You throw your new favorite red shirt into the laundry and when you pull it out, it looks very similar to a pink rose instead of the well-known vibrant red rose. Whether it’s the first time you washed this particular piece, or it’s been through a cycle or two, garment fading can sadly happen to all of us. If you happen to be guilty of not reading clothing labels or tossing your clothes in the washer with some detergent, then your brightly colored garments are probably suffering. Luckily, we’re here to help you out.
Wash dark colors together
First things first—separate your darks from your lights. Dark clothing tends to bleed color when in the wash. If you’re washing a red shirt with a white button down, chances are good that stark white shirt will be a lovely shade of pastel pink. when it’s done in the wash. To prevent this from happening, keep similar shades of clothes together. Lights with lights. Darker tone with darker tones.
Turn your Clothes Inside Out
Fading and general wear and tear can easily be prevented by turning your clothes inside out before washing. Sadly, to say most people do the opposite, big mistake. The agitation of the washing machine can wear down the fibers of your clothing and since no one sees the inside of your favorite T-shirt, turn it inside out to preserve those fabulous colors and prevent fading.
Read the Care Label
Those pesky tags aren’t just in your clothes to make you itchy and uncomfortable! They are there to let you know how to properly wash your garment. What appears to be a regular old shirt may need to be washed in cold water only to prevent fading. Reading the label will save you a lot of heartache when it comes to your clothes.
Wash clothes in Cold Water
Even if the care label suggests washing your clothing in warm or hot water, laundry detergents have come a long way in these upcoming years. Chances are your detergent will perform just as well in cold water as it will in hot. Cold water drastically reduces color bleeding, extending the colorful life of your clothing.
Do not Over Dry
While it’s easy to let your laundry sit in the dryer for an extended amount of time, it’s particularly bad for dark and bright colored garments. Over drying causes the colors to fade faster. Set a timer and remove your clothes when they are slightly damp. If viable, it’s better to line-dry your clothing. Just remember to turn clothing inside out if drying outside as the sun can also cause fading. Now with that being said let’s put these tips to work during this lengthy quarantine.