How to Keep Red Clothes From Fading in the Laundry


Wearing red can really send a message. It makes a statement of power and vitality, and according to a 2008 study by psychologists from the University of Munster, Germany, it can even help you to win a fight. As time goes by, that statement loses its strength as red clothes lose their color. Prevent red clothes from fading in the wash by working a few easy tips into your regular laundry routine.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • White vinegar
  • Mild detergent
  • Follow care instructions included on the garment.

  • Always wash red clothes in cold water. Even warm water will cause fading.

  • Use a mild detergent. Dynamo and Fab detergents are mild enough to prevent red color from getting washed down the drain.

  • Turn your clothes inside out before washing. This better preserves the outside of the garment---the part that shows.

  • Dip your clothes in vinegar before washing. Vinegar acts as a fixing agent to help the color stay in the cloth.

  • Add a cup of salt to your laundry water. The salt also acts as a fixing agent to maintain the bond of the dye to the cloth.

  • Line-dry your clothes. The dryer is another culprit for fabric fading. For best results, dry clothes inside, away from sunlight.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your reds are already faded, try dyeing the fabric to restore their vibrancy.

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