How to Remove Food Coloring and Hair Dye Stains

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Washable Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove food coloring and hair dye stains from washable fabrics such as Acrylic Fabric, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester and Spandex:

  • Presoak (the method of soaking in the washer or in a sink or tub before washing) in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing or laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse well.
  • Launder as soon as possible.

If stain still remains:

  • Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon ammonia to 1 cup water.
  • Be sure to test on a hidden seam first, then carefully, using an eyedropper, drop solution onto stain.
  • Blot with an absorbent pad.
  • Flush with clear water.
  • Place an absorbent pad over the stain and weight it down.
  • When no more liquid is absorbed, allow it to thoroughly air dry.