|Grey & white striped Armor Lux top. Photo by JoyD.|
|After Bleaching - grey is now pinky beige. Photo by JoyD|
So what part of "do not bleach" did I not understand? I noticed a black smudge on my Amor-Lux grey and white striped long-sleeved top. I decided that I would use one of those bleach pens to just dab it lightly and if the grey bleached out white a bit, I could live with that. Trouble is the bleach turned the grey to a pinky beige colour. So then there was a pinky beige splotch on the grey and white stripes - actually worse that the black smudge that was there in the first place. So what did I do? Bleached the whole thing of course. Now instead of grey stripes, I have pinky beige stripes. I can live with that but I am annoyed with myself for not heeding the manufacturer's washing instructions.
Funny thing is, and it must be my personality type, I began looking for an explanation online after I created the problem instead of looking for a solution for the black smudge in the first place. I do like understanding why something happened.
Bleach takes out stains from certain fabrics, it should not be used as a dye (for a lighter colour).
If you are trying to get "white" by bleaching dark clothing, it probably won't happen. They will lighten but never become truly white. And of course, there's the other explanation of bleaching bringing fabric back to the original colour in the factory.
Always dilute bleach. Straight bleach can damage clothing.
Wear gloves in a well ventilated area when working with bleach.
As far as clothing goes, linen and cotton stand up best to bleaching. However, rayon and some polyesters also can stand up to bleach.
To work effectively, bleach needs to be mixed with warm or hot water.
Never mix vinegar with bleach - the two create a toxic gas. Just click if you need the scientific explanation.
Wool and silk are far too delicate to bleach. It may in fact weaken the fibers to the point of disintegration.There are plenty of sites giving good advice when working with bleach. I'm old enough to have known better. Sigh.