Fixing Bleach Stained Pants

February 13 , 2013 by: Ryan DIY

Let me begin by saying I am no expert on this subject, but I have a pair of brown cords that have a bleach stain from leaning against a bleached counter.  I really do not want to get rid of them. Plus I’m a cheapskate. We’ve all been there haven’t we?

Bear in mind I am not sure this will work with all fabrics but the cords seemed perfect for the experiment (I only paid $10 for them). I have dyed jeans to make them darker, but this was my first attempt at repairing a stain with dye.

Supplies needed:

1.) Dye
2.) Washing Machine
3.) An item of clothing

I opted to use RIT dye for this, I have used all the blue dyes before and this was my first venture into brown. You can find RIT at craft stores, this one is liquid but they also sell powder dye. Another good thing to know is that if you are dyeing something small you can do it on the stove top (totally legit its in the directions on the side of the bottle).

Step 1.)

Wet down your fabric. I like to get the washer going and wet the fabric under the water coming into the washer.  Always use hot hot hot water, as hot as the washer will get, it helps the dye set.

Step 2.)

Let the washer fill up with HOT water and add the dye.  Let it agitate for a minute before putting the garment in so the dye can evenly distribute throughout the water.  Once that is through you can add the garment and let it run.  Stop the washer at the end of the agitation cycle to allow the garment to soak in the dye (I usually do about 30 minutes).

*A helpful tip, keep a rag or a paper towel handy during this entire process because as you can see little flecks of dye get all over the place and they will stain if they aren’t wiped up quickly.

Step 3.)

So I ran into an unexpected snag, after doing all of the above steps and rinsing I still had this stubborn single stain that remained.

Thankfully I had some dye left over and I applied it to a damp rag and applied it to the stain. Once I applied the dye to this stain I ran it under a little bit of hot water so the dye would be a little bit distributed and it would not turn into a dark blob on the front of the pants.  I let this sit for another 30 minutes before rinsing.

That seemed to do the trick, and I guess I will see if this quick-ish fix lasts after a few washes.  I can still see a small area where the stain is still visible, but I think I can just see it because I know its there. I’ll be keeping this little work around in mind for the future.

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