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How to Remove Dye Transfer Stains

Color mixing can be fun, but not when one garment bleeds onto another or turns your whole load of whites pink.

But there is hope to get your original color back if you follow these tips to get rid of dye transfer stains from Tide.

Step 1


Using a bucket, a sink or a bowl, create a soaking solution by adding 1 ounce or 1 tablespoon of Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Liquid per gallon of warm water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 5 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged.

Step 2


You can use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of detergent and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.

Step 3


Without rinsing off the detergent, place the garment into the washer with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will give your wash that extra boost of cleaning power.

A person loading white clothes into the washing machine drum
Step 4


Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.

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Select the wash cycle and water temperature on your washing machine
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Step 5


When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain persists after washing, pretreat using Tide HE Turbo Clean Liquid. Pour Tide on to cover the stain and let sit for 20 minutes. Then, rewash in warm water with 1 use of Tide before drying.

A laundry basket full of neatly folded, colored gaments