How To Remove Blue Stains On Clothes After Washing

Blue Stains On Clothes After Washing. Here are some simple ways to remove blue stains from clothes after washing. Blue or purple dye is known to bleed in the wash which makes for a very frustrating laundry experience. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way in preventing this problem. 

The reasons why dyes might bleed into clothes are complicated but not that interesting to talk about here. Some textiles are more likely to bleed than others, including cotton knits, acetate, nylon, and spandex.

Dyes might also cause discoloration on whites if they come into contact with each other due to not being washed separately – another reason why laundry is so annoying. Read on to discover some actual solutions.


1. Try Fading Treatments & Detergent Alternatives

If you’re using dyes that bleed, consider adding a color-stabilizing product or stain removers or specialty detergents to the wash.

If you don’t want to use chemicals, you may try bleaching stains with lemon juice.  Bleaching works because it will set the stain mechanically by causing the molecules in the dye to link up into larger masses which can then wash out.

You’ll know if it is working because the color will be fading as you scrub – another reason why laundry is so annoying. A piece of advice – always wears gloves when getting rid of stains with lemon juice because it will cause chemical burns if it comes into contact with the skin. Another alternative is to wash clothing in hot water.

The hotter the water, the more likely dyes will be to bleed (at least up until a point). Read product labels before buying fabrics for your home if you want to avoid blue stains in the future.

2. Use Bleach

If you are dealing with blue dye stains on white clothes, adding bleach will make them go away.

You can use regular household bleach for this or powdered oxy-bleach (be careful not to breathe the powder in).

Oxy-bleach is more expensive but also contains less water and is better for getting rid of wash-resistant dyes.

3. Wash Clothes Separately

Most people who deal with bleeding issues already know that their clothing needs to be washed separately so as not to mix dyes.

But, what happens when you accidentally put two similarly colored items together? It’s an easy mistake to make, so I’ll just say it right now: if your clothes are bleeding after washing, separate them before putting them in the washer to avoid any more problems.

4. Rinse Clothes Thoroughly

When people experience blue dye stains after washing, they usually leave the clothes in the machine for a little longer with the hope that extra water will wash away all of the excess dye.

Although this might work for some people, it’s best to just take the goods out of the washer as soon as possible.

If there is still a lot of detergent on your clothes, the majority of dyes will have been set. This means they’ll never come out even if you continue rinsing because too much dye has been attached and washed off.

To prevent blue stains after washing, make sure you rinse cloths thoroughly and properly spin them.

5. Treat Items Immediately

If you can, it’s best to treat blue dye stains as soon as possible. The longer the stain sits on your clothing, the more likely it is to set and thus become more difficult to remove.

If at all possible, you should wash clothes before they are stained so that you know what kind of reaction is going to happen when using a particular detergent or water temperature settings.

This is also useful if there are only minor patches of discoloration because test washing will allow you to find out how much attention is needed. I’m not saying you should waste your time on it, but “all this” is getting in the way of my productivity! Don’t be concerned – even if you have to wash them again, don’t wait to treat blue stains immediately.

You can also look for help online (check out this site ) to see what other people recommend as the best blue dye stain removal techniques.

6. Use A White Vinegar Soak

Vinegar is a safe home remedy that can be used for several things. It is also quite handy when it comes to blue dye stains on clothes, but most people know this already because they use it to help remove yellowing from their favorite t-shirts.

When mixed with water and diluted at least 20 parts vinegar to one part water, the acidity will react with the dye molecules causing them to release from whatever they are clinging onto (usually cotton fibers).

To see if it’s working, place an article of clothing in a container filled with the solution and then check after half an hour or so. The color of that liquid will begin to fade, which means the stain has been established.

You can soak for a few hours but don’t leave it on too long or else the entire garment will fade (which is why you should dye test before using this method).

7. Use Your Dryer To Make Blue Stains Go Away

You may have heard of people who were able to remove blue dye stains by placing stained clothes in their dryers. The heat generated helps loosen dye particles, making them easier to launder.

This is only effective if the dye has not been allowed to set, however, because otherwise, you’ll end up with even more problems.

If the stain remains even after tumbling, place an oxygen-based bleach like oxy-clean or biz into the machine and then run it again. Oxygen bleach works by releasing oxygen molecules that attach to the dye particles and cause them to break down.

Some people suggest that this method is more effective when fabric softener (and even water) is added, but I’ve tried it numerous times without success. If blue stains on clothes are not treated properly, they can become permanent.

8. Add Salt

Salt can be used to help remove blue stains on clothes by causing the dye particles to come undone so they can be laundered away.

To do this, you’ll need either white table salt or special blue-stained laundry detergent. Either will do the trick but I suggest using the latter because it tends to be gentler on fabrics (and skin).

Apply a generous amount of either substance onto your fabric then rub it in with your fingers. Then launder as usual.


After reading this, do you know how to get blue stains out of clothes? If so, please share your experiences below for others to see. Stay tuned because I’ll be writing more articles about stains and the best formulas for removing them very soon!

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