomes more complicated.
For Lightly Soiled Dye-Based Stains
If the stain is fresh, soak the garment or material in hot running water, repeating as many times necessary for the stain to dissolve completely. If this process is too gentle, you may need to rinse first with cold water, then rub laundry detergent into the affected area (you might want to try glycerin or hairspray too
), followed by a long soak in hot water. Wash as normal, and repeat the process as necessary.
For Heavily Soiled Dye-Based Stains
If the stain is very stubborn, and the fabric is white and can withstand bleach, soak it in liquid chlorine bleach and water for about 15 minutes. If the fabric is colored or not bleach-friendly, try a similar solution of oxygen bleach and water.
Rinse garment or material with cold water, then apply a generous amount of lemon juice
to the affected area. Let sit for a few minutes and soak in hot water for twenty minutes. Repeat the process as necessary.
Stay tuned for our next installment: Removing Tannin-Based Stains.
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