The Rit Studio: Stovetop Technique

How to Use Rit Color Remover

Rit Color Remover is used primarily to remove or reduce color from fabric prior to dyeing with Rit Dye. It reduces the color to an off-white or cream color, creating a clean, even base color for dyeing. Color Remover is suitable for use on most washable fabrics, including cotton, linen, rayon, silk, and nylon. It may have a limited effect on polyester, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. Color Remover is a non-chlorine, reductive type of bleach that will not damage or deteriorate washable fabrics as chlorine bleach will.

The stovetop method is the most effective at removing color, maintaining a constant simmer throughout the process. Some fabrics lose their color in as fast as 10 minutes, others can take an hour or two to achieve a cream color. Light color changes, such as brightening or removing stains from white fabrics, can be achieved using Color Remover in a washing machine. Color Remover will not remove the pattern or print from a fabric or the indigo dye from denim.

Prep, dye and clean up time: 1 hour

You’ll Need

  • Item(s) to be treated
  • Rit Color Remover
  • Large stainless steel or porcelain enamel pot for stovetop method
  • Top-load or front-load washer for washing machine method
  • Long-handled metal spoon or tongs
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Amount of Color Remover
    Packages Needed
    METHOD REMOVE COLOR REMOVE DYE STAINS
    Stovetop 1 1
    Washer (small, medium load) 2 1
    Washer (large load) 3 2
    Washer (extra-large load) 4 2

Step by Step: To Remove Color

Stovetop/Sink Method

  1. Wash item as usual. Do not dry. Note: To use Color Remover in a sink or dishpan, follow these instructions. Just heat water on top of stove and transfer to sink or bucket.

  2. Fill large stainless pot or porcelain enamel pot (not aluminum or non-stick) with water, allowing room for items to move freely. Heat water to simmer. Carefully add Color Remover, pouring just above water level. (Avoid breathing dust. Use with adequate ventilation). Stir to dissolve thoroughly.

  3. Carefully add wet item (avoid crowding); stir continuously with a long-handled spoon 10 to 30 minutes so color will be evenly removed. Do not boil.

  4. After color is removed from item, carefully drain solution into sink. Color Remover is nontoxic and earth-friendly.

  5. Using rubber gloves, thoroughly rinse items first in hot water, then in warm water. (Rinsing immediately in cold water may set creases.) Squeeze gently to remove excess water.

  6. Rewash items with detergent and rinse. Item is ready to be dyed with Rit powder or liquid dye.

Top-Load Washers:

  1. Prewash item as usual. Remove but do not dry.

  2. Select hottest water safe for fabric. Choose appropriate wash cycle and water level for load size.

  3. Carefully add Color Remover, pouring just above water level, as washer is filling. (Avoid breathing dust. Use with adequate ventilation.)

  4. After agitation begins, return items to washer. Agitate between 10 and 30 minutes, checking color change occasionally and resetting for additional time as needed.

  5. Drain washer. Rewash item with detergent, running through the full wash and rinse cycle. Item is ready to be dyed with Rit powder or liquid dye.

  6. Clean washer with hot water and detergent before dyeing.

Front-Load Washers:

  1. Prewash item as usual, but do not dry. Remove item, shake out wrinkles and smooth out fabric. Put item back in the washer.

  2. Select water level suitable for load size. Choose wash cycle appropriate for fabric, using longest wash time available. Select hottest water safe for fabric. Be sure to follow the fabric care label.

  3. Carefully pre-dissolve Color Remover into 4 cups hot water and add during fill cycle. (Avoid breathing dust. Use with adequate ventilation.)

  4. Flush dispenser with 4 cups hot water.

  5. Run through a full cycle at least for 30 minutes. Rinse in cool water.

  6. Re-wash item in warm water with detergent and rinse. Item is ready to be dyed with Rit powder or liquid dye.

  7. Clean washer with hot water and detergent before dyeing.

Try our FAQs, or Ask The Dye Doctor

  • Marilyn

    Is it possible to use your dye remover on upholstered furniture..

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Marilyn,
      We do not recommend using Rit upholstered fabric because after theit is applied, the excess dye remover must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye.

      • Marilyn

        Thanks so much! I was hopeful, but thank you for a great explanation. I certainly don’t want the dye to rub off on clothing! Can you imagine….!!!!!! 🙂

  • suvin123

    I’m trying to reduce color of my black wool coat using rit color remover, but it doesn’t work. I literally can’t see any progress. The coat is pretty heavy and I don’t think i didn’t put in too much water for it. What’s the problem? Should I boil the solution? I actually think the temperature of solution is quite low, but I’m afraid that too high temperature might ruin my garment.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi suvin123. RIT color remover works best on any item we can dye. If your wool coat has any kind of tag that says dry clean only. it would not be recommended for any RIT product. One box of color remover does 3 gallons of water for the stove top method, two boxes does a small/medium load in a top load washer and three boxes does a large load in a top load washer. This product can be used up to an hour without any damage to fabric. All RIT products require constant agitation for that they will work evenly. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Cassandra

    I would like to use to color remover on polyester sheer curtains, will this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cassandra, Sorry but none of the RIT products work on polyester. It is a manmade product, oil based and will not accept any water base product. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Cassandra

    Are there any suggestions on products that would work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cassandra, we can only suggest visiting a Joann’s fabric or Michael’s craft store to see if someone has developed a product that works on polyester. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Leslie

    I need some help! I had some unbleached muslin that I tried to dye black. After following the instructions carefully, the fabric was purple!!! NO! I then tried the color remover to at least bring it back to the original color….now the fabric is peach!!!! HELP! What do I do now?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Leslie, Sorry to hear that you are having a problem.nWere you able to read through the directions we have on the website for using color remover? https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ ..You know that color remover can be used up to an hour without any damage to fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Alyssa

    Hi! I want to use this product to fade the colour on my person-type (nylon) carpet that I plan to overdue. The problem is my carpet is about 9′ x 13′ so obviously the stove top method of stirring it in a pot or loading it in the washing machine are not options. Any suggestions considering the product has to be used with heat? I don’t care so much about even fading, and I don’t want the pattern completely gone. Just lightened enough so when I dye it the colours will be brighter.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alyssa, The Rit Color Remover does require very hot water to be able to remove color. You could try mixing the color remover into some boiling water and spraying the product onto the rug, however, it would need to be able to be thoroughly rinsed out afterwards and you may not be able to remove much color if any at all. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Alyssa

    oopps. PERSIAN rug ..not person 🙂

  • Corrie

    Will a dark golden cotton rug with white stripes lighten to a lighter yellow with color remover?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Corrie, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all of the color from the rug. It may or may not be able to just lighten it up some. You could give it a try on the stove top keeping a very close eye on the item to ensure it is not removing too much color. Hope this helps.

  • Amber

    Hello! I have a dress (92% viscose, 8% spandex) that was a light navy when I purchased it, and I successfully dyed it black using Rit products. I now want to dye it a sapphire blue or something similar. I planned to use this remover and then follow that with a blue dye. Will using this color remover affect all of the dye that has been used (the black AND the original blue) or would it be better to use a different method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, if you want to change the color of the dress, we would recommend using RIT Color Remover. It will take out all color that it come into contact with, giving you a clean slate to dye the item whatever color you want it to be. The product is safe for all fabrics that RIT can dye.; Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jennifer, Sorry to hear about your color bleeding issue. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric, including the original color of the material. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions.

    • Jenifer

      I suspected as much. 🙁 Thanks for getting back to me.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mark, Rit Color Remover is intended to remove or reduce color from garments before dyeing and most likely will reduce the color or remove the design on your shirt. If possible, test by applying a small amount in an inconspicuous area to determine the effect. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Joae

    If I want to use Rit colour remover on a delicate fabric like silk, which i suppose should not be boiled, what do i do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joae,nYou can certainly use Rit Color Remover on silk. However, if the care tag states the fabric is dry clean only or cold water wash, the hot water can possibly shrink the fabric. You will not want to boil the water, but we do recommend the temperature of the water be 140 degrees (simmering) for best results. Hope this information is helpful.

  • hannah

    Would RIT color remover take yellow bleach stains from a white shirt? It is 100% cotton, and I want it to remain solid white.n

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Hannah, The yellowing, which the shirt exhibits, is the result of irreversible bleach damage to the fibers. We would suggest washing the garment in an oxidizing non-chlorinated bleach to see if that will lighten the yellowing. Hope this helps!

  • Alison

    I dyed my scrubs navy blue.. My co-worker loved it, she wanted her jacket dyed navy blue, so I took it home and TRIED to dye it.. It’s a purple color.. What happened? It was the same dye I used.. I had saved it from the night before.. Will the Rit Color Remover remove the dye so that she can wear her jacket as white again????? HELP! 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alison, Sorry to hear the second dyeing did not achieve the results you were looking for. Yes, the Rit Color Remover will try to remove the dye from the item. We would recommend using it on the stove top. One of the issues could be that your scrubs absorbed the majority of the dye, so using the same dye bath to try to create a dark color could result in purple or an off shade. Navy Blue also has purple undertones to it and another reason it can come out that way is if the water is not hot enough. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Torihime

    Hi! I had the crazy idea to try and ombre a red cotton skirt by dipping it into the remover so the bottom would be white/cream. any idea if something like that might work? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Torihime, That would look really cool! It would be called a reverse ombre and should definitely work. It may not be able to turn it entirely white depending on the dyes used in the manufacturing of the garment. We would suggest using the stove top method for best results. Hope this helps! Please share this project on our website when you are done, we would love to see the final results.

  • Kristina

    I have a pair of brown jean shorts that I thought I could just bleach to make white. Currently they’re kind of a pale orange color, do you think I could use the color remover and then bleach them again to turn them white? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristina, RIT color remover works well on any fabric that we can dye. It can be used up to an hour without any damage to fabric and will remove all color that it comes in contact with taking the item back to white or creamy where it started. We would recommend using the stove top method since that works the best and the water stays HOT the whole time the item is in the pot. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shannon, The hat will be fine to dye since it contains less than 40% polyester. For best results, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to take the color out of the fabrics and then you can dye them with the Royal Blue. Hope this helps!

  • crystalkorosy

    I used the color remover on a red fabric. After about 45 mins it lightened it to a light orange. I want to redye it blue. Will this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi crystalkorosy, Sorry to hear that you have had a problem with RIT Color Remover. Our first thought is “What kind of fabric is your item made out of?” RIT Color Remover works best on fabrics that we can dye. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. The only colors that will cover over light orange are: Scarlet, Fuchia, Royal Blue, Cocoa Brown, Tangerine, Wine, Dark Green, Navy Blue or Black. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi crystalkorosy, Sorry that you continue to run into problems. What is the fabric content of the item. We can better assist you if we know what material you are working with. Thanks!

    • crystalkorosy

      The material is 100% cotton.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi crystalkorosy, Since the fabric is 100% cotton, Rit color remover should work well. The color remover requires a hot water temperature of 180 degrees to active, so you will need use the stove top method for removing the dye. Once you have added the color remover to the hot water, you should add the fabric wet and stir constantly for up to 30 minutes for the best results. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

        • crystalkorosy

          So it is safe to use the color remover again. And it should remove more color. Thanks

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Yes, it is safe to use the color remover again since it will not damage fibers the way bleach does. Be sure to use the stove top method to achieve the 180 degree water temperature and you should see more color removed.

  • MommyMayMade

    I’m trying to dye a pair of Docker’s 100% cotton really light colored almost white khaki’s to a bright yellow to make pants for a Curious George Man and The Yellow Hat costume. Should I try using RIT color remover first before dying to achieve the best uniform bright yellow color? I bought them at Goodwill so I’m not sure if I should wash them with like a baking soda detergent too before doing the color remover and/or dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi MommyMayMade, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover first to try to remove the khaki color prior to dyeing them with the Lemon Yellow. To achieve the color you are looking for, we would recommend doubling the amount of yellow dye. Dip in a piece of paper towel prior to adding in the pants and you can adjust the recipe with more dye or water if necessary. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Uh oh mommy

    Can you use the color remover on Dupioni silk ???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Uh oh mommy, does your Dupioni silk have a tag that says it can be washed in HOT water. All RIT products are actived with HOT water (140 degrees) and require agitation so that they will work properly. Hope this information is helpful.

  • nina_luv

    I have a layer of soft fabric paint on my swimsuit that did not turn out as expected. I just want to dye over it using black dye. Could I use the color remover to remove the fabric paint color (purple)?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nina_luv, You can use the Rit Color Remover to try to remove all of the color from the fabric, however, Rit is not recommended to dye swimming suits. These garments are generally exposed to either chlorine or strong sunlight. Chlorine will cause immediate loss of color and strong sunlight will fade the color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nina_luv, Rit color remover may or may not be able to remove all of the fabric paint, but it will try to remove as much as possible. Hope this helps.

  • Drakophis

    can i use this to remove the original color of my vans? if no, what can i do to do so?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Drakophis, Unfortunately, the product would not work well to remove color from your shoes. The high water temperatures required to remove the color could damage the construction of the shoe.You might try searching the internet for a product that may work for this particular purpose. Sorry about that!

  • Sandra

    Hi! I’m using rit color remover to remove a bad dye job. The item loses it’s color and turns cream while in the rit/water bath. Once I rinse it though (with hot water) it turns blue again. Do I just need to let it stay in the bath longer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sandra, When Rit Color Remover removes the color while the item is in the water but then returns, this chemical process is known as reoxidation. There are specific dye classes whose chemical composition is such that when they are in a reductive solution (Rit Color Remover) the original color may disappear or change color. But when removed and exposed to air or water (both containing oxygen) the dye reoxidizes to its original color. The only practical method to remove this dye type is to treat the garment carefully with chlorine bleach. Color-safe bleaches are ineffective for removing the dye color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • maxxx

    I have a shirt for work that is red but I want to change the color, the back of the shirt has a screenprinted design on the back, will the color remover or dye change the design? Any suggestions on what I could put over the design to protect it? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maxxx, It depends on what the screen printed design is made of. If it is a nylon print, it will take on the dye and the color remover may possibly affect it. If it is a poly based screen print, the dye would not affect the image and the color remover would likely not be able to affect the coloring on the image either. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Eva

    Hello!nnI want to take down the color for multiple shirts (all different colors). Will I need a new Rit color remover package for every new article of clothing I want to strip the color down of?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Eva,nDepending on what method you use you may not need to use a new batch of color remover for every article. If using the stove-top method, you will just want to make sure you have enough room for the fabric to move around freely. If you cannot fit all the shirt into the the pan, you would need to make another batch. If you use the washing machine, we recommend using 2 boxes for a small to medium sized load, 3 boxes for a large load, or 4 boxes for an extra large load. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Eva

        Can you put different color shirts into the same stove top pot to remove the color?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Eva, Yes you can put more than one color into the pot but remember not to stuff it. It needs free movement so that it can remove the color evenly. Hope this information is helpful.

  • M.W

    I have a white 100% cotton shirt that I managed to get paint on. I was brilliantly spatter painting a bit of set! It is a water base paint, black with purple as the undertone. It was basically of the sort you would find for painting something in your house. Will the color remover take this out? Will I need to redye the shirt white after I remove the paint? I don’t want the shirt to be cream or off white, I just want to take the black paint spatters out. How do I make that work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi M.W, The product may or may not be able to remove the paint from the shirt for you. It will try to remove any stains and color from the fabric.The best way to try this would be on the stove top. If it is able to remove the paint and takes out more color than you would like, you can always redye it afterwards. Hope this helps!

      • M.W

        OK. The shirt is only white, it has no color. Is there a white dye? Should I remove the metallic buttons first before I try to remove the stains?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, We do not manufacture a white dye. You would not need to remove any of the metal buttons prior to dyeing. If they are plastic buttons, you may want to take them off. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • stephanie

    Unfortunately this did not work. I had a load of whites that turned pink. I tried 3 boxes. I don’t know if it is because I have a front loader. I followed the directions for the first load and the 2nd load I used 2 boxes and put the product dry in the soap dispenser and it did lighten in a little but still pink.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie,nWe are sorry to hear the product did not work for you. We have sent you emailed you some questions so we can further assist you. Thanks.

  • Margo

    Can I use RIT color remover to bleach tussah silk yarn?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Margo,nYou can certainly use Color Remover to remove or reduce color from the silk taking it back to its original white or creamy color. Please keep in mind that Color Remover requires very hot (140-160 degrees) water to work best. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Amanda

    I have a red pottery barn slipcover my daughter sprayed bleach cleaner on. I’d like to dye it charcoal. This is a large sectional. How should I do this? I have a front loading machine.n

  • NewMissus

    I would like to update my couch and am considering Rit dye. The couch is a cream color with small stripes of burgundy and dark green. I would like to dye it using Rit Pearl Grey. I’m afraid the stripes will turn out a funny color, but I can’t use any of the methods for color removal on the couch. Would spraying the couch with the color removal solution work or does it need to be continuously submerged? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You are correct that the fabric needs to be submerged. Rit dyes perform best with fabric that can be immersed in the dyebath. Therefore we do not recommend using Rit dye for upholstered fabric. Also, without being able to rinse out any excess dye, it could bleed of onto skin and clothing. Sorry about that.

  • http://www.ritdye.com wendy pantle

    my husband is a chef and those white coats are hard to clean – can you help?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Wendy, What is the fabric content of your husband’s white coats? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Jen

    I used Rit Color Remover on the stove on a cream colored cardigan that had picked up blue dye from the washer. The cardigan is now a lime green tint. Did the color remover also remove the cream color from the cardigan?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jen, What is the fabric content of your cardigan? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Jen

        It is a mix of Rayon and Nylon

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jen,
          We would recommend using the Color Remover on the stove-top which will give you a higher water temperature to achieve better color removal. Please keep in mind that if it is indigo dye that stained the cardigan, color remover will not remove the indigo dye. As long as the cream color is the natural state of the fabric, it will not remove the cream color. Hope this information is helpful.

          • Jen

            Yes I used the remover on the stove top and it turned my cream colored cardigan (with a blue tint from the dye) lime green. That was my question. Why did it turn lime green? Did the color remover also remove the cream from the cardigan?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Jen,
            It sounds like not all the blue dye have been removed. It removes the color is layers. How long had you had the cardigan in solution for? Sometimes with certain dyes it can take longer than recommended for the color to be removed. It will try to remove all dye from the cardigan as it possibly can. We would recommend giving it another try to remove more of the dye from the cardigan. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Michael Sanders

    i have 5 lacoste polo and they are ruined i tried to get some stains out using a stain remover and it left spots in my polos i was gonna buy the rit color remover but my mom told me it wasnt a stain and said it was bleach in the stain remover which i didnt know about will i be able to remove the color start fresh and dye a new color and if so would 1 container be enough for 5 xtra small cotton lacoste polo

  • Michael Sanders

    and if i cant start fresh then dye it completely another color i wan to save the shirts cause Lacoste is very expensive shirt to waste

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michael, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. One bottle would be enough for 2 pounds of fabric. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Kristi

    Would this work for removing color bleeding stains? ( A pink shirt turned my red and white jacket to red and pink ) I was wondering if this would take the pink out without affecting the red.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristi, RIT color remover will try to remove all color that it comes in contact with so it is only recommended for solid white items. You might try the Whitener n Brightner product. Rit Whitener & Brightener safely whitens whites and brightens colors without bleach. It’s ideal for whites with colored trims and safe for all washable and colorfast fabrics, including cotton, polyester blends, rayon, nylon, linen and silk. Add Rit Whitener & Brightener with your detergent to keep fabrics their whitest and brightest.Hope this information is helpful. .

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Rit color remover is meant to be used to remove or lighten dye and prepare an item for redyeing and is not intended for use in lightening the color of an item. There are certain man-made fabrics that are not dyeable and to view those, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ If you are dealing with dyeable material, we would recommend first using the color remover and then dyeing the sheets pink. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Brent

    Can i lighten the color of my black trousers?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brent, The Color Remover will try to remove the color from your fabric. If you are only wanting to lighten it, be sure to keep a close eye on the fabric. The stove-top method would be the best method to use. If it removes too much color, you can always redye them the color you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • Agnes Barnes

    hi there
    I have some silk I am trying to go from cream to white. I used rit 30 min soak and it is still cream but a little lighter. I cannot boil or heat too hot. should I use RIT again? or there is no point and go striahgt to the hydrogen peroxide bleaching?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Agnes, You can try using the product again, but it is unable to perform at its maximum capabilities if the water is not hot enough. If you do use bleach, make sure to be very careful to prevent yellowing from occurring.

      • Agnes Barnes

        many thanks for the fast reply!! there must be a way to bleach silk…I just cannot find one. I have heard H2O2 is OK as long as you neutralise with vinegar afterward. I will let you know. Happy dying everyone !!

  • a2fox

    I want to remove the color from a linen shirt. It says “wash cool.” Can I use the hot water without ruining it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, We would not recommend using Rit color remover or dye on items that instruct to wash in cool water. The very hot water temperate that is required may cause shrinkage. Sorry about that.

  • moviejunki

    Long story short, I accidentally purchased a set of non-returnable scrubs that were brown when I need to wear grey to work. The scrubs are 65% polyester and 35% cotton. I used the stove top method and did the top and the pants in different pots with one box of RIT color remover in each pot for 30 minutes. The scrubs are no longer brown, but an olive green. I am planning to use the color remover again to see if it will wipe out some of the green tint before I dye them grey. Any suggestions? Should I use more than 1 box of color remover per item?

  • nikki25

    How do I color khaki dress up pants to navy blue? I’d really hate to have to purchase more uniforms when I can dye it if possible! Tia

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, What is the fabric content of the dress up pants? We can better assist you if we know what type of material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Lisa

    My son split red dye on my beige carpet. Needless to say standard carpet spray stain remover did not work. I read online that I could try color remover. Can anyone tell me if they have done this and if so how exactly you did it. I don’t want to end up with a patch of white carpet!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, We would not recommend using the Rit Color Remover on your carpet. Here are some tips on removing dye stains from carpet: Sprinkle the liquid spill area immediately with either salt, corn starch, powdered detergent or washing soda. (The preferred absorbing material is salt.) Once the absorbing material is saturated, gently scrape away the salt absorbing material. Repeat application with fresh absorbing material until no more dye is absorbed by the material. Vacuum the area once the spill is completely absorbed and dry.

      If stain still persists after you have removed as much of the dye granules or absorbed as much liquid dye as possible, shampoo stained area with rug shampoo or liquid detergent. Use cold water (avoid hot water as this sets the dye stain). Hope this helps!

  • Tessa

    I have a pair of grey denim jeans and would like to make them a light grey color. I was wondering which method, and how much of water and color remover I should use for the best results. Would it be better to make the water only warm so it doesn’t remove the color too fast?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tessa, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color or try to lighten the color to the shade you are looking for. The product would not do much in warm water. We would recommend using the stove top method and keeping a close eye on the material. If it removes too much color, you can redye them afterwards. We make a light grey called Pearl Grey. Hope this helps!

  • Steph

    High I’m trying to dye a medium grey wool jacket bright red. To achieve the right red I need to lighten it first would rit colour remover work on wool. It also has a cotton lining.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Steph, You would want to use the Rit Color Remover to remove the color from the fabric. It will try to remove as much color as possible. Be careful about shrinkage as the product does require hot water. Keep a close eye on the wool and stir occasionally to try to prevent felting.

  • Kelly

    I have a canvas handbag that is a medium gray color. Parts of it have faded and I would like to dye it either purple, navy, or black. Do I need to use color remover first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing to ensure even coverage. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alice, Sorry, Rit does not offer a white dye. We do not recommend using bleach as it permanently damages the fibers and could also result in discoloration of the fabric. The color remover is meant to remove or lighten the original dye color, but we could not guarantee it would take the blouse to white. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for a white dye.

  • Elizabeth

    Would I be able to use this to lighten the color of an item I dyed with Rit dye? I left it in a bit too long and now it’s too dark.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color from the item as possible, so be sure to keep a close eye on the fabric. If it removes too much color, you can always redye it afterwards. Hope this helps!

  • MsShepard

    I am wanting to change the color oha baby swing that was given to me as a gift (its for a girl and I’m pregnant with a boy). The swing is pink with black butterflies and flowers on it. Will the color remover take those out as well as the pink?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Congratulations! What is the fabric content of the baby swing?

  • Tara

    I decided spur of the moment to tie dye a shirt (I work at a University) and ended up with small dye splatters all over my light tan dress pants. Would Color Remover be able to take the color dyes out but leave my pants light tan?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tara, Rit color remover is meant to remove or lighten all dye from the fabric in order to redye it. Should you decide you want to remove all dye and redye the pants tan, you might first want to view which fabrics are dyeable and those that are not by going to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Mel

    Can you help? I dyed all the work table linens pink! Can I get these white again please

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mel, The Rit Color Remover will try to turn the table linens back to white. Just be sure to use the hottest water possible. The hotter the water, the better results you will achieve. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Mel

        Thank you. If I keep them soaking in water until I can get out in the morning and buy some. Will that still work? Appreciate your speedy reply!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Mel, You do not need to keep them soaking in water for the product to be effective.The product is effective on items that have been dried. Hope this helps!

  • Shaemes

    I have a cotton duck coat that had embroidery removed leaving a “shadow”. Would rit color remover fade this to match the rest of the coat

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit color remover is recommended for use on the stove top because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove dye. In addition, the item is recommended to be stirred in the pot for 10-30 minutes to successfully remove or lighten the dye. Since you are not able to follow this process, we would not recommend using the color remover. You might check with a fabric store in the area to see if they might have any recommendations.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Butch, Rit color remover is recommended for use on the stove top because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove dye. In addition, the item is recommended to be stirred in the pot for 10-30 minutes to successfully remove or lighten the dye. Since you are not able to follow this process, we would not recommend using the color remover. You might check with a fabric store in the area to see if they might have any recommendations.

  • Janna

    My husband threw my daughter’s concert t-shirt in the laundry with a hot pink scarf! The beloved new t-shirt is now pink. I purchased the Rit Color Remover but in reading the directions am not sure if I can use my front loader or if I have to use the stove top. I am not sure I have a porcelain pot to use, which is why I wondered if the washer would work. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Janna, You can find the directions for using a front load washing machine here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/

      Please keep in mind that the color remover could possibly remove any decals or screen printing from the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jeff Megahan

    I have two jumpsuits (cotton/polyester blends) which are olive green. I need to turn them light brown. (I’m making Ghostusters costumes for my boys). Can I dye out the olive green and dye in the tan? What’s the best way to go with that?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jeff, To achieve the best results you would want the material to be at least 60% cotton. A polyester blend that contains more than 40% polyester will not reach the exact hue you are dyeing the item. It will dye much lighter. In order to be able to achieve a light tan, the olive green would need to be reduced to an almost white with the Rit Color Remover which may not be possible due to the polyester content. Let us know if you have any other questions

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carleigh, When using Rit color remover, you can place both tops in the same stainless steel pot as long as there is enough water for both items to move freely. We would recommend checking the fabric tag for washing instructions. Rit color remover is recommended for use on the stove top with very hot water (180 degrees). However, the hottest water temperature that is recommended for silk is 140 degrees in order to avoid shrinkage. You might want to consider using a color that will successfully dye over the shirts without removing the color since the water temperature needed to activate dye is 140 degrees. Let us know if you would like additional information on dyeing over colors.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric and turn everything back to white. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions.

    • Bb

      Hi,
      Revisiting this question again, will the RIT whitener and Brightener achieve this goal of removing the fabric paint alone?
      Thanks!

