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I let my son choose some fabric for pants today. I aimed him at cotton duck and he chose red. Bright red. It's 100% cotton and said to have it professionally cleaned. I suspect the suggestion of professional cleaning was to maintain the sheen and to keep it from shrinking.<br><br>
I took it home and started washing. It has been through my front loader, oh, at least seven times on super hot. Most loads have had a bit of soap in them and vinegar in the rinse. It's gone through a two hour soak cycle with lots of vinegar. All loads have had an extra rinse. I bought some Shout Color Catchers and have used nine and they're all still coming out bright red. (it's a dryer sheet-like product you put in the wash that absorbs/collects extra color that gets released into the water)<br><br>
How do I get this stuff to stop bleeding? The one cold wash I ran did not produce as much red runoff but I worry about my husband unknowingly washing the pants in the future and destroying who knows what.<br><br>
Is it possible for fabric to bleed forever? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Salt.<br><br>
I wear a lot of "hippy" type clothing and the dye always seems to run on that stuff for ages... so what I do is put about a cup of salt in a bucket of HOT water and soak the bleeding item in that for an little while. I find it helps set the dye a bit. I keep a bag of cooking salt in the laundry at all times <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
There is something called Synthrapol, which people use when dying fabric that supposedly helps get rid of any excess dye.... that could be something to try if the salt doesn't work.
 

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I'm off to try the salt. My mother keeps recommending Synthrapol but I can't find it locally and really don't want to order it just for pants... Fingers crossed! Thanks!
 

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So I soaked it for three-four hours in hot water and a pound of kosher salt. The soak water looked good, still kind of pink but not cherry Kool-Aid red, and I had hope. I washed it again with super hot water and the discharge water was dark pink again. I'm going to the fabric store tomorrow to find new fabric. Blah. What on Earth would you ever use fabric with this much dye in it for?
 
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