I am trying to fade the color of this cotton cloth:

Photo of fabric

I tried a hot solution of bleach, but very little color comes out. I also tried paint thinner, xylene, a fairly strong HCL mixture (a.k.a. muriatic acid) solution, and IPA.

Is there something else I can try?

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    What kind of fabric is it (cotton, synthetic, etc.)? Do you know how it was dyed (the thread or the whole fabric)? Please focus and provide details and we can reopen.
    – Erica
    Commented Jul 30, 2019 at 23:13
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    @fixit7 another user added the cotton information. I encourage you to pay attention to details like that to help you get the most useful answers for your situation.
    – Erica
    Commented Jul 31, 2019 at 12:20
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    sorry, voting to close. There is no way to answer this question. Depending on how the cotton was dyed it may be impossible to extract the color. Without knowing how it got there, there is no way to express how to get rid of it.
    – rebusB
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 20:58
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    Use color remover. A product exists for this purpose and is better than throwing completely random products at it for no reason other than you got some weird idea that beer would fade color.
    – Allison C
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 11:48
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    The question is likely answerable, but the bare minimum of research was not done. Color remover is not an obscure or hard to find product; I can find it in any big box store that sells dyes and stain removers.
    – Allison C
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 11:51

2 Answers 2


Depending upon where you live, you could put it out in the Summer sunshine. Might take a while, but sunlight seems to fade everything that I expose to it, including the sunshade fabric which is specifically designed to resist UV fading.


The material was soaked for 2 hours in a bleach solution that had been brought to the boiling point.

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  • Did this work? It is not clear from your answer. It looks unchanged.
    – Joachim
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 17:54
  • It partially worked. The white area in the middle. Not sure why it is not uniformly white ?
    – fixit7
    Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 23:35
  • I thought that was residue :) It seems like the part that did get bleached was the top: was it maybe sticking out of the bleach for a while? Maybe the bleach needs to oxidize?
    – Joachim
    Commented Aug 22, 2019 at 8:35
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    @Joachim The part that got bleached was at the bottom of the bowl where the fabric was soaking. But Allison is right, I might as well buy new fabric in the color I want.
    – fixit7
    Commented Aug 22, 2019 at 17:29

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