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Bb, The Rit Whitener and Brightener is not strong enough to remove paint or dye transfer. Sorry about that. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • MAB

    I have a crochet table cloth that was made from two different color cotton thread. One white and one a tan or ecru. There is no rhyme or reason to the pattern. I would like it all to be white or a cream color. Would rid dye remove work. Would I have to then re-dye it.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi MAB,
      You can certainly use Rit Color Remover to remove the tan or ecru color to a white or creamy color. There is no guarantee that you will get white, but if you can get the color even enough, you can then dye the tablecloth to the color you would like to achieve. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Sabrina Solano

    What if I only wanted to remove a black die from the Nike sighn on my sweater

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sabrina, We are sorry but there are no directions to use this product except on the stove top or in the Washing Machine. The item is immersed and the product removers all color that it comes in contact with. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • BAE909

    I have a baby quilt that is cotton and bright red and white (originally), only about 30 years old. We never used it in the nursery, only decoratively on the wall. We tried to wash it and, needless to say, the red bled into the white, yielding a red and pink quilt. How might I go about removing the pink, returning those squares to bright white, without reducing the red squares to pink? In other words, can this quilt be rejuvenated to its original colors?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Our product Rit Color Remover would try to all color from the quilt. Unfortunately we do not make a product that will only remove the color bleeding on the white areas. Sorry about that. We appreciate your interest in Rit Dye.

  • Amber

    I dyed a comforter with a tan rit dye and it went from white to a much darker brown than I wanted. If I use the color remover, will it lighten my rit dyed comforter to more of a cream color, or does it only work with commercial dyes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, RIT color remover will remove all color that it comes in contact with and take an item back to white/ creamy where it started. Depending on the color of the item, the color can disappear in 10 minutes and then there are other times, it can take up to an hour to remove all the color. It takes three boxes to do a full load in a top load washer and is safe for all fabrics. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rebecca, Rit color remover will not add any substance to the fabric, nor will it damage the fibers. The color remover is recommended for use on the stove top in a stainless steel pot because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove dye. Cotton is a dyeable fabric, but polyester is not due to the wash and wear finish which keeps Rit products from being absorbed. Depending on the percentage of bamboo in the fabric, you may want to be careful of shrinkage since the color remover requires very hot water. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • Libni

    I have a 100 percent polyester skirt, would the color remover remove some of the color of my skirt if I leave the skirt to boil with the color remover?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      HI Libni, It may be able to remove some color, but it likely will not affect it very much due to the polyester content. Sorry about that.

  • Kory

    I have a neon orange shirt that I want to end up a dark yellow, recommendations?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kory, What is the fabric content of the shirt? We can better assist you if we know what type of material you are working with. Thanks!

      • Kory

        50% cotton 50% polyester

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Kory, Unfortunately, due the polyester content our dyes/ Rit Color Remover would not be able to take out enough color to dye the fabric to a dark yellow. Sorry about that!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Susan, Yes, you will want to first use Rit color remover to remove or lighten the original dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing dark brown. The color remover is recommended for use on the stove top in a stainless steel pot because it requires very hot water (180 degrees) to activate it and be maintained in order to successfully remove or lighten the dye. You will want to first check to make sure you are working with a dyeable fabric. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Dominyque

    How do I lighten the color of the dye before I add the fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dominyque,
      We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color of the fabric to a white or close to white as possible before dyeing. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nicole, What is the fabric content of the blazer? We can better assist you if we know what type of material you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Vickie, You can use the Rit Color Remover on all 3 items at once. When redyeing, make sure the items have enough room to freely move around and are being constantly agitated or stirred with no soaking. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Dani

    Hi RitDye folks!

    I have a black cotton corduroy blazer that I am looking to dye oxblood/burgundy for a costume. The washing instructions say to only wash in cold water and I’m afraid to go too warm with it lest I shrink it horribly. Will the colour remover (and later, the red dye) work sufficiently in warm water or does it need to be very hot to work properly? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dani, When using any Rit product, very hot water is required. The color remover is recommended for use on the stove top with a water temperature of 180 degrees. Rit dyes require a water temperature of 140-160 degrees. We would not recommend using our products on an item whose instructions state to wash in cold water. Sorry about that.

  • charlie

    Hi, I’d like to take this http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA5OVgxMTA5/z/FlkAAOSwdsFUOZLL/$_57.JPG to an ivory or an offwhite, would your product be able to work on it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Before you begin your dye project, you will want to make sure you are working with a dyeable fabric. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ If you are working with a dyeable fabric, we would recommend using Rit color remover to remove or lighten the original dye and prepare the fabric for redyeing. Rit offers a recipe for Ivory, which can be viewed at our website by going to https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/ and clicking on “here” in the 2nd paragraph that offers Rit’s favorite former color recipes. Hope this information is helpful.

      • charlie

        It says it’s 55% ramie and 45% cotton?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Charlie, Yes, both fabrics will dye well using Rit dye. When using the Rit color remover, it is recommend for use in a stainless steel pot on the stove top because very hot water (180 degrees) is required to activate it and remove dye. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Channing, Corduroy can be made from various fabrics. What is the fabric content of the jacket? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • aleisha

    Im trying to lighten or remove color from navy blue scrub pants. I did stove top method and got no reaults. Ive also just tried using black rit liquid color to turn them black. Why didnt either methed work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Aleisha, What is the fabric content of the scrubs? If they contain a high portion of polyester, that could explain why neither product worked well.

  • Khae

    Originally I had a white t-shirt (all cotton) with a cool image of Godzilla on the front. The white t-shirt is now pink. Can I remove the pink without destroying Godzilla?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Khae, We do not offer a product to remove dye that has bled onto another item. Rit’s color remover is used to lighten or remove all color in fabric to prepare it for redyeng a new color. We would not recommend using the color remover because it would effect the Godzilla image. Sorry about that.

      • Khae

        Thanks RitDye…from the other answers it did look like it would not work, but I had to ask any way. Great service you provide!

  • aleisha

    The scrub pants are about 60% polyester 40% cotton. What do you recommend they have been soaking in ritz black liquid dye now for 2 days reheating from time to time

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Aleisha, The scrubs contain too much polyester for our dyes to successfully dye that material. So sorry for any inconvenience. You might try searching the internet for a polyester dye.

  • Lucille

    I want to dye a khaki cotton jacket royal blue should I use color remover first?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lucille, first you would want to check the fabric content of your fabric and make sure it is compatible with RIT Dye. This link will help:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. Then yes, you would use color remover, give your self a clean slate to dye the item the color you want it to be. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Ruby

    I dyed cloth diapers the peony color, but it turned out darker than I wanted. Can I use the Rit color remover to lighten the color? If so, how should I proceed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ruby, you can use the color remover but there is no controlling how quickly it will work. You can try the stove top method so you will be right there to get it out. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Ruby

        Should I use the entire packet of color remover or just a part of it? I have six cloth diapers.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Ruby, We would recommend using the entire package of the product on the stove top. If not enough Color Remover is used, it may not take out any color at all. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Juli

    I have a grey and white striped cotton/poly blend shirt that I’d like to fade down significantly. Will RIT remover be able to do this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Juli,
      Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible. You may be able to reduce of the color in the fabric since Color Remover will have a limited effect on the polyester portion of the shirt, but we cannot guarantee it will give you the results you would like to achieve. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Juli

        Yes it is, thank you!

  • Sam

    I have a 100 percent viscose ivory skirt that I would like to dye white , would RIT color remover work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sam, The Rit Color Remover should lighten it up, but it may not be able to make it a bright white. The best method to use would be the stove top. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Josh

    I have a baseball tee that has been dyed pink (originally white) with black sleeves. Should I leave the sleeves out of the pot to avoid bleaching them or would it be ok to submerge it in the pot with the rest of the shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Josh, The Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color from the fabric, including the black from the sleeves. You will want to try to keep the sleeves out of the product. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Sophia

    I am trying to remove the color out of 97% army green cotton pants in order to dye bright orange. Will this product remove enough color so that the pants can be dyed orange? Also, I want to remove the color from 100% dark khaki cotton pants to also dye orange. Would the results be different?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sophia,
      Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible from both fabrics bringing them to a white or creamy color. For best results we would recommend using the stove-top method as the consistent hot water temperature is what helps the product to work best. We can’t guarantee it will give you the same results as one fabric is 100% cotton and the other is 97% cotton but should be close so you can go ahead and dye them orange. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Sophia

        Would it make much of a difference what color the pants are prior to color removal? for example, would khaki colored and army green colored pants dye similarly after color removal?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sophia,
          The color of prior to using the color remove will not make a difference. As long as you get both materials to a white or creamy color before dyeing, they will dye similarly. Hope this helps.

  • Saul

    If my shirt is 55%cotton and 45% polyester would the dye remover or dye work on it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Saul,k The color remover will be able to work on the 55% cotton but not the polyester..Therefore, it will take out as much color as it can but not all of it. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Lydia

    I ordered a dress for a costume. It is supposed to be light blue and seemed light blue in the pictures, but in reality it is a blue blue. The dress is 100% polyester. Since the color remover has limited effects on this material, is there a chance it will just lighten it, or since it’s 100%, is it more likely that the treatment will have no effect whatsoever? I don’t want to try it and have it not work and then be stuck with the wrong dress but one that’s obviously been washed and can’t be returned.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lydia, Since it is 100% polyester, the Color Remover would likely not be able to lighten it up. Sorry for any inconvenience! Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Sarah

    I’m trying to remove color on a gray dress. 72% cotton, the rest polyester. I’m using the stove top method. I knew it wouldn’t get white, but the color doesn’t seem to be lightening at all!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, So sorry to hear it is not removing any color. How long has the material been in the solution for?

      • Sarah

        I stirred it in the solution for about 40 minutes before I gave up. I’ve used color remover before with no problems so I figured it might have something to do with how the dress was dyed in the first place. After I took it out of the solution I poured a little bleach on it and nothing happened. I tried- the dress was just meant to be gray I guess!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sarah,
          It is possible that a strong colorfast dye was used to dye the garment. These dye classes can be very difficult and sometimes impossible to remove. If bleach was unable to remove any of the color, we would suspect it was a colorfast dye used on the garment. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Calvin, The stove top works best to remove the most amount of color. You can also use the washing machine as it will allow the water temperature to remain constant. If you do not have access to either, you can try using a bucket but it may not be very effective in removing majority of the dye. Just be sure to start out with the hottest water possible. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • justjmatt

    Would color remover be able to be used only on part of a garment? I have a t shirt I dyed one color up top and another on the bottom half and I want to take out the color on the top, but not on the bottom.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, If you were to do the stove top method and were willing to stand there and hold onto the shirt, dunking it in up to the line, you could probably accomplish your project. Hopefully the color will come right off Good Luck. . .

      • justjmatt

        Alright. Wish me luck!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Sarah, sorry that your project did not come out as expected. RIT color remover works best on fabrics we can dye. We will be glad to replace the product you used. Please send us your name, address (street, city, state, zip code) with a reference to this message on Disqus to dyedoctor@theritstudio.com. Hope this information is helpfu.l. .

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nhan, It will try to remove as much dye as possible, but it likely would not be able to fully remove the print. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Skylar

    Can I use this to remove dye from plastic? I dye lacrosse heads and wanted to un-dye it would this work to change it white again?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Skylar, We can tell you how RIT Color Remover works on fabric.It can be used up to an hour without any damage to the fabric and the stove top is considered the best method. You would have to test it on one of the lacrosse heads. Hope this information is helpful. . .

  • Connie

    Hi, I forgot that I had dried some dyed items in my dryer and they had left some color. Later I dried a light blue shirt in the dryer which of coarse got spots on it. Is there a way to get rid of the spots. I already tried with bleach, which does not lighten the blue of the shirt and does not take the spots away. HELP

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Connie,
      Unfortunately Rit does not make a product to remove dye transfer from colored garments. Rit Color Remover would try to remove all the color from the garment. Unfortunately if bleach was not effective, the shirt is most likely made with a color-fast dye. Color-fast dyes can be very difficult if not impossible to remove. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Crystal Dimond

    I want to use black Rit Dye on my sweater. Will it ruin the printing on my sweater?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Crystal, Depending on what the print is made from, it may absorb the dye or be tinted by it. You would also want to check to see if your sweater is made from a dyeable fabric. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://www.anastasiaamour.com Anastasia Amour

    I got some small bleach spots on a dark navy blue dress which is 65% viscose 30% nylon 5% elastane. The bleach spots have faded to a cream colour. If I used this to remove all the colour, could I then bring the whole garment back to navy blue using dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anastasia, Thanks so much for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment.

  • sal

    i have a blu and white blanket in wool, how can i make the blu lighter without making it run to white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sal, You would want to carefully use the Rit Color Remover on the wool by keeping a close eye on the fabric. It may reduce it more than what you are looking for, but you can always redye if it removes too much color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • LaurieKBad

    I have 8 pairs of pants including 4 pair cordoroys to trmove the brown color from. They are all cotton. I am simmering my water in my turkey fryer in the garage so I have a very large pot. I want to do 2 pair per pot load. Do I have to change the water between loads? I have plenty of Rit color remover on hand so I could keep adding an envelope to the pot but will that make it too strong? I then plan to dye them black. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      You can just add more Color Remover into the simmering water before adding in the pants each time.It will not damage or become to strong. Hope this information is helpful!

      • LaurieKBad

        Thank you.

  • sarah

    Will the colour remover melt polyurethane foam?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Polyurethane foam is not dyeable using Rit dye as it will not absorb the dye. Sorry about that. You might try searching the internet for information on tinting polyurethane.

  • Ck1

    Will this product help whiten silk that yellowed when washed with clorine bleach?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Unfortunately RIT color remover cannot correct bleach damage to fabric. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Heidy Freedman

    I used the dye color “Enamel Blue” on a grey shirt, when I use the removal, will the grey color be affected or be lightened in any way?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit Color Remover is used to remove or reduce color from fabric prior to dyeing with Rit Dye. Since an item needs to be immersed when using the color remover, it will effect all colors of the fabric. The only exception to this would be if the grey shirt is made from a fabric that is not dyeable. For a list of dyeable and non-dyeable fabrics, go to: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/ Hope this information is helpful.

  • Karen

    I washed a yellow shirt with a pair of black pants. The black stained the shirt. If I use the RIT color remover will it remove only the black stains or the yellow of the shirt as well?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Karen, RIT Color remover will try to remove all color that it comes in contact with. Hope this information is helpful.

  • LuAnne

    I have an oatmeal heather colored sweater that I need to make off white for a costume. The fabric is 58% cotton, 39% rayon and 3% ‘other fiber’. Will the color remover work on this? Would I need to use the stove top method since it doesn’t have to lighten very much?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello LuAnne, RIT color remover always works best on fabrics we can dye. This link will explain what fabrics work best with RIT:https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. The stove top method is always considered best because the water stays hot the whole time the item is in the bath. Hope this information is helpful.

      • LuAnne

        The fabrics I mentioned are on the list (with the exception of the 3% other fiber). Would there be a problem because it’s a sweater?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello LuAnne, the 3% other fiber should be fine. The only other major consideration is that the sweater can be put into HOT water. The water temperature for stove top is usually 140 degrees. Hope this information. is helpful.

  • Tiffany

    I have a blue and white LRL striped shirt. Something in the washer has left black spots under both arms. Will the color out remove those stains without taking away the navy stripes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tiffany, RIT color remover will take out all color that it comes in contact with. It works best on the white load of clothes that gets the red sock, turns everything pink. RIT color remover takes the items back to white. It also removes all color so that you have a clean slate to dye an item the color that you wan it to be. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • JustMe

    I purchased a comforter online that I thought was grey…it’s tan 🙁 I would rather try to dye it than return it and wait forever for the right one. I will be using a front load washer and have a few questions. To make sure I understand, I pour in the diluted solution as the machine is filling…I then add four cups of hot water right after to flush?? Also, it says to rinse in cold water…I’m pretty sure my machine doesn’t allow me to stop and change settings. For instance, if I choose the hottest setting for my initial wash, I don’t think I can change it to rinse in cold. Then again, maybe it only washes in hot and rinses in cold…I have no idea. Lol. Can I just let the cycle complete and then just do a cold rinse, followed by a warm wash for the final step? TIA

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, that is the correct process and it should be fine to let the cycle finish and then re-rinse and wash. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://www.ThatUncutRaw.com/ Chris L

    Hi, I have a white t-shirt with a bright red logo in the middle chest (I’ve included a pic) that I washed with another white t-shirt that has a screen-printed pic on the chest. The red logo ended up bleeding all over the other t-shirt, and now the t-shirt has a pink tint all over. Is there a product I can use that will remove the pink without messing up the screen print? Also, the t-shirt with the red logo bled on itself a little bit as well, with the same “pink all over” effect as the other tee, although much fainter. Btw, both tees have been dried in the dryer twice now, but I’m hoping it’s not too late to fix them. I’ve used Clorox Smart Seek Bleach and another Clorox stain remover, but to no effect. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chris, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover could potentially affect the screen printing on the fabric and fade out the coloring. It would really depend on the screen printing process and the type of material used for those particular screen prints. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Melodia

    I accidentally let a mustard colored costume leak onto a white angle costume and now I have yellow spots on the angle dress (it’s 100%cotton). I tried stain remover and bleach with no luck so I went out and got some Rit Color Remover. I am using the stove top method and it has been soaking for about 15 mins. I just checked on it and the yellow spots are now purple! Is it supposed to work like that?? Will it eventually turn back white or am I going to have purple spots instead of yellow??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melodia,
      It is normal while using Color Remover to see the colors being removed to turn other colors during the Color Remover process. As long as the fabric was prewashed and the bleach had not damaged the fabric before using our product, Color Remover will remove/reduce the color to a white or creamy color. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Yazzy Tedder

    I used color remover according to box instructions on a red cardigan. Let it set for an hour as I keep moving it around to get even results. Didn’t work at all. Are there some colors that cannot be dyed? or color removed???

  • Kim

    Hi, I have a white lace dress with silk or satin trim. I put bleach in the wash and the trim turned yellow. Will the Rit dye remover or Rit white wash restore to it’s white white? The first time I took the dress to the cleaners and it came back yellow so the store (Zappos yay) sent me another one. After that I just washed it on delicate in the washer but didn’t think when I put bleach in this last time…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kim, The yellowing which the trim exhibits is the result of irreversible chlorine damage to the fibers. Try washing the garment in an oxidizing non-chlorinated bleach such as Rit Whitener & Brightener. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Ben

        Do we know what causes these chlorine damage? We seem to have a few random items, usually white, that come out with faint yellowish stains. It doesn’t happen all the time. Aprreciate the help as this isn’t actually to do withy Rit!!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Ben, So sorry, but we do not have any information to provide on that.

        • Futuralon Futuralon

          Silk in particular is damaged by bleach and yellows as a result. For other fibers, some sunscreens react with iron in water and turn white garments yellow (where worn on/near sun screened skin for eg). This is not just silk, personally I ruined a white linen top because of sunscreen staining. Deodorant also can cause yellowing at armpits – on fibers like cotton at a minimum but others as well I’m sure. These stains can be mitigated with stuff like oxyclean.

  • Brianna

    Hey, I have a pair of black polyester and spandex yoga pants. What is the best way to get the most black color out of the pants so I can dye them purple or tie-dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Brianna, Polyester is a plastic fiber derived from oil and then washed in a permanent finish to create easy wash and wear. This process creates a moisture barrier which prevents soil from penetrating as well as the dye. Spandex is also not a dyeable fabric. Sorry about that.

  • Hailey F.

    Hi, I have collected a lot of polypropylene and nylon rope for a project. Most of it is bright yellow. I want to remove the color (or dye it if that will be more effective) so that it is a more neutral color. Would your color remover work on this material, or do you think a bleaching method would be more effective?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Hailey, RIT Color Remover works best on fabrics RIT can dye. This link will help: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. None of the RIT products work well on any fabric that has the word polypropylene in it. Hope this information is helpful,. .

  • Ben

    If I want to use Rit Color Remover to lighten a pair of chinos, do I have to find a pan and use the stove method or I can boil water in a kettle, add to a bucket and then add the chinos? I’m only look to remove some of the colour, not all. Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ben, The product works the best when you can maintain the water temperature throughout the color removal process. You can certainly use the bucket method with the hot water, but it may not remove much color from the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • gary

        Hi I recently dyed a pair of jeans and they turned out almost black but was looking for my jeans to turn out navy/dark blue. Would rit dye remover return them to their original colour or what would happen?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Gary, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible. It likely would not return them to the original color, but try to take out as much color as possible so the fabric can be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • Amy

    Hello! i mistakenly washed a red dress with a mint green shirt and a grey hoodie which cause red stains from the color running, I tried a few other stain removing techniques but they haven’t worked so i got the Rit color remover but will that work without ruining the shirt? thank you! 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amy, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color from the material as possible, including the original color of the fabric. You can redye the fabric afterwards back to the original colors. Hope this helps!

  • Huang

    Hi,I mistakenly washed a blue t-shirt with a white t-shirt(in picture) which cause blue stains from the color running.Is it possible to remove the blue stains on my white t-shirt with RIT color remover even though the blue stain is not a product of Rit Dye?FYI,My white t-shirt is 100% in cotton.Thanks in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Huang,
      Color Remover will work to remove any and all dye from color dye transfers even with dyes that are not our own. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    You can most certainly use Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color of the fabric to a white or creamy color before dyeing with our dyes to achieve the color you would like to achieve. Due to the bulkiness of sofa covers, we may suggest extending agitation time of the Color Remover process up to 1 hour for best results. Hope this information is helpful.

  • linda

    i washed my white north face with a red pill in the pocket and it turned yellow, would this get the yellow out

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Linda, RIT color remover works best on fabrics we can dye. Please check the fabric content of your item on this link.https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/tips-for-successful-dyeing/. RIT color remover can be used up to an hour without any damage to the fabric.Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kayce, Yes, we would recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Make sure you have enough water for the quilt to move freely in the dyebath as this promotes an even color result. One bottle of liquid dye will dye up to 2 lbs. of dry weight fabric. You may want to stand on a bathroom scale with the quilt to ensure you are using enough dye. Fill the washing machine with hot water and mix in the dye prior to adding the fabric. For best results, wet the quilt prior to adding to the dyebath. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Erin

    I got a white shirt back from the laundromat with something akin to highlighter yellow marks on the bottom? I was getting somewhere with detergent and rubbing alcohol, but then I tried 3% hydro peroxide. In the past this worked okay….now I definitely made it worse. I expanded the stain area and now it’s pale yellow. I thought hydro peroxide was safe! It’s screenprinted so I can’t dunk the whole thing in there, just want to deal with the stain area and get it white again. Can Rit White or color remover help with a hydro peroxide stain? So confused. 🙁

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Erin,
      Our Rit White-Wash and Color Remover work best when garments can be immersed into a solution of product and hot water. Rit White-wash is recommended for unbleachable white items. Rit Color Remover can be used for regular white garments. Since the stain is on the bottom of the shirt we could suggest creating a solution on the stove-top and immersing just the bottom half of the shirt instead of the entire garment to see if that will help remove the rest of the stain. Hope this information is helpful.

  • stacey hogan

    Hi, I’m just wondering if a black lace dress can be dyed to a cream or off white colour? Thanks 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stacey, What is the fabric content of your dress? We can better assist you if we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • Stacy

    Hi. I have a natural wool yarn that I’d like to dye white. Is there a Rit product that I could use to achieve that result? Thanks in advance for your response!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Stacy, RIT does not make a white dye. The product was developed on the theory that all fabric started at white which it did back in the day. RIT color remover will remove all color that it comes in contact with and take the item back to white/creamy where it started. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Harmony

    Why can’t I use an aluminum pot?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Harmonu, Is Rit safe to use in a container used for food?
      We suggest using a stainless steel, porcelain or glass container dedicated for dyeing. We do not recommend using plastic or fiberglass since the dye may permanently stain these containers. Additionally, aluminum may discolor but it is safe to use. If you must reuse the container for cooking, it is recommended to clean the container with chlorine bleach or a powdered cleanser, Hope this information is helpful.

      • SallyE

        Can you advise what product would be an example of chlorine bleach or powdered cleanser? I washed the pot with boiling water and soap but from the sound of it, it needs more to be safe to cook in?

        Thank you.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Sally, We recommend washing with some chlorine bleach like Clorox or powdered cleanser like Comet or Ajax to ensure that there is no left over residue. Hope this helps!

  • Jesse

    I need to remove the color from the sleeves of a shirt cause I accidentally got the wrong color dye on it. Do you have any tips as to how to remove the color from just that one part?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jesse, There are no directions to use this product on separate area. Hope this information is helpful. .

  • Rachael

    I have some sheepskin that is a bright golden yellow color. I would like to dye it a more appealing color. My top choice would be purple, after that probably a grey or black. I don’t think that I will be able to achieve this without first trying to remove some of the original color. Could I use Rit color remover on sheepskin? I know you are not supposed to use hot water on sheepskin. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rachael, The Rit Color Remover may or may not be able to remove color from the sheep skin. It does require hot water to remove dye, so if it cannot be washed in hot water we would not recommend using the product. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Tricia

    Is there specific amount of water to use with the stovetop method? It never says how many cups to add.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tricia,
      We recommend using enough water for the fabric to move around freely or approximately 3 gallons of water. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Kristin

    Hi. I have some outdoor fabric that is too bright to match the look I was wanting. Will rit color remover lighten sunbrella type fabrics?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kristin, Sunbrella is 100% solution dyed acrylic and water resistant fabric. RIT cannot dye acrylic or water resistant fabric therefore Color Remover will not work on it either. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jazmin, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove/reduce the color. It will try to turn the fabric as white as possible. The stove top method would be the best technique to use if the gloves can withhold hot water. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Sherry, We do not recommend dyeing bulky items. The reason is that the dyebath cannot be distributed evenly throughout the fabric and the result will be an unevenness of color. Sorry about that.

  • Yvonne

    Hi! I want to dye a pair of shoes that are champagne in color. The fabric isn’t specifically a “dyeable” fabric so I’m wondering if the Rit Color Remover could help prep the shoes to be dyed? Would the color remover potentially damage the fabric or the glue holding the shoe together? I’ve attached a photo the shoe I’d like to dye. I’m looking to dye it an apple green (or slightly darker than apple green). Would the Rit Color Remover help with the process? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Yvonne, RIT Color Remover is recommended for fabrics that can be immersed in HOT water, agitated then washed. Now the fabric is ready to be dyed. All of the directions we have for dyeing shoes, start with the white fabric shoes. This link will explain: https://www.ritdye.com/2013/09/12/dye-shoe-refashion/. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Huixian

    Hello, I have a bright neon pink dress that I’d love to fade. However, it’s 65% Cotton and 35% Polyester. I heard polyester is really hard to fade, is it advisable to still try to fade it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Since the fabric has 65% cotton, it should be able to remove/reduce color. We would suggest using the stove top method for best results and keeping a close eye on the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Karey

    My daughter spilled liquid foundation make-up on her white cotton sweatshirt…and then tried to get it off with make-up remover, ugh!! I didn’t know about the make-up remover so I put Shout on the sweatshirt and washed it with a mixed load. Now there is a large blue dye stain on the middle of the white sweatshirt from a pair of jeans that was in the load. I’ve washed the sweatshirt three times and have used a small amount of bleach on it…but have not dried it in the dryer at all. What process would you recommend to get the dye stain/make-up/make-up remover out of the sweatshirt? The sweatshirt is her favorite one so I’d like to do everything possible to save it!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Karey, If the sweatshirt is all white, we would recommend trying the Rit Color Remover on the stove top to try to remove as much of the stain as possible.

      • Karey

        It’s not completely white…there is a large logo on the chest of the sweatshirt and the inside of the hood is purple. Can I just soak the area that has the stain on it while doing the stove top method?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Karey, Yes, you can try dipping the stained area into the color remover on the stove top to see if it might remove or lighten the stain. You will want to move that part of the fabric around in order for the color remover work effectively. Hope this helps.

