How to Remove the Stains Caused by Bleeding Denim

New dark-wash jeans have an irritating habit of transferring their dark blue dye to anything that rubs against them, whether it's skin, a leather handbag or a light-colored shirt.

Removing Denim Stains from Leather

To make sure that the denim doesn't bleed, wash them before you wear them, and if they are still bleeding, soak them for a few hours and wash them again. If you need to remove the stains, remember that they are dye stains and should be treated as such. .

Mix a little clear liquid dish soap with water.

Dip a clean cloth into the soapy water.

Rub the affected leather with the cloth until the stain is removed. Wring out the cloth if it gets a lot of dye on it and dip it into the soapy water again.

Removing Denim Stains from Clothes

Dissolve a packet of Carbona Color Run Remover, a brand of stain remover, in 4 gallons of very hot water.

Place the dye-stained clothing into the solution and let soak, stirring occasionally.

Rinse the garment thoroughly with water once the stain is removed to remove the color run remover solution.

Things You Will Need

  • Clear liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • Cloth
  • Carbona Color Run Remover


  • If the denim dye stain is minor, try just spot cleaning with the Carbona Color Run Remover powder.


  • Rinse the garment completely after removing the stain to make sure that the Carbona Color Run Remover solution doesn't start removing more than just the stain.

About the Author

Antonia Sorin started writing in 2004. She is an independent writer, filmmaker and motion graphics designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has completed work for the Long Leaf Opera Company, the former Exploris Museum and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.