We’ve all been there. We go and buy ourselves new clothes and just a few washes later, they already look faded and worn out. Here’s a few tips on how to avoid this and keep our clothes fresh for years to come!
- Reading the care label on your garments is very important when you wash them. Check on the label for instructions that may say to wash only in cold/ warm water or with like colors. The drying labels are also just as important. This may say something like dry on low or air dried. These tags aren’t there just to annoy us, they’re there to help us! If you do not follow these instructions there’s a better chance of your clothes fading and losing their original look and feel.
- If you absolutely have to wash all of your clothes together, be sure to wash them in cold water. Warm water tends to break down fibers, which can cause fading. Warm water also can cause colors to bleed into one another. Choosing a detergent that works well with cold water will also help prevent fading. If you are able to, separate your whites with your darks for better results in the wash.
- Turn your clothes inside out before you put them in the wash. Turning your clothes inside out will reduce pilling which dulls the looks of the fabric. Turning your clothes inside out while you air dry them outside is also important. The sun is a great drying tool but will fade the color right out of your clothing.
- Make sure you are aware of your washer and drying settings. For example, if your clothes are just a little bit dirty, don’t choose the heavy setting. This just adds more wear and tear and causes more fading to occur. Simply just select a less vigorous option which still will wash you clothing but with a less aggressive force.
- Add fabric conditioner to your loads. Fabric conditioner lubricates the fibers of the fabric during the wash cycle so they do not wear down easily. Anything you use to prevent friction will help you in the long run with the fading process. if possible, skip washing and drying as long as possible. Most clothing does not need to be washed every time you wear it. Depending on how the item looks, skip a wash from time to time.
- Simply just adding vinegar to your loads can also be a natural fabric softener and can help colors from fading. If you decide on this tactic, add about one-half cup in each wash. Although it smells bad, the smell luckily goes away in the wash. Adding a half a cup of salt to your garments very FIRST wash can lock in color as well, preventing fading and bleeding during its first wash cycle.
All of these tips can help you save your clothes and keep their color and original look from when you first bought it at your favorite store. Why ruin your favorite clothing garments when you can keep them fresh and new. These tips can also prevent you from feeling the need to keep going out and buying new clothes when your old ones look worn out. Start your New Year off right with the best clothes!
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By: Morgan Hurley