bleached white shirt turns yellow tint

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  1. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    so one of my white b/d had a stain that i decided to bleach. the stain was really hard to get out after spot cleaning, so i soaked the entire shirt in bleach (mistake) and now the entire shirt has turned to a faint yellow tint.

    after repeated washes the entire shirt is still a faint yellow. at least it is uniform. just wondering if there is a way to get it back to full white. the shirt is 95% cotton/5% elastine. i read that bleach can change the color of non cotton fabric so anyway to reverse/fix?
     


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  3. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    really? the bleach caused the discoloration in the first place ... how would bleaching help it?
     


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    Razele Senior member

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    Aren't white shirts actually really really super light blue? Essentially bleach is stripping the dye and returning the shirt to 'natural' which is that yellow color. I learnt this the hard way too [​IMG] Love you RKD
     


  5. randomkoreandude

    randomkoreandude Senior member

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    hmmm LAME ... oh well i guess it will be my new beater shirt

    thx for the help and always [​IMG] Razele
     


  6. Kiwi Man

    Kiwi Man Senior member

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    Aren't white shirts actually really really super light blue? Essentially bleach is stripping the dye and returning the shirt to 'natural' which is that yellow color. I learnt this the hard way too [​IMG]

    Love you RKD


    That is exactly right. Most of the brand new white shirt is usually SUPER LIGHT blue.
     


  7. UrbanAesthetics

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    *You can never own enough white shirts! Sounds like you need to let that one go and get a new one. And it's true. Continuing to bleach it will NOT solve the problem. Hope this helped!
    http://urbanaesthetics.tumblr.com/
     


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    ^ Agreed, and bleaching just burns holes in the fabric. Save the shirt to wear under a sweater or vest.
     


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