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Laundry Tips: How to Keep Cotton from Fading
24 Feb 16 - By TheRazzLine Compilation

Laundry Tips: How to Keep Cotton from Fading

Every wonder how to keep your bright and deep colored cotton clothing from fading? Below you'll find the responses we received from members of TheRazzLine!



How to Keep Cotton from Fading


What helps me a great deal is that I don’t dry many of my best cottons in the dryer, but hang them to dry over the bathtub. I’ve done this for years and it dramatically extends the life of cottons. Mostly I don’t dry deep colors or medium colors, although anything that you want to last a long time without fading or the cotton fraying or breaking down should be hung to dry.

On those I do dry, I rarely use the “hot” setting in the dryer. I usually use Medium and let them go for 45 minutes instead of 30 to make sure they’re dry.

Wash in cold water only, use Woolite, or a green detergent such as Trader Joe's. Buy prewashed if you can, don't dry on gig heat. Hand wash delicates, etc.

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Use cold water, gentle wash cycle, cool drying cycle.

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A cup or so of white vinegar in the wash with your detergent sets the color and helps keep them vibrant. But be sure to run the water, add the detergent and the vinegar let it fill up at least half way--THEN add your clothes. Works great! (no smell as you might expect either.)

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These are things I do and my clothes are usually not very faded... Over time they will fade no matter what - but hopefully this helps some:

Turn clothes inside out, wash in cold water, use LESS soap, use soap free of all dye, perfum etc. Don't wash as often, wear things more often than once unless they smell, are obviously dirty etc., add some salt to the water, flat dry, hang dry, etc - don't use the dryer, don't use dryer sheets if you use the dryer, avoid fabric softener - if you insist - use for towels and sheets only. Hand wash delicate items, and always wash things with like colours only.

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Use cold water, gentle wash cycle, cool drying cycle.

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For the things I want to keep really nice, I do not put them in the dryer. It isn’t necessarily the soap that fades them so much as it is the dryer. I have had huge success with this. It is most definitely inconvenient in the winter time as your clothes will not dry over night, but it will keep your clothes intact both color and form, really. If you can not hang dry them, I would try the special detergents that claim they color guard. I just don’t know how they accomplish this and don’t like added things that I don’t know about on my skin. The skin absorbs everything.

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Wash in cold water always and on delicate. Use organic products with a splash of Woolite.

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I recently went looking for the best laundry soap with out fragrance. I bought a front loading washer and started trying different soaps. My two top favorites are Country Save (invented by the man who invented Elmer’s glue) and Charlie’s Soap - which I now use. Clothes are softer and I don’t use fabric softeners either now. I prefer Charlie’s Soap because you can order directly and any order over $20 is free shipping.
http://charliesoap.com/


I have found another benefit. I use to have some smells linger in my clothes that I could smell when drying them. I just notice the other day that is no longer the case. This soap is the cheapest per load that I have found. I only supplement it with some Arm and Hammer Washing soda If I have a really dirty load to wash. Good luck.

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When they DO fade, you can 'brighten them up' by re-dying them. Michael's has the best price on over-the-counter dyes - tho there are lovely fabric dyes available on-line, too.

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We use Melaleuca products (laundry soap and brightener) that are very gentle but effective.

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No tricks! Just the right products. Use Amway's SA8 laundry supplies. I have been using their laundry products for over 20 years. My black pants still fit and are still black! SA8 Laundry System, features biodegradable products specifically formulated to work together to boost overall cleaning performance for cleaner, whiter, and brighter clothes – guaranteed.

I've found that using a liquid laundry detergent is preferable over powder and rinsing the clothes 3- 4 times (pain in the neck) helps maintain the color somewhat as some of the apparent fading can sometimes actually be residual soap.

Wash in COLD water only and don't mix colors - black if not washed a lot will make other colors darker and kind of old looking...mainly keep the whites separated. No bleach, it makes the white yellow.

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