Can I remove dark blue color from 100% cotton?

I have a question, I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask, but, I’ll give it a shot. Okay, so I bought some Corduroy fabric that was dark blue, 100% cotton. My local fabric stores were limited on there supplies, and I needed the material to only be a few shades lighter. So, I tried dye remover, since it had worked in the past. I used a test piece but to my surprise, the material turned into a orange with in a few seconds. I tried to think to myself, what could of possibly gone wrong?

Larissa wrote: “Then, the thought dawned on me that the material could possibly been a purple blue? In nervousness of the thought of wasting money I just spent, I took my pre-cut material to soak in some hot water to take the excess original dye off. It lightened up a little bit. To give it that blue hue I wanted, i then dyed the fabric in teal-blue, then hung it to dry. It did in fact lighten it up a bit. but I still need it a bit lighter. I think maybe if I hung it out in the sun for a day or two the fabric might get a little lightened up? Any suggestions? I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your time. =)”

One Response to “Can I remove dark blue color from 100% cotton?”

  1. Dizzylettuce says:

    Dear Larissa,
    It’s all an experiment at this point. You can try the sun-bleaching method if you want – it may work, but I have also found that usually sun-bleaching is not even or completely distributed across the fabric.

    It is very hard to remove factory-dye completely from fabric. Keep going with all your experiments & see what happens! Good luck!