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Oh god I think I just ruined all my diapers! I was running a wash while the baby was fussing so I was trying to be quick. Older dd wanted to help so I let her. She must have thrown in one of the prefolds I dyed red yesterday that I hadn't fully rinsed yet because when I opened the washer to check for suds, everything was pink! What do I do????? My entire diaper stash was in that washer and everything is pink. Any household things I could use to get the dye out???? I can't get to a store today because I can't drive. So what do I do? I'm having a panic attack!<br>
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have you tried just soaking in clear water and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing? i know i had some luck with this method with some tie dyed items that the dye didn't set and came right out when the few diapers soaked. hopefully someone else has a better idea.
 

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What an awful feeling! I'm so sorry... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Red dye is beautiful but villainous. But take heart, the dye can't be set that firmly since you obviously didn't have a fixer in the washer too. I'd try soaking and washing with detergent first (but don't tumble dry if the dye is still there). If you're desparate, a little bleach in the washer would probably do the trick, but you might not want to go there... I don't know whether oxygen bleach (Oxiclean or something like that) would be as effective as chlorine bleach, but it might be worth a try. Let us know how it turns out.
 

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Ugh, I don't even HAVE any bleach. I don't use it on clothing or on diapers because dd has sensitive skin. Maybe I'll have dh buy someon the way home from work and just rinse them like crazy. I'm trying a soak in the washer in cold water right now to see if that works because I've already washed twice with no change in the color. Would hot water be any different than cold?<br><br>
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A hot wash would probably be better because, in theory, we wash colours in cold water to keep them from fading and you want to do the opposite. I've done this before with both red and blue. The dye has always washed out after several washings (and dryings). I would wash in hot a couple of more times, but I think over time you will be OK. Sunning them may help too.<br><br>
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dye magnet in the wash, maybe two or three. It should suck the pink out of them. I would wash the red prefold separate from the whites a few times as well. <span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="font-size:large;">RED</span></span> is the worst color for bleeding, it is beautiful but you pay a price for it's beauty. :LOL
 

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I don't know what you can do to get the dye out right now however I do want to say whatever you do DO NOT PUT IT IN THE DRYER OR ALLOW TO DRY ON ITS OWN it will make it set in!
 

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Ugh, after 4 washings the pink is still there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> On the bright side, the rose colored vb aio that we have went through and the aplix is now a slightly lighter pink than the diaper and the inner birdseye and soaker are a light light pink and it's sorta pretty! :LOL But I'm going to keep washing and rinsing and hopefully sun tomorrow when it gets sunny again. That means poor little Sara is being diapered in washcloths and recieving blankets under her wool! On the bright side of that though, I'm practicing flat folds with our recieving blankets! :LOL I'm still keeping the faith that Madyson didn't ruin all our diapers. I'm not angry at her and I realize it was my fault for leaving one on the drying rack. We count on reselling to be able to size up and they won't resellfor much riht now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Back to washing. Thanks all for the suggestions.<br><br>
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