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Why are my Grey colored towels and clothes turning pink / redish color?

It seems as though something is causing my Grey colored towels and clothes to turn a pinkish color over time. It's almost as if something is in my water that is causing my towels to turn colors. What could be the cause of this pinkish hue color that has developed on my towels?

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So you're wondering what are the Causes of your Towels Discoloring?

More than likely this is due to your body wash or acne face wash that contains Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. For instance, OXY facewash contains Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), which will likely turn your grey towels pink or even your blue towels pink. It will likely turn your green towels yellow. Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash contains Salicylic Acid which can also discolor your bathroom towels or clothes in the same manner.

You can get around this problem by just using White bath towels.


I'm experiencing this too! Cannot figure it out.


What's causing my white bath towels turning pink? I wash the white towels with the same colour, or sometimes white towel along.


We are an older couple and our gray hand towels and washcloths started turning pink because of my husband's use of denture cleaners that have bleach in them. He would wipe up small spills and when they got put in the wash even the bath towels would start turning pink in places because of the concentrated bleach. I purchased white washcloths that sit under his denture cup now that he uses just for those little splashes and spills. I throw them in with the white sock load. The new gray towels that I bought a year ago are staying gray now.


I think the pink stuff is the same bacteria that causes your toilet to have a pink ring around it. It grows when the towels stay moist in humid bathrooms​ or just never get to dry adequately before it gets wet again and again. It happened to my towels, and the bottom of my shower curtain. The only way to get it off is to either use a bit of bleach, or use very hot soapy water and high heat in the dryer to kill all the bacteria.


I don't use any body wash it acne but my white towels discolors to pink and my white vest also turn pink after wearing them. There must be a hundred condition or something

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