Check the care label, and do this easy test for colourfastness:
For soaking or washing
- Dampen a small area of hem or inside seam with water
- Iron a piece of white fabric or kitchen paper onto it
- If the paper soaks up any colour, your garment isn’t colourfast, so should be washed separately
(i.e. eucalyptus oil, methylated spirits, white spirit/turpentine substitute, nail polish remover, etc.):
- Dampen an inconspicuous part of the garment with the solvent
- Blot area with a tissue
- If any colour blots off, the garment is not colourfast with the solvent used
How do I wash non-colourfast items?
Wash these items separately in cold water, and rinse immediately without soaking. Dry cleaning is safer for garments that lose a lot of colour, but check the care label first.
What should I do if I get dye run into other clothes?
If an accident should occur, there are reversal products, such as Dylon Run Away Dye Remover, available in most supermarkets and chemists. If an article washed in your machine has released a lot of loose dye, carry out a wash with no clothes before doing the next load. This will stop the loose dye affecting the next wash Caution: Do not use an iron to test solvents.