Reversing Bleach Effects
Name: Debbie C.
Date: Monday, September 30, 2002
Is there a way to reverse the effects of bleach? I
accidently spilled bleach on an article of clothing and the color is now
faded. I remember reading an article saying that bleach does not
actually remove the color but rather "alters" it. The article also
contained information as to how to reverse the effects of the bleach. I
thought I had saved it but now can't seem to find it. Any help would
greatly be appreciated! Thank you!
I wish I could offer encouragement. Though I am a chemist, I have no
knowledge of how one might reverse the effects of bleach. Alas, when an
oxidizing bleach (such as Clorox) "alters" fabric dye molecules, it actually
breaks them apart and produces reaction products (fragments) that cannot be
easily reassembled by any common or affordable process that would be
practical. Perhaps another scientist on this forum can assist in locating
the reversal process to which you referred.
It is true that bleaching alters the pigments and dyes used in fabrics.
However, in almost all cases this "alteration" is not reversible. Sorry.
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