How to Remove Easter Egg Dye Stains from Clothes and Carpets

Easter Egg Dye
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Creating colorful Easter Eggs is a tradition that crosses many cultures. In the United States, we often use a simple dye bath to color eggs. It works great until the dye lands on the tablecloth, a shirt or the carpet. Enjoy the fun of Easter egg dyeing - not the stains on clothes and home accessories - by learning how to remove the stains.

How to Remove Easter Egg Dye Stains From Washable Clothes

Easter egg dye is most often simple food coloring.

The key to successful stain removal is to treat the stains as soon as possible.

For washable fabrics, flush the stained area with cold water by holding the fabric directly under a faucet stream running at full force. As soon as possible, work some liquid laundry detergent - preferably a heavy-duty detergent like TideWiskPersil that contains stain removing enzymes - or a stain pretreater like Shout into the stain. Work it in well with your fingers or a soft brush. Allow the stain remover to work for at least fifteen minutes and then wash the garment as usual following the care label instructions.

If the dye stain remains, do not place the garment in the dryer. High heat could permanently set the stain. Instead, mix a solution of an oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiCleanTide OxiNellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and warm water. Allow the stain to soak at least two hours or overnight.

If stain is not gone, repeat this step with a fresh solution of oxygen bleach and water. If no stain remains, wash as usual. Oxygen bleach is safe to use on both white and colored fabrics with the exception of silk, wool and anything trimmed with leather.

How to Remove Easter Egg Dye Stains from Dry Clean Only Clothes

If the garment or fabric is labeled dry clean only, blot the stain with a white cloth or paper towel to absorb moisture.

As soon as possible head to the dryer cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.

If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

How to Remove Easter Egg Dye Stains from Carpets

As with stains on washable fabrics, try your best to treat the Easter Egg dye stain on carpets as soon as possible.

Use a dry, white paper towel to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Blot from out outside edges toward the center to prevent spreading the stain any larger.

When no more dye transfers to the paper towel, Mix just one fourth teaspoon of dishwashing liquid (not laundry detergent) with one cup of warm water. Dip a clean white cloth or paper towel into the solution and blot the stain from the outside edges toward the center. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth until the egg dye no longer transfers to the cloth.

Next, dip the white cloths into clean water and blot to rinse the solution completely out of the carpet. If you don't rinse, the dish detergent can actually attract soil. Allow to air dry completely away from direct heat. Vacuum to lift carpet fibers.

If dye color remains, try a bit of non-sudsing ammonia mixed with water (one tablespoons per cup of cool water).

Test the solution on the carpet first in a hidden spot because ammonia can remove the color from some carpets. Blot the stained area with the ammonia solution. Finish by blotting with plain water to rinse the area. Allow to air dry.

How to Remove Easter Egg Dye from Upholstery

The same cleaning techniques that are used on carpet can be used on upholstery. The key is to never over-saturate the fabric with the cleaning solution. Too much moisture can cause problems with mold and mildew growth in the furniture stuffing.

If the upholstery is vintage or silk, immediately call a professional. Home cleaning can result in streaking and water-staining.

For more stain removal tips: Laundry Stain Removal A to Z.