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How to Prevent Colour Fading on Clothes

Here is how to prevent your white clothes from fading:


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How Bright Clothes Can Boost Your Confidence

Want to boost your confidence as well as your white clothes? Find out how to prevent colour fading on clothes & more here!

The clothes we wear can often affect the way we feel. Whether dressing for work, a party, or for a casual event – you might find that wearing bright white or bold colours usually helps to boost your mood as well as your confidence.

Of course, the idea of dressing in bright white is all well and good, but with the effects of weather, make-up, and everyday dirt and dust ­– it doesn’t often stay white for long. So, in this article, we’ll give you the low-down on how to prevent colour fading on clothes, bleaching clothes white – plus, how to feel fresh and confident in whatever you wear.

A washing powder like Surf Superbright is specially formulated to leave clothes dazzling white, meaning you’ll have no worries about wearing your favourite white shirt!

How to Make Clothes Whiter in the Wash?

If you’re unsure how to make clothes whiter, here are a few ways to ensure clothes come out of the wash clean and fresh ­– and what’s more: stay that way!

Always wash white clothes separately! Don’t assume that light or small amounts of colour will be fine when mixed with white, as even these can transfer and make your clothes come out dingy or dull.

Use a brightening washing powder. You might think bleaching white clothes is the only way to brighten them, but using a quality washing powder like Surf Superbright liquid is more than enough. It is specially designed to improve the clarity of white fabric!

Use the right amount of detergent. Using an excess of washing powder won't make your clothes cleaner – remember to read the instructions on the label and follow the correct dosage.

Soak your clothes. If your white clothes are still stained or slightly yellow, try soaking in a diluted mixture of oxygen bleach, or even lemon juice!

Dry in the sun. Still wondering how to make white clothes whiter? Try placing them outside instead of drying indoors – the sun helps to naturally brighten whites.

How to Prevent Colour Fading on Clothes?

If you are unsure how to prevent clothes from fading, here are some essential tips:

  • Turn clothes inside out: Turning clothes inside out before washing helps prevent fading. This is especially helpful for black and dark coloured garments.

  • Use a colour protector like vinegar: Add half a cup of vinegar while soaking to protect dyes from running.

  • Use the right washing powder: Whether washing by hand or in the machine, using Surf Superbright can help keep your clothes bright and dazzling white.

Don’t Forget

Always check the fabric care label before washing, and remember to read the dosage instructions on your detergent, too!

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How to Keep Clothes Fresh?

In hot weather, it doesn’t take long before clean clothes become dirty again. And occasionally, clothes can smell musty before they’ve even been worn – this could be due to a number of reasons, such as damp storage conditions, or even a dirty washing machine.

To avoid this problem, remember to take your clothes out of the machine as soon as the cycle has finished, and make sure they’re fully dry before storing. To clean your washing machine, add some white vinegar into the drum before running an empty cycle on the hottest setting.

Boost Whites & Your Confidence

Once you know how to prevent colour fading on clothes, you are much more likely to stay feeling fresh and confident throughout the day. If you’re reluctant to wear all white – try incorporating white accessories or items into your outfit and see how you feel!

  • Wash your white clothes separately from colours

  • Soak clothes in a mixture of washing powder and cool water to help remove yellow stains

  • Dry clothes in the sun for an extra brightening boost

Find more laundry care tips here.

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