  • Laura

    I dyed a flokati rug with Rit dye, I made the color too dark, will the remover lighten it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much of the color as possible so that it can be redyed. You may be able to only lighten it by keeping a close eye on the fabric. Hope this helps!

  • penny

    hi I have camel color slipcovers that are 55% linen, 45% cotton and machine washable in cold water. I want to bleach them white but am reluctant to use liquid bleach. do you think RIT Color Remover will turn them white? I have a front loading washing machine.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Penny, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible from the fabric, but may not be able to turn the material to a bright white. Hope this helps!

  • Jaquelin

    Hi! So I recently washed a load of clothes and one if my sweatshirts turned pink due to a dress that i washed. My problem is that the sleeves on the sweatshirt are color and the torso is white…. Is there any product that could help white the torso part without damaging the sleeves? Thank you in advance!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jackie, Thank you for reaching out. The Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric. You could try treating the torso by holding the sleeves out of the solution and being extremely cautious when rinsing. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover is unable to remove yellowing cause by bleach. You might try the Rit Whitener and Brightener to see if that can make the streak appear less yellow. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Sarah

    I have an old baptism gown that has yellowed over the years. I used oxiclean to get most of the yellowing out of it but I want it to be a little whiter. I bought both rit white wash and the whitener & brightener which one should I try? Or can I try one first and then the other after if the first one doesn’t work . If so which one first. Also was wondering if either one of those would react to the oxiclean cause I haven’t washed the gown yet I’ve just been using a sink to let it soak.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah,
      We would recommend prewashing the gown before using our products. To remove excess yellowing, we would recommend using Rit White-Wash. We recommend using Rit Whitener and Brightener when looking to brighten the white color. You can use Whitener and Brightener after the use of White-Wash to help brighten the white after any yellowing have been removed. Please keep in mind that our products work best in very hot (140-180 degrees) water. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Stauf,
    Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the jacket bringing to as close to a white or creamy color as possible. Hope this information is helpful.

  • hannah

    hi, if I used the color remover on a striped green and black fabric, would both colors be removed? I want to avoid removing the black, just remove the green

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Hannah,
      Color Remover will try to remove all the color from the garment. Sorry about that.

  • Anthony

    Hi I wanted to remove the yellow stains from my white dress shirts but they have a logo stitching on the side will this product remove the color from the stitching or will it stay the same color

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anthony, It will try to remove all color from the material including the color on the stitching. If the stitching is polyester, it likely will stay the same color, but if cotton or another fiber it could likely remove the color from the threads. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Aaron

    Will this work on carpet?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Aaron, this product (RIT color remover) is not recommended for carpet. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Rayne

    Will this work to turn a dark gray 50%polyester, 46%cotton, 4%rayon sweatshirt white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Rayne, RIT color remover works best on fabrics that RIT can dye. This product will not work on the polyester portion of the item therefore you might only get a light color grey. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Rayne

        Light grey is acceptable. Thank you!

  • Kevintps

    I’ve tried using rite dye remover to remove bleed dye from oriental rugs on cotton fringes. I’ve had several experiences where the cotton has turned a greenish yellow. Is there a reason why for this along witha way or either reversing it or at least removing the greenish yellow?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kevin, we are sorry that you are having a problem with RIT color remover. We have sent a form to your email address so that we can help resolve this. Hope this information is helpful.

  • mmergaux

    I used rit to dye a white dress light pink and it turned hot pink. Is there anyway to fade the color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello , If you use the product RIT Color remover, it will take all the color out giving you a clean slate to dye the item again the color you want it to be. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, it will try to remove all color from the fabric, including the dye transfer to turn it back to white. Hope this helps!

  • SamB

    I had a bright blue tee shirt that I wanted to be light blue. I tried color remover, thinking it would either lighten the blue or leave it white/cream which could be dyed. But it is now dark grey/blue. (I need a shirt color on which I can see black ticks.) I used the stovetop method. If I try again, will it get lighter? Was I too impatient? The shirt is 50% cotton, 50% polyester.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi SamB,
      Unfortunately the Color Remover has very limited effect on polyester due to polyester’s chemical composition. Polyester is an oil-based man-made material that when treated with a water-based product repels the product. Unfortunately the Color Remover will only be effective on the cotton portion of the shirt. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dana, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover again to ensure you achieve even dye results. The stove top will give you the best results. Be sure to sure occasionally so that it can remove color evenly and leave it at just about a simmer. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Penelope, You could give it a try keeping a close eye on the fabric. The color remover does work quickly, so it may remove too much color before you can pull it out. If it does, you can always redye it afterwards. Hope this helps!

  • Deb

    I have dye in my carpet in my rental. How can I remove it. I didn’t know it was there and it has dried. Washer leaked behind a wall about a year ago.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Deb,
      We have emailed you our procedure for removing spilled dye from carpet and upholstery. We would recommend following the procedure as best as possible since you do not know how long the dye has been there. Hope the information is helpful!

  • Lauren

    I have a maxi dress that is bight neon pink. It is made of 96% Nylon and 4% Spandex and there is a top overlay of what looks like lace. I would really like to dye it another color such as royal blue, fuschia, or light purple. I saw this post and I figured I would ask your opinion of me using the Rit Color Remover on it to pull the pink out and then dying it another color. It makes me a little nervous because i love the dress, but it is just so bright. What do you think?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lauren,
      For us to better assist you on how effective the Color Remover would be, is the entire dress made of 96% nylon and 4% spandex? Or does the fabric tag state the shell and outer shell made of a different material? Thanks!

  • Pat

    I have a pair of kelly green pants that I would like to lighten. They are 65% cotton, 33% polyester and 2% spandex. Will it work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Pat, Rit’s color remover is used to remove or lighten or reduce color. Polyester is a fabric that is resistant to the color remover, therefore, only the 65% cotton will be effected. We would recommend the stove top method because you can maintain the very hot water for the best results. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest trying the Rit Color Remover to see if that can remove any color for you. If it removes too much color, you may not achieve the desired results because bleach can damage the fabric fibers causing it not to accept much of the dye. Hope this helps!

  • Kristine

    I recently dip-dyed some cotton linens and there was a little bit of bleeding in the area I wanted to remain white. Is there a way to effectively use the color remover only on the desired areas? If I use it all over- will it lighten the other areas completely or only slightly (I may be ok with some fading). Additionally, does this work well if I dyed something that was not quite the color I wanted, and wanted to attempt to fix/salvage it. It is a light tan/orange color.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristine,
      Color Remover will work to remove all or as much color as possible from the fabric. If you can only immerse the areas that you would like to remove easily, you may give that a try. For best results, we recommend using Color Remover on the entire garment and redyeing. Hope this is helpful!

  • pelicanlake71

    Hello, I found some curtains that are 100% cotton. They have an overall cream background, with a beige “origami” pattern on them. The problem is that I want the cream background to be bright white, with a lighter origami pattern. How could I brighten/whiten these curtains without removing the pattern altogether? I have attached a photo. Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Technically RIT color remover takes an item back to an off-white/creamy where it started but there is no way to look at the fabric and know where it started. The product can be used up to an hour without any damage to the fabric. Hope this information is helpful,

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Suzanne, Rit does not recommend using bleach as it will permanently damage the fibers of the bedskirt. Rit’s color remover is intended to take a fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color. We do not offer a white dye, or, a product that will take the fabric to white. Should you want to use a Rit product in your washing machine, the instructions vary depending on the type of washing machine you have. The various instructions can be found by going to The Rit Studio, https://www.ritdye.com/, scrolling over Techniques, scrolling over The Basics in the dropdown and, then, choosing the method you would like to use. Hope this information is helpful.

  • maddie なあに

    Hello
    I was wondering if the color remover would take the neon pink out of this canvas bag from Victoria’s Secret because I want it to be like a white or of white

  • Stephanie Reinheimer

    I really need help on this one. I got this shirt at a swap meet, it fits me really well but it has this ugly black-blue stain on it. It looks like ink…maybe? I don’t know what it is. The shirt label is illegible, but it definitely seems to be mostly cotton – maybe a cotton-spandex blend.

    It was originally pink. I got some Rit Color Remover totally aware of the fact that it would remove the pink as well as the black. I was partly right…it removed the pink, but NOT the black! That ugly black stain won’t budge, and I might have to cut a beautiful shirt into dust rags if I don’t have a solution!

    My questions are:

    1. What on earth could this godforsaken stain be?

    2. How can I get rid of it? Is my only option to dye the shirt black?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. It looks like the stain could be ink. You could attempt using the Rit Rust Remover, but it may not be able to remove the stain. Even overdyeing could cause the stain to stand out. The best way to mask it would be dyeing the shirt black. Sorry about that!

  • Ferretmommy

    I have a dark blue denim jacket that I would like to lighten a bit. I don’t want to turn it white but I would like to take some of the color out. Any suggestions?

  • Cheryl

    Want to remove the color from a large cushion cover. It’s too large for the stove top method. We have a front loading washing machind and not sure when /where to add Rit. Plus a little nervous the residue will ruin my next load of clothes. Can you advise? Possible to do in a large bucket with hot water?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cheryl, Thank you for reaching out. You can find the method for using a front load machine here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ It is the third method down. It will not leave any residue in the machine once the cycle has completed. You could use a large bucket, but the product will not be as effective. Also, be sure to check the fabric content of the cushions to ensure it is a fabric the Rit Color Remover will remove color from. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Dawn, It sounds like the machine did not let in enough water for the fabric to freely move around which caused it to remove color unevenly. You could certainly give it a try in a bucket or item that is large enough for the fabric to freely move around it. Start out with the hottest water possible. It may not be able to remove everything as the product works best in a washing machine or on the stove top since the hot water temperature can be maintained throughout the color removal process.

  • Marie

    Hi, I have a cream colored polyester garment with a red dye transfer stain. Is it possible to spot clean an area to remove the stain? I cannot immerse the garment in hot water, as I do not wish to damage the trim. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not have any products that would work to spot clean the polyester fabric. Sorry about that!

  • josh

    I have white cotton Polo shirts that have always been washed with whites only. They have black embroidery on them and since washing over a few months they have begun to turn dingy. Will the product brighten the white without bleaching out the embroidery?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Josh, this is not the product you are looking for. You need to use RIT Whitener n Brightner because your shirts have color on them. This link will show you what the bottle looks like. http://store.ritstudio.com/laundry-and-dyeing-aids/liquid-dye-8-oz-whitener-and-brightener/. You should be able to find the product at your local Joann’s fabrics, Michael’s craft stores or Hobby Lobby.Hope this information is helpful.

  • Tess

    Hi I have a grey skirt and I completely wanna remove the color to white what would I use

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tess, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover, however, it may not be able to turn the item to a bright white. Hope this helps!

  • Alice

    Is it possible to remove sharpie from a 100% cotton white shirt? I washed it a couple times and even tried bleaching it but the sharpie only got lighter a little. I really want my shirt to be completely white again 🙁

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Alice,
      You can give Color Remover a try to remove the stain. Unfortunately due the the sharpie being a permanent ink it may be difficult to remove. Hope this helps!

  • lv581

    Hello I purchased two of the same twin Duvet Covers from two separate stores. They are off in color. One is white the other very creamy almost a pale dusty yellow. We want white. What should we do to match the duvet covers or at least bring the yellow down to white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to try to remove the color from the fabric. Please keep in mind that it will try to take out as much color as possible, but it may not be able to achieve a bright white. Hope this helps!

  • Katherine

    Hi!!
    I went to my local thrift shop recently and found this great silk top for a couple of bucks. The top is 100% silk. It’s a super light shade of pink, unfortunately it has armpit stains 🙁 . I would like to refashion the top to a cobalt blue top and create a seed bead decal. What Rit color dye would you recommend for the cobalt blue color? Thanks for any help you can offer me!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katherine, Thank you for reaching out. Since you are looking for a specific shade, we would recommend e-mailing a photo of the cobalt blue color you are looking for to colorformula@theritstudio.com. We can try to create a custom recipe for you. Thanks!

  • djbilious

    Hello,

    I used RIT Pearl Grey to dye an off-white silk shirt grey, and it turned out purple. So, in trying to start over, I used RIT Color Remover, and now the shirt is ORANGE. 🙁 BRIGHT ORANGE!!!

    I followed the stove-top steps exactly. Why is the shirt orange?Why did it turn purple to begin with? Is there any way I can get the shirt grey, or is my only option to make it wearable just to dye it black?

    Appreciate your help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear your dyeing experience did not go as planned. We have e-mailed you some additional questions about your project so we can further assist you in fixing it.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Wendy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are removing color from?

    • Wendy VanVolkingburgh Small

      I am not sure, it is a sash, so there is no label. It seems to be a type of low sheen satin.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Wendy,
        Quite often satin is made from polyester. Unfortunately Color Remover is not effective on polyester material and little to no color can be removed. If the material is not polyester, you can give another try to the stove-top method keeping the sash immersed for longer time. Some dyes can be more difficult to remove and require a longer agitation process. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Wendy VanVolkingburgh Small

    Hi, I used the stove top method to remove color from fabric with Rit color remover, I let it simmer for 30 minutes, there was no noticeable color change. The fabric looks the exact same color to me. What do you suggest?

  • Rebecca Maiten

    Hi! I dyed some white silk/rayon velvet yesterday with the rit golden yellow dye. I had been hoping to get it a pale, buttery yellow, but even by just dip-dyeing for half a second, it turned bright crayon yellow. Today, I tried to lighten it using the rit color remover, but even after soaking it in the hot water for an hour and then washing with detergent as instructed, it just turned to a bright lemon yellow. Is there anything I can do to actually get it to that light butter color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rebecca, So sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. Did you use the color remover in the washing machine or on the stove top? How many boxes did you use?

      • Rebecca Maiten

        I used one box with the stove top to sink method.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Rebecca, Since you used the Rit color remover on the stove top, one box should have worked to remove or lighten the color. You mentioned that you “soaked” the fabric. If the fabric is not constantly stirred, the color remover cannot adhere to the fabric and remove dye. We would recommend trying the stove top method again with very hot water (180 degrees) and this time constantly stirring the fabric. Hope this helps.

          • Rebecca Maiten

            Sorry, I say soaked, but I was stirring pretty constantly. It is I think 7 yds of fabric, though – was one box just not enough?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Rebecca, You may try using 2 boxes on the stove-top due to the amount of fabric you have as one box may not have been enough.

          • Rebecca Maiten

            I used three boxes, stirring for over an hour last night. It got it down to a paler lemon, but it’s still very much yellow. I don’t think I’ll be using this stuff again…

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Rebecca, We are sorry to hear the color remover did not remove enough color. We are sending you an email with additional information so that we can further assist you.

  • Masha

    hi, i did a devore on a white silk viscose velvet. after that the fabric turned yellow. What is better to use to restore the fabric to white?
    thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Masha, We are sorry to hear that using Rit color remover did not achieve the results you expected. We are sending you an email with additional questions that will help us to assist you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lauren, It will try to remove as much color from the fabric as possible, so you will want to keep a close eye on them in the Color Remover. If it removes too much dye, you can send us a photo of the current curtains and we can try create a custom match to redye the other panels. Hope this helps!

  • mishel

    I have a white spandex athletic jersey that got dyed silver when washed accidentally with a black shirt. Will this product work to get it back to white(ish) or is it a goner?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mishel,
      We would recommend double checking the fabric’s care tag for the exact fabric content. We can better assist you if we know exactly what material you are working with. Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Shannan, The Rit Color Remover can definitely help. The stove top will be the best option. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Brian

    Hi. Some black dye got onto our white carpet. Is there a way to get the dye stain out?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brian, Here are some suggestions for removing dye from carpet:

      • Do not apply a liquid or foam cleaner to spill areas until dye granules or liquid spill has been absorbed as much as possible using the procedures described below.

      • Do not absorb liquid spills with a towel as this promotes spreading of the spill area.

      • After vacuuming a spill, it is a good idea to change the vacuum bag. In addition, examine the rotating brushes for dye particles and rub clean with a dry disposable towel.

      Rit Powder Dye

      Vacuum loose powder dye granule spills from the rug or upholstery pile thoroughly to remove as much dye as possible. Sprinkle a powder laundry detergent onto the spill area, gently work it into the carpet or upholstery pile, and vacuum thoroughly.

      Rit Liquid Dye

      Sprinkle the liquid spill area immediately with either salt, corn starch, powdered detergent or washing soda. (The preferred absorbing material is salt.) Once the absorbing material is saturated, gently scrape away the salt absorbing material. Repeat application with fresh absorbing material until no more dye is absorbed by the material. Vacuum the area once the spill is completely absorbed and dry.

      If stain still persists after you have removed as much of the dye granules or absorbed as much liquid dye as possible, shampoo stained area with rug shampoo or liquid detergent such as Ivory, Palmolive, Joy, etc. Use cold water (avoid hot water as this sets the dye stain).

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Bill, The Rit Color Remover may or may not be successful because it is unable to remove dye from indigo blue jeans. Since you are not trying to remove the indigo dye, it may be able to remove the dye transfer. Please keep in mind if it does remove any of the indigo color the result could be patchy or spotty. Hope this helps!

  • Tiffany

    Hi,
    While tie dying shirts today, a splat of purple landed on my light khaki shorts. Will the Color Remover remove the khaki color from the shorts if I use it to remove the purple stain?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tiffany, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color, including the khaki hue. Keep a close eye on the fabric during the color removal process. If it removes too much color, the shorts can always be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • Lulu

    Hi, I was wondering if I could use Rit color remover on a viscose carpet to lighten up a chocolate brown pattern? Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lulu, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in hot water. Please advise if the carpet is attached to the floor? Thanks!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kristine, We would recommend giving the Rit Color Remover another try. We would suggest the washing machine since it can keep the water at a constant temperature. Please keep in mind that it may be able to turn it more of an ivory or lighter white shade, but it will not be able to achieve a bright white. So sorry for any inconvenience.

    • Kristine

      Thanks for your fast reply! I’m so impressed with this forum service you offer to help customers use your products. Just want to be double sure of your recommendation. The crochet trim never had blue before – it was a light cream like the rest of the skirt. The blue came after using the 1 packet of Rit dye remover. Are you sure trying another packet (in the washing machine this time) won’t make the blue worse? Will bleach work to remove the blue do you think?

      PS – I used the tub for hotter water because our washing machine only gets warm water – if that changes your recommendation.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Kristine,
        We would recommend using the stove-top method for the process as you are able to keep a consistent hot water temperature throughout the process. For Color Remover to work best it requires a simmering water temperature. Using this process will remove the blue color from the skirt. Make sure to wash the skirt with detergent before using the Color Remover. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Christina C

    I accidentally washed my son’s white polyester baseball pants with a dark load and now they’re tinted blue. Can I use Rit Color Remover to get them back to white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christina,
      Unfortunately Color Remover has limited effect on polyester material. If you would like to go ahead and give it a try, we would recommend the stove-top method. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric. If it does remove too much color, you can always redye it afterwards. Hope this helps!

  • Abbey

    I ordered a wedding dress, and it was supposed to be a cream color and is more of a brown:(. It is a satin like material and a kind of mesh lace overlay. Can I use the Rit color remover? I am unable to wash the dress… is rinseing it ok?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Abbey,
      Often times wedding dresses are made from polyester. Unfortunately Color Remover has a limited effect on polyester material. If the material that you are working with is not polyester, the dress would need to be prewashed with detergent either in a machine or by hand. It would then need to be immersed into a simmering water temperature for the Color Remover to be most effective. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Ann B

    Hello,

    I have bleach stains on a 95% cotton, 5% spandex brown tank. The under color is a pinkish orange.

    I thought it might be cool to turn it into a project and dip “dye” it into an ombre affect.

    Could I use this to try? And would it turn it a cream color? Or would it be the bleach stain color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ann, Thank you for reaching out. It will try to remove the color from the fabric, but it would not be able to lighten/remove the discoloration caused by the bleach. Hope this helps!

  • Geneviève Riberdy

    Hi, I’d like to dye 2 sets of curtains in my dinning room into lime green. One set is white(ish) and the other is grey. They both have small patterns. I’ve attached some photos of my project. Can someone advise me as to what I’m to do. Help! 😛

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of both sets of curtains and what are you wanting to achieve with your project?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Terrie, The Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible from the material so that it can be dyed a new color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Christiane Patzwald

    Hi, my daughter has a black pair of Nike tights with a silver reflective pattern on legs, after only one wash at 30 degrees with other dark colours ( as per instructions) the reflective pattern has turned yellowish. I had even turned them insight out. They were really expensive and look rather cheap now! Any advice??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christine, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric and needs to be done in very hot water for optimal results (160-180 degrees). We would suggest double checking the fabric content and washing instructions to see if you want to give it a try. The Rit Color Remover could potentially completely remove the reflective pattern.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Krystle, The Rit Whitener and Brightener is not strong enough to remove dye transfer. It may be able to lighten it some. The Rit Color Remover would be the best option, but it will try to remove all color from the fabric including the original color of the material, including the color from the navy dots.You could dye it afterwards to another color. So sorry for any inconvenience.

    • Krystle

      Thank you so much for the input. It’s greatly appreciated ?

  • Jamie

    Hello I have a couple of small spots of dye on a scarf. How do I get these out and not undye the entire scarf?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jamie, What is the fabric content of the scarf? Also, what color is the scarf? We can better assist you once we have this additional information. Thanks!

  • Micayla

    I have 2 pink outfits for my daughter that have blue dye transfer on them. I have used oxiclean, distilled white vinegar, and Clorox 2 in a soak for hours with no change! Any suggestions on what might remove the blue dye without removing the original color of the outfits?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Micayla, Unfortunately, the only product available to remove dye transfer is the Rit Color Remover. It will try to remove all color from the item, but the material can always be dyed back to blue. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Awesome Dawn! Thank you for sharing. So glad you got what you were looking for.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ashley, Thank you for reaching out. You could attempt to mix about 1 tablespoon into 1 cup and try a spot removal process, but it likely will not be entirely effective to remove the grayish hue from the fabric. It would try to turn it back to a white or near white. Be very cautious as the color remover residue could go through the fabric and affect the backside of the material. You might put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to ensure this does not happen. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Pamela, What is the fabric content of the bedding set you are wanting to dye?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Andrea, The color remover would try to remove all color from the fabric so even a quick dip could cause the product to remove color from the embroidery.

  • jasmine

    Hi, I have 3 white items from reiss that have yellow discoloration and a mixed fabric dress of viscose rayan/elastane which has watermark yello stains on it and sweat stains. drycleaners have not been able to do a thing and they are too expensive to throw away. Will your product be able to rescue them?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jasmine,
      Rit Color Remover will work to remove any discoloration or staining from your white items. It will try to bring them back to their natural state. For best results we recommend using the stove-top method as the consistent hot water temperature allows the product to work best. Hope this is helpful!

  • http://www.ritdye.com TRICIA MCMILLAN

    I have a pair of beige cotton capris that were the victim of a gel pen left in my son’s pocket of his shorts. I’ve tried hairspray and Zout to get the ink spots out. Will Rit Color Remover take out the spots? And would the washing machine method work? I don’t have a non stainless steel pan large enough. Please….any suggestions are appreciated! I’m boggled as to what to do next. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tricia, You can certainly give the color remover a try, however, unfortunately, these types of stains are difficult to remove and we cannot guarantee the results. Also, the color remover will lighten the beige color of the pants and try to take them back to an off-white or cream color. Hope this helps and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Tina

    Last year I dyed 3 windows worth of long silk living room draperies from natural off white to a very deep purple. They survived the hot water, but got pretty stiff. I would like to lighten the purple but stay in the same color range
    that was a mix of purple and blue.. Do I really have to go thru the whole removal of color and then redye process? They are open weave and softer irregularities would be ok. Can I bleed off a bit instead? Wise help appreciated.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tina, Washing them in hot water may cause more color loss if you are looking for just a gradually lighter color. If you are looking for a much lighter hue, it would be best to use the Rit Color Remover and then redye the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carrie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the color remover is not effective on polyester. So sorry for any inconvenience.

  • http://www.ritdye.com diana saga

    hi there
    please advise
    I washed a beautiful silk kimono ( outside was silver and magenta ) inside was lined with red silk
    The red has bled making everything pink ( i should have washed in cold water)
    Can I salvage this?
    i am concerned I will damage the silk if I am too harsh with various products.
    also your rit color run seems to need hot water but I suspect that will make the red bleed even further.
    Can I do the rit color run treatment in cold water ( stove top method?)
    thanks
    diana
    data72@gmail.com

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Diana, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover is only effective in hot water. The purpose of the product is to try to remove as much color as possible from the fabric so the material can be redyed again. It could cause some shrinkage to occur if hot water is used. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • shumee

    Hi, I have some all white shirts and pants that say ‘Dry Clean Only’ (although they are cotton, or cotton plus 2% spandex) …. they have yellowed in some areas. Some of that might be from previous attempts at bleaching. Which Rite product would be appropriate to try to get them back to a clean, pure white? The White-Wash, the Whitener and Brightener, or Color Remover. It is confusing.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, You might try using Rit Color Remover. Please note that when bleach damage appears as yellowing, this damage may not be able to be reversed using Rit Color Remover. Hope this information is helpful.

      • shumee

        Will White Wash get stains out?

      • shumee

        Do I need to use really hot water with White Wash? It doesn’t have clear directions on the box.

      • shumee

        I used the White Wash in hot water over the stove, and it got rid of some of the yellowing on my cotton dress shirts. It didn’t get the stains out 100%.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Glad to hear it was able to remove some of the yellowing. Yellowing can definitely be a sign of bleach damage which cannot be reversed with any of products. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Simone T

    Hi there,
    I have a fully lilac purple dress that is 95% cotton and 5% elastane. Is it possible to completely remove the purple so the dress becomes white?
    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Simone, Rit color remover is intended to take fabric back to an off-white or cream color, but it will not take the fabric to white. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Jodi

    I have a set of crib bedding that is 100% cotton. The color is ivory but it’s much more of a yellow color than I expected. Will the Rit color remover lighten the ivory to white? And also is ther a lot of shrinkage with cotton with the amount of hot water required to use the color remover? I’ve never used the product and I really don’t want to ruin this bedding. Thank you.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jodi, Rit color remover is intended to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Very hot water is required to activate the color remover, so there is always a chance of some shrinkage when the fabric is 100% cotton. Since the color remover can act quickly to remove color, possibly the fabric may only need to be in the mixture for a short time, to achieve a color you like, which would cause less shrinkage. Be sure to wash a new item first to remove any fabric finishes. Hope this information is helpful and let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Candy

    Will rit dye stain skin? Is it harmful? Will it wash off skin?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Candy,
      When working with Rit we recommend using gloves as our dyes can stain skin. It is not harmful and will wash off. If you do stain your skin, for quick removal, we recommend using bleach and washing well with soap after or mixture of sugar and dish detergent. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Joan

    Hello, a 100% cotton cardigan I ordered is a darker shade than I wanted. Is the stovetop method with Color Remover the best option to lighten it without stripping the color and having to re dye it? (I don’t use bleach and don’t want to damage the fibers). Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joan,
      Color Remover is created to remove all color from fabric safely, unlike bleach. Unfortunately Color Remover can work rather quickly and may not just lighten the fabric a a shade lighter. For best results we recommend using Color Remover and redyeing.Hope this information is helpful!

  • Cameron Young

    hello I have a cotton sweater with fabric paint on it i wanted to know will it remove the paint ? as that it is what i am trying to achieve

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cameron, Thank you for reaching out. The Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible from the fabric, including the fabric paint. Hope this helps!

