Need Help with Yellowed Hoodie

Updated on September 07, 2009
B.G. asks from Lizton, IN
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I have a hooded sweatshirt that I LOVE, but it was white and we have hard water. It is now yellowed and I was wondering if there was a way that I could die it a different color or if I should just toss it. It is still in really great condition, it just looks yucky. Thanks for any ideas you may have!

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D.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

If you want it white again, rather than use bleach that will eat at it, use PEROXIDE. Soak it in peroxide. VERY cheap and it DOES make a difference.

If you don't choose that route, why not get some dye and dye or tie dye it!

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L.H.

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Try Mrs. Stewart's Blueing (sp?) in the laundry detergent aisle. It's in a blue bottle with an old lady on it. It's cheap and works wonders!!!!

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S.C.

answers from Fort Wayne on

Get some Iron Out. It should take all the yellow out. I have crazy hard water too. I did a load of whites (t-shirts, socks, underwear) and it took most of the yellow right out. You can use it on clothes that have a design, as long as the design is colorfast. I've started using Calgon water softener in my whites and it's keeping the icky yellows away, for now anyway. Good luck!

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M.S.

answers from Bloomington on

i second the sunshine method-- i couldn't believe how good it works!

i had a bunch of yellow spit-up stained baby clothes and just soaked them for 24 hours in oxy clean, washed them, and hung them outside in the sun. they were still yellow after the wash, but after a few hours in the sunlight they were sparkling white!!!!!!

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D.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hello....wash it again with your reg detergent but also throw in a cap full of "Iron Out" you can get it anywhere and it's pretty cheep. After awhile our whites get that way too....iron out works WONDERS!!Hope this helps!

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R.H.

answers from Indianapolis on

have you tried washing it with iron out in the washer, it takes rust stains out and turned my white bedspread back to white rather than spots of yellow

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K.Z.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi B.,

Try soaking it in lemon juice, then hanging it to dry in the sun.

K. Z.

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B.U.

answers from Indianapolis on

I have read that you can put in cascade in the wash. ;) Seriously! Deal Deal!

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C.C.

answers from Columbus on

You might try washing it with Borax. I'm not sure how it would work with Iron problems but it sure helps keep my colors and whites bright with the terrible water I have. It's only 3 dollars a box and even if it doesn't work for your problems it is handy to have around the house for other things. (Porcelain, stainless steel, carpets, pet odors, along with much more)

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P.R.

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RIT is available even at supermarkets. I would go with a dark color to make sure it takes well.

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M.S.

answers from Dayton on

you could tie dye it!

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K.G.

answers from Cleveland on

B., There's a product called Rit Dye. It can be found at most drugstores in the detergent section. They are dyes for clothes, however there are two that you might try: Rit Color Brightener and also Rit Color Remover. They both work great. I haven't tried the Rit White-Wash, but if it works as good as the others, then it might be your choice. I discovered it when my Mother washed her brights with a red piece by mistake. The color remover took the red out of the load.

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C.D.

answers from Canton on

1/2 c 3% hyrogen peroxide to three cups water. Soak for 30 min before laundering.
RIT dye works for dying, just make sure you follow the directions and clean out the washer afterwards!

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E.W.

answers from Cleveland on

Some oxy products may be able to handle it. Try that.

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S.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

Try Biz first. If that doesn't work, then you can use any fabric dye to make it a new color.

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J.R.

answers from Columbus on

There is a product called iron out - you can make your hoodie white again. I haven't had to buy it for years but you should be able to find it at the grocery store or walmart.

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M.B.

answers from Dayton on

Try Calgon water softner or RLR. These help take minerals and detergent out of the clothes to "keep whites whiter and colors brighter." I think if you dye it you might be disappointed. I've done that, but the thread doesn't always dye too.

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