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Strange Chemical Reaction with chlorine bleach + New Lingwood Shirt

jdcpa

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Hello All,

Today I had a strange chemical reaction occur with a white shirt and chlorine bleach. I was wondering if anyone had had a similar experience or knows a bit more about it and can enlighten me.

A few days ago I bought a New & Lingwood white cotton shirt. I brought it out of the package and started to iron it, but it got away from me and I slightly burnt part of the tail. I assumed it was just from the starch or sizing in the shirt so I put it in a clean wash tub and rinsed it out. The water only had a minimal effect so I added about a cap full of bleach to the water.

Suddenly, the whole shirt turned from white to Bright PINK to Mauve. Panicking, I rinsed it rapidly and all the pink washed away. Thus, bleach added = shirt turned bright pink...then it slowly dissipated.

I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or knows what would make a shirt make such a rapid transformation. Overall the shirt is in fine condition now but the event made me curious.

Cheers,
JDCPA
 

Zenny

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Reminds me of litmus paper we used to use in school
 

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