  • Kristen Rotas

    I have a bright pink blanket with white polka dots, I painted my walls blue and now the blanket doesn’t match and I want the blanket totally white but I can’t afford a brand new blanket. Will this work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristen, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric. Unfortunately, it likely will not be able to turn it to a bright white. It also may not be able to fully remove the polka dots pattern. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • Tanya

    what is the difference between this product and the professional line Fast Fade? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tanya, Fast Fade is formulated to lighten the color of denim jeans. Rit Color Remover is formulated for use on most fabrics to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. The indigo dye in jeans is resistant to Rit Color Remover. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Tanya

        if i wanted to fade clothing, but not remove the color, is fast fade better than color remover? is it less aggressive in color removal? does it work on just denim jeans, or any fabric? I work in theater and sometimes need to fade new costumes to make them look older. thanks again!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Tanya,
          Fast Fade is only intended for use on blue jeans. Color Remover works very quickly to remove color and may not achieve a faded look. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jane Schiller

    Hello,
    I have some black ultrafine 100% merino wool garments (Icebreaker brand) that I want to lighten and redye to Olive Green. Will Rit colour Remover work on wool? I understand that any polyester stitching won’t reduce, but I don’t mind; I’m just leery of ruining some expensive clothing 😉

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jane,
      Color Remover will work on wool. Please keep in mind that we only recommend using our products on washable woolens as the hot water needed for our products can cause the wool to shrink. Hope this information is helpful!

      • http://www.ritdye.com Jane Schiller

        Fantastic; that’s great to know. Thank you very much 🙂

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Chris,
    Unfortunately we do not have a product that is guaranteed to give you white. Color Remover will work best to remove as much color as possible from the item bringing it to as close to a white or creamy color as possible. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Katie,
    We would not suggest using a bath tub. Color Remover works best using the stove-top method as a consistent hot water temperature (180 degrees) allows the product to work best. If the stove-top method is not possible due to the size of the item, the washing machine is recommended. We may recommend heating water up on the stove-top and adding into the machine to increase the water temperature. Hope this information is helpful!

    • Katie

      I did it in the washing machine per the instruction, added boiling water twice, and nothing happened :/ super bummed! Was I supposed to let it set? I added 5 packets since there was so much material.

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Katie, How long was it agitating in the washing machine and did it have enough room to freely move around?

  • jill

    I want to dye my cotton coral color couch gray. Should I use the color remover first? If so, can I do it in my washing machine? I may have to do 2 separate batches due to large size of couch fabric.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jill, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover prior to dyeing. Please also keep in mind that when items are done in two loads the color may not be entirely consistent. In order to get as close in color as possible try splitting the items up into equal batches of weight making sure you are using the same water amounts, amount of dye, water temperature and agitation time. Hope this helps!

  • Meagan

    Hello! I recently ordered a pair curtain panels that appeared to be white with a gray geometric pattern. However, when I received them, I found that the white area is really more of an oatmeal color. Is there a product that would lighten the cream-ish color (doesn’t have to be pure white, just lighter than it is now!) without ruining the gray pattern? The curtains are 100% cotton. Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Meagan, Rit color remover will remove or lighten all dye in the fabric, which would include the gray pattern. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • sfsinla

    I got some spots of powder clorox on a matte black (somewhat faded color, more like dark grey) 100% cotton (it’s a very thin cotton) dress that I absolutely love. The bleach spots faded to just a bit lighter than the original color — they aren’t bright white or yellow, more like a lighter grey — but they are very noticeable and in a place (front of chest) where they look like I dropped food on myself – it almost looks like a “spray” of discoloration in 2 spots. The black isn’t black enough to use a marker so I was thinking of trying to spot dye first and if that doesn’t work use color remover to treat the whole dress.

    Do you have any advice on a) what color to try the spot dying that won’t turn the spots purplish and might match a light matte black color, also what type of cloth or cotton ball to use to transfer the color and b) what color the dye remover is likely to turn the dress if I use it on the whole thing? I’m happy to re-dye the whole thing black if I can get it to a uniform bleached out color but want to make sure it turns a uniform color in the end. Lot of work to fix this dress but I’m pregnant and it is the only thing that fits perfectly and is so comfortable.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. You might send in a photo to colorformula@theritstudio.com and we can see if we can create a custom recipe for you. You can use a cotton ball or cotton swab to try to apply the dye or a clean cloth. Unfortunately, it is hard to say exactly what color you would get once the color remover is used, but it will try to turn it to an off white. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • hellodot

    Hello – I have a rayon dress that is light stone-beige in color with a bright silver foil print all over. There is no raised texture to the silver – the fabric feels the similar all over. Would the Color Remover help remove the silver? Hope so!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, It would try to remove all color from the fabric, but the Color Remover is unable to entirely remove a print from a fabric so it is likely the print would still show. Hope this helps!

  • Jessica

    Hi there! There is a dress I love and it comes in solid royal blue or solid black. I need it in a lighter, more neutral color for photos on a beach. The fabric is a stretchy rayon/spandex blend. Would I be able to remove the color from this type of fabric successfully? And if yes, would it be a better option to try it with the blue or black color? I don’t even care if I get a light blue or light grey as a result. Thanks! Here is a link to the blue dress I am referring to. http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1009142&vid=1&pid=666122042

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jessica, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, the Rit Color Remover would try to remove/reduce the color of the rayon. The blue dress would be the best choice as the color remover would likely not remove the pattern and achieve an even hue on the black and white one. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Sarah

    Hello! I’ve ordered a onesie for a Halloween costume that only came in medium gray, but I need it to be more of a cream or off-white color. It’s described as being cotton flannel– should the color remover work on that? And is it important to redye your fabric after you use the color remover, or will the result be an even lightening that you can wear on its own? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sarah, If the costume is cotton flannel, Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible. When using color remover, the color result can vary depending on the dye used and the fabric content. The color result should be even as long as the instructions are followed to include constant agitation. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Pamela

    I am trying to remove color on 5 off white seat back cushions. Although the cushions were already light in color, I thought what the hey, why not try and get them as close to white as possible? Well…… Now the covers (100% cotton) have turned an uneven bluish color. I am using a top load washer and I added 4 packs of color remover. Please advise. I would like to continue on and dye the cushion covers aquamarine.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Pamela, Sorry to hear your dyeing project did not go as expected. We have emailed you some questions to further assist you with your project.

  • Kristi

    Hi. I just washed a towel I had dyed red with my husbands jeans. You guessed it, pink tint, not good for a Harley rider. Can I use dye remover or is it too powerful and will bleach the blue out?

    If not, will the color safe bleach type detergent work? Or maybe the color grabbing washer sheets?

    Help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kristi, Yes, you can use Rit color remover to remove the pink tint from the jeans without it effecting the original color. The reason is that the color remover is resistant to the indigo dye in jeans. When the Rit Color Remover is rinsed from the jeans the soluble Indigo dye is oxidized back to its original insoluble form. Hope this information is helpful.

  • gail

    Hi, I washed a black and white maxi dress. The black ended up on spots of the white, will this remove the black stains?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gail,
      Unfortunately Color Remover will try to remove all the color from the dress. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Diamond, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white or yellow fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color. Please keep in mind that bleach damage cannot be reversed using Color Remover. The water temperature that is needed for the product to be effective can potentially damage the construction of the shoes. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Diamond,
    If you would like to try to remove any discolorations, we recommend using our laundry treatment Color Remover. We recommend the stove-top method for best results. This requires a simmering water temperature. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Katie

    Hello! My blue shirt stained a pair of white jeans in a regular cold wash. Now the bottom of the white jeans has light traces of the blue streaks and I want to get it out as gently as possible because the jeans are designer. I’ve tried using the Clorox Bleach Pen and always cold wash. Any tips?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie,
      Rit Color Remover is recommended to remove dye transfer on white garments. Unfortunately this product requires a simmering water temperature to be effective. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Katie

        Hmm, so you would recommend me to apply heat and do the stovetop method like in the video? If the instructions for the jeans are cold wash, there’s nothing I can do, right?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Katie, If the material is labeled as cold water wash, some shrinkage would likely occur but it could still be done.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cam, Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover would not be effective on tennis shoes. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Ryan Langley

    Hi, I have a black tshirt with a couple of bleach stains on it that made it turn into a pinkish color. Can i still use the color remover? Oh, and also I used a permanent sharpie to try and cover the stains. So if it’s possible to do the color removal should i get rid of the sharpie marks first? Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ryan, Rit Dye will not cover bleach spots because the fibers have been damaged. However, if the spots are small and not too extreme, we recommend trying to spot dye the areas. As another option, if the garment is ruined and you want to give dyeing a try, remove the color from the item using Rit Color Remover. This will bring it to an off-white or cream color. If you can still see the bleach spots, launder the item in the washing machine or sink with warm water, detergent and 1 cup of liquid bleach. Rinse and launder again. Then follow one of our dyeing techniques. Please note that many times bleach damage can appear as yellowing, and if this is the case, this cannot be reversed using Rit Color Remover. You do not need to remove the permanent marker before using color remover. Hope this helps!

  • Caroline Jones

    Hi, I am trying to turn my 100% cotton sofa covers from yellow to cream or off white. I have tried bleach and I have also tried Dylon pre dye but neither have worked. Do you think your product may work or is it the same as Dylon? Many thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Caroline, The Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible. Unfortunately, it depends on the type of dyes used during the production of the covers as to whether or not it would be able to bring them to an off white. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jenny, The color remover will try to remove/reduce the color. You can try keeping a close eye on the fabric in the color remover and pull it out as soon as it is light enough. It works quickly, so it may remove too much color. If that happens you can redye the fabric with the Rit Dye More. Please keep in mind that if you redye the sun and exposure to chlorine can cause immediate color loss. Hope this helps!

  • seanahrens

    Hi I have a camo army jacket that I want to make cream colored. If I use your color remover wi the pattern still show?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The pattern would still be visible. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • seanahrens

        The pattern would still be visible but most of the dye would be removed and it would be a light cream version of the pattern, right? Then I could either leave it as is or add another Rit color dye right?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much of the color as possible from the pattern. It will try to remove the color to a white or cream color, but all dyes are removed differently with the possibility of different colors. After you have use Color Remover, you can leave the fabric as is or dye it with our dyes. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Trina

    The product your showing is liquid, I bought a powder and it did nothing at all. Are they different??

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Trina, The Rit Color Remover is only available in a powder. Sorry to hear it didn’t do anything for you. What was the fabric content of the material and what were you trying to remove from the fabric?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Trina, Are the light pink spots caused by dye transfer or bleach? What method did you use to try to remove the spots?

  • Sarah Margaret

    I have a black dress that I want to dye lilac. The dress is 97% cotton, 3% spandex.
    Is it possible to do this? I imagine black would be pretty to hard to strip.
    Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible from the fabric. It may not be able to make the black light enough to dye it a lilac. You would have the best chance using the stove top method if you would like to give it a try. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • Sarah Margaret

        Thanks for getting back to me. I’m going to attempt it, I may just have to reconsider my colour choice just to be on the safe side

  • Joan

    What’s the most effective method to remove a dye transfer? My daughter wore a bright pink jacket in the rain with a white “soft shell” jacket underneath. The pink dye from the outer jacket ran onto the white soft shell. Washing lightened the dye transfer but did not remove it. Should I use my wash machine (front loader) or another method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Joan,
      For best results when using Rit Color Remover we recommend the stove-top method as it gives you a consistent hot (simmering) water temperature. Hope this information is helpful!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Does the item have a tag that tells you the exact fabric content of the item?

  • Sarah

    Hello! I posted before asking about taking the color out of a pair of adult sized footie pajamas for a Halloween costume, but I’ve got a follow up question. For something as big as that, would I need multiple packs of the dye remover? How do you calculate how much to use? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sarah,
      If using the stove-top method we recommend 1 box.
      For a small/medium load in the washing machine you would use 2 boxes. For a large load we recommend 3 boxes. Hope this information is helpful!

  • Witherly

    Hi. I had a somewhat failed attempt to achieve a nice dark brown. Part of the difficulty is that I am trying to dye 4 large drop cloths to cover my two couches. I wanted a very dark brown so for 2 drop cloths I used 4 bottles dark brown, 2 bottles dark green and a one black. Unfortunately it turned out a greyish- greenish -brown . Kind of industrial looking. For the next two drop cloths we only used 4 dark brown bottles. I know that the colors wouldn’t match but I was hoping for a nice brown to use on the parts of the couch that would show and use the drab color for the “hidden”parts of the couch. At the last minute we decided to add the original drab colored drop cloths back into the dark brown dye to kind of even them out. The drop cloths color dyed in only dark brown is still not the chocolate brown I was hoping for. is there a way to fix this? Do I have to remove some color? Or can I make a big batch of yellow dye and add everything to “warm” it up a little? Advice please.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Witherly, Thank you for reaching out. How much does each drop cloth weigh and what is the fabric content? You could try the yellow to warm them up, but when overdyeing, there is a risk you may not achieve the results you are looking for. The others would turn out differently, so it is usually best to use the Rit Color Remover and redye again.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Danielle, When using the color remover in a spot removal approach, it may not be able to remove the color evenly. You might also have issues when rinsing if the color remover gets onto any other portion of the fabric. For best results, we would suggest removing the overall color and doing the dye process again. Sorry for any inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carley, No you do not. It is ready to dye as long as it has been pre-washed. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Elizabeth

    Hi,
    I have a pale yellow slipcover for a chair in my living room. I have tried bleaching it, but the color remained the same. Will using Rit Color Remover make it white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elizabeth,
      The slipcover could be made with colorfast dyes. These dyes cannot be removed due to the permanent process used when dyeing. You may try to use Color Remover, but we cannot guarantee all the color can be removed. For best results we would recommend the stove-top method along with a longer that recommended agitation time. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Elizabeth

        Would dying it with white Rit dye achieve the color I want? Or would it still remain the pale yellow?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Elizabeth, Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Chlorine bleach may damage fibers and keep the dye from adhering to the fabric. You can certainly try dyeing the cover and the colors that can be used to dye over a light yellow are scarlet, tangerine, cocoa brown, dark brown, dark green, white or black. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project.

  • Charlie

    Hi, say I have a black nylon cape that I wanted to remove the color from to dye it later. Would the Rit dye remover be able to get rid of the black color enough for me to dye it into a yellow? Thanks for any help you can provide.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Charlie, It should remove enough color to dye it yellow, but the stove top method would need to be used and more than one application may be necessary. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jan A

    I have a 100% cotton shirt-jacket that is a kind of an olive drab color that I want to change. I have successfully used RIT Color Remover many times over the years, and I certainly followed all of the instructions including pre-washing the jacket and immersing it while wet, but I was disappointed that it seemed to have no effect at all on this fabric even after an hour of simmering on the range! I saw that the online instructions advise as long as two hours, but it was getting too late on a work night so I rinsed and washed it and hung it out to drip dry, and I’m thinking of trying again with a brand-new packet. The packet of CR that I used was several years old, although it poured easily from the sealed packet, there was no caking at all. I’m curious if its effectiveness could have deteriorated over time?

    I have always noticed that CR produces some strange effects during the process, and that also happened this time: almost immediately upon immersion, the fabric turned a very intense dark forest green – much darker than the original color, and actually quite attractive. But when I finally pulled it out, the fabric was a combination of the lighter olive drab with streaks of this dark forest green, and as I kept rinsing, the original color prevailed, and there were no more streaks.

    I won’t know for sure until it’s dry but my impression of the damp fabric is that there has been absolutely no change at all in the original color. I’ve never experienced that before – the color removal on cotton is usually pretty complete in well under an hour.

    Any insights?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jan,
      There is also a possibility that a strong colorfast dye was used to dye the garment. Colorfast dyes can be very difficult and sometimes impossible to remove. The chemical process that occurred is known as reoxidation. There are specific dye classes whose chemical composition is such that when they are in a reductive solution (Rit Color Remover) the original color may disappear or change color. But when removed and exposed to air or water (both containing oxygen) the dye reoxidizes to its original color. The only practical method to remove this dye type is to treat the garment carefully with chlorine bleach. Color-safe bleaches are ineffective for removing the dye color. Hope this information is helpful.

      • Jan A

        That’s really interesting! Oxidation sure is a ubiquitous process – I had no idea it was part of dyeing. Too bad for my shirt, which is exactly the same color as before. I might try the chlorine bleach, because every time I try wearing it, I put on something else instead, as the color really does nothing for me – so I have nothing to lose. It’s a sturdy fabric, so careful bleaching might help me achieve the more weathered look I’m after in any case. I would like to be able to re-dye it a light denim, but we’ll see!

        Thank you for the helpful and interesting reply :^)

  • Tommy Le

    Does this remover work with removing dye from rubber from shoes? My shoes have this pink-ish color on the soles and they’re white.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tommy,
      Unfortunately we cannot guarantee Color Remover will work to remove staining on rubber. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Helen,
    We would recommend using Rit Color Remover to remove the dye transfer. It will work well on linen, but unfortunately may have limited effect on polyester. Hope this information is helpful.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Mickey, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover is unable to remove the indigo blue dye from blue jeans. We do make a product called Fast Fade for denim, but it is only available in a 1lb container at this time: http://store.ritstudio.com/professional-line/

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Maddie, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible. You might end up with a lighter color during dyeing than what you are expecting as bleach can be very damaging to the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Trojanpete

    Hi, I have grey baseball pants that have piping down the sides. The piping is gold and I want to make it orange. Is there a way to do this without changing the color of the grey pants? Would I have to use color remover on the piping to remove the gold first? Thanks.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the material you are looking to dye?

  • Elisabeth

    Will the color remover work on a polycanvas bag?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elisabeth, How much polyester does the item contain?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Christine, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest trying the product on the stove top as the color remover works best with the hottest water possible at a constant temperature. In a bucket, the water can cool down which does not allow the product to remove as much color as a stove top technique. It could also be a process known as reoxidation. There are specific dye classes whose chemical composition is such that when they are in a reductive solution (Rit Color Remover) the original color may disappear or change color. But when removed and exposed to air or water (both containing oxygen) the dye reoxidizes to its original color. The only practical method to remove this dye type is to treat the garment carefully with chlorine bleach. Hope this helps!

  • Carlene

    Hello,
    So the two colors I need a petal pink comes in a powder form only and tangerine comes in a liquid where I live. How do I combine them in order to get the coral color I need?

    Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carlene, You would mix 1 package of the powder Petal Pink into 2 cups of hot water and then add in the 2 tablespoons of liquid Tangerine dye, add to 3 gallons of hot water with 1 cup of salt. Hope this helps!

  • Lian

    Hi! I have a length of polyester satin that is a bright coral but I’d been hoping to lighten it a couple shades. Does the RIT Dye Remover work at all on polyester fibres? If not, do you have any other products to recommend?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lian, Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover would not be effective on polyester so there would not be a way to lighten the color and create a different hue. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/10207181962731221/ Betty

    I have several white knit shirts that are polyester, cotton & 2% spandex. They are all dull gray now. Will the whitener/brightener product make them white again or will it make them yellowed etc.?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Betty, Thank you for reaching out. The whitener and brightener will try to return the items back to white. The product is not effective on polyester, so it may only be able to whiten it some. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/10207181962731221/ Betty

    I posted this an hour ago but my post vanished. I have several white knit shirts that are mostly polyester with some cotton and only 2% spandex. Will the whitener/brightener product, or the color remover make those shirts white again. They are dull gray now. I want to make sure that they will not turn yellow if I use either product. I hate dingy whites. Help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Betty, Thank you for reaching out. The whitener and brightener will try to return the items back to white. The product is not effective on polyester, so it may only be able to whiten it some. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Mandy, Unfortunately with the material being 1/2 synthetic our RIT Color Remover would not work to lighten or remove color from the romper. Sorry for the inconvenience, Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Colleen, Absolutely! You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove the blue and change the color.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Daphne, The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric including the pink. You could remove the color and then redye it to the pink color you are after. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Anna, Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover is not effective on polyester. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Brita, It would depend on the fabric content of the material. The Color Remover also requires water to remain hot at a constant temperature and it would be difficult to stir/agitation the headboard for even color removal. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tara, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. If the slipcover is made from natural fabric dyeable using Rit’s all-purpose dyes, then, color remover could be used. If the fabric is synthetic, color remover would not be able to remove the dye. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Alaysia Brown

    Hi I recently had unidentified yellow stains on a white duvet insert. They were not from bleach. So I put hydrogen peroxide on the stain and left it in the sunlight and it caused huge yellow stains to appear. Would using RIT color remover on the insert work to remove the yellow stains? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Alaysia, This will depend on the material you are working with. Look at the care tag and let us know what the material content is. If not natural fibers/material the Rit Color Remover will not work. Hope this helps.

      • Alaysia Brown

        “100% cotton exterior with a polyester down alternative filling” Taken from the target website.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Alaysia, The color remover might help in taking the yellow stains out but keep in mind it will try to remove all color from the fabric including the original color of the material. Same with patterns of any kind. Hope this helps.

          • Alaysia Brown

            The item is originally white, so I would be okay with it being white again or a creamy color. Do of you believe it would work? Also, how many packets of RIT should I use if doing the color removal in a bathtub?

      • Alaysia Brown

        It’s a Fieldcrest Luxury down alternative comforter

      • Alaysia Brown

        “100% cotton exterior with a polyester down alternative filling” Taken from the target website. It’s a Fieldcrest Luxury down alternative comforter. What do you guys think? Also what is the procedure for dying it in the bathtub and how many Rit color remover boxes would I need?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Alaysia, We do not recommend using the tub for any Rit Products, Our dyes are meant for stove top method or washing machine only. When using the liquid it measures out 1/2 bottle per pound, example: If comforter is 2lbs you would need 1 bottle. You can find the directions at this website https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ . We can not guarantee this will work but you are more than welcome to try. Hope this helps

  • lollappaloosa

    I have a pair of 75% cotton, 24% polyester, 1% spandex purple corduroy pants that have what I think is a sun faded strip down the leg (not really sure what it is). I know the color remover won’t work on polyester or spandex, but would it remove enough color from the cotton to even out the color enough to dye it back to a uniform color of purple (using the dye more polyester dye)? Is there any way to “fix” these pants?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The material contains enough cotton that you should have results removing the color with the Rit Color Remover and then redyeing the fabric using the Dye More. Hope this helps!

      • lollappaloosa

        Thank you so much!

  • Thomas McCrorie Smart

    Hi I have a cream bed throw “cotton” that I would love to turn white can you tell me how to do this?? Thank You Thomas

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Thomas, You could try our Rit Color Remover to reduce/remove the color. It will likely not be able to turn the material to a bright white though. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lorilyn Harper

    I dyed 4 yards of cotton fabric with Kelly Green. The result was too dark. I’ve used 2 packets of the Rit Color remover in the washer, as directed, for 20 minutes and no color was removed. Why not? What can I do? The color isn’t changing.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lorilyn, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover works best in the hottest water possible. You could try the stove top approach or by adding in some boiling water to the machine to achieve better results. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Carrie, You can try mixing 1 tablespoon of Color Remover into 2 cups of very hot water and then try to spot treat. Hope this helps!

  • Nora

    Recently, my sister bought me this jacket as a gift ( http://www.forever21.com/shop/ca/en/p/boxy-utility-jacket-2000057344–1001 ), and though I love the style I’m not really a fan of the colour. I want to make it a more tan-ish brown colour, but since it’s so dark I’m guessing I should try removing the original colour first. I’ve never dyed any clothing before, so I’m wondering if you have any tips that I should know about before I try anything. The fabric is supposed to be 100% cotton for the shell and lining, with polyester as the sleeve lining. I’m assuming this shouldn’t be a problem since I don’t really care what colour is on the inside as much. It says machine wash cold, so I’m not sure if that will be a problem.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nora, You are correct that we would recommend using Rit color remover prior to dyeing the jacket a tan color. Since both the color remover and dye require very hot water, shrinkage could result since the fabric care tag states to wash in cold water. If you are not concerned about the polyester lining not taking the dye, this should not be a problem. The different methods for dyeing can be viewed by going to https://www.ritdye.com/, scrolling over Techniques, scrolling over The Basics in the drop down box and then choosing the method you would prefer for dyeing from the 2nd drop down box. Hope this information is helpful.

  • kat

    Hi Rit,
    I have a sweater I got recently at target that is a cream color with a gray print on it. It was accidentally washed with another black sweater on warm instead of cool, like instructed, and the black sweater bled. Now the cream color is appearing more of a dingy gray. I know the warmth didn’t shrink either sweater, so I’m not concerned about washing it warm again, but I’m wondering if the Rit Color remover will be able to get the dingy tone out and get it back to cream, or if I’m more likely to do more harm than good. Maybe a regular color safe bleach will be better? Not sure. Either way the sweater was only $6, so worst come to worse I may better off just buying a new sweater! Let me know what you think. Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kat, Rit color remover requires very hot water to activate, so warm water would not be recommended. Color remover is meant to remove as much color as possible to try to take the fabric back to an off-white shade, so we are not able to ensure the end result would be a cream color. The color remover may also effect the gray print. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Brandi

    Hi ! I have a dark purple dress that is 95 % cotton and 5% spandex. Can I use color remover on this and then dye this type fabric a different color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Brandy, Yes, you can use the color remover on the dress since it is 95% cotton. It will try to remove as much dye as possible so that you can dye the dress a new color. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Katie, Yes, the Rit Color Remover could be used to then achieve a different color. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Roberta, You can try lightening it a shade by keeping a close eye on the fabric and immediately pulling it out and rinsing when it is close to the color you are looking for. If too much dye is removed, it can then be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • happy1ga

    Hi, I have 2 pair of (cotton) khaki adult sized pants that I attempted to refresh/darken with Rit tan, and I’m not sure what happened, because they have a blotchy, almost camouflage patterning on them where the dye didn’t take well in certain areas. I’ve dyed with your dyes for 30 yrs & never had this issue. Any ideas where I might have gone wrong & will the color remover be able to pull the color and give me a non-blotchy base with which to start over & one last question, how much product do I need for these two items? I only have one pkg of the dry 2 oz, should I purchase more or will one get the job done for both?
    Thank you for your time & any counsel.
    P.S. the greatest thing I ever created with your product was in the 80s, I found a large rattan birdcage at a garage sale for $1.00, it was dirty, stained & I filled a 5 gal bucket with dye, & after hosing off the dirt submerged it for 30 min & when I removed it, perfection. I filled it with a beautiful creeping vine & suspended it from a large hooked chain over my breakfast nook. Every single visitor I had during that time period gave it rave reviews. When I moved a few yrs later, the new homeowner offered me $100.00 to let them keep it there.
    I said yes, naturally. ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello ,Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your dye project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your dye project, we have emailed you some questions.

      • happy1ga

        I assume this is a pro-forma reply, as I verbosely stated that I’ve been a huge fan of your product for decades …thank you for the reply, in any event.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, In order for us to assist you in trying to figure out what went wrong we had some additional questions to ask about your dye project to eliminate some of the reasons uneven dye results can occur. If an item dyes unevenly it can indicate there was not enough agitation (30-60 minutes with no soaking), the fabric went in dry instead of wet, if the dye is poured directly over the fabric, if the material has any bleach damage or staining or if there is not enough room for the fabric to freely move around. Hope this information is helpful. The Color Remover in this case could be used. One package would be enough for the stove top if you have a pot large enough for the two items. If not, you would want to use 2 packages for a small load in the washing machine. If the reasons suggested did not occur during your dye process, please fill out the dye issue form so we can further assist you. What a profit you made with the birdcage. We would have loved to see photos!

