Color Bleed Happens!
But don`t Despair the Queen of Cleaning is here-LOL....
There are two products that I recommend for fugitive colors:
This is a wonderful product used by quilters to eliminate color runs.
It can be used in a basin or the wash.
Put simply-if you have washed something with your regular clothes that bled color,
Synthrapol will remove the color and return your other clothing to its original color.
It works best on cottons,
but has great success with polyesters and blends too.
They do recommend doing a patch test first for color-fastness.
This is a fairly strong chemical,
so be sure to follow directions carefully.
CARBONA Color Run Remover:
One box of Carbona will restore a whole wash load of clothes dyed from mixed wash bleeding.
You must test the fabric the be sure that it is color fast,
otherwise the garment`s original color will be removed along with the fugitive color.
Follow the directions carefully and use great care.
This is also a strong chemical.
It may be harmful to synthetic materials,
fluorescent and khaki color,
Zippers and buttons may become discolored,
so ymightght want to remove what you can prior to treatment.
AND for after-the fact FYI....when washing new clothing that you are not sure if it is color fast or not-I suggest washing the garment alone with either a cup or two of white vinegar or plain table salt.
These both serves as a natural color fixatives.
To be safe-after either soaking these garments in vinegar or salt or on their first wash with mixed items - I always use a product made by SHOUT called Color Catcher.
It is a small sheet that you use with your wash and it is amazing how much random bleeding color it catches.
Depending on wash load size-I sometimes use two to be safe.
Another Product worth mentioning-that is on the market called RETAYNE can also be used to fix colors in cotton products.
You use it before washing a garment that is likely to bleed.
For best results,
you treat the garment with Retayne prior to laundering for the first tie.
Not only will it prevent the garment from bleeding,
it will also help to keep colors brighter,
as with anything,
try it out in an inconspicuous area first and read the directions carefully.