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Video:How to Keep Colors From Fading

with Natasha Levitan

Do people always compliment you on your gray shirt – that was actually black when you bought it? You can prevent colors from fading over time. Here are some laundry tips to help your colors stay bright and looking new.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Keep Colors From Fading

Hi, I'm Natasha Levitan for About.com. We all love beautiful color in our clothing but after time and washing, the color fades. So how do you keep your favorite garment turning from sexy red to dirty pink? Here are some guidelines you can follow to prevent colors from fading.

Check the Washing Care Labels

Before you sort out your clothes, look on the back for a care label. It will save you a lot of guesswork as to how you should treat a piece of clothing. Look for washing instructions such as whether you are supposed to wash your garment in cold water or with 'like colors'. The label will also indicate drying instructions - whether it is better dried on low setting.

Sort Clothes by Color

Once you have checked the label, sort out your clothes by color. It will save dark colors from fading and prevent possible accidents like washing red sock with white shirts.

Reduce Fading by Turning Clothes InsideOut

Before you load your wash, turn your garment inside out. It will prevent wear and tear from both washing and drying as these operations tend to be a bit rough on clothes. It will also reduce pilling which dulls the look of fabric. If you hang your clothes out to dry in the sun, turning the garment inside out is beneficial as the sun tends to fade colors.

Laundry Tips to Reduce Fading

Always wash colors in cold water. Detergents have come a long way from soap and work as well in cold water as they do in hot or warm. Treat your clothes gently - use gentle cycle and gentle detergents - you can find some that are formulated to prevent color loss. You can also add a cup of white vinegar to your load. Although it doesn't have a pleasant smell, it acts as a softener and prevent colors from fading. And don't worry you won't smell vinegar after the wash is done.

Reduce Fading by Line Drying Clothes

The biggest mistake in drying your clothes is overdrying them. It is bad for all laundry but it is particularly devastating for bright and dark colors. Overdrying causes colors to fade. Set the timer and take the clothes out while they are still slightly damp.

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