  • Diane

    I am tackling my repurposed denim jean project. I’ve got hundreds of cut denim squares ready to be sewn into denim “motor
    robe” throws. I decided I wanted shades of blue, so I bought Rit color remover today, followed
    directions and poured powder slowly into a huge canning pot. I added about 18 9×9 denim squares. I thought I could control the shades of blue with time, but instead I’ve got a motley batch of 9” squares with tie dye colors. I hoped to get a few pure white, but those are yellow.
    Is it possible to time shades of blue? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Dianne, We are sorry to hear your project did not go as planned. Denim contains indigo dye, which is resistant to Rit color remover. Rit Color Remover is a reductive bleach which chemically transforms (dissolves) the indigo into a soluble form. When the Rit Color Remover is rinsed from the fabric the soluble Indigo dye is oxidized back to its original insoluble form and normally the fabric reverts to its original color. We are not able to advise of a Rit product that would produce the result you are trying for. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Linda, The stove top is the best method to use for removing color. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jennifer

    Hello, im wanting to dye a brown felt hat yellow for a costume im making but i need to know, Will the hat automatically turn yellow the first time or do i need to do something else before the yellow dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, Felt can be made of a number of different types of fibers. We have two different dye lines that work on different types of fibers. What is the fabric content of the hat? Does it have a fabric care tag?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Merrilee, Unfortunately, we do not have any products that would remove only the pink hue from the fabric. Using the Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color including the pinstripes. We hope you can find a product that will work to restore the white.

  • Gena McDonald Carroll

    Hi. I am trying to fade dark jeans to a lighter color. Rit used to make a product that did that, but looks like they don’t carry it anymore. Can I use the color remover to achieve a lighter blue and not remove all the color? If so can you recommend the best method?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Hobbes, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the fleece you are working with?

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Merrillee, The Whitener and Brightener would not be strong enough to remove dye transfer. You might give it a try to see if it could lighten up any of the pink.

  • Rochelle

    I dyed some leotards that are a nylon/spandex. The intended color was a “nude” or tan color. Every leotard came out a different color. Some were splotchy. Can I use the color remover and start over again? I dyed one brown, which when I rinsed it, it turned grey.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Rochelle ,Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your dye project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your dye project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Cordell Bozeman

    I have Some red Pants and My wife Put my Black pants that i dyed with rit dye and it bled onto my red pants. Can I use rit dye color remover to get the dye out of my red pants???

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Cordell, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric and not just the dye transfer. After the color is removed, you can always redye them back to red. Hope this helps!

  • Jordan

    I have a bright yellow dress that is just a bit too bright. I’m wanting to lighten it. Can I use this color remover for a shorter period of time to kind of fade the color or is there another product that would work better? The fabric is 58% linen and 42% rayon.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jordan, Rit color remover works very quickly to remove dye from fabric, so you will want to watch the dress closely and pull it out when it reaches a lighter color. If the color remover removes too much color, you can always dye the dress a light yellow. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Megosaur

    1. For removing the original color from a large slipcover, would you suggest using an electric kettle to heat the water in the bathtub or a induction heater around a 55 gal steel drum? 2. For dyeing my wedding dress would the bathtub or steel drum methods be better?
    Thanks so much!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress? This will help determine what dyes can be used. Also we don’t recommend using your bath tub due to staining, the steel drum wont stain. In the method you use just make sure water is hot at all times or able to hold high heat for dye process.

      • Megosaur

        For the dye remover on the slipcover, would a white bathtub be likely to get stained or damaged? I could also try a large tupperware bin, but I was worried it would be hard to keep hot enough to remove the dye without melting the plastic. For a machine-washable ramie-cotton slipcover, could the high heat used in removing the dye be likely to shrink it? For my dyeing project, the dress is shantung silk and I believe the lining is also silk. Thanks so much!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello, We would not recommend using a bath tub for the color removal process. If you use a large plastic tub, it could be difficult to keep the water hot. The Color Remover works best if it remains at a constant temperature. The hot water requires could cause some shrinking to occur. Hope this helps!

          • Megosaur

            I used the stove method for one pink piece and it turned a lovely yellow with just one packet. I put another three pink pieces in the hot wash with two packets–they turned orange–and then another hot wash with two more packets, and they are still pale orange. How many times can I try this without ruining the fabric? Should I use 3-4 packets instead next time I re-process them?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello, You can use the product as many times as needed and it will not damage the fabric. Are you using the stove top or washing machine or what method is being used to remove the color?

          • Megosaur

            The stovetop worked, the machine didn’t, maybe especially because it was a front-loading machine? Is top-loader better? I have a copper cauldron that’s big enough, would that possibly react with the product? Once it’s all yellow, would it be likely to be effective to make it white if I use Rit whitening products and/or bleach?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello, The Color Remover works best in the hottest water possible. The stove top is the best method to use due to the water temperature staying constant. The copper should not react with the product, but unless the item is stainless steel we do not suggest using the pot for cooking afterwards. It likely would not be able to make it a bright white, just an off white. Hope this helps!

  • Kacey

    I have a blue dress (85% cotton 15% polyester) that I want to be red. I tried the color remover but it did nothing. I followed the instructions but the color is still the blue from before. Out of curiosity I even tried to bleach a small corner of the dress but the bleach also did nothing to lighten the color. Everything I read has said that this dress should be able to have the color at least lightened by using the color remover. What am I doing wrong?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kacey, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your color remover project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your dye project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Ushanka

    Hello, I have a fuchsia dress that I want to make just a few shades lighter. It is 76% polyester, 20% rayon, and 4% spandex. I was wondering if it was possible to dye just a few shades lighter even though there is 4% spandex. Thank you!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ushanka, It is not possible to successfully dye over a darker color with a lighter color. When changing the color of fabric, we recommend using Rit color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white shade and prepare it for being dyed a new color. Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from polyester and other synthetic fabrics.

  • Peggy

    Hi I spilled a chlorine containing sterilising product on a new dress at work. The original colour is burgundy and the bleached colour is horrible bright pink (I splashed it on quite a large area). The fabric is viscose with 2% spandex. I really want to remove the colour to then match the bleach mark so I can over dye with burgundy. Bottom line if it goes wrong I’ll over dye black but I’d prefer burgundy if possible. Will this product have the same bleaching action and would several packs or multiple applications help? ( don’t want to damage the fabric)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Peggy, We have sent you an e-mail to your inbox explaining bleach and what actions you can take. Hope this helps

  • Shanna

    I died a 100% flokati wool rug and it is too bright. The problem with hot water and wool like that is it will make it felt. Will this be effective at all with cold water? I just want to lighten it up a bit so it isn’t so bright.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Shanna, All of Rit’s products require very hot water to activate. You might try using color remover. However, the color remover works very quickly to remove dye, so you will want to watch the rug closely and pull it as soon as it lightens a bit. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Elsa

    I have a hat that is a suede polyester that has bled onto the PVC mesh on the hat from rubbing that I am trying to remove. Any suggestions? I’ve tried bleach, vinegar, nail polish remover, oxyclean, turpentine, acetone, Goo Gone and ink removers. Nothing has worked.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Elsa, Thank for reaching out. We make a product called Rit Color Remover that tries to remove/reduce color from most fabrics. Unfortunately, polyester and PVC are fabrics the color remover would not be effective on. At this time, we do not manufacture any products that would work to remove the dye.

  • Lydiamw

    Hi, ok so I heard that this product will glow under a black light. And since I’m having a black light party, I was wanting to do something like invisible ink on everyone’s arm or hands or something.. But I was just wanting to make sure this product is safe for skin and to be worn for about 4-5 hours? Thank you 🙂

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We cannot recommend using the Whitener and Brightener directly on the skin as it is a textile dye. Sorry about that.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Noel, The Rit Color Remover will work on both nylon and rayon. Since it is starting as black, we would suggest the stove top technique to try to remove as much of the color as possible prior to dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Kate

    Hi, I have a set of 100% cotton IVORY lace curtains that I’d like to be white (not necessarily bright blue-white, just not yellow ivory). Will this product do it?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kate, Thank you for reaching out. The color remover will try to reduce/remove all color from the fabric. It would not be able to bring it back to bright white.

  • Amy Borawski

    I have Navy blue sheets and they have been washed at least 5 times and the color still comes off into the pillows etc. Will RIT color remover, remove the die so that it does not wear off on to pillows etc?

  • Rebecca

    Hi! I have a light pink dress that is 97% cotton 3% spandex. Will this be acceptable to use on this dress? I want to redye it yellow.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rebecca, Yes, Rit color remover is recommended for use on cotton and other natural fabrics. Since the fabric is only 3% spandex, that will not effect the results. Hope this helps.

  • Nikki

    I want to remove the colour of my dress (royal blue) to dye it another. It’s made of 96% polyester and 4% rayon, will using this product work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nikki, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover would not be effective on polyester. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Flowe07

    I am trying to remove RIT dye in the color Wine from a sheer 100% nylon robe. I want to remove it so I can dye it Royal blue instead. I used the stovetop method with RIT color remover and after 30 minutes it hadn’t even lightened, I ended up doing it for over an hour in total and still nothing. Any suggestions?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Did you keep the water at a simmer? You might try an additional package using a hotter water temperature. Hope this helps!

  • Naya

    I want to lighten this dress to a light pink. The material is Cotton/rayon/modal/spandex. Is this possible to achieve ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Naya, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend our Rit Color remover but it works very fast trying to remove all color, you would have to keep a very close eye on the item to just lighten. You can find instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ . Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Leah, Thank you for reaching out. The yellowing which the garments exhibit is the result of irreversible chlorine damage to the fibers. Try washing the garment in an oxidizing non-chlorinated bleach such as Rit Whitener and Brightener.

  • Patricia

    I have a turquoise bridesmaid dress that is satin and chiffon. Will it work on this? I want it either a light light blue or ivory type color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Patricia, Chiffon and satin can be made of a number of a different fibers. Does the dress have a tag that indicates the exact fabric content?

  • HELEN

    Hi. I have a green silk dress, unfortunately I have spilled bleach on it generally all over the dress resulting in yellow splashes. Can I use a colour stripper and dye it again after?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Helen, Thanks so much for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. For best results, use Rit Color Remover to reduce the overall color, and then redye the garment. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Nicole

    HI- I accidentally mixed my daughter’s volleyball uniform with a color that ran, now the white is a dingy grey. It is a heat gear underamour shirt (80 % polyester with elastic) with blue numbers and lettering, if I use the color remover will it remove the color from the number and lettering? Do you thing the color remover will help?
    Thank you

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Nicole, Thank you for reaching out. It would depend on what type of dye that ran onto the uniform. The color remover would try to reduce/remover as much color as possible including the numbers and lettering on the back depending on what they are made of. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Stephanie

    will color remover work on khaki pants?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. The color remover would work depending on the material of the pants. If the pants are a natural fabric like cotton and not a synthetic material like polyester the color remover would work.

      • Stephanie

        ok. because it doesn’t seem to be lightening up. Should I have put two boxes in my washing machine? or could I just do it again with another box?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Stephanie, For a small load it requires 2 packages in the washing machine. We would recommend trying again with 2 packages of color remover. You may also try increasing the temperature and the agitation time for better results.

          • stephanie

            ok thank you. trying again with second package. if the color remover doesn’t work and i go forth with dying the khaki pants lemon yellow, will i get good results? or is the khaki too dark for dying lemon yellow?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Stephanie, It would depend on how dark the khaki pants are if the yellow would make a difference. Keep in mind when dyeing over an existing color, the original color and the dye will mix to create a new color.

  • Jocelyn Nava

    i have a black dress that I want to turn pink can i use a the color remover to remove the black & then dye it Pink? please help!!!!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jocelyn, Thank you for reaching out. To better assist you what type of material is the dress made of? This will help us determine your best options.

      • Jocelyn Nava

        it is 95% polyester 5% spandex lining I bought it at the store

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Jocelyn, Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics.

          • Jocelyn Nava

            ok so if I buy a white dress & I wanna dye it pink with your rit dye what kind of material does the dress have to be?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Jocelyn, If the dress is white it would not matter the material because you are able to dye any color with no problems. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully. Hope this helps.

          • Jocelyn Nava

            how cool! thank you so much! so happy i discovered rit dye 🙂

  • Gabby

    I have a white polyester top that I want to die pink. Will rit Fabic dye work?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Gabby, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes 100% polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon and polyester/cotton blends. There is a hot pink dye in the new DyeMore line, which can be viewed at http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ Hobby Lobby is the retail chain that carries this new dye line, or, it can be ordered online at our website or through Amazon. Hope this information is helpful.

  • Adele

    Hi there,
    I have an orange cotton rug. I’d like to dye it navy or green. Which colors will work best to dye it?
    Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Adele, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the orange hue and then the material could be dyed to a Navy or green hue. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lyle Perry

    Hi! I’m looking to make a single chair slipcover white – it is currently beige. It’s likely made of 80% cotton, 20% polyester (not 100% sure). If I take out the colour using your colour remover (which would turn it an off white colour) would the whitener and brighter make it pure white? If not, any suggestions to achieve this? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lyle, Thank you for reaching out. The best option would be to use the Color Remover and take out as much color as you can to bring the hue down. The whitener and brightener wont help achieve a white what color comes out from the remover process is the lightest it would go. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com InvoluntarySoul

    Hi

    I wanted to turn a blue dress shirt to white, after rit color remover, the shirt is currently cream color, what is the next step? Please advise

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there is not a way to turn an item to a bright white. You could try the Rit Color Remover again on the stove top to see if you can reduce the cream color more, but it likely will not achieve a true white. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Caroline, The product may not remove any color if not enough of the product is used. It also works quickly, so it may remove too much color causing the curtains to need to be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • Michael

    I was using dyemore and some dye splashed onto my stove. I now have pink spots on the plastic control counsel of my stove. Is there anything that I can do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Michael, So sorry to hear that. We would recommend using bleach to try to remove the dye.

  • stephanie d

    Hi, i have a 100 % polyester dress that is a light coral color- i wanted to see if i can use rit color remove on this fabric because I wanted to dye it a deep burgundy color or a navy blue. I’m willing to go for any dark color for a fall wedding please help!

    • stephanie d

      CAN I JUST DYE OVER IT WITH RIT DYEmore?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Color Remover would not be effective on polyester. You can try overdyeing with the Dye More. Unfortunately, Dye More does not come in Navy Blue or Burgundy at this time, but you could overdye it with a darker Dye More hue. Hope this helps!

      • stephanie d

        what color would you suggest i don’t want to mix it and get an awful color. would black mix well with the coral?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Stephanie, It is hard to say when overdyeing how the colors will mix. Graphite would only be able to achieve a grey on polyester. If you do not like the color, you can remove the dye applied with the Rit Color Remover. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • DanceMom

    Can I use the color remover to taker the color out of artificial flowers?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover would not be effective on synthetics like polyester or acrylic, so it would depend on the fabric content of the material. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Jayme

    Hello,
    I have a set of pink curtains that are brand new and I am looking to lighten them a couple shades,but not to white or cream. Would you recommend the color remover? And what method would you recommend using?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Jayme, If the curtains are made from natural fabric, you can experiment with the color remover. The color remover works quickly to remove dye, so you will want to watch the fabric closely. Stove top is the recommended method because the hot water temperature can be maintained. As an added note, we would recommend checking the fabric the curtains are made from because color remover does not work on polyester and other synthetic fabrics. Hope this information is helpful.

  • David Marty

    Hello, I used two boxes of Rit Color Remover and the stovetop method to remove the khaki color from a 100% cotton shirt from 5.11 Tactical. I simmered it for nearly an hour without success. I called the 5.11 customer line, and they said that their all-cotton shirt is not treated with anything [that might affect the color removal process]. Can you help me? Might the few other colors the shirt comes in be easier to remove? Thanks for your time!

    David Marty
    Seattle

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello David, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your experience using Rit color remover did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Reba

    Hi. I accidentally washed a dark gold cuptowel in hot water with 6 new white cotton towels. They are now yellowish with darker yellow-gold splotches all over. In the past, when I tried bleach on a white cotton tee with yellow dye stains, the bleach made the stains darker. Will 4 boxes of color remover in my top-loader washer help? Should I use the whitener-brightener afterwards? I hate that these nice new towels are too ugly to even hang in the bathroom!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Reba, Thank you for reaching out. The Color Remover would be the best choice to restore them to white. The Whitener and Brightener would not be needed after use. Be sure to use the hottest water. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Ann, Thank you for reaching out. You could try our Whitener and Brightener to see if that lightens up the dye transfer any, but is likely not strong enough to remove dye transfer. Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color from the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Matt,
    We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the product is applied, the excess must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess remover is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye.

  • AmyRy

    I have a TPU rubber watch band that has become discolored due to fabric dye and ink transfer. Would the RIT Dye Remover help to remove the staining?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Amy, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately or Rit Color Remover will not work on the material of your watch. Our product wont work on Thermoplast Polyurethane (tpu) being of synthetic material this wont help. If you are trying to dye a darker color than that of the original you could try and over dye with DyeMore our synthetic dye. You can find the colors and directions here: http://store.ritstudio.com/rit-dyemore/ , https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ . Hope this helps.

  • Laurelyn Anderson

    Would I be able to use this on a wool cap? It’s original color is dark grey, and my dad would like me to dye it a bright orange color for hunting season. Please let me know!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laurelyn, Thank you for reaching out. The color remover would work on the wool to reduce/remove the over all color. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Anne Yamasaki

    Hi, I have some indigo silk crepe de chine fabric that won’t stop crocking. I don’t care if the color fades as long as it just stops crocking and turning my hands, the couch, everything blue! Will the Rit dye remover stop the silk indigo fabric from crocking? Please let me know- I have to use the fabric.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anne, The Rit Color Remover would try to remove the color from the fabric. You could try removing the dye and dyeing the fabric. Hope this helps!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anne, Thank you for reaching out. The Color Remover should help to remove the existing color and reduce the amount of color bleeding if you are able to remove enough color from the material. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Manoj, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Rit Color Remover would not be effective on plastic or polycarbonate. At this time, we do not have any products that would be able to remove dye transfer from that type of material. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Kelly

    Hi, I accidentally washed a white silk shirt with blue jeans and now my shirt a nice dingy blue. Will Rit Color Remover remove the dye transfer or do you recommend another product? Thanks

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, The Rit Color Remover would be the best product to try. Indigo blue dye transfer can be difficult to remove, so we would recommend using the color remover on the stove top. Hope this helps!

  • katie

    Hello! Something very strange happened when I used Rit Color remover today:
    I had a denim jacket that i had bleached to a white and baby blue tie dye. After bleaching, i washed it. I wanted to lighten it, so I decided to try the rit color remover. I put the jacket in a plastic bucket with boiling water and the color remover and agitated for 30 mins. The jacket looked as if it had lightened considerably, almost to white, so i went ahead and began to rinse it. But as soon as I exposed it to air and i began to rinse it, it turned dark blue! The jacket is now a much darker blue then when I began, and I have no idea why this happened, and am very disappointed. Does anyone have any idea why this happened? Thankyou! -katie

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie, It is a process known as reoxidation. Unfortunately, the only way to lighten would be to carefully use chlorine bleach. The Rit Color Remover is not recommended to be used on blue denim material. Here is more information on blue denim and color remover: https://www.ritdye.com/faq/can-i-use-rit-color-remover-on-my-blue-denim-jeans-3/ Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Olivia, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress?

    • olivia

      I think it is polyester and nylon

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hi Olivia, The Rit Color Remover would not be effective on polyester, so we would suggest looking at the tag to double check the fabric content. If it has a high portion of nylon, the light blue color would be the easiest to reduce/lighten. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Monica, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately it would be very difficult to take out the color with out ruining the black on the pants. When you use Rit Color Remover the pants need to be submerged in the dye bath and this will take the blue out but also dim or remove the black. There would be no way of removing the blue otherwise. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Robyn

    I have a long black dress that was washed hand wash with a navy blue shirt. It now has dark red splotches all over the front of it. Any suggestions on how to remove this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Robyn, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress?

      • Robyn

        It’s 67% rayon from bamboo, 28% organic cotton, and 5% spandex

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Robyn, We would recommend using Rit color remover, which will try to take the dress back to an off-white or cream color. Then, you can dye the dress the color of choice using Rit’s all-purpose dye. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Naralie

    Hi, I have a white dress that got colour stain from another dress. I tried to wash it with normal detergent and stain remover, and bleach it as well but the stain did not come off. Any suggestions on removing the stains? Thanks!

    The fabric content:
    66% Cotton 30% Nylon 4% Elastance

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Naralie, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover will try and reduce/remover as much color from the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Lena

    Hello, I have teal pants made of 80% cotton 18% polyester and 2% spandex that were accidentally washed with a pink skirt. The pink skirt left stains on the teal pants that I only got to wear once! I wanted to know how I might be able to save these pants. Can I die them black, or indigo blue? And if so how? Do I need to use the color remover first? Please help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lena, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the existing color and then redye them back to Teal or you could then dye them black or denim blue. Hope this helps!

  • Wade Ervin

    I have a question I own a Cadillac hearse and the curtains in the car are a sage green and I wont to dye them red or burgundy, I do not know what the curtain are made of there are no labels and know what of finding out since the car is 20 years old, I used a top loading machine in which I boiled water and put in the machine instead of the hot water settings I prewashed the curtains and added 3 boxes of color remover and washed them for two hours and it did take some color out but they are still sage green almost not color change even thou the water was green, I am thing of trying it again tonight any suggestions there are nine total curtain and they wont fit in a pan on top of the stove unless I do one at a time . also what color can I change them to if I cant achieve red/burgundy?
    thanks Wade

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Wade, Thank you for reaching out. If they are polyester, the Color Remover and all-purpose dye would not be able to achieve the desired results as color remover and all-purpose dye are not effective on polyester fabric. The colors that would sucesfully overdye them would depend on fabric content. If polyester, you might be able to achieve a dark grey using the Rit Dye More line or a darker green such as the Peacock Green. All other colors would mix to create a new color and it is hard to say exactly what would happen when overdyeing. It does not sound like you would have very good results trying the remover again if you let them agitated for 2 hours and started with adding boiling water the washing machine. It sounds like they could be synthetic. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Sam

    I have some unbleached hemp/silk charmeuse that I would like to lighten for a wedding dress. Would the rit color remover work to bring the color from natural dark ivory to more of an off-white?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sam, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible from the fabric. If it is a natural color, it may not be able to remove very much color from your fabric. Hope this helps!

  • Ishita Patel

    Hey I have a black Gildan hoodie that I want to dye white… Will it work if I use the color remover then dye it white

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Beth, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

    • Tami

      I had this same problem. My purple dress turned into a teal color after using the RIT remover. I am trying to get it a fushia pink. What can you do to remove all of the color

      • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

        Hello TAMI, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Lisa Fruth

    Hello. I dye my polyester slip for my wedding using the ‘pink’ polyester dye but it’s not pink at all. It’s now purple. I’m so disappointed. How can I make it pink? Do I need the color remover? Or do I need to redye it using different color to counteract the purple? Please help!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, Thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear you did not reach the correct color. We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color and then redye. Did you originally dye it on the stove top? Please walk us through your dyeing process and we would be happy to help figure out what happened and how to correct it.

      • http://www.ritdye.com Lisa Fruth

        Yes I did the stovetop process. It’s a purple color so I just need it to be more pink. I will buy the color remover but will it remove all the color? I just need to cancel out the purple hue. Is that possible? Is there some color dye I can use to cancel out the blue in the color?

  • Celeste

    Hello. I have a bright, orange, silk prom dress that I want to remove color off of. My plan is too remove the color and re-dye it to a bright, green color. Because the dress is silk, will it damage the fabric? Also my prom dress has small orange beads on it, how will they turn out?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Celeste, Thank you for reaching out. Being the dress is silk it is okay to use Riot Color remover to remove or take down the orange that is in it. You can also dye with all Purpose using one cup of vinegar instead of salt. As for the beads depending on the material they are made of may stay orange, all purpose is for natural fibers and most beads are synthetic. Hope this helps.

  • Tracey Campbell

    Hi, I have 2 sheepskins that were tanned by my grandfather. He also dyed them pink. Great sentimental value here but pink doesn’t work in my home. How can I safely remove the pink and either get them back to a natural color or dye them another color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tracey, There are a few colors that would successfully dye over a medium or dark pink. They are: fuchsia, purple, wine, scarlet, cocoa brown, dark brown or black. If you would prefer a lighter color, Rit color remover will try to remove as much dye as possible. All of our products require very hot water to activate. In addition, Rit dyes contain salt, which can cause leather to become dry or brittle. For this reason, we recommend using a leather conditioner after dyeing. Let us know if you have any other questions we might help you with.

      • Tracey Campbell

        Will the hot water damage the wool of the sheepskin? Shrink it to doll house size?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Tracey, Thank you for your response. Unfortunately with out a tag on the item to tell us anything we cant guarantee if there will be little to no shrinkage. Only washable wools would be considered dyeable. We suggest beginning with a warm dyebath and gradually increasing water temperature to 140°. After the item is in the dyebath for 5 minutes, add 1 cup of white vinegar and stir well. This will help to intensify the color. Continue to stir the item constantly for 30 minutes. Remove and squeeze out the excess dye. Rinse in warm and then cool water until all the excess dye has been removed. Launder in warm water, rinse and dry flat.

          • Tracey Campbell

            Since this is an old hand tanned sheepskin would it be wise to condition the leather first then dye it and condition again or would that be a wasted step? Also should I wash the skins before dyeing?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hi Tracey, We only recommend washing new items to remove any fabric finishes applied by the manufacturer. Since the salt in Rit dye can cause leather to become dry or brittle, we do recommend applying a leather conditioner after dyeing. Applying a conditioner prior to dyeing would not be beneficial.

  • Christina Sauser

    Hi, I have a cream hoodie (83% cotton, 15% nylon, 2% spandex) that has some light pink stains from color bleeding during the wash from a sneaky red wash cloth that made it into the load of lights. The stains are pretty pale, but I can’t wear it as cream anymore thanks to the randomness of the locations and sizes of the stains. My hubby amazingly suggested I save it by dyeing it my favorite color, red! I love the idea, but want to know:

    -Should I use the color remover first to get rid of the stains and bring it back to a base cream?
    -What type of dye should I use? Dyemore since it has nylon and spandex with the cotton? Or is there a different one that would be better?
    -Will using the fixative help keep my newly dyed hoodie from bleeding into other clothes in the future? We use Puracy fragrance free deteregent due to allergies to fragrances.
    -Do any of your products contain synthetic fragrances or perfumes? Have to double check bc of the allergies. (I hope not!!)

    Thanks!!!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Christina, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color prior to dyeing. Since it has a high percentage of cotton, we would recommend using the all-purpose dye is Cherry Red or Scarlet. The Rit Dye Fixative would help reduce color bleeding and help set the dye into the fabric. The color remover does have a fragrance, but we have not had any complaints of allergic reactions after using that product. Hope this helps!

      • Christina Sauser

        Hi RitDye, Thank you for the info! It is very helpful for a beginner like me, lol.
        I do have a follow up question in relation to the fragrance and my allergies: I’m specifically allergic to the ingredient commonly listed in products as “fragrance” or “perfume” or “parfum” or “synthetic fragrance”. It’s basically a blanket ingredient name for artificial scent that manufacturers are allowed to list under one of those pseudonyms. It drives my allergies nuts and because the “fragrance” does not have to be further defined or identified, it’s incredibly difficult to parse out which chemical(s) give me issues….which means I pretty much have to avoid products that list that ingredient. If a product does not contain one of those pseudonyms in the ingredient list, I’m usually ok (although I still do a small test first, just in case).
        So–do any of your products contain the ingredient “fragrance” (or “perfume” or “parfum” or “scent” etc…)? If they simply have an aroma but don’t contain an added scent/fragrance, I may be fine.
        Thank you!!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Christina, Thank you for your response. When it comes to Rit Dyes, Color Remover, White Wash or Brightner, and Rit Color stay there is no aromas included in ingredients. There are no “fragrance” or “perfume” or “parfum” or “synthetic fragrance” listed in these products for Rit. Hope this helps.

