How to Get a Fabric Dye Stain Off a Purse

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Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent

  • Pre-treatment laundry product

  • White rag

  • Cotton swab

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Color-safe bleach


Always read the care instructions on the inside label or that came with your purse for exact cleaning instructions, and test the cleaners used in a discreet area first, such as on the inside where the fabric is the same as the outside or underside of the purse.


Suede and leather purses should be cleaned with an appropriate cleaner designed for their type.

Clean dye stains immediately for best results.

If you are caught in a rain storm and the dye from your shirt or pants transfers to your purse, do not panic. Try some common stain removal tricks and note that the quicker you act, the more likely you will be able to remove the stain, especially if you get to it before the dye dries.


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Step 1

Dab the stain with heavy-duty laundry detergent, or spray it with a pre-treatment laundry product. Let it sit for about three minutes.

Step 2

Dab and remove the stain with a clean white rag. If the fabric dye stain is still on your purse, proceed to the next step.

Step 3

Soak a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol. Dab the stain and then wipe it immediately with a rag wet with hot water. You can also dab on a little bit of color-safe bleach and then in 15 to 20 minutes, blot the stain with a wet rag.



Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.