How to Get Rid Of Bleach Stains from Fabrics and Prevent Future Stains

How to Get Rid Of Bleach Stains from Fabrics and Prevent Future Stains

By Jane K - 7 of July, 2021

Bleach is a common ingredient in household cleaning products that helps us keep our whites bright and our homes free from germs and bacteria. When chlorine bleach gets on the fabric, it almost immediately removes the color from the fabric and leaves either a white or yellow stain. Whereas most stains are caused by a new color being deposited onto the fabric, bleach stains are actually the removal of the fabric dye, which means they are permanent. Don’t panic. Here you can find out how to remove bleach stains from clothes and save them from the bin or charity bag. 

1. How to get bleach stains out of fabric: Is it possible?

Unfortunately, a bleach stain is permanent. Once bleach has made contact with a fabric, the stain will have set, stripping the colour or dye from the fabric. If bleach is allowed to sit on the fabric too long, it can eat a hole through it, so the most important thing to do first is to save the fabric from any further damage.


First things first, you need to neutralize the bleach as it could cause a hole in the fabric if left on it for too long:

  1. Start by rinsing the 4area with cold water to remove as much of the excess bleach as possible.
  2. Create a thick paste by mixing together some baking soda and water
  3. Leave the paste on the stain until it dries, then brush it off

After you’ve neutralized the stain you can try restoring the color with one of the following techniques.

2. Restoring the Color with Alcohol

This technique is most suitable for small stains on dark clothes.

  1. Pour some rubbing alcohol on a cotton round.
  2. Gently rub the area around the bleach stain with the cotton wool ball
  3. Rub the cotton round from the area just outside the stain towards the center of the stain. The alcohol will loosen the excess dyes in the fabric and allow you to redistribute it onto the stained spot

3. Restoring the Color with Dye

There are two ways to use dye to remove bleach stains. Either you can dye only the spot that is missing the color, or you can dye the entire garment. For the best results, re-dye the entire garment.

  1. Go to your local supermarket or craft store and buy a dye that matches the color of your item as closely as possible
  2. Before re-dying your garment, purchase a Color remover and use it on your item to remove all of the original dye. Follow the instructions carefully to get as good a result as possible – this is important for helping your new dye stick
  3. Follow the instructions on the label of your selected dye to re-dye your shirt

4. How to prevent bleach stains

Instead of taking actions to repair or remove bleach stains, ideally you want to prevent them happening in the first place. Remember the following:

  1. When cleaning with bleach, wear old clothes so that it doesn’t matter if you accidentally get bleach on them. You should also always wear rubber gloves when handling bleachBefore re-dying your garment, purchase a Color remover and use it on your item to remove all of the original dye. Follow the instructions carefully to get as good a result as possible – this is important for helping your new dye stick
  2. If you’re cleaning an area in your home with bleach, remember to tell others in your household so they can avoid brushing up against surfaces cleaned with it or accidentally knocking over bleach cleaning products and spilling them on their clothes
  3. Avoid washing colored clothes with bleach as it can cause fading or discolouration. Only detergents containing color-safe bleach should be used for colors. Alternatively, if you want to keep colors vibrant, it’s a good idea to use a good color care detergent
  4. Never pour bleach directly on to clothes. Always dilute it with water, following the instructions on the product’s label
  5. If using bleach in your laundry, make sure all care labels state that the items are bleach-safe. Bleach can be great for whitening and disinfecting clothes, and treating spot stains

Remember: use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use. Tacking care when using bleach helps prevent bleach stains and eradicates the need to know how to remove bleach stains, making life much simpler for you

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