I'll be be honest, even though I love a peasant skirt or a brightly colored t-shirt dress as much as the next person, during the winter, I wear a lot of dark colors ... black dresses, navy leggings, dark wash jeans, all that good stuff. And now that I'm trying to make sure my wardrobe looks a little bit better than "this is what was on the floor from yesterday" I'm also trying to make sure I take better care of the clothes I do have. I can't help but notice that all these dark clothes of mine start to fade pretty much as soon as I wash them the first time.
Here's a few strategies I'm trying out to keep my dark clothes dark, but if anyone else has any other magic ideas, I'd love to hear them:
1. Wash on cold. Supposedly, you really don't need to wash anything on hot these days, but I must admit I still wash my whites on the hot cycle. However, I try to separate my dark clothing out and only wash them on cold.
2. I also wash all my dark clothing with this special Woolite for Darks, but I have no idea if it makes any difference. I feel like it helps, but it might just be one of those things that makes me feel better but actually does nothing.
3. I also try not to dry my dark clothes in the dryer unless I absolutely have to. My t-shirts and knits seem like they never "spring back" correctly if they aren't dried in the dryer, so I usually do throw those in on a lower heat setting, but I hang dresses and tights and sweaters to dry around my house.
4. If I remember, I put some white vinegar in the laundry load as well. I also have no idea if this does anything, but I figure it can't hurt. However, most of the time I don't have any of the right vinegar on hand anyway and I skip this step.
5. I try to buy slightly better clothing -- I've noticed that even the kid's clothes from Old Navy fade immediately upon purchasing. I'd rather spend a bit more and not purchase what is essentially disposable clothing, so unless something is spectacular from a store like Old Navy, I try really hard not to shop there.
Does anyone have any other magic suggestions for keeping darks dark? My navy t-shirts thank you in advance.
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