How to Get Rid of Bleach Stains
Bleach is usually used as a stain remover on white clothing, porcelain, tile and similar hard materials. While the bleach is useful in removing problems like mold, mildew or stains on white clothing, it can leave an unsightly stain on dark clothing in some situations Learning methods of removing or covering up the bleach stains is a vital part of limiting the damage to clothing so that it is still possible to wear.
Borax is not known as a bleaching agent, but it has a natural ability to remove stains of any type. This includes bleach stains that might get on clothing. Borax is best used immediately after spilling or splattering bleach on clothing because it will help prevent the color from bleaching too far to recover.
Rinse the bleach and apply the borax to the clothing. It will help restore the fabric if the bleach has not set long enough to form an obvious stain.
Use Photographic Fixer
Photographic fixer, which is technically called sodium thiosulfate, is used as soon as bleach spills onto any fabric. The chemical, which is primarily used by photographers, will neutralize the bleach before a stain can set into the fabric. It stops the bleach from further damage while restoring the original color as much as possible. This results in preventing the stain from becoming too far to fix.
In general, this will not work if the stain has already set and a white spot shows on the fabric. Neutralizing the bleach too late will not restore enough color to hide the original stain.
Apply White Vinegar
Vinegar has long been used as a stain removal product, particularly when it relates to bleach stains. While it is important to use caution and limit vinegar exposure on cotton clothing, it will help remove the stain.
Before putting any vinegar on the material, rinse the bleach away. Vinegar and bleach should never combine or it will create a toxic reaction. Rinse the bleach until the material does not have that slippery feeling and then use a cloth soaked in vinegar to dab the bleach stain. Alternatively, mix one part water and one part vinegar and then spray the mixture onto larger stains.
Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes. It will break down the top layer of material to reveal the still-colored material below the stain. This will result in restoring the fabric so that stains are not noticeable.
Color With Fabric Markers
If the stain has set for too long, then the remaining solution is covering the spot with fabric markers in a matching color. The fabric markers will effectively hide the stain by making it camouflage with the rest of the material.
Bleach stains are notoriously hard to remove because it eliminates the color from the material. While the ideal solution to prevent stains is using natural alternatives for bleaching, when the material does come in contact with bleach it is time to remove the stains. Stain removal is relatively simple when the appropriate solutions are applied to the stain location.
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