How to Care for Dark Clothing and Retain Color

Sick of faded black clothing? Here are some tips to help keep your darkest colors looking new.

Steps

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    Always wash dark colors in cold water - it will prevent fading.
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    Use a mild detergent, preferably something made specifically for darks or blacks. (i.e., Woolite Dark) If the fabric is particularly delicate, wash it by hand with cold water and Borax.
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    Never put black clothing in the dryer, it will only make the clothes fade quicker. Instead, hang them to dry.
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    Only wash when necessary, excessive washing causes fading.
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    Avoid kneeling or doing work on your knees while wearing dark color pants. It'll fade out the knee area.
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    Also washing your dark clothing inside out will help avoid fading.

Tips

  • Soak your clothes in vinegar for about 30 minutes, then wash normal (before wearing first time). Color should stay extra long.
  • Avoid spraying perfume directly on your clothing, spray it onto your skin instead.
  • Soak your clothes in Baking Soda and water solution 1 cup baking soda to 5 gallons (18.9 L) of water (most dyes are prepared using an acid solution similar to salt water, baking soda neutralizes the chloride and sets the color) before washing with a mild detergent the first time. Dry as normal. Depending upon the type of dye used, color should never fade.

Warnings

  • Always read the care labels on your clothing.

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Categories: Laundry