No matter how careful people are when using bleach, an invisible splash here and an inadvertent sprinkle there, somehow ends up on clothing that should never come in contact with chlorine bleach. Sometimes the splash is noticed, and other times a drop or two forms innocent looking spots on the edge of the washing machine. The clear spots of caustic liquid lie in wait for colored clothing to soak into and ruin before the owner of the clothing has a chance to get it out.
Unfortunately it is impossible to get bleach out of colored clothes. Once it magically removes the dye in the clothes, attempting to get the bleach out of the fabric will not solve the dilemma. All that can be done to save the clothes is a clever cover up. If you are searching for ways to get bleach out of colored clothes, give up the pursuit. You cannot get something out that has already removed color. However, instead of hoping to get it out you can try the following ways to hide the spots and live with the damage.
Before attempting to restore fabric that has been bleached, wash the item separately in cold water and dry as instructed on the label. This will help stop the bleach from damaging the fibers of the fabric and prevent the bleach from spreading further and/or destroying other articles of clothing in the wash.
Consider Trying a Faded Look
Those who are looking for a way to get bleach out of colored clothes might as well give in to the faded look. If casual colored clothes have been spotted, spattered, or streaked, do not waste your time trying to get it out. Instead, consider bleaching the entire item. Fill a bucket with diluted bleach water for a faded appearance. You really have nothing to lose since you cannot get the bleach out – unless of course you end up getting bleach on the clothes you are wearing while trying to fix the problem. You might want to consider bleaching damaged colored clothes in the buff or wearing a vinyl raincoat to prevent further mishaps.
Make it Look Like You Meant to Do It
If a favorite pair of jeans or another casual article of clothing is spotted with chlorine bleach, it might as well have bleach spots all over since it is impossible to get it out. Instead of fretting over a bleach-stained article of colored clothing and trying frantically to get it out, make it look like you meant to do it instead of worrying how to get out the permanently bleached marks. Protect the clothing you are wearing, and go outside to splatter bleach all over the colored item. You might end up liking the new abstract look since you cannot get it out and restore the natural color.
Try a Cover Up With a Permanent Marker
As previously mentioned, it is impossible to get bleach out of colored clothes, but the bleached spots can be covered with a matching permanent marker. Carefully fill in the bleached area without touching the areas that are not bleached. Otherwise you will end up with a darker ring around the spot. If this method to get rid of the spot does not work, consider another type of cover up.
Paint Over the Spots with Latex Craft Paint
Mistakes are sometimes good, even when colored clothes have been accidentally spotted with bleach. Since it is not possible to get bleach out of colored clothes, cover up the marks with works of painted art. Latex craft paint will adhere to clothes, and small painted graphics can transform something that would otherwise end up in the trash. Even if you are not artistically inclined, you can get a bleach spot out of clothes by hiding it behind a painted design.
Cover Up the Spot with an Embroidered Patch
Embroidered patches are good for far more than name tags on work shirts. Embroidered patches come in many different styles and sizes, and they are perfect for covering bleach spots on colored clothes. Instead of trying to get out spots of bleach that have permanently removed the color from clothes, cover the unsightly spots. If bleach is splattered all over colored clothes, buy enough floral patches to create a garden of flowers to cover the bleached areas. If flowers are not your style, create a celestial display with embroidered stars of various sizes. Use your imagination and turn a laundry tragedy into a work of fabric art.
These are just some of the ways bleached fabrics can be covered and repaired. Although it is not possible to get bleach out of colored clothes, they can be saved. Do a great job of covering the splotches and your colored clothes might even look better than they did before they were bleached.