Oops! Laundry question

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by klmno, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I accidentally washed a new navy hoodie of difficult child's with a white pullover shirt and of course, now the shirt is tinted blue a little. Will using bleach and hot water get the blue out?

    And how on earth do you fix a washing machine that is off balance? I've heard people say that you adjust wheels on the bottom but I don't know if that applies to all brands or not and it seems odd that if that's the problem, why did it only get off balance recently- after I threw my tennis shoes in the wash last weekend? I hope its not at the bottom- my machine is crammed in a closet with the dryer right beside it.
  2. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    Rit Dye makes a product called "Color Remover". I washed white pillowcases with ruby red sheets and got pink pillowcases. A treatment with the color remover solved the problem.

    Bleach doesn't really work, in my experience.
  3. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Does walmart sell it? I'm planning a trip to wally world tomorrow.
  4. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    They probably do if they sell fabric. I'd ask at the desk if they sell Rit dye, and then go from there. I usually buy it at Michael's or the fabric store.
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Thanks! I kind of like the idea of pink sheets with ruby red sheets though- just saying in case you ever do that again...
  6. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    It wasn't a nice pink, it was just an obvious mistake pink.
  7. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Our Wally World has the color remover in the laundry section.. It works very well. I would test a small spot inside the hoody (back seam maybe?) before going ahead with bleach.

    You could even use peroxide diluted 1:1 (test first, of course) - pour 1 cup of solution into the washer and soak for 10 mins, then wash.

    the color remover is probably your best bet though.

    Do you ever use Clorox 2 bleach, the color safe one? Or the generic version? If so, you can use 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide & water to make 1/2 gallon of liquid as a substitute - MUCH cheaper and works the same.

    I hope it comes clean.
  8. klmno

    klmno Active Member

  9. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Susie, you snuck in. I don't like the color safe bleach- I can't remember why but something didn't come out right when I tried it once. So I just use the old regular one. I do have some hydrogen peroxide- I think- unless difficult child used it all before when he was cutting. It's the white shirt that came out faded. The navy hoodie is fine.
  10. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I use oxyclean for all color bleeds and stains. I just soak the stuff for a bit and it comes right out.