An accidental bleaching of color on one spot of your favorite piece of clothes can ruin it forever. But there is hope and help for your favorite garment yet.
Using an eyedropper, homemade dye can be applied and then set once it has dried with heat.
Match the color of your garment with the correct blend of food coloring. Dissolve a couple pinches of salt in the food coloring and stir with a toothpick or a spoon handle. Make sure the salt is completely dissolved and thoroughly mixed in the food coloring.
Before applying the food coloring with the eyedropper to the bleach spot on the garment sandwich the garment between a piece of cardboard or poster board.
The cardboard or poster board needs to be placed underneath the spot. Open the garment and slide your preference in-between. This will keep the food coloring from leaking all the way through the spot onto the material on the other side. The material you are not dying.
Once the cardboard or poster board is in position apply the food coloring using the eyedropper.
Let the food coloring completely dry.
Once it has dried set the food coloring by ironing over it.
To make it easier you can place the garment on your ironing board, slide the cardboard or poster board into position and apply the food coloring so when it dries the garment won’t have to be moved to the ironing board thus saving a step.
The food coloring dye should work to color bleach spots because stains are set with salt and heat. Using food coloring alone will be temporary. If the food coloring does wash out or fade you can reapply it.
If you are unsure about what the color will look like on the garment you can experiment by mixing the food coloring absent of salt. Leaving the salt out of the mix should allow the food coloring to be temporary. You can apply the food coloring to the bleach spot making adjustments in the color if necessary. Afterward, rinse the food color out with cold water and soap if the food color is stubborn. Heat can cause staining.
Remix the color, add salt, stir, apply the color, let it dry and set with heat once you have found the matching or as close to matching color for the garment.
As with anything there is always a possibility of staining even in situations where things that should not stain do. Food coloring is no different.