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Anonymous asked in Beauty & StyleFashion & Accessories · 1 decade ago

How can I wash my "expensive" shirts without them losing color or fading?

Its a real *****, I buy a nice shirt and it gets all old looking within a month or even a couple of weeks. How can I prevent this??? Does fabric softener have anything to do with it???

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Heres top 8 ways to prevent color fading:.

    1. Read the Care Label

    It takes a few seconds, but reading the care labels may save a lot of heartache when your clothes come out of the wash.

    Check for instructions that may say to wash only in cold, or with like colors. Don't forget to check for drying instructions as well. The label may indicate that the clothing needs to be dried on low, or drip dried.

    2. Wash Dark Colors Together

    Sorting clothes is a great opportunity to check the care label, and place your clothing in the correct pile. Anyone who has ever washed one red sock with an entire load of whites, knows the pain that can happen when colors fade away. To prevent dark colors from fading, keep like colors together.

    3. Turn Clothes Inside Out

    Some of the wear and tear that happens on your clothing can be prevented by turning your clothing inside out before washing and drying. Washing and drying clothing is rough on the outside of your clothing. Turning garments inside out will reduce pilling which dulls the look of the fabric. Don't forget to turn clothing inside out when you hang clothes outside to dry. While the sun is an excellent and efficient drying tool, it will zap the color right out of your clothing.

    4. Don't Stuff the Washer

    Stuffing the washer is tempting. It will help us save time, right? Well, actually stuffing the washer can cost us quite a bit. It makes the machine work harder and it is tougher on our clothes. Clothing can't come clean or have soap evenly deposited when it is packed into a washing machine. Similarly clothing takes a lot longer to dry when a dryer is stuffed with wet cloths. Clothes need to move freely.

    5. Wash in Cold

    Colors in cold. This was the unofficial motto of my home growing up. If there is one thing I learned about laundry from my mother, it is that colors get washed in cold. If you want to prevent fading from your colored clothing, wash them in cold water. Detergents have come a long way in the last several years, and most do as well in cold water as the do in hot or warm.

    6. Don't Over Dry

    It's easy to let our clothing over. While this is bad for all of our laundry, it is particularly bad for our bright and dark colors. Over drying will cause your colors to fade. Set a timer and don't forget about your clothes. Clothes should be slightly damp when they are pulled from the dryer.

    7. Add Vinegar

    Vinegar doesn't have the most pleasant smell, but adding a cup to your washing machine will not only give you a natural fabric softener, but also help prevent colors from fading. The good news? The vinegar smell goes away in the wash.

    8. Use the Gentle Cycle or a Gentle Detergent

    If you still want to make sure your colors last as long as possible, you can wash on your machine's gentle cycle or hand wash your special clothing. There are several detergents on the market that are formulated to prevent fading and color loss.

    Hope it helps!

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  • 4 years ago

    Are you washing them correctly according to the washing instructions on the label? If you are doing everything correctly and the shirts are fading within a few weeks take them back for a refund as it maybe a faulty dye lot.

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  • 1 decade ago

    no its not the fabric softner----you need tol use one of the detergents that have the "helps prevent color fading" and always use cold water----and do not put them in the dryer-hang dry and then press with a cool iron if needed.

    Heat fades color even the heat from a dryer-alot of people dont realize this or believe it...good luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would handwash your shirts in a mild soap, rinse them and hang them in the shade to drip dry.... inside in the bathroom if you dont have access to a washing line. I think what ages good clothing is overwashing and tumble drying.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    take about three to four table spoons of salt, mix it in water and soak your shirt in that for about an hour..then put it in a detergent for additional half an hour and then just rinse it. the color will remain intact.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wash in cold water, gentle cycle, inside out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    01 -Hand wash .

    02 -Rinse and dip in surf excel .

    03 -Dried after 5 pm or in less hot .

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    avoid bleaching

    wash in cold water

    dry in shade

    use mild detergents

    wash gently

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Off to the Dry Cleaners we go.

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  • 1 decade ago

    moto !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    please do not wash them in stronger detergents n do not bleach them ? do not soke them in water with stronger detergents .

    you can even dry them inside out

    because expensive shirts are of cotton n cotton is very delicate

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