Bleach is a common household product that can be used to fight stubborn stains. It’s also the cause of many stained clothes, especially when overused or misused. Bleach works by breaking down stains into smaller parts and creating new compounds through oxidation, but it only reacts with certain types of materials.
To get bleach out of clothes, take a look at the label on your garment. If it’s made from natural fibers like cotton, silk, wool, and linen, you can use a mild dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent to soak the stain. If it’s made from synthetic fibers such as polyester, spandex, and nylon, you should try a dry cleaning solvent like Spot Shot.
In this article, we’ll talk about how to remove bleach stains from clothes. We’ll also show you some tips for preventing them in the future.
Can You Remove Bleach Stains From Clothes?
Yes, but it must be done carefully. Bleach is caustic and will damage your clothes if it’s not treated immediately or if too much bleach is used. Using too much bleach can also cause discoloration. It’s important that you use the right method for removing stains from each type of material.
Like other types of household cleaners, bleach comes with instructions on the label. These can tell you how much to use and what kind of items it’s safe for. If you’re not sure which type of stain your garment has, give us a call or send us an email. We’ll be happy to help you get the stains out.
How to Get Bleach Stains Out of Clothes
Following are some of the methods for removing bleach stains from clothes.
1. Dishwashing Liquid or Laundry Detergent
The best way to get the stain out of natural fiber garments is with dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent. You can use it either in warm or cold water. But if the stain is still there after washing it, try soaking the garment in a mild bleach solution.
Always make sure the garment is color-safe before applying bleach, and never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. If you don’t have any dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent, you can use a bar of soap instead.
- First, apply a small amount of oil, such as olive or vegetable oil, to the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it with cold water and oxygen-based bleach.
- If you don’t have any laundry detergent, you can also use dishwashing liquid. First, blot away any excess liquid from the garment by pressing a clean white cloth against it.
- Apply a small amount of dishwashing liquid to the stain, and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing the garment according to its care instructions.
2. Dry Cleaning Solvent or Spot Shot
You can use one of these products to remove stains from clothes made with synthetic fibers. Just apply the solvent to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before laundering the garment. You can also use dry cleaning solvent or Spot Shot if your garment is labeled “dry clean only.”
First, place an absorbent cloth under the stain so it doesn’t seep through the fabric and onto the floor or carpet. Then, apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
Rinse the garment with cold water before washing it according to its care instructions.
3. Using Baking Soda or Salt
You can also try using a baking soda or salt solution to get stains out of clothes. This is usually effective on fresh stains, but you’ll have to repeat the process if the stain remains after laundering.
- Mix a small amount of dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent with some warm water to make a sudsy solution.
- Apply the suds to the stain and blot it with a clean cloth until all excess liquid is absorbed.
- If the stain persists, use a baking soda or salt solution:
- To make a baking soda solution, dissolve a small amount of baking soda in water.
- For a salt solution, dissolve a small amount of table salt in warm water.
- Let the garment soak for at least 30 minutes before washing it
4. Using Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide
You can also use these chemicals to remove stains from clothes. Alcohol is usually effective on fresh stains, but hydrogen peroxide can be used as a general-purpose cleaner.
For a fresh stain, use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. You can also combine these chemicals to create a stronger solution.
If the fabric is colorfast, apply the solution directly onto the stain and blot it with a clean cloth until all excess liquid is absorbed.
After 10 minutes, rinse the garment with cold water before washing it according to the care instructions.
If the fabric is colorfast, you can also use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as a presoak for fresh stains. Simply follow the instructions given below:
- Prepare a sudsy solution with warm water and dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent.
- Apply the suds to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes
- If the stain persists, prepare a sudsy solution with warm water, dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent, and either hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
- Apply the solution to the stained area and let it sit for 10 minutes before laundering the garment as usual.
5. Using Stain Removers
You can use a commercial bleach stain remover, such as Carbona Stain Devils #9 or Vanish NapiSan Oxi Action, to get stains out of clothes. Just follow the instructions given on the product’s label.
Or follow these steps;
- Blot away any excess liquid from the stain with a clean white cloth.
- Apply the stain remover directly onto the stained area and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before laundering or dry cleaning the garment as usual
On White Fabric:
If you’re using a powder, follow these steps:
- Shake the powder directly onto the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Blot away any excess powder from the fabric with a clean white cloth, then wash or dry clean the garment according to its care instructions.
You can also use a bleach alternative on colored fabrics to remove stains from clothes. Just follow these steps:
- Apply a small amount of the bleach alternative directly onto the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes before washing or dry cleaning according to the care instructions.
- If the stain persists, mix a solution with 3% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia, then apply it directly onto the stained area and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- Wash or dry clean the garment as usual.
Things to remember while Removing Bleach Out Of Clothes
Following are some important tips and tricks to remember while removing bleach out of clothes:
- Always test the cleaning product on a hidden area before using it on your cloth
- Never pour chlorine bleach onto dry fabric
- Be careful when treating stains since some components might cause further damage to the clothing fibers if not handled properly
- Always read and follow the care instructions provided on the garment label before you attempt to clean it
- Avoid using chlorine bleach as much as possible to avoid damage to your clothes
How to Avoid Bleach Stains
You can eliminate the risk of getting bleach stains on your clothes by following these simple tips:
- Always measure out the right amount of chlorine bleach when you’re washing colored clothing. Never pour it directly onto your fabric
- Be careful not to splash bleaches on your clothes while cleaning up after an accidental spill
- Always wait until the bleach is completely diluted before you let your children near a treated surface or launder their clothes
- Mix commercially available chlorine bleach alternative with water properly before you pour it into the machine
- Finally, store all bleaches out of reach from children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion.
How to Remove Bleach Stains from Dark Clothes
It is possible to remove bleach stains from dark clothes using the right home remedies and detergents. However, it might be a little bit difficult to tell if you’ve removed all traces of the bleach since dark fabrics tend to show stains more prominently
You can use this method;
- Blot the stain with a clean white cloth and leave it for 5 minutes to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.
- Mix a solution with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons ammonia in ½ cup warm water.
- Wet a piece of white cloth in the solution and place it on top of the stain.
- Leave it for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cold water and laundering or dry cleaning the garment as usual
- If the stain persists, pour a solution with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in ½ cup water on top of the stain and cover it with a clean white cloth
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing.
Bleach is a necessary household cleaning product but it can cause serious damage to your clothes if you don’t handle it properly. Always pay close attention every time you’re using bleach directly on the fabric, and take the necessary precautions to avoid damaging your clothes. If you do get bleach stains on your clothes or any other surface, remove them quickly with one of these easy home remedies
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