How To Keep Colors From Fading In The Wash

How To Keep Colors From Fading In The Wash

Retaining the color on your clothes is no easy task, as over time they tend to lose their brightness and start to fade. However, it's not impossible - there are some tricks you can use to help preserve the color of your favorite clothes, to have them looking as good as new. The first and most obvious one is not to mix dark colors with white or lighter colored clothing, as the colors of the former will run. This OneHowTo article will tell you all about how to keep colors from fading in the wash, so keep reading.

Steps to follow:

To keep clothes looking bright and colorful, a very effective trick is to soak the clothes in water and salt the day before washing them. You should put in 1/4 cup of salt per liter of cold water. Leave the clothes overnight and wash as you would do usually.


Don't forget to read the washing label carefully for each item of clothing, as if any of them run they'll have to be washed separately. Check out this article for some tips on how to stop clothes from running. One very effective method is to soak the clothes in white vinegar and water.


The next day, you can wash your color clothes in the washing machine. But what do you need to do to keep the color intact? Simple. First, turn the clothes inside out - this will preserve the colors and stop them mixing with others. Put the inside out clothes in the washing machine.


The next step to keep colors from fading will be to choose the cold wash option i.e. one that uses cold water, to stop the clothes losing their color. Hot water can cause colors to fade, and so it's not recommended.


A very effective way to make sure your clothes keep their color is to add 1/2 cup of baking soda or 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle. Either product will do nicely. Just don't put them both in at once, as this may have the opposite effect - choose one.


And, of course, use a suitable washing powder for the clothes you're putting in. Try out all these tricks, and prevent colors from fading in the wash once and for all.


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  • Dry your clothes in a shady area. Do not dry them in the Sun as, if they're exposed for too long the color can fade too.
  • Do not fill the washing machine to its maximum so the detergent can get to all of your clothes properly.