Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Laundry Solutions: prevent fading

WOW! great tips from Everyday Cheapskate Newsletter and Mary Hunt. - Tamra (a.k.a. The Frugal Mom)


Five Ways to Prevent Clothing
Colors from Fading


Dear Mary,
Do you have any tips for washing dark colors inexpensively?


Follow these steps and you can wash your dark clothes with the same laundry detergent you use for your whites and brights.

1. Inside out. Washing and drying is tough on the outside surfaces of the items, which causes dark colors to become dull and rough, so wash and dry colored items inside out. If you hang these items in the sun to dry, leave them inside out. Sun is brutal on colors.

2. Cold water. If you want to prevent fading from your colored clothing, wash them in cold water. Detergents have come a long way in the last several years, and most do as well in cold water as they do in hot or warm. The warmer the water, the more likely it is to pull color from the fibers and wash it down the drain.

3. Short cycle. You want colored laundry items to spend as little time as possible exposed to water and detergent. That means no soaking and a short wash cycle of no longer than six minutes. That is plenty long to get those dark items clean.

4. Under-dry. Over-drying can cause colors to fade. Pull them from the dryer or the line while they are still slightly damp.

5. Use vinegar. Add a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle of your bright or dark colors to help "set" the color and to prevent premature fading.


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