          • Christina Sauser

            Hello RitDye, That is wonderful news! Thank you for clarifying. Now to get dyeing!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Wanda, You might try the Rit Color Remover, but it may not be able to turn it into a bright white. It will try to reduce as much color as possible. If it is synthetic, such as polyester or acrylic, the Color Remover would not be effective.

  • Kris

    Can I use this with a sponge or brush to distress fabric around the seams or raised areas for a vintage look? How would I go about doing this? How concentrated should I make it, or should I dilute it more? I want to do this on cotton jersey fabric.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kris, Thank you for reaching out. You can experiment with this using our spot dyeing technique so you would not have to submerged the material all in one dye bath. You can find step by step directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/spot-dyeing/ . The directions will let you know how much dye and how to apply, you would not need to dilute the color unless dark, its best to use a lighter color when trying to get vintage look. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amber, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover would try to remove/reduce all color from the fabric including the black portion of the material.

  • eileen

    Hello,

    Can I use Rit Color Remover on wool?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Eileen, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use Rit Color Remover on wool as long as the care tag says nothing about “Dry clean only” or “Cold water only”. If the care tag mentions any of the above then we do not suggest using due to shrinkage or damage to the material. Hope this helps.

  • Mae

    Hi, I have a dark pair of purple “moleton”(whatever that means) pants, 95% cotton 5% spandex that I want to dye black, and I’m wondering if I should try to remove the color first or try the over dye technique?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mae, Thank you for reaching out. You can dye these pants Black with All Purpose dye. You would not have to remove the color purple first to dye Black because the black will cover the purple, its best to use remover when dyeing a lighter color. Hope this helps.

      • Mae

        It does help, thank you so much 🙂 You guys are awesome

  • Emily

    Will RIT color remover lighten an ivory 100% polyester skirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Emily, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately our Color Remover will not work on 100% polyester to take the original color down or out, it will only take out any dye you add to the material. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Katie

    Hi! Last summer I dyed a 100% cotton sofa cover a dark blue and now I’m wanting a much lighter blue. Since it’s so large, I would have to use the top-load washer method. Would the color remover be able to lighten the color evenly throughout this way, or would I be better off completely removing the color and then dyeing again? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Katie, Rit color remover will work very quickly to remove dye from fabric. We would recommend using the color remover to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color prior to dyeing it a light blue. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kate, The Color Remover is the strongest product we manufacture, so the color remover would be the best option. It will try to remove as much color as possible, but may not be able to turn it bright white.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi KC, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove the color prior to dyeing. Please keep in mind the dye may not be able to successfully adhere over the sun fading. Hope this helps!

  • Stephanie

    Hello! I have a black jacket that says it’s 66% viscose, 30% nylon, and 4% spandex. I’m trying to remove the color and dye it a bright navy blue color. Would you recommend the dye remover? I had no idea what viscose is until I looked it up, Google says it’s a type of rayon. So I think it would work but I’m not 100% sure. Help! I need expert advice!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, we would recommend using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color prior to dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • amber

    Can I use Rit color remover on two different colored fabrics at the same time using the stove top method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use it on two different colored fabrics at the same time. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Ben, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color Remover will try and remove all color in the material, it says to allow 10-30 minutes on stove-top or wash machine. You can read step by step directions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ . you would need one packet if removing dye using stove-top method if you choose to use wash machine the directions say 2 packets, you can find these steps on site above. Hope this helps.

  • Maru

    I am using RIT color remover to remove color from a green and blue watercolor/brushstroke print dress to re-dye into a solid emerald green color. I am using the stovetop method. I emptied a packet of the color remover into a pot of hot water and submerged the dress. However, instead of removing the color to cream or off-white, the dress is now a reddish-orange color. Is this normal for the product to remove the blues and greens first and red last, or was the dye on the fabric reacting with the color remover to produce the red color? I have been doing it for 30 minutes, but it is still a bright orange color. Should I leave it in for longer?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Josie Smith

    I tried to use the color remover on my pale yellow couch slip covers. To my surprise the cushion covers turned purple!? I used the top loading washer method on hot setting…. What did I do wrong? I am going to dye the covers, but wanted to have them cleaned of all spots and color first.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Josie, Thank you for reaching out. Sorry to hear this has happened, How many boxes of Color Remover did you use? To remove color 2 box per small load, 3 box per medium load, and 4 boxes for large or extra large loads. We suggest trying again making sure you are using enough boxes. You can also try and turn up the water heater so you get the hottest water available in the wash machine. Hope this helps.

  • Brenda Taranto

    Hello,
    I’ve been bridesmaid dress shopping and came across a dress that I tried on in a bridal store at a thrift store in my size. However, the dress is hot pink. Thankfully the outside of the dress is 100% cotton, and the lining is polyester. I’m thinking I’d like to make the dress a light grey to medium grey.
    1- is this even possible to achieve?
    2- if it is possible, should I remove the polyester lining before removing the color?

    Thanks for any information and guidance you can provide.
    Brenda

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Brenda, We would recommend using Rit color remover to take the dress back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color. Rit color remover is not be able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, but will not harm the lining. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Rory

    Hiya
    I have a peach/pink chair with non removable covers. I want to dye it various shade of blue in an uneven pattern. I’ve bought spray bottles and blue rit dye, however the thought occurs, would it be best to try and remove the original colour. Do you have any suggestions, as I can not remove the covers…… Also, I’m willing to try stuff, as currently cover it with a throw, so if the whole project fails, I’ll just keep covering with the throw!!!!
    Cheers
    Rory

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rory, Thank you for reaching out. We do not recommend using Rit Dye for upholstered fabric because after the dye is applied, the excess dye must be removed. This can be difficult to achieve with furniture and if the excess dye is not completely removed, it can rub off on clothing. Rit Dye performs best with fabric that can be removed from the furniture, such as slipcovers or pillow covers, and immersed in a dyebath. Then the fabric can be rinsed and laundered as directed to remove the excess dye.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Hannah,
    Thank you for reaching out! We would recommend using Color Remover before dyeing to ensure the correct color will take to the fabric. Rit Color Remover is used primarily to try to remove or reduce color from fabric prior to dyeing with Rit Dye. It reduces the color to an off-white or cream color, creating a clean, even base color for dyeing. Color Remover is suitable for use on most washable fabrics, including cotton, linen, rayon, silk, and nylon.
    The stovetop method is the most effective at removing color, maintaining a constant simmer throughout the process. Some fabrics lose their color in as fast as 10 minutes, others can take an hour or two to achieve a cream color. Light color changes, such as brightening or removing stains from white fabrics, can be achieved using Color Remover in a washing machine. Color Remover will not remove the pattern or print from a fabric or the indigo dye from denim.
    Here are some tips!
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
    Hope this helps!

  • Amber Volano Freeman

    I have a off white lace cardigan that I need to be white. Would I use the dye remover or use the white dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Amber, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using Rit Color Remover on the stove top. We do not produce a white dye. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Torra, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, there is not a way to turn an item that has stripes to a solid color. The Rit Color Remover would not be able to fully remove the striped pattern.

  • marisa

    Hi there! I have an old pink prom dress that has faded significantly, and i’d like to get it to an off white/cream color, but i’m not sure which process to use because it’s not supposed to go in a washing machine and it’s way too big for the stove top method, i imagine…

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marisa, Rit color remover is recommended for use either on the stove top or in a washing machine. What does the fabric care tag state the dress is made from and what are the washing instructions? We can better assist you once we have this additional information.

  • Kate

    Hello, I have a green and white terrycloth top that I washed with a pink jacket (foolish I know) and the pink color bled onto the green striped top. I have gotten most of the dye out, but a portion of it is still on a sleeve. Is the tit due remover the correct product to use to get the pink out? Thanks, Kate

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kate, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove as much color as possible, including the existing color of the fabric.

  • KP

    Hi there!

    I just used the colour remover for the first time, on a 100% cotton knit dress, which was black. I cooked it on the stovetop in a very hot solution for about an hour & a half. After rinsing & washing, it does not look any different whatsoever. Any thoughts about that? I was so psyched, as I had several projects I was hoping to do (removing colour & redyeing another colour), but I don’t want to just be throwing away money & time.

    Thanks so much!
    Kristalyn

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry your experience didn’t go well. How much water did you use in your Color Remover bath? How much does the dress weigh? Though the remover would not be able to remove all the color it should have tried to lighten the black to a dark grey hue.
      Please get back to use at your earliest convenience.

      • KP

        Thank you for responding so quickly! My dye pot is about 2 1/2-3 gallons ~ just big enough to agitate the dress. I think the dress was around a pound. I had written in earlier & was told I didn’t need to worry about the weight of the dress, that it went by water amount, & I just needed the amount to allow the clothing to get fully immersed & agitated.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi KP, We have sent you an e-mail to gather some additional information.

  • Debbie Collins

    I have peach colored pants forgot to check pockets washed and dried chapstick now there are spots all over them can I redye them

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Tammy,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye.
      We can not make any guarantees but should you decide to try and dye the pants, we recommend using Color Remover to lighten the pants to the same color before dyeing.
      Hope this helps!

  • fleurdelysa

    I have a cotton/rayon/metallic brocade fabric that I would like to lighten. Will Rit color remover damage the silver threads?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dye will not damage any types of fabric. However, depending on the type of material the thread is made from, such as cotton, it may try to over dye the silver. If the thread is a polyester blend or any type of synthetic then the All-Purpose rit will not be able to dye it so it would remain silver.
      Hope this helps.

      • fleurdelysa

        Thank you for your reply. I don’t want to over-dye the fabric. I want to be sure that the color remover will not damage the metallic threads in the woven fabric.

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello,
          We apologize for the confusion. Rit Color Remover is a non-chlorine, reductive type of bleach that will not damage or deteriorate washable fabrics as chlorine bleach will. The threads should not be damaged by Rit Color Remover in any way.
          Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the lace?

  • Rachel W

    Hi, I dyed some fabric with the original powder style dye. The fabric is a rayon spandex blend, I didn’t expect it to take the color so well and it is a little darker than I anticipated. Any chance of using the color remover to lighten it? Also, I rinsed the fabric outside in a bucket several times with water changes and washed washed twice in the washing machine, seems to bleed more color each time, any tips? I do plan on getting the color stay to treat it, is that compatible with the powder dyes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rachel, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, We are sorry to hear your dye project did not go as planned. Yes, Rit color remover is safe to use on the fabric and will try to to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • yesi

    I have a 95% polyester 5% spandex dress that is pink. Would the Rit dye remover help me lighten the color to a blush?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will remove or reduce the color on most fabrics. However, it may have a limited effect on polyester, depending upon how it was dyed commercially. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Theresa Kelly

    Hello! I received a peach dress (100% rayon) and dyed it with three different Rit Dyes. Didn’t get the color I wished for. It is now a deep brown. Will Rit Color Remover help me get it bleach white? Thank you … Theresa

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Theresa, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, the Rit Color Remover will try to remove/reduce as much color as possible so the item can be dyed a different hue. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Sian, Yes, the Rit Color Remover would be able to remove the color applied to the dress. When redyeing be sure that the fabric has enough room to freely move around and is being constantly stirred with no soaking. Hope this helps!

  • Samantha Mackay

    Hi, I have a couple of black items I want to use the dye remover on. They are either all cotton or all silk. How many items will one packet of Rit remover work on? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Samantha, When using Rit color remover, more than one item can be placed in the mixture as long as the items have enough room to move freely. One package of color remover is required for the stove top method using a stainless steel pot and 3 gallons of water. Two packages are needed for a small or medium load in a washing machine, 3 packages for a large load and 4 packages for an extra-large load. We would recommend checking the fabric care tags on the items to ensure they can be washed in very hot water since color remover requires a water temperature of at least 140 degrees to activate and remove dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Sheryl

    I first used 2 Rit dye removers + hot water on 1 pound of yellow cotton slipcovers following the box directions and my slipcovers turned purple. I read this happened to someone else with yellow fabric, so I followed your suggestion of using 3 dye remover packets on the medium load at the hottest water and after 1 hour of agitation I have lilac colored slip covers. What else can I do? Most frustrating!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sheryl, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you some questions to your personal e-mail address, if you could answer those for us we will try and help you through this process.

      • http://www.kristinwhatch.com Kristin

        I am in the exact same situation! One very expensive purple slipcover. Please help!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Kristin,
          Thank you for reaching out. We have sent you some questions to your personal e-mail address, if you could answer those for us we will try and help you through this process.

          • http://www.kristinwhatch.com Kristin

            Hi, I did not receive you email. Would you mind re-sending?

          • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

            Hi Kristin, We are sorry that you did not receive our previous email. Possibly it went into your spam folder. We have recent the email with the questions.

  • Mary

    Hello. I have a wine colored dress, with black lace for the shoulder portion (shell: 90% polyester, 10% spandex; lining: 100% polyester), if I want to dye the shell burgundy by first using the color remover, will it remove the black color from the lace? If so, is there a method to target treat?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Mary, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately our Color Remover will not work on synthetic material to remove the original color or take it down. Since the material is already black there would not be a way to dye with our synthetic dyes the black color will not allow our dyes to show through. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Mary

        Will the wine color be lifted? I want to keep the black but change the wine

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Mary, Rit color remover will not be able to remove or lighten the color of the dress since it is mainly polyester. Color remover only works on natural fabrics.

  • Lee

    I have a pair of khaki colored pants that I washed with my dark clothes by accident. Apparently something navy blue got on them in the wash. Is this something Rit Color Remover can remove? I don’t want my khakis to be white washed, I just want the blue gone!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lee, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will help you to remove the blue from the material but it can also try and remove the original khaki color or take it down. Let us know if there is any thing else we can help with.

  • Edith

    Hello, I am trying to remove all color from a 100% nylon flag. It’s been on the stovetop (2 packets of RIT color remover to a little under 8 quarts water) for about two hours. The blue lifted into a red, but the red stripes have not changed. What should I do?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Edith, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Jazmine,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover lighten/reduce as much of the previous color as possible. Since you where trying to remove black, the hue was lightened to the grey. Should you decide to try again, we would recommend using hotter water and leaving it in the Color Remover bath for longer. This will try and bring it to a lighter grey but we can not guarantee you will be able to achieve any lighter as it may have already took as much of the dye out as possible. Hope this helps.

  • Richard Poynter

    I have a denim jacket that was originally white and changed to red via a paint process, all done originally by the manufacturer. It has faded to a pinkish color from a dry cleaning mistake. Do you think the color remover will remove color applied in this fashion?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Richard, Thank you for reaching out. It is hard to say whether or not the color remover would be able to remove the color applied in that fashion. If it is actual paint that was used, it would likely not be removable. If it was a dye paint, then the color remover would likely be able to remove/reduce it.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. Are you able to completely submerge the rug in a hot water bath? If so then you may be able to lighten/reduce the color with the Rit Color Remover. We do not recommend using Rit on any rugs with rubber backing as it is not able to adsorb the dye correctly. It coats it and then it may rub off on the carpet or floors. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lucy, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover will try to remove all color from the fabric including the existing yellow. It can then be redyed. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You want to rewash with detergent after the Rit Color Remover to ensure there is no excess product in the material prior to dyeing. Hope this helps!

  • Wanda

    Hi, I tried to remove deep purple color from a silk dress – stove method, kept it in the hot solution for about 1 hour, but it didnt remove color completely, dress turned from deep purple, plum color, to orange yellow. I transfered everything to washing machine, added some water and another powder packet, kept it for 30 minutes and then the wash cycle. Color is now ugly yellow, which is OK because I can dye this, but unfortunately now it has also a few darker patches. Should i repeat the process? Will appreciate your advice.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Wanda, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest trying again with Color Remover if using stove-top one box will work if using wash machine you would want to use 2 boxes with the hottest water. You just want to try and bring the darker areas down so when over-dyeing the color is even and not darker in spots. Hope this helps.

  • http://littleshannonbigworld.blogspot.com Shannon

    I just dyed some cotton curtains (using Rit liquid dye) and the color is beautiful but darker than I wanted. Can I use the color remover to remove some of the color without removing all of the color? Any help would be appreciated!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shannon, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover works quickly so it may not be able to reduce just some of the color. You can try by keeping a very close eye on the fabric and then rinsing when it is a little darker than what you want as the material with dry lighter. Hope this helps!

      • http://littleshannonbigworld.blogspot.com Shannon

        I was able to remove a lot of the color after multiple rounds (and about 15 boxes) of color remover, but even after the fabric sat in the solution for an hour, the lightest it would get is a bright yellow color. Should I try yet another round, or accept defeat?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Shannon,
          Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately usually after the first or second round the Rit Color Remover will have removed/reduced as much of the dye as possible. It may not be able to reach any lighter of a hue at this point. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Still a Dog

    I couldn’t get the knit fabric in a white for dying, and I also have white rib knit for the cuffs and ends. Do you recommend making the sweater first (coloured fabric with white cuffs) then removing colour, then dying, or is there a better order to doing things?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest removing the color and dyeing the material first. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Ruth,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will successfully remove the DyeMore dye from the fabric. Please keep in mind that it will not be able to lighten any of the original polyester fabrics color. Hope this helps.

  • lc

    I have a bright yellow dress I would like to lighten the top half of it to give it a tie dye look, it is cotton. Will the color remover work for that if I dip it in an out of the solution?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. It could work for that purpose. You would want to keep a close eye on the fabric and ensure that you are moving around the portion you want to remove the color from while keeping the portion you do not want color removed from, out of the solution. Hope this helps!

  • Kelly

    Hi–I have a bit of a problem… I was trying to dye a white cotton dress to a blue-green color, and I tried using the straight teal dye but it wasn’t exactly the shade I wanted. I decided to use the Rit dye remover and try again, but (a) instead of removing the color completely, it made the dress a very vivid lime-green, and (b) now when I try to use the aquamarine dye to make it the shade I want, it seems that the blue doesn’t… stick, I guess? Now it’s just a slightly deeper shade of green, barely blue at all. I used the stovetop method, water was well-heated, and I had the dress in the dye bath for a good 30 minutes. Does anyone have any tips? This is my first dyeing project, so I’m sure I’m just missing something very basic… Please let me know, thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend trying the Rit Color Remover again on the stove top to try to remove/reduce some of that green hue that the material currently is so you can obtain the color you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  • Jenny

    Hi, my white swimsuit has some dye transfer from a dark blue swimsuit that I soaked and hand washed together. I’ve tried to wash it off with a baking soda paste but it hasn’t really done much. Is this formula gentle enough for a swimsuit? Would this still work with cold/warm water? Thanks!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jenny, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately all we have to help is Rit Color Remover that will try and take out the dye transfer but will also try and take out the original color or print on the swimsuit. The color remover will only work on nylon suits if material is polyester the Color Remover will not work at all. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Wendy,
    Thank you for the great feedback!

  • Suzie Webster

    Hello Dye Dr! I was just wondering if you can put more than one item, and items of different colours in to the Rit Colour Remover Batch at the same time?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Suzie, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can add in more than one item and of different colors and treat them at the same time.

  • Bri

    I have a flannel shirt that is 50% cotton and 50% Modal fabric. Will the color remover lighten the fabric?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Bri, Thank you for reaching out. Yes you can use Color Remover on this material, modal is a rayon type fiber and natrual so able to work with Rit Products such as Color Remover. Hope this works

  • Tracy T.

    I left a piece of red paper in the pocket of my cream colored denim jeans. Without realizing this, I washed and dried the pants with a regular load. Now I have a huge red stain on the pocket of my pants! These pants fit like a glove and I’m desperate to get the stain out. I would even settle for a white splotch to replace the big red stain. Any tips on using Rit Color Remover for my situation?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tracy, Thank you for reaching out. You would obtain the best results using the stove top at a simmer. Stir occasionally for about 20 minutes up to an hour if needed. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Anna

    Hi, I’ve recently used the Rit color remover on 5 1/4 yds of ( about 2 pounds ) cotton to remove the old Rit dye in Fuchsia. I don’t have such a large stove pot so I used the washer ( medium – large load ) with 2 Pkg of the color remover. The Fuchsia color turned just into a lighter shade and and left some places with a clear result (batik effect).
    Should I use 6 Pkg for 2 pounds of fabric with the washer method and 2 Pkg with the stove pot ?
    How many gallons of water should I use with the stove pot method ? ” ……..the fabric should move freely…..” well, this can be anything !

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Anna, Thank you for reaching out. We suggest trying again using hotter water in wash machine, put wash machine on a large load its recommended to use 3 boxes of Rit Color remover. For fabric to move freely means no bunching of the material its able to freely move around the pot or wash machine so remover can get to all areas of the material. As for stove-top you want to add enough water the material can move around and not be bunched so if you are stirring and its hard or stiff the pot is to small if your able to stir fine with no resist from the material it is free flowing. If you have any other questions please let us know.

  • Angie Cunningham

    I bought some color remover to remove the color from a sweatshirt that I had splattered bleach on. I was wanting to dye it a new color. The sweatshirt was 95% Cotton and 5% Lycra. I followed the washing machine instructions to a T and the color did not change at all. I let it agitate for well over 30 minutes. would the 5% Lycra prevent the color from fading?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Angie, Thank you for reaching out. We have sent an e-mail to you with some questions on the process, this will help us figure out the next step to take.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Kenna, Thank you for reaching out. The key to getting an even removal is making sure the fabric is continuously moving around. The Color Remover does work quickly so it may not be possible to only lighten the color. If the item is labeled as cold water wash, shrinkage could occur. For best results, we suggest using the stove top method so you can keep an eye on the fabric while it is in the solution. You will likely need to redye after the Color Removal process.

  • Sal

    Hi, I’d like to dye an orange fabric to a redder colour. Would I just need to use scarlet rit dye on it or would I need to use the colour remover as well? Thanks in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sal, Thank you for reaching out. Scarlet dye would be able to successfully dye over orange. So, in this instance, color remover would not be required. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Kenna,
    Thank you for reaching out. We would like to get some additional information from you in regards to your project. We have sent some questions to you at your personal E-Mail. Please get back to us at your earliest convenience so that we can better assist you. Thank you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will try to remove/lighten the color of any fabric it comes into contact with. We recommend using Rit Color Remover in a hot dye bath to guarantee color remover/lightening results. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Allyson, We would recommend using the Rit Color Remover first. If you were to overdye, the material would not dye evenly. The item may still dye unevenly after the Color Remover depending on what the stain was caused by.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Jill, The Rit Color Remover can be used on washable woolens. Keep a careful eye on the wool for felting and shrinkage could occur. The Rit Color Remover works quickly, so it may be unable to just lighten the fabric.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Tracy, Thank you for reaching out. So sorry to hear you had an issue with the Color Remover. The pink could be caused by the removal of the red and the red dyes from the removal of the stain being in the water. It would not hurt the item to try it again to remove/reduce the current pink state of the fabric.

  • Ashleigh

    I washed white clothes with something purple and it turned my whites pink.. I have already dried the clothes, can I still use the rit color remover on it to get the stain out?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Ashleigh, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, the Rit Color Remover can still be used even after the clothes have been dried. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.ritdye.com Nicole Manley

    I got purple Rit dye on a peach pair of pants. It’s a very small amount on my knee. Is there any suggestions on how to get the dye out without removing the peach color of the pants?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Nicole,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover and removing all the color to guarantee that the correct hue is reached evenly on the pants. Other wise you would end up with a different shades where the purple is removed. Hope this helps.

  • Shauna Hoar Love

    Hi there, tried to overdue a pink polyester dress with your new synthetic fiber dye in Sapphire. I used too small a pot, I think, and now I have bluish purple streaks all over it. Will Rit Dye Remover help fix this situation? How should I proceed?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Shauna, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover would be recommended to remove/reduce the color applied and make the material even again. Hope this helps!

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Amy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the tulle and lace on the veil?

  • Sophia Ali

    I washed a light turquoise sweater with a red scarf and the red scarf bleeded color and I now I have pink splotches on my sweater. Will Rid get rid of the pink splotches or turn my whole sweater a different color?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Sophia, Thank you for reaching out. What type of material is the sweater? This will help you further in helping you with the red/pink spots.

      • Sophia Ali

        The sweater material is 54% cotton, 39% rayon, and 7% nylon.

  • Lisa

    Will this work on baseball pants?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Lisa, What is the fabric content of the baseball pants?

      • Lisa

        100% polyester

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Lisa,
          Thank you for reaching out. Due to the fact that polyester is a very stubborn material, Rit Color Remover is not recommended for use on it as it may not be able to remove the color from the pants. Please get back to us with any additional questions.

          • http://www.ritdye.com Lisa Boyd

            Thank you

      • http://www.ritdye.com Lisa Boyd

        100% polyester

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Len, What is the fabric content of the cardigan?

  • Steven Kruger

    Hey there, I want to make my new black band t-shirt look vintage and faded. I have tried to do this with bleach but it makes the shirt go brown and I am after more of a faded vintage black almost grey look. Would this product work if I only left the shirt in for a few seconds?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Steven, Thank you for reaching out. It may or may not give it the effect you are after. The Color Remover process can fade items quickly, but sometimes it can take at least 10 minutes for color removal results to start occurring.

  • Mackenzie

    I have a coat that is dark grey and is 60% wool and 40% angola (which I don’t know if it’s common knowledge but I had to google to figure out that it’s rabbit hair) so none of it is synthetic material. Do you think Rit Color Remover would work to make the color light enough for me to re-dye? Is there a different Rit product I should use?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Mackenzie, We would recommend checking the fabric care tag on the coat to ensure it can be washed in very hot water as all Rit products require very hot water to activate. Rit color remover is recommended for use on natural fabrics prior to dyeing the fabric a new color. It will try to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Mackenzie

        The coat says it’s dry clean only, do not wash. So if I try this it will shrink a lot won’t it?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Mackenzie,
          Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are recommended for use with fabrics that can be washed in hot water. If a fabric is labeled “cold water wash” or “dry clean only” there could be damage to the fabric if it is dyed in hot water. “Dry clean only” fabrics are often used in garments with interfacing and linings. These fabrics could shrink and cause puckering and unsatisfactory results. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Len, Thank you. The Rit Color Remover will work on that fabric, however, it may not be able to only lighten it to the color you need as the process can happen quickly. If it does remove too much color, you can always redye it the color you are looking for.

  • Sally C

    I would like to do a sort of “reverse tie dye” on a king size 100% cotton sheet. It is dark grey now and I want to remove the color to create white circles or stripes on the fabric. Simmering the entire sheet on the stove really wouldn’t work for this. Could I rubber band and dip or spray with the color remover the way I would to tie dye?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sally, We would suggest dipping it in as spraying would likely not produce the results you are after. You will want to start with simmering to boiling water on the stove top and add it into the bucket for best results.

  • Rachel

    Hello. I have an off-white polyester top that got grey on it from a skirt that bled. I used Rit dye remover on it and it helped but made the product look slightly pink. I then bought the Rit white-wash and it did help remove the stain further but now the top has turned yellow. I used another Rit dye remover but it doesn’t seem to be helping. How can I restore the original off-white color? Would Rit whitener and brightener help?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Rachel, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using a non-chlorine bleach like Clorox 2 or our Whitener and Brightener could help to reduce the yellowing further.

