Being a diligent seamstress about pre-washing fabric, back at home I put them in the wash along with a piece of blue fabric which needed pre-washing and a red and white striped top. When I took them out of the machine the dye from the blue had run slightly meaning that the white parts of my two fabric (and stripes of my top) and a darker tinge. No problem I thought, I'll get one of those colour correctors.
Product purchased, I returned home again and put the 2 bits of fabric and striped top into a bucket with warm water and the contents of a sachet of colour corrector. Now I will admit that it suggested you do a colour fastness test, but I thought that since the fabric was good quality cotton and the top has been washed many many times there'd be no problem.
The instructions recommended leaving the items for a couple of hours and stirring every now and then. After half an hour I checked and....disaster:
All three items were ruined, with large areas of the red faded to various shades of orange.
Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - a polka dot, tie-dyed-esque monstrosity
What a waste of time and fabric. I've dried them out to see if any parts of the fabric could be salvaged for other uses but really the discolouration is too widespread. Plus I don't want to look at any of the fabric again. So the fabric will be going in the bag for textile recycling and I'll have to start again.
So let this be a cautionary tale - if you have a similar problem and need to use a colour corrector, please be aware that those products are strong, and start off using cold water just to be safe. Hey, maybe even do the recommended colour fastness test first unlike me - but then how many people do one of those skin tests when they dye their hair?