Dye coming out of clothes in the washing machine

Dye can come out of a garment during a washing cycle, spoiling not only the original garment, but the dye can also spread through the whole wash and spoil other items of your laundry.  

This is not a fault of your machine, and it is unnecessary to call in an engineer as there is nothing they will be able to do.There are one or two reasons which could have caused the dye to run:

  • Water temperature is too high.  Always remember to check the washing labels for all items you are loading into your machine together.  You should select the washing cycle that matches the lowest temperature requirement of your wash.
  • An errant red item has crept into your white wash, thereby causing most items to go pink altogether, or have unattractive pink splodges.  It may not always be a red item, but if you do mix a darker item with a lighter colour wash there is always a danger this will happen, especially if it is the first time a darker item is washed, as this is when any excess dye will leak out.
  • The item itself may not be suitable for a machine wash, and should only be hand-washed .  This generally only affects delicate items. Again, you should always read the wash labels for your garments.

Restoring the ‘dyed’ items

Unfortunately this is generally not that easy, but you could try a small amount of bleach in a white wash as this may gradually decrease the marks.  The other option is to dye the items a darker colour, as this may improve the look of your clothes.



Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.


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