How to Remove Other Colored Dye From Lingerie

Mixing colors in the wash can cause dye bleeding.
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Quality lingerie doesn't come cheap, so it's a bummer when your favorite undergarment gets stained with dye. Whether the stain comes from hair dye or colors bleeding while doing laundry, you need not be stuck with it forever. Bleach, vinegar and ammonia can fade even the toughest stains fast. It's easier to remove fresh dye, but you can still get rid of the stain even if the dye has dried and set.

  • Ammonia
  • Liquid dish soap or laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Chlorine or all-fabric powdered bleach
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Absorbent pads
  • Color-remover product

1 Fresh or Non-Set Dye Stains

2 Fill a clean tub or sink or

Fill a clean tub or sink with 1 quart of warm water, 1 tablespoon of ammonia and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap or laundry detergent.

3 Soak the dye-stained lingerie

Soak the dye-stained lingerie in the solution for up to 30 minutes, then rinse well with water.

4 Remains after the first

If the stain remains after the first soak, try a second method by adding 1 quart of warm water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to a tub.

5 Soak the lingerie

Soak the lingerie in the vinegar solution for up to one hour. Rinse with lukewarm water and let the garment dry.

6 If the stain persists

If the stain persists, and your garment is bleach-safe, dilute one part chlorine or all-fabric powdered bleach in four parts water.

7 Soak the lingerie-2

Soak the lingerie in the bleach solution for up to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and let dry. If this does not remove the stain, do not bleach again, as doing so will only weaken the fabric.

8 Set Dye Stains

9 Dab the dye stain thoroughly with rubbing alcohol

Dab the dye stain thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. Using light strokes, blot the stained fabric with a soft-bristle brush.

Blot the stain with an absorbent pad. As you blot, the pad will absorb some of the dye.

If the first pad absorbs too much dye, you may need to wet another absorbent pad with rubbing alcohol and continue blotting the stain. Repeat this until the stain disappears or stops fading.

Mix a color-remover product with water according to the package instructions if the stain persists.

Rinse the stain with the color-remover solution, then rinse again with clean water. Let dry.

  • Never mix bleach and ammonia together. Doing so forms noxious and dangerous fumes.
  • Use caution when cleaning with bleach, ammonia or other chemicals. They can irritate your skin and eyes.
  • Don't attempt to remove a stain if your item is dry clean only. Take the garment to a professional dry cleaning center for stain removal.
  • Some severe dye stains will never go away completely.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.