How to Stop New Clothes From Fading During Washing

Keep the color in your clothes by taking preventative measures to minimize fading.

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So you finally got your hands on those kick-ass skinny jeans you've been eyeing for months. But now you're afraid to wash them for fear the dark blue hue will fade away. Well fear no more, girl! Sure, new clothes sometimes fade the first time you wash them, which makes them lose their vibrant color. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent fading in the wash so your jeans will be rockin' every time you squeeze into them.


Turn the item of clothing inside out before tossing it in the washer or dryer. This will keep the fibers from being as exposed to water and heat, which ultimately lead to fading. And if you hang your clothes on the line to dry, turning them inside out will keep the hot sun from fading the color.


Stick to cold water to prevent fading. Washing your new hot pink sweater in hot water is a big no-no, unless of course you want your sweater to be pale pink rather than hot pink. Excessive heat causes colors to fade.


Choose a gentle detergent and use the right amount. Don't just start dumping in detergent straight from the bottle. Instead, measure it out with the cap according to the load size. Better yet, choose a detergent that is specifically designed to lock in colors and reduce fading.


Give your new garment a salt water soak prior to the first washing. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of cold water. Mix in 2 tbsp. of table salt. Put the item in the bucket of salt water and let it soak for about an hour. The salt water mixture helps to set in the dye.


Skip the dryer, if possible. Putting new clothes in the dryer on high heat will loose the dye bond with the fabric. Instead, dry the clothes on low heat and take them out when they're still slightly damp, or just air-dry them.

Things You'll Need


1.Gentle laundry detergent

3.2 tbsp. table salt



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