  • Melanie

    Hi, I have a rayon dress that has, in the company’s words, “a bad dye job.” The instructions are to machine wash in cold water separately and hang to dry. I think these instructions are to protect the color but when I did that, the dye still washed out in streaks.. They asked me what I wanted to do about it since they don’t have any more of that style. I answered, a couple of weeks ago. that I would like to remove the color and attempt to dye it another color, if they will give me a discount on it. The representative still, after two emails, hasn’t answered my question.
    I have a skirt in the same material, from the same company, that I overdyed a darker color and it turned out well. (Royal Blue + Purple = Blue Violet. Next time I will try Sapphire Blue instead.)
    Is it safe to Remove the color from my rayon dress? What would the best method be?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Melanie, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover is safe for use on rayon. The best method to use is the stove top method as the hotter the water, the better the product will work. The washing machine could also be used. We would suggest 1 box on the stove top or 2 boxes in the washing machine. Since it is labeled as cold water wash, there could be some shrinkage that would occur. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Briget

    Hi there, I am trying to cut some costs on some wedding decor. i was given a large amount of red nylon tulle. Unfortunately my daughters colors are purple and grey. The purple is more of a plum/eggplant, and it is also the color we are hoping to achieve. Will RitDye Color Remover remove the red from the nylon tulle? Or should i try to just darken it with a blue. ( red +blue = purple)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Briget, Thank you for reaching out. As long as the tulle is nylon, the Rit Color Remover would be able to remove/reduce the color. You could also experiment by cutting a small piece and dyeing it with the Royal Blue to see if you end up with the purple hue you are after. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Ava

    Hi, my question was removed so I’m trying again. I have a pair of light gray pants that are 70% polyester, 20% cotton, and 10% wool. I want to use DyeMore to dye them in Sand Stone. I also plan to use the Color Remover before dyeing them. I understand that it’s harder to dye and remove color from the polyester, and I do prefer the pants to be beige. Do you have an idea of how the color will look if I dye them? Would they be more of a taupe color? I’m afraid the color will be way off, so I wanted to get an opinion before I do this. Thank you.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Erin, Thank you for reaching out. Please send a photo of the color you are looking to achieve to coloformula@theritstudio.com and we can try to create a custom recipe for you.

  • Paul Gray

    Using the SINK method for Color Remover ==
    Is it ok to use an aluminum or non=stick pot to HEAT the water then pour that water into porcelain sink before adding the color remover?

  • Paul Gray

    I need to remove some pink ‘dye transfer’ from a cream colored cotton shirt using Color Remover
    I don’t have a stainless steel or porcelain pot.
    Can I use a non-stick pot to HEAT the water then pour that into my porcelain sink before adding the Color Remover and shirt?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Paul, Thank you for reaching out. Color Remover works best if it can be kept at a constant temperature. Pouring the dye into a sink would cause the water to cool down quickly and the remover would not be as effective. If you still wanted to give it a try, we would suggest a plastic bucket since your sink is not stainless steel.

      • Paul Gray

        My problem with stovetop method is not having a stainless steel or porcelan pot.
        Given that would washing machine method be best?

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Paul, Yes, it can be done in the washing machine and the washing machine would be the best option as it will keep the water hot throughout the cycle. We would suggest using 2 boxes for best results.

  • Kelly

    Hi there, I purchased a cameo denim soft blue canvis handbag,but I am not liking the baby blue color. if I were to use the color remover,would it make the color cream or beige ? Any suggestions?.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Kelly, Blue denim contains Indigo dye. Indigo dye cannot be removed from denim. When Rit Color Remover is rinsed from denim, the soluble Indigo dye is oxidized back to its original insoluble form and the color is still there. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Susie

    I bought a non returnable skirt that is dark gray. Too dark gray. Can I use color remover to lighten it to medium gray? Fabric is 90percent cotton, 10 percent elasthane.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susie, Thank you for reaching out. You can use the Rit Color Remover to try to remove/reduce the color, however, the product can work quickly so if it removes too much color you may need to redye it to the color you are looking for.

  • Jamm

    I have a black baseball cap which I’m trying to tye dye spots of red…what is the best way to do this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Jamm,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the cap made from? Please get back to us at your conveinance so that we may better assist you.

  • Rs

    I would like to know if rit will help me remove or lighten a pink dye on a yellow swimsuit? Obviously I would like to keep the yellow color and not change into cream but if I lightly dab the swimsuit where there is a pink color on the yellow garment will it remove the color altogether or is it safe?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will try to lighten/ remover the color form any All-Natural fabric it comes into contact with. What type of fabric is the swimming suit made from? Please get back to us at your conveinance so that we may better assist you.

  • Susan

    I have outdoor cushion covers that are a medium brown/tan colour. I would like them to be white. What is the best way to dye them or remove the colour?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Susan, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the cushion covers?

  • Katy

    Hi, I want to remove the color from blue coveralls that are polycotton and then redye them tan. Would this color remover work to take out the color, or do you have a product that removes dye from polyester? Thank you!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Katy, Thank you for reaching out. What is the exact percentage of the polyester and cotton?

      • Katy

        Hi, sorry, I’m not sure if my previous comment worked. I don’t know the exact percentage (I haven’t purchased the coveralls yet, because I want to make sure I can remove the dye first). A similar product by the same brand says “240 gram
        20/80 heavy weight polycotton fabric.” Thank you!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Katy, Thank you for the response. Looking at the way you wrote it 20/80 poly/cotton blend tells me its most likely 20% poly and 80% cotton. If the poly is 20% then yes you can use Rit Color Remover the only time it will not work is when the synthetic material is over 40%. Then you would be able to re-dye Tan.

  • Matt

    Will Rit Color Remover damage converse rubber soles or the rubber patch on the inside ankle?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Matt,
      Thank you for reaching out. Since Rit is non damaging, the soles of your shoes should come out without any flaws. Hope this helps.

  • Carmen

    I have pair of white shorts with navy flowers that had something navy fade on it. Most of the white is a pale blue now. Can I use RIT Color remover to get the blue off the white without fading out the navy? 100% linen

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Carmen, Thank you for reaching out. The Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color from the fabric including the Navy.

  • sophia

    I accidentally mixed a white cotton tee and a pair of white 58% cotton, 39% poly, 3% spandex capris in the dryer with a deep blue skirt. The directions on your color remover are very clear, but they do not account for modern washing machines which lock the lid before water will turn on, nor allow a soak or choice of when or how long to agitate. Is there a way to use color remover in these new washers, or must it be done with the stove-top method?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Sophia, Thank you for reaching out. If the machine has a detergent dispenser, the front loading HE directions can be used. If the machine does not have a detergent dispenser, we would suggest using the stove top method.

  • Anni

    I bought a pale pink dress that I would like to dye a light to medium green. Do you think it would be necessary to use color remover first? Or can I “dye over” very light colors?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Anni, Thank you for reaching out. What is the fabric content of the dress?

  • Julie

    HI I used the rig stain and color remover to remove the color from a light pair of jeans to prepare to dye them red. They were looking good, but when I rinsed them they were a brighter blue then when I started, how did that happen and can I do them again
    Please help

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Julie, You can use the Rit Color Remover again on the stove top for best results. It sounds like it may be a hard to remove dye.

  • Greg Wilson

    Hi, I would like to buy this sweater and dye it dark blue (not at all purple): https://www.etsy.com/listing/175336212/geometric-waffle-knit-sweater-minimalist?ref=shop_home_active_68. I have been told by those selling it that it is 100% cotton. If that is true, will the color remover remove all the different colors on the sweater that way I can dye it blue?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Greg, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, the Color Remover would not be able to remove the pattern to dye is a solid color. The pattern and different hues would show through.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Carolyn Ruby

    I have two bright orange wool flokati throw rugs that I would like to dye. Can I use the Rit color remover on these to remove the orange color? I would be doing it in the washing machine.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Carolyn,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are the rugs made from exactly? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • Celeste

    Can I use Rit Color Remover to make cream fabric turn white

  • Celeste

    I have a cream jumpsuit the is 60% cotton, 35% nylon, 5% spandex, that I would like white or as close to white as I can get. Which Rit product would best help me achieve that best, the Rit color remover or the Rit white and brighter? Please help me!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Celeste, The Rit Color Remover would be recommended. Please keep in mind that it may not be able to turn the fabric to a bright white.

  • donna

    Hi there ,i have a navy blue sofa and I’m wanting to remove the colour to cream .They have a brocade pattern ,no care label ,so unsure of fabric ,but it looks like 100% cotton .How would these go ?,also these would be too big for the stove top method and i have a front loading washing machine .TIA

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, Thank you for reaching out. The front load machine could be used, however, the material will likely not be able to reach a cream color due to the existing Navy Blue and the water temperature in the machine. If you wanted to give it a try, you might split it up into separate loads if possible.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Alicia, The Rit Color Remover would try to remove as much color as possible, so you may need to redye after using the product.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Cynthia, Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover would be the best option to try to remove/reduce color from the material.

  • Courtney

    Hello! I have a dark gray colored bikini top made of nylon and I wanted to know if I can use bleach on it after I have used the color remover or if I should use the color remover again. I used the color remover for 30 minutes as the box said and I got a slightly lighter color. Should I use bleach or use the color remover to get it lighter?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Courtney, We are sorry to hear your project did not go as planned when using the color remover. We do not recommend using bleach because it damages fibers and, once used, there is not a guarantee our dyes will be able to adhere to the fabric. We have emailed you some questions that will help us to better assist you with your project.

  • Marcus

    I dyed 2.5 yards of a rayon/linen blend with Rit’s tangerine dye (hoping for a light peach color). Instead I got a rather bright sherbet. I want to fade the brightness to a more muted tone- how would you suggest I go about doing this?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Marcus, Thank you for reaching out. We would suggest using the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color. The product works quickly, so it may remove too much color and then the item can be redyed. Here is a recipe for peach: https://www.ritdye.com/color-library/color-archive/

  • lily

    hello, I have a 100% rayon white dress with thin navy blue stripes. If I use Rit Colour Remover, will it get rid of the stripes?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lily, Thank you for reaching out. The Color Remover will try and take out the blue as much as possible, depending on what blue dye was used will determine how the color comes out. It may go all out to white it could also go to a faded grey or cream color in that spot.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Lily, Depending on the material the crocheted portions of the dress are made from, the color may or may not remove color. If the crochet portions are made from synthetic material, the color remover will not be able to remove the dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Katherine,
    Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using a stainless steel or enamel pot. Aluminum pots can also be used, but the aluminum can become scratched and pitted from the salt in the dye so using an old pot you no longer care about might be the best course of action in this case. Hope this helps.

  • Cjo

    Hello, I need help. I dyed a polo with rit navy blue and it turned out darker than I expected. Is there any way I can remove the dye ? Or at least lighten it ?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. You can use the Rit Color Remover to remove/reduce the color and then redye. The Color Remover works quickly so it likely would be unable to just lighten it up without requiring the material be redyed.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Nancy,
    Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, Rit Color Remover is not effective on polyester fabric. We recommend using a much darker color then what it currently is, such as our Graphite hue in the DyeMore line. Hope this helps.

  • leslie

    A house guest washed my white towels with denims and they are now a dirty grey. I’d like to use Rit color remover but my HE washer does not have a high water option. Is there any way I can use your product in my washer other than the recommended directions on the package. (i.e.pouring rit color remover just above water level as washer is filling, then adding items to washer after agitation begins) Thank you for your help.

  • Chelsie

    I’m trying to remove color on a chiffon skirt that is currently blue purple almost grape just enough to dye it a wine or cranberry color. What would you suggest for removing and then re dyeing? Thanks!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Chelsie,
      Thank you for reaching out. For the best results when using Rit Color Remover, we recommend using the stove top method. Once you have removed the color, you can get back to us with a picture of the color you are interested in achieving and we can try to create a recipe for you. Hope this helps.

      • Chelsie

        Hey there thanks for your response, I used the dye remover for about 40 mins with no dye removed. Any other suggestions? Should I try again? Longer? Thanks!

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hi Chelsie, What is the fabric content of the chiffon skirt? Chiffon can be made from both natural or synthetic fabrics. Once we have this additional information, we can assist you further. Thanks!

          • Chelsie

            Honestly I’m not sure, it was ordered off etsy and its handmade. The only description was “chiffon.”

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Chelsie, Chiffon can be made of synthetic and natural material,since the remover did not work to take original color out or down after 40 minutes we are thinking this must be synthetic. Remover will not work on synthetic material in taking original color out after 40 minutes you should have noticed a change in color. We suggest using DyeMore for the synthetic material but you will have to over dye the grape color and wont be able to lighten to a cranberry hue. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Rachel, Unfortunately, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in the color remover/hot water mixture and agitated for 10 to 30 minutes. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Amy Diane Holt

    Hi, I made a crochet item using I Love This Cotton, and when washed the purple bled onto the white. I was shocked because I “set” the color with vinegar water as I’d been taught, and that has always worked. Would Rit color remover help me recover my project?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Amy, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, you can use Rit Color Remover to take out the purple, keep in mind this will take out all the color. If you wanted then to dye you can with Rit All Purpose, make sure when you re-dye the yarn is moving constantly around in the dye bath this is what adheres the dye to the material. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Elizabeth,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce as much of the color as possible on the fabric. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kelsey Lozier

    Hello,
    I had turquoise linen fabric, decided to change the color and started with the color remover. I have 5 yards and used 3 boxes of the color remover in the washing machine with a 35 minute soaking/agitation period. Oddly enough the fabric turned medium brown color. I hung the fabric out to dry and after some time in the sun it turned from brown to dark aqua into a light aqua color. Relieved at that point but I still would like to get it to be a charcoal gray. Can you recommend what color mix i can try to achieve a charcoal gray like on page 3 of Favorite Rit Dye Colors? I am sure using the original formula of royal blue and black may need another color to help neutralize the green side of the aqua.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Kelsey, Thank you for reaching out. We have e-mailed you at your personal e-mail address with the recipe and some suggestions for your project. Hope this helps.

  • Davis Cosplays

    Hi I want to fade a pair of grey coveralls 88% cotton 12%Nylon, I just want it a shade lighter, how would I go about this without messing the coveralls up?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello David, Thank you for reaching out. We do have a product called Rit Fast Fade for jeans, this product is to fade, soften and “age” denim in a single application. You can use on jeans, jackets, shirts, over-alls, cover-alls, and skirts. This product can also be done in your wash machine, you only need 1 pack for 1 pair of jeans if you want a more antique look you can use 2 packages. Hope this helps.

  • Philip Sinkaus

    Hello. I know Rit Dye Remover will not work on straight polyester, but my piece of Olive Drab clothing is 35% polyester and 65% cotton. Would this get out enough color out so I could re dye it Khaki? Thanks!!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Phillip, Thank you for reaching out. Yes, the Rit Color Remover will do its best to get most if not all the color out of the material you are working with. Make sure once you have material in the water solution to keep constantly stirring, this will help the Remover get into the fibers for better results. Hope this helps.

  • Summer Thigpen

    Hi, I have a printed comforter that I would like to dye, should I use the color remover before dying it? I believe it is made out of cotton, but I am not sure.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Summer,
      Thank you for reaching out. We recommend using Rit Color Remover before hand to lighten/reduce the existing color to even the hue out before dyeing. Please keep in mind that if the fabric is synthetic, the Rit Color Remover will not work as expected. Hope this helps.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Summer,
    Thank you for reaching out. We do always recommend using Rit Color Remover before dyeing. This will give a more even colored dye hue to the fabric. Hope this helps.

  • http://fanfiction.net/u/5383720/ I don’t want to say

    I want to remove color from a specific area without removing the other colors surrounding that area. How will I be able to do that? Especially if the clothes item is thick and filled with cotton. I’m very picky about correctness of color and I bought something that the designers used the wrong color. (black instead of orange)

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated in order to remove dye. Unfortunately, there is not a method for using color remover on just a section of fabric.

  • Heather

    Hello,

    I have an ugly chocolate brown polyester blackout curtain. I would love to dye it graphite. Will the Rit color remover work on my curtains?

    Thank you in advance.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Color Remover will have a limited, if any, effect on polyester. Usually your only option would be to over-dye the fabric. If you decide to use the Graphite hue we would recommend doubling the amount of dye to guarantee you are getting as dark of a color as possible. Please keep in mind that should the curtains be 100% polyester then they may only be able to reach a dark grey and not a true black. Hope this helps.

      • Heather

        Will frost gray work on my dark chocolate curtains if I over dye it?

        Thank you

        • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

          Hello Heather, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately if you over-dye brown with grey you will only get a darker color of brown the grey will not show through. What type of material are the curtains you are looking to dye?

          • Heather

            It’s Polyester. So graphite will be the best color then?

          • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

            Hello Heather thank you for the response. Yes, Graphite would be the best choice when working with polyester. Let us know if you need further help.

  • Tara

    I had a red juice stain on my carpet and the cleaner I used bleached my carpet so in use rit dye to dye it back to it orginial color of tan but it came brown and reddish yellow.
    What should I do.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Tara, Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes and fabric treatments, such as color remover, are intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and, then, have the excess dye rinsed out. Rit does not recommend you dye your carpet yourself in your home because carpet dyeing is best done by trained professionals using equipment featuring high temperatures and high pressure combined with their proprietary chemicals and surfactants which Rit does not manufacture. Unfortunately, bleach also damages fibers and may keep dye from adhering. You might check with a business that deals with carpeting to see if they might have a suggestion.

  • Patricia

    Hi, I am getting married in a few weeks. My dress is white tulle and I purchase a soft white tulle bolero with appliques to go over the top of my dress. When I received the bolero in the mail and put it against my white dress it looked yellow. Is there any way that I can bleach it to white to match my dress? Thank You!

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Patricia, Thank you for reaching out. When it comes to the material Tulle it can be natural fibers such as silk, nylon, and rayon it can also be made from polyester. If the Tulle is natural than we would suggest using Rit Color Remover to take the yellow color out and bring it down to a white tone. If the material polyester unfortunately our products wont work to take the yellow out. We don’t recommend bleach since it can get down into the material and damage it, once bleach damage occurs there is no turning back. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Lex

    I have a light grey cotton duvet from h&m that I wanted to dye white. I put in three boxes of the color remover and when everything was done the duvet was yellow. What happened? Do I need to put more color remover in? Do I need to add the rit whitener and brightener?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lex, Thank you for reaching out. So the Color Remover did not take out all the color this is why the yellow is left behind. We suggest to try again using the Color Remover and hotter water for the fibers to open up and get the yellow out. For a large load it would require 3 boxes. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Laura Karlin

    Hello, I just used the color remover on a dress made of 55% ramie and 45% cotton. I used the stovetop method for 30 minutes, and it removed almost no color. I would like to take it from its current bright yellow to a very light yellow. Do you recommend using bleaching it instead?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Laura, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as expected. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions. As a note, we do not recommend using bleach on fabric because it is very harsh and damages fibers.

  • Amy

    I have a piece of fabric, scuba knit 94% poly / 6% Spandex and, the white part of the print turned pink with a red item that sneaked into the wash. Would I be able to remove the pink without damaging the print with the Rit Color Remover?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Amy, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately if you use Rit Color Remover it will try and remove all color from the logo. You would not be able to brush on when using Color Remover the item has to be submerged so we would not recommend trying with the logo. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Missy, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately we at Rit would not recommend dyeing this parachute made of ripstop. Ripstop nylon may be waterproof, water resistant, fire resistant, or have zero porosity (will not allow air or water through) our dyes need to be mixed with very hot water and material submerged for 30 minutes. If material is water proof the material will reject our dyes. The other hard part would be to find a bucket or object big enough to hold the hot water (140-160 degrees to activate dye color) and have enough room for the chute to move freely and not be bunched or creased so the dye would take evenly. Sorry for the inconvenience. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Monique, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics, such as polyester. We do not have a means to track if there are international stores that carry our product. In the U.S. we recommend craft and fabric stores. Rit products can be ordered online for international shipping http://store.ritstudio.com/?utm_source=Techniques&utm_campaign=ShopNow Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello Susannah, Thank you for reaching out. Yes 3 packages per large load would work for you in the wash machine if needing to do extra large loads we would suggest using 4 boxes, the Remover will try and take the yellow completely out. If you have any other questions please let us know.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Nancy, Rit Whitener & Brightener is used to remove stains and brighten colors in place of bleach. It should not reduce the color of the fabric. We have sent you an email to gather some additional information so that we can assist you further.

  • Audrey Lotchuang

    Hello my name is Audrey and I would like to know if this work on a sheer lace that I died using the rit fabric dye. I simply want to lighten the color

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Audrey,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will try to lighten/reduce as much of the fabric as possible successfully. Please keep in mind that it needs to be watched carefully or it may remove more of the color then you are wanting. Hope this helps.

  • Penny

    Can this product be used as a spot treatment to remove a dye-transfer stain? I have a yellow dress (viscose/nylon blend) that picked up dark blue dye (not indigo) from another garment on the way home from the laundromat (both were wet, going home to line dry). Oxygen-based stain remover has taken much of it out, but there are still a lot of blue-green splotches.
    If spot treatment is not advisable, do you suppose I could completely remove the dye from the whole dress and dye it yellow all over again? It’s ruined as it is, so I’ve got nothing to lose here.

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Penny, Thank you for reaching out. Our Rit Color Remover is not for spot removing the item needs to be submerged in in a water mixture and agitated to help take stain out. This will take out the yellow as well but you can go back and dye the dress the color yellow you would like. You can find step by step instructions here: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/ . The material you are working with should have no problems being natural material blend. If you have any other questions please let us know.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hello, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. We would suggest checking the fabric care label to ensure you are using the correct dye line for your project. Color remover would not be required since you just want to darken the same color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Lisa

    Is this safe to use while pregnant?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hello Lisa,
      Thank you for reaching out. All Rit Products are non-toxic and so they are safe to be around when pregnant. Hope this helps.

  • Maddy

    I have a pair of black corduroy pants that I would like to be a cool purple. Last time I used the color remover on a black piece it turned yellow-ish. Is there a color to dye on top to cancel out the yellow or should it be just fine if I dye it the color I want?

    • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

      Hi Maddy, We would recommend using the color remover a 2nd time to try to get the fabric to an off-white shade. If the fabric is a yellow color, the purple would mix with the yellow to create a new color. Rit color remover works best on the stove top where you can maintain the hot water temperature. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://ritstudio.com RitDye

    Hi Renae, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover works on naturals fabrics to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. We do not offer a product that will take fabric to white. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Amber, Rit color remover is recommended for use to remove dye and stains from fabric. We cannot guarantee that it would be able to remove an ink stain. When dyeing fabric that has a stain, the stain would still be visible. You might consider dyeing the bag using a color that is close to the color of the ink stain so that it is less visible. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Heather

    I have a large, black wool/felt hat and I need to make it very red. Would this product combined with Rit dye work?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Heather,
      Thank you for reaching out. We would recommend using Rit Color Remover. Please keep in mind that black is a difficult color to remove. You may only be able to get it to be a grey hue even after lightening. You could then dye over it however, the colors would blend giving an un known hue. Hope this helps.

  • Debra

    I want to dye my sofa slipcover gray. (Slipcover is currently a dark sand color) I used the Rit Color remover first. However all of the pieces came out slightly different shades of khaki. Will I need to adjust the amount of dye I use acccording to the lighter-darker shades? Or should all the pieces turn out the same color after dying? I have already used 25 boxes of color remover, with multiple attempts, so I don’t really want to keep trying to get them all the same shade.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Debra, We are sorry to hear your dyeing experience using Rit color remover did not go as planned. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jacob,
    Thank you for reaching out. There is no way to prevent the remover from removing the color from one part of the shirt. The Remover is meant to be used in very hot water with the fabric being completely submerged and continually agitated. Please get back to us with additional questions.

  • Corbin Moon

    Is there a toner that one can use after colour remover, to get a truer white?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Corbin,
      Thank you for reaching out. Color Remover is our most effective product for lightening/reducing the color on fabric. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Jacob, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a dyebath and agitated. Unfortunately, we do not have a method that would allow the color remover to partially remove dye from a shirt.

  • AJ

    Will your color remover turn cotton khaki pants into a white/cream?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover will try to remove as much of the dye as possible. It will try to take the fabric back to an off-white of cream color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Cindy O’Brien McCrory

    Can I put it on top of a rug to fade the rug color?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Cindy, Rit color remover works quickly to remove dye from natural fabrics. We would recommend checking the fabric care tag on the rug as the color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a mixture of hot water and color remover. It would not successfully remove dye if applied to the top of a rug. Should use wish to experiment lightening the color, once the rug is in the hot water mixture, you will want to watch closely and remove the rug as soon as the color lightens. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Cynthia, Rit color remover tries to remove all dye from natural fabric to include the original color. Unless the shirt is made from synthetic fabric, color remover would not be recommended. You might try searching the internet to see if there might be a product that can be used to remove dye that bled. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • a.i. key

    i dyed cotton leggings with rit dye for a halloween costume, i then bleached some stripes onto it then used a marker to make red stripes on top of the white, when i put them into the dryer i guess i did not clean the dryer well after dying something else brown. it made marks on the leggings. would this product remove all the colour from the leggings making them white again so i can start over?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. The color remover will try to remove as much dye applied as possible to take the leggings back to an off-white shade, however, it may not be able to remove the stripes applied by the marker. Also, when bleach is used to remove or lighten fabric color, it damages the fibers. These damaged areas may not dye. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Ana Teresa Dones

    I have some green overalls with camo print on them. 98% cotton, 2% spandex. I used the stove top method and the immediate reaction was the fabric lost the camo print, and turned a bright leafy green. I cooked it for 2 hours, and no further changes occurred. I got upset so I put in the second packet I bought and cooked for another hour. After nothing happened, I shut off the heat but left the whole thing on the stovetop over night and went to bed. I checked it this morning and still nothing. I’m pretty sure my pot isn’t aluminum but since it’s not new, I don’t remember. Could this have negated the reaction somehow? Do the packets expire? Should I drop more money on more attempts? Also, I’m trying to lift as much of the dye and get as close to white as I can. I am aware it won’t go to true white

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as planned. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Steph, Rit color remover tried to remove as much dye as possible from natural fabrics. It is intended for use to take fabric back to an off-white or cream color and prepare it for dyeing a new color. It can be used to try to remove the dye that bled onto white items. If it is used on your silk, beige outfit, it will also try to remove as much of the beige color as possible. You stated you washed the items using color water. Color remover requires very hot water to activate and successfully treat fabric. For this reason, we would recommend checking the fabric care tags to ensure the items can be washed in very hot water. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Alyse Kelsey Griffin

    Last night I used the Rit color remover to lighten a dark navy overcoat in order to redye it more of a dark royal blue. It worked well and lightened it to a nice grey blue color with the exception of some blotchy spots on the tails of the coat. Should I do another round of color remover to try to remove these spots or is it okay to go ahead and dye it now since I am aiming for a decently dark blue color.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Alyse, We would recommend another treatment of the color remover. A blotchy color result generally occurs when there is not enough water for the fabric to move freely, or, the fabric is not constantly agitated/stirred. If you were to dye over the blotchy color result, all fabric accepts the dye evenly, therefore, the color result would remain blotchy. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Alyse Kelsey Griffin

        Thank you for the response!
        My main concern would be that the part where the dye easily lifted would continue to lighten and the darker blotches would still remain darker. Is this a possibility?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Alyse, The color remover tries to remove as much dye as possible from fabric. If you use plenty of water for the fabric to move freely and constantly agitate, the color result should be an even shade. Hope this helps!

  • Ricky Cunningham

    Hi i just tried to lighten a purple cotton shirt and it instatly turned it orange. I used the stove top directions and followed them completely. I dont understand how this happened.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Ricky, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as planned. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Nicole,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover is not able to completely remove patterns on fabric. Please get back to us should you have any additional questions.

  • http://www.ritdye.com ASM

    Can I use one box of Color Remover to successively remove the color from 3 or more garments (cotton cardigans), instead of putting them all in at once? Does the solution lose its strength of change its chemical composition as the color removing process progresses?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will lose its strength just like dyes when being used. If you wanted to remove the color from multiple items then we would recommend using different hot dye remover baths if you do not want to do them all together. Please keep in mind that the Rit Color Remover works very fast so we recommend watching it carefully. Hope this helps.

