How to Remove Pink Tint from White Clothes

If you’ve ever washed a white shirt with something red, it’s likely that pink dye got onto the fabric. Luckily, there are several ways to remove this stain from your clothes.

Check for the manufacturer’s recommendations first.

If you’re trying to remove pink tint from white clothes, the first thing to do is check the care label on the garment itself. It will usually give you a laundry process that’s best suited for your particular piece of clothing and its fabric type. If there isn’t one, look at the washing instructions printed on any detergent or stain remover product you might have used.

Finally, check all of these labels again if you’ve been using bleach on your white clothes since it can cause discoloration over time.

Soak the item in ice-cold water

Soak the item in ice-cold water for a few minutes. Fill a container large enough to hold your item with ice cold water and place it in the freezer for several hours. The longer you leave it there, the better. Once all of this is done, remove your item from the container and let it drip dry on a clean surface.

Pretreat the stain

If the stain is still present, you can pre-treat it by adding a few drops of laundry detergent to it and then letting it soak. The detergent will help break down the stain so that when you wash your garment as usual, it will come out easily. Make sure to choose a laundry detergent that is designed for pre-treating stains (usually indicated by an icon on their packaging). To use this method:

  • Add a few drops of laundry detergent directly onto the stained area of your garment.
  • Let the stain sit for 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing off with cool water.

Treat the stain with oxygen bleach, like OxiClean or Clorox 2.

The next step is to treat the stain with oxygen bleach, like OxiClean or Clorox 2. Add a few drops of your chosen oxygen bleach to the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes, then wash as normal. You may have to repeat this process more than once if your clothes are very pink or have large stains.

Wash normally in cold water, using an extra rinse cycle if needed.

Wash your clothes in cold water on the delicate cycle, without bleach or fabric softener. Use an extra rinse cycle if needed.

If the pink tint is still there after washing, repeat steps 1 and 2. If it’s still there after that second wash, call the manufacturer of your clothes for a replacement item or refund.

Repeat as needed until the pink tint disappears.

If the pink tint is stubborn, repeat this process as many times as you need to until the stain is completely gone. Some stains can be more difficult to remove than others, so don’t be afraid to keep going until you’re happy with your result!

If your second treatment doesn’t seem like it’s doing anything, try another solution and then repeat the first step again.


I hope this article has helped you understand the best way to remove the pink tint from your white clothes. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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