My 89 year old father lives with us in his own separate apartment that is attached to our home. There was the potential that someone might pop in to visit him, so I went over to his side to do a quick clean...in the clothes I was wearing for the day. Mistake number one.
Favorite black shirt and bleach. Mistake number two!
See it on the bottom right of my shirt. This shirt is soft, flowy and baggy enough where you don't have to suck your stomach in. I was NOT throwing it out!!
I was so mad at myself. I thought for sure when I went to his side to clean it was going to be quick and no harm done. Lol
Couldn't you just cry looking at this.
I remembered an old trick I used on a black sweatshirt of my husbands that was stained with bleach.
I used a Permanent black Sharpie Pen. You can also use the Rub a Dub Permanent Laundry pens. Sharpie makes them too.
Here's the shirt untied and spread out.
Make sure you put something underneath the shirt, because the pen will go through the fabric onto the table.
This is the before spot on the left.
Here's the spot on the right. I put a ruler there so you can see where the original stain was.
I've done this on a cotton sweatshirt, shorts and now this shirt, which is 95% rayon and 5% spandex (feels like cotton t-shirt material though).
The last two times I've done this, I've always washed it with towels or non important things just to make sure the "permanent" is really permanent.
It's worked great so far.
I hope you never have to use this idea, but if you do, you'll be thrifty like me and save your favorite shirt. Sharpie makes so many different colored permanent markers now, I think this might work for all kinds of bleach mishaps. Always test the color first to make sure it matches though.
I found this picture for a 24 piece Sharpie Marker Set. Lots of colors!! Online, most sets seem to be around $20.00. Well worth one shirt I may have ruined.