  • lasttoknow

    I have some light green zippered cushion covers, 2 seats and 2 backs. I would prefer to have these a tan. Will your color remover be able to get these tan, or do you think it will make them too white? I would have to use the top washer method as even one piece would be too large for any stove top. If they fit could I do all 4 at once, or would be best to do 2 at a time. Obviously I want them all the same color. I’m not all to picky and shooting for an exact color. Just in the general area of tan rather than green is my objective.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. What does the fabric care tag state the covers are made from? We can better assist you once we know the material you are working with. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Preston, Unfortunately, there would not be a way to ensure the logo would not by effected by the color remover, nor ensure the logo would not take on any dye. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Karen,
    Thank you for reaching out. What does the fabric care tag state the covers are made from? We can better assist you once we know the material you are working with. Please get back to us at your convenience.

    • lasttoknow

      Unfortunately, this appears to be very well done custom covers. Could not find tags of any kind? Very nice fabric but no way to no what it is made of. Is there someway to do small test? Or just go ahead and do it and see if it works?

      • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

        Hello,
        Thank you for reaching out. With out knowing the fabric content there is no way to know if the Color Remover will work on the covers. If the covers are synthetic, like polyester, then it will not be able to lighten the color as the remover has a limited to no effect on most synthetics. If the fabric is a All-Natural fabric such as cotton, you may only be able to achieve a light green with the remover, in which case you can then dye it a color of your choice. Hope this helps.

        • lasttoknow

          But am I correct that if I try the color remover and it turns out fabric is polyester, then it won’t work much, but it also won’t damage fabric? Is that correct? So basically just try it and if it works it works and if it doesn’t then have to come up with another plan.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Karen, What does the fabric care tag on the slipcover that it is made from? Once we know the material you are working with, we will be better able to assist you. Thanks!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Karen, Thank you for providing the additional information. Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Unfortunately, since the fabric contains a high percentage of polyester, it will not be able to take the covers back to an off-white or cream color.

  • Jennifer

    I have a cream colored jacket that got some spots of dye on it. It has some decorations on the jacket that are pink so I don’t want to remove the color from the entire jacket. Is it possible to spot treat the areas that got stained by the dye without removing the color located on other parts of the garment?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jennifer, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that can be immersed in a mixture of very hot water and color remover and agitated for 10 to 30 minutes. Color remover will not be able to successfully remove dye when only applied to dye spots. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Amanda

    Hello! I have a 100% polyester dress that is a medium shade of purple and I would like to attempt to dye it white but have no idea where to start or if it is even possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you thank you!

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Chris, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear that your project did not go as planned. So that we can further assist you with your project, we have emailed you some questions.

  • Myriam

    Hello, I bought a lace dress and on the internet it looked white but in the end it turn out dark beige. I was wondering if with the Rit dye remover it would be possible to whiten it?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Myriam, Rit color remover will try to remove as much dye from natural fabric as possible to take it back to an off-white shade, but is not able to take fabric to white. The color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics, therefore, we would recommend checking the care tag on the dress to ensure you are able to use color remover. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

      • Myriam

        It’s made of cotton (70%) and nylon (30%), would you recommend me to use the Rit color remover for those fabrics?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hello Myriam,
          Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will work nicely to help lighten/reduce as much color as possible from your Cotton/Nylon blend fabric. Hope this helps.

          • Myriam

            Thank you!

  • Jenny

    Hi, last night I put a load of clothes to wash and by accident a pair of red shorts stained majority of the clothes… Is there a way that Rit color remover will take the stains away?

    (By the way the load was mostly colored clothes and some white)

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Jenny,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will try to remove all of the color from your fabric. We do not carry any products that would remove the bled on color and not the original. Please get back to us with any additional questions you may have.

  • Rachel

    I want to dye my boyfriend’s electricians pouch, but I’m not sure what type of material it’s made out of so I’m not sure if it will work. It’s black so I’d have to use your dye remover first. Secondly, there are many steel pieces on the pouch so I’m worried that the dye/dye remover will affect them? The pouch looks like this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/972d25aa07ad041b2a3cde7582d4aee02536b91480313794a5ad32205b2b00b0.png

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Rachel,
      Thank you for reaching out. Please keep in mind that we have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully.
      Knowing the fabric content is also important when using Rit Color Remover as it will not be able to effect most synthetic fibers. If the belt is starting off black, then there may be a limited amount of color removed even if it is made of an all-natural fabric. Rit Color Remover will not be able to harm the metal on the belt but our products do require a very high amount of heat to activate and dye the fabric correctly. This may effect the metal depending on what the care tag states. Hope this helps.

      • Rachel

        Okay, thank you! So do you think that maybe just painting it would be an easier/better option?

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Rachel, When Rit all-purpose dye is used to paint onto fabric, we recommend wrapping the fabric in plastic wrap and microwaving for 2 minutes to help heat set the dye. Since the pouch contains metal, it cannot be microwaved. It also would be very difficult to achieve and even color result if the dye was painted on due to the number of pockets involved. So sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Izzy

    Hi, I’m trying to dye a pair of khaki pants to a dark green color. Should I use the color remover prior to dyeing them green?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Izzy,
      Thank you for reaching out. Yes we do recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/
      Hope this helps.

  • Brianna Logan

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e0a4aaecc2b0d30512ca1617709d0586fe84bd91189ee096e0533d8b7d588a5.jpg Hi! I recently dyed a khaki colored jacket with hopes of getting it a dark emerald green. The results were more of an army/olive green. I’m guessing the original color had too much yellow in it. Now, I am using color remover to reverse the green dye job and hopefully getting it light enough to get to my desired color. The color remover does not seem to be lightening it very much. Will a 2nd color remover bath with fresh water lighten it further? And do you have any suggestions on what color dye to use to go from an olive green to a deep emerald green? Thank you!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Brianna,
      Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric is the jacket made from? What temperature of water did you use for the color remover dye bath? How long was it in the color remover? Please get back to us so that we may better assist.

  • http://themsthebooks.tumblr.com Taylor

    Will the color remover be able to remove stains from a sharpie marker?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Taylor, Rit color remover is able to remove some stains from fabric such as fruit juice, ketchup, tea and rust. However, it would be an experiment to see if color remover would be able to remove or lighten the stains from a sharpie marker since it is a permanent marker.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Kate, Rit color remover will try to remove as much of the dye as possible. When fabric has a pattern such as a print or stripes, Color Remover will not remove the pattern. The pattern will likely show through whether using color remover, or, if the pattern is dyed over. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Eleanor

    Hi. I got a tulle and satin dress for my rehearsal dinner and thought it was going to be blush pink. It’s cotton candy pink. Would color remover work this fabric?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Eleanor, Rit color remover is intended for use on natural fabrics and will try to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. Color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Tulle can be made from either natural or synthetic fabrics, therefore, we would recommend checking the fabric are tag on the dress. Color remover works quickly to remove dye from fabric. If you are able to use color remover and would like to experiment lightening the color of the dress, we would recommend watching the fabric closely and pulling it out once the color has lightened. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Sky, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric. If you are working with plastic that was dyed using Rit all-purpose dye, Rit’s color expert has suggested starting with laundry detergent and hot water. If Rit DyeMore, our new synthetic dye, was used it may not be possible to lighten the color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Jan, Rit color remover is intended for use on fabric that is able to be immersed in a mixture of very hot water and color remover and constantly agitated for 10-30 minutes. Unfortunately, there is not a method where color remover would be able to remove dye that bled onto carpet. You might check with a business that deals with carpeting to see if they might have a recommendation.

  • Riner

    I have a high efficiency washer, is there a different set of directions for using this type of washing machine with the RIT Laundry Treatment Color Remover? (I have a white jacket that is now pink due to washing with a red fleece, trying to dye back to white).
    Thanks for the help!

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Riner,
      Thank you for reaching out. If your machine is low water, then we would recommend trying a different method for using the Color Remover. Our products are meant to be used by completely submerging the fabric in the hot dye remover bath and agitated for 30-60. Most high efficiency machines continually rinse out the water from the drum which also removes the treatment. Using the stove top method is a good alternative. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Danny, Rit color remover works very quickly to remove dye from fabric. Lessening the amount of color remover used in the hot water mixture would not effectively remove the dye. If you would like to experiment lightening the color of the fabric, we would recommend using the amount of color remover listed for the method you choose to use and, then, once the fabric is in the mixture you will want to watch it closely and remove it as soon as you see the color has lightened. The color will dry lighter. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Diana, Rit color remover would try to remove as much dye as possible and try to take the fabric back to an off-white or cream color. You might check to make sure the cover has not been treated with a water or stain repellent finish, which would interfere with the process. Rit offers instructions for tie dyeing using a squirt bottle https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-squirt-bottle-method/ or bucket method https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/creative-techniques/how-to-tie-dye-using-the-bucket-method/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Rasheida Smith

    Hello, I am interested in customized color. Please direct me to the right department.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Rasheida,
      Thank you for reaching out. You can send your request to: colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Please make sure to include a photo or pantone number of the color you are interested in achieving and the fabric content of the material.
      Hope this helps.

  • Tabitha

    Hi, I have 5 yds of raw silk and 3 yds of brushed silk that I need to remove color from so that I can redye them the same color. I’m very concerned about ruining the fabric. If I test a small swatch will it give me accurate results for the whole pieces of fabric?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Tabitha, Thank you for reaching out. Normally, we recommend checking the fabric care tag on an item to see if an item can be washed in very hot water. Would it be possible to contact the fabric store where you purchased the fabric for washing instructions? Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee testing a small swatch of fabric will achieve the same result as a larger amount of fabric.

  • Candice Hopper Singleton

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ec18ceda3c9e3cd95d194e15dd82ec343a90b964201796d57c99bb7dfa7fcec.jpg Hello,
    Please help!!!!
    I ordered a bedskirt off of eBay. It came with huge brown/yellow dingy stains. I have washed and presoarked it until I have no more hope left. The stains are not budging!! Can I color remove the bedskirt and dye it back. With the color remove the stained areas? I tried to upload a picture but it it’s not allowing me to do so. Please help! I love it and don’t wanna throw it away. It has a Lace overlay on a cotton mix.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Candice,
      Thank you for reaching out. Does the fabric tag state what type of material the lace is made from? What are the care instructions for the item? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

      • Candice Hopper Singleton

        Face: 66% Nylon 34% Polyester
        The lining/platform: 89% Polyester 11%cotton

    • Candice Hopper Singleton
      • Candice Hopper Singleton

        It says:
        Face: 66% Nylon 34% Polyester
        Lining/platform: 89% polyester 11% cotton
        Care instructions state dry clean only.
        I have washed several times however and has held up well:/ I was desperate.
        Amy help would be much appreciated

        • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

          Hi Candice, We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics. Since the fabric contains a high percentage of synthetic material, DyeMore would be the recommended dye to use. Unfortunately, when a fabric care tag states dry clean only, the very hot water required to activate DyeMore and successfully dye fabric may harm the fabric and cause shrinkage: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/ We see that you entered your inquiry under Rit Color Remover. If you are inquiring about color remover, it is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Dona

    Hello, I have charcoal grey curtains that are made of a polyester blend. My goal is to change the color to a wheat/beige. Will the Rit color remover work?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Donna, Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from polyester and other synthetic fabrics. Unless the curtains contain less than 20% polyester, it will not be possible to lighten the color. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • http://www.ritdye.com Jordan Lehnhof

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  • http://www.ritdye.com Jordan Lehnhof

    I have a rayon orange and brown striped sweater that I want to overdye. I already have the dye and could do it right now – if I don’t have to go get color remover 😉 Since I hope to darken it, is it possible overdye it navy or burgundy without color remover? I know the final color will be harder to predict if I overdye instead of removing the color first, and that’s okay, but if I use enough dye, will it go dark enough on rayon fabric to tone the brown to a burgundy-brown or will it likely just stay brown?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jordan, Thank you for reaching out. Depending on the shade of brown, it would be an experiment to see how the brown color might be altered when dyed over using using burgundy or wine. This same issue applies to dyeing over orange. Scarlet can be used to successfully dye over orange. Ideally, color remover would be recommended and you could then dye the sweater the color of choice. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Marian

    I tried to remove th3 color from pàle green silk curtains . they are now a pale peachy color. I would like to make them light blue, any suggestions?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello Marian,
      Thank you for reaching out. Please e-mail us a photo of the color you are wanting to acheive and the fabric type. We can then create a custom recipe for you. You can send your request to: colorformula@theritstudio.com
      Hope this helps.

  • Jackie

    I have a pair of light blue denim jeans that were stained light pink in some areas due to a laundry mishap. If I use Rit color remover, would it be possible to remove the pink dye stains while maintaining the denim color of the jeans?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jackie, The Indigo dye in jeans is resistant to the color remover. Rit Color Remover is a reductive type bleach which chemically transforms or dissolves the Indigo into a soluble form. When the Rit Color Remover is rinsed from the jeans, the soluble Indigo dye is oxidized back to its original insoluble form and the color is still there. We cannot guarantee the color remover will be able to remove the pink stains, but it is the correct product to try. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Autumn,
    Thank you for reaching out. What type of fabric are you working with? Please get back to us so that we may better assist you.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Joyce,
    Thank you for reaching out. We have two different dyes to choose from, depending on the material. Our original dye, all-purpose Rit, dyes natural fibers well, such as cotton, rayon, ramie, linen, silk or wool. Our new synthetic dye, Rit DyeMore, dyes polyester, nylon, acrylic, acetate, and many plastics, like ABS and poly-based plastics, beautifully.

    Since your fabric is polyester, you would need to use our DyeMore line of dyes.
    https://store.ritstudio.com//rit-dyemore/
    DyeMore requires to be used on the stove top.
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/dyemore/
    Color Remover will not effect polyester. Over dyeing is your only option however, it is always an experiment. There is no way to know exactly what your outcome will be since the original color and the new color will blend to create a unknown hue. It also depends on how the fabric will take the dyes as every fabric takes color differently. Should you decide to dye, we would recommend using the darkest color possible. Doubling the amount of dye being used can help ensure that you get the darkest shade possible and it will help to conceal the original color more. Please get back to use with any questions.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Debbie,
    Thank you for reaching out. Rit Color Remover will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. You will not be able to get the full amount of red out however, you will be able to lighten it enough to dye it a darker color. For best results, we recommend using the stove top method for removing the color since heat is very important. Hope this helps.

  • Kathryn Myers

    Can you use this to simply remove the color from a 50% cotton 50% polyester item?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Kathryn, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from polyester and other synthetic fabrics. It is hard to say what color would be achieved if you used it on the blend. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Laura,
    Thanks so much for reaching out. Our Rit Color Remover would try to remove all color from the material including the original coloring. We would recommend looking into a product made by Carbona that is called Carbona Color Run. Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi, Thank you for reaching out. We are sorry to hear you have lipstick stains on your clothing. Rit color remover is primarily used to remove dye from natural fabrics, however, it also can remove many stains. You might try the color remover to see if it would remove the lipstick stains. We also have a pre-treatment called Rit Super Stain Remover: https://store.ritstudio.com/laundry-and-dyeing-aids/liquid-dye-8-oz-stain-remover/. This stain remover is able to remove tough stains such as grease, gravy, ketchup, crayon and other stains and may work well on lipstick. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • Trish

    Hi, I have an off white dress. Will this product be able to turn the dress white?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Trish, Thank you for reaching out. Although Rit color remover is used to remove dye from natural fabrics, it is not able to take fabric to white. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • PJ Martin

    I have dyed some silk crepe too dark of muslin color and need to remove the color to get closer to the correct color. I have an 80 gallon dye vat and have color remover in the 5# jug but am having trouble converting boxes of remover to gallons of water needed. The lid of the jug has incremental markings inside, what are they measuring and how many of those lids do I need for that much water. I am removing color from 48 yds of fabric.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out. You will need to weigh out your fabric in order to know how much color remover to use. Once you know the fabrics weight, you can then estimate that you would need to use 2.5 Tablespoons per pound of dry weight fabric. That will go with 3 gallons of water per pound. Please keep in mind that we recommend boiling the needed water before adding it to the dye vat since our products are heat activated. Typically we do not recommend doing more then 8 pounds of fabric at a time as it can bunch up and become uneven. Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.

      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/

      Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Jaymee

    Hi I just tried the color remover using the stove top technique on a 100% cotton shirt and the light purple color did not change at all. The water turned very yellow and it created a very unpleasant and strong chemical smell. Did I do something wrong?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Jaymee, We are sorry to hear your project did not achieve the color result you intended. We have emailed you some questions that will help us to better assist you with your project.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jason,
    Thank you for reaching out. Should you decide to try and dye the fabric another color, we recommend using Rit Color Remover. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing. No matter what color the fabric ends up, the new color may be slightly effected. If the color ends up a much lighter shade, then you should be able to dye the fabric almost any color of you choice.
    Please get back to us with any additional questions.

  • Sandra Mead

    Hi last year I dyed my off white, cream sofa covers to a taupe colour. Unfortunately the sofa is in the conservatory and half nearest window with sun coming through has bleached the colour away. Now the cover is two tone. How much Rit would I need to put through the washing machine to remove all the dye from the covers? Appreciate your help. Sand.

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello ,
      Thank you for reaching out. Rit dyes are intended to dye fabric free of stains, wear and chlorine bleach damage. Sun fading or chlorine bleach may remove or lighten the fabric to an almost white fabric – a sign that the fibers have been damaged. These damaged areas will not dye.
      Should you decide to try and dye the fabric, now that you know it may not dye, we recommend using Rit Color Remover before hand. This will try to lighten/reduce the color of the material before dyeing, helping you to achieve the most even shade possible should the color take.
      Here are some tips for using Rit Color Remover.
      https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/

      Every bottle of Rit is good for 2 pounds of dry weight fabric. You will need to weigh out your fabric to determine what amount of dye you will need.
      Hope this helps.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Janet, We are sorry to hear your project did not achieve the color result you intended. We have emailed you some questions that will help us to better assist you with your project.

  • Michelle

    Hi I bought some cotton Lycra fabric that was supposed to be white but has a bluish tint to it (over bluing I’m assuming). Will the colour remover take the bluish tint out creating a bright white fabric?

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hi Michelle, Thank you for reaching out. If the tint is the result of bluing, that tint generally wears off over time. Rit color remover is used to remove dye and stains from fabric, but would not be able to take the fabric to a “bright” white. You might consider using Rit White Wash, which is used in place of bleach on white items to remove stains and brighten the color: https://store.ritstudio.com/laundry-and-dyeing-aids/powder-dye-1-1/8-oz-white-wash/ Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • mi-young wiemken

    Hi, I wanted to ask if I’m able to use Rit Color Remover to lighten my black pants made of rayon and redye it to navy blue, if its possible, i wonder how many times i would have to use the color remover again to redye it

    • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

      Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover will successfully remove dye from rayon fabric. We would recommend the stove top method, where the hot water temperature can be maintained, for the best result. Only 1 treatment of color remover should be required. When dyeing a dark color, we recommend doubling the amount of dye. You would want to use 2 packages of powder, or, 1 bottle of liquid for up to 1 lb. of dry weight fabric using 3 gallons of water or the low setting on a washing machine. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, Thank you for reaching out. Rit color remover is able to remove dye from washable woolens. We would recommend checking the care tag on the item for washing instructions to ensure the very hot water required to activate color remover, 140 to 160 degrees, will not damage the fabric. Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hi Steph, Than you for reaching out. Unfortunately, Rit color remover is not able to remove dye from synthetic fabrics. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Brier Holloway

    Hello, i want to fade 18oz black denim in a front washer, i am washing 3 metres at a time. If i just put a little of the colour remover will it only fade the denim a small amount?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Beverly,

    We are sorry to hear about this incident. Unfortunately, synthetic fibers such as spandex are permanently damaged by exposure to the hypochlorite in chlorine bleach. It is important to never use chlorine bleach on synthetic fibers. Color-safe non-chlorine “oxygen” bleaches, based on peroxide or perborate, are also suitable for use on spandex. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Bobbin,

    Please refer to this chart we will provide: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Eitan Mayer

    My white cotton shirts got washed with red paper napkins and are now pink. Will your “Rit Color Remover” get me back to white? If not, do you have another product that would work?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Sallie,

    Our dyes are meant to darken. We will suggest for you to use our Rit Color Remover and take the fabric to an off white and or cream color and start the dye process again. We also suggest to use less dye and more water to obtain a lighter color. Here are some tips to help you use our Rit Color Remover:
    https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this helps you!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Anette,

    We hope your having a great Thursday! We would recommend using our Whitener Brightener. Rit Whitener & Brightener safely whitens whites and brightens colors without bleach. It’s ideal for whites with colored trims and safe for all washable and colorfast fabrics, including cotton, polyester blends, rayon, nylon, linen and silk. Add Rit Whitener & Brightener with your detergent to keep fabrics their whitest and brightest. Hope this helps you!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello,

    We hope your having a great Thursday! Our Color Remover with removes any color that it come in contact with including printed fabric. Reason behind this is because in order to use Our Rit Color Remover you’d have to submerge the entire fabric in order for it to remove color. Hope this helps you!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Jimena,

    We would suggest to use Our Rit Color Remover to bring the fabric back to an off white color and start your dye process again. This time using less dye. Here are some tips to help you with our Rit Color Remover: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Mel,

    We have sent an email to the email provided here.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Sofie,

    Our Rit Color remover will make a patch in the fabric. In other words the method of using a tooth brush will not be effective because it will lighten that area tremendously compared to the rest. You’d have to re dye the whole fabric again.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye
    Sara

  • Kitty delamere

    Hi, I have some black 100% polycotton curtains which say ‘dry clean only’ is there any product you do that I can use to lighten these in order to dye them a more colourful colour or do I need to just buy new curtains?? Thanks, kitty

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Carole,

    Rit Color remover works effectively in hot water not cold. Hope this helps!

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • felix1999

    I have white towels that are fine. They have pretty embroidery on the bottom – bath, and hand towel. I would like to DYE the towels ivory without affecting the pink and red flower embroidery? I don’t want the flower embroidery affected. I was wondering if not letting it soak LONG could turn the WHITE part of the towel ivory and not affect the embroidery.

  • Mackenzie Halford

    I have a light green shawl that’s made out of acetate. Will the colour remover work to turn it white/cream?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Elaina,

    We recommend using our Rit Color Remover. Here is a helpful video to guide you: https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/the-basics/rit-color-remover/. Next time you attempt to dye the lace again, use less dye more water.

    Thank you,
    Rit Dye

  • Gaelpunk13

    Hi! I just used 2 packets of color remover on a 100% cotton, blue denim jacket. It took out all of the blue dye (turning it to a light yellow-green color), but when I rinsed it in hot water, the denim somehow turned blue again — like magic! — and now it’s even bluer than before! How is that even possible???

  • Marlene B

    I hand washed a white wool sweater with a brown “college letter” on it. As the sweater dried the brown from the letter bled into the white. Can I spot remove the discolored area by hand? Is there a “white” dye that could work?

  • http://www.EndTheProblem.com/ Jacqui Olliver

    Hi, does this remove color dyes from merino wool?

  • http://www.ritdye.com Kim R

    Misread bluing agent directions and poured 24 times the strength (diluted somewhat with water) onto white cotton items in the rinse cycle, resulting in blue splotches on every article of clothing. Would the RIT dye remover work?

  • Poonam Ghimire

    I want suggestion regarding my clothes, last night i washed my 3 red tshirts 4 white tshirts 6 skyblue jeans and 4 black pants and 6 dresses but i was not aware there was a ROSS green cloth tag, from which dye came out and all my dresses were spoiled into green. I have tried everything and anything still i got zero results all the dresses are damaged I don’t know what to do or how to remove that dye please help me with this.
    Thank you

  • Lex Pena

    Hey. I washed my white t shirt and it came out with pink spots. Will rit color remover still work even if my white t shirt has a black stripe on both sleeves. Will it remove the black ? The black stripes are different material and seems printed on. It’s like kinda hard. Thanks

  • Kaitlyn Svatos

    I have a shirt with white sleeves which have turned pink from the washer and the rest of it is black, if I use the color remover on the whole garment will it ruin the black as bleach would? Or if I put the color remover on the sleeves will it bleed onto the black and ruin it?

  • carol cooper

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62f9c812ee3d9284eada6875007b4c29b4c98b098d5e2a1602322ad49adbe14c.jpg Hi, I want to revamp my 95% cotton, 5% flax couch’s slipcover. It’s got a pale peach background with rose and sage-colored flowers, and a bit of violet. Will the color remover take out all colors evenly, or will certain colors change more? Will it likely go to off-white, or to white? I’d like it to be off-white (or just peach without the flowers), but I wonder if I’ll still see flowers, and to what degree? This will help me decide if I should just remove the color, or if I’ll need to dye it after the color removing. Also, is the color remover septic-friendly? Would a regular size top load home washer be big enough for a couch slipcover, or is larger better? Top load or front load better? Should I use 4 cups hot water per package of color remover, or dissolve all packages I use into the 4 cups? Thanks for the helpful ‘How to Use…” and blog info! Carol

  • Jen Eastwood

    Hi there! I’m in my friend’s wedding in Sept as a “groomsmaid” Since I’ll be the only girl on that side of the wedding party, I thought a jumpsuit instead of a dress would be a fun way to go. The color requirement is charcoal gray and I’m not finding much in that color. I did find a few in other colors and thought dyeing/color removing could be the way to go. Of my three options, the one I like the most is 95% polyester, 5% spandex. It’s black so I figure even if the color remover only lightens it slightly, I still might be ok (or worst case, I re-dye it to black and don’t use it for the wedding). 2nd choice is black, 60% rayon, 30% polyester, 10% viscose and 3rd is navy crepe 94% rayon, 6% spandex. I thought with the 3rd one I might have the best luck actually removing the color since it’s mostly rayon and can re-dye to charcoal but the other styles are preferable. If you have any tips or tricks you can share, I’d love to hear it!

  • Katie

    Hi there. I have a 100% Cotton Embroidery, 100% Nylon Mesh kaftan in the color “natural.” In person it looks like a yellow cream/almost pale tan. I would like to completely remove the color so it is pure white (as white as can be). Is this possible when using Rit Color remover?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Can you please tell me the fabric content of the cushions?

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello! You can use Rit Super Stain Remover first then follow it up with Rit White Wash.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello, unfortunately you are correct the color remover does not work on denim because of the indigo dye that denim is made with you can not remove its color.

  • https://www.ritdye.com RitDye

    Hello Susan, we can not guarantee that if using Rit Color Remover that you will obtain a pure white. As Rit Color Remover is used to remove or reduce color from most fabrics prior to dyeing with Rit Dye. It can also be used as a laundry treatment.

  • Tauz

    Does rit dye remover work on mesh lace? I have some mesh lace I want to lighten up to a light tan nude color it is now a grey brownish color now. I want to make a sheer dress with sequins

  • Kathy

    I have a vertical blind “wrap” that was once white, but some years I had professionally dyed brown. They are a sheer 100% polyester, washable fabric. Since they are rather large and now not brand new, I thought I’d try myself this time. I’d like a soft ivory now, or perhaps just a shade or two darker than ivory. This wrap covers 144″ sliding doors, so is probably 156″ wide x 96″ long, with snaps at the top to snap in each vertical slat, and pockets in the bottom to slip in the slat. What I’m trying to describe is fabric that is probably more than twice the size of the window opening because of the fabric coverage on both sides of the vertical slats. It’s BIG! I thought I’d try your wonderful color remover (love that stuff) in a front loading washer, but don’t completely understand your instructions. After I dilute the color remover, do I pour it through the dispenser for detergent or directly in the machine? The door of my machine won’t open if there’s more than a tiny bit of water in it, so was guessing that it would go through the dispenser. Before I boldly and bravely start this project, I want to be sure I understand exactly what I’m doing. GULP!

 

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