Bob asked: How do I remove a bleach stain from the top of a white washing machine? We used bleach to remove a stain on the top of our washing machine. It has left a yellowed mark on our machine.
Bleach, a common color remover, also contains a yellow dye. In some cases, especially white surfaces, the dye replaces the removed color. Since unwanted dyes can be removed from most surfaces, this can be fixed quite easily with a high level of success.
You Will Need:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- RIT Dye Remover
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Yellowed Stain:
- The methods required to remove the stain will largely depend on the severity of the stain and what items are available. We will start with the easiest and work our way up.
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are an excellent stain remover, especially for hard surfaces. Simply moisten the sponge with plain water and squeeze to remove excess water.
- Rub the sponge over the stained area. There is no need to apply excessive pressure.
- Rinse with a soft cloth moistened with clean water.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
- If the stain remains, moisten a soft cloth with hydrogen peroxide and rub it over the area. If the stain is severe, pour a small amount of peroxide on the stain and allow it to set for several minutes.
- Rinse again with water and a clean cloth and allow to dry.
- If the stain is persistent, it may require harsher chemicals. Mix the RIT dye remover with a small amount of water to form a paste.
- Spread the paste over the stained area.
- Allow it to set for several minutes, longer if the stain is very yellow.
- Wipe away with a clean cloth and rinse with plain water.
Additional Tips and Ideas:
- To avoid future bleach stains, use the Magic Eraser to remove the original stains on hard surfaces. It is safe for nearly every surface and effective in removing stains of all kinds, old and new.