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Protecting Your Clothes From Fading

Find out how you can prevent your clothes from fading.


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Keep Your Clothes From Fading

There really is nothing more annoying than your new bright, colourful garments fading to a dull blur after just one wash, right? Here’s how to wash your clothes to prevent clothes from fading, from the first wash. We’ve put together some easy-to-follow steps to stop clothes from fading and ensure they keep their colourful brightness wash after wash. Say goodbye to faded clothes today; here’s how:

How To Wash Clothes Without Fading?

Keen to know how to stop clothes fading in the washing machine? We’ve got a few hacks to try at home that will help you prevent clothes from fading fast. They’re easy to do and only require a few extra steps in your normal clothes washing routine to get the top results:

Choose A Good Laundry Detergent

When washing your colours in the washing machine, or by hand, choose a washing detergent that is formulated to keep your colours bright. We recommend Skip because it offers great cleaning powers but is also formulated to keep colours brighter for longer.

Turn Clothes Inside Out

By turning your coloured garments inside out – especially garments like jeans and shirts that often fade easily – you are preventing them from fading quicker. In the washing machine, garments and fabrics rub against each other and this friction can cause colours to fade. By turning them inside out, you are ensuring that the underside of the garments is exposed to the friction and not the side that you wear and want people to see.

Wash In Cold Water

Hot water can contribute to fading colours faster as well as being the reason for some fabrics shrinking. To slow down the fading process, we recommend selecting the coldest wash cycle you can. However, it is always best to read the wash care label on every garment to get the directions on how to wash it best.

How To Fix Faded Clothes?

Clothes do fade over time, but they can also appear more faded when there is a build-up of detergent in the fabric. Here is a little hack to do at home which will help to bring faded clothes back to normal and have:

Just Add Salt

To get rid of detergent build-up on clothes that can make them appear dull, add half a cup of fine salt to your washing detergent dispenser or directly into the drum of the machine. The salt will help breakdown the detergent builds-up as well as any stains that have settled in too.

Try A Little Vinegar

You can also try a little vinegar to brighten up dull clothing too. Add half a cup of white vinegar to your fabric softener dispenser to help. For an even deeper breakdown, you can soak your clothing in a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 3.5L of warm water for about 20 minutes.

Consider Moving To A Liquid Detergent

Powder detergent can sometimes cause more build-up on coloured clothing than a liquid detergent, like Skip. If you are struggling with constantly dulling fabrics, consider changing to a liquid laundry detergent.

For more laundry care tips, visit Skip today.

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