How do your keep your favorite clothes from losing their colors?

Color fades out - Color fades...what to do?
Philippines
April 15, 2007 6:59pm CST
When we buy a bright green shirt, we want it to stay bright green. But time comes when it fades its color. How do you manage then to brighten up your faded favorites clothes in no time? Please help...
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12 responses
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
Well i always make sure that after washing i dont hang it under the sun. That's the number one reason why clothes fades. Another is you have to choose a detergent which is mild because a strong detergent is the culprit also. If the shirt is already faded you can dye it with a fabric dye of the same color but be aware not to mix it with other clothes during washing.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
i think you are correct. drying our clothes under the heat of the sun longer would really make the fabric to be discolored. how would i know if the detergent is strong or not? can you recommend me the milder ones? what are examples of fabric dyes (locally available)
@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
17 Apr 07
I use perla blue because the white one leave white marks on colored shirt if not properly rinsed. Do you know jobos? that's an old time fabric dye.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
the commercial brands are familiar to me. thanks again.
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• Philippines
16 Apr 07
First step is you take hold of the shirt from out of the shopping bag. Now, you have to iron it. Turn it over. Iron from the wrong side. The hottest that the cloth can take. Iron it well and good. This exercise makes the colors set in permanently. Then wear it. After having been wearing it for a good one day, as we commonly do, wash it using the regular powder or bar detergents. Do not leave it in the soap and water mix to soak for more than 30 minutes. In fact, 15 minutes should be fine. Hang it in the shade. Never hang colored clothes under the direct heat of the sun. Everytiime you iron your shirt, make sure that you iron it from the wrong side. Ironing also induces the colors to fade. Finishing touches while ironing maybe done at the proper side of the shirt but, it should not take long as it will be only to be rid of the ironing marks.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
i think i have to write down in my notebook all your instructions so i won't forget them. I already missed my mother because she was also very meticulous as you are specially in giving me instructions like ironing my clothes, arranging my closet, cooking some recipes, and even choosing the right woman in my life. thanks again for the concern.
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@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
i ask my wife about this, and she told me that at first, after buying and having it wash and hang dry, it must not be exposed to direct sunlight so that their colors will not fade and stay bright and new.
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
i will keep your tip in my mind. thanks
@catbvq (364)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
I don't use my favorite clothes often so that I won't wash them often too. I also use a special mild detergent that is not harmful to colored clothes. It is customary here in our country even if we have a clothes dryer to hang out clothes under the sun to give it a fresh smell, this tends to fade colored clothes so I don't hang my favorite clothes. Fabric conditioners also help in keeping the original colors of colored clothes.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
thank you for the good tips. i'll try to remember them when i wash my clothes.
@cyrile07 (236)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
colors do fade but for it too last long.. after washing your colored clothes dont put it directly heated by the sunlight instead dry it in the drier and hang it not directly heated by sunlight, and dont use it all the time... :) i guess that would be it hehehe im not really that expert as to washing clothes hahahha
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
your practical tip would really help preserve the color by not using the clothes all the time. that means i have to buy more clothes often? LOL. very expensive way.
@cyrile07 (236)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
colors do fade but for it too last long.. after washing your colored clothes dont put it directly heated by the sunlight instead dry it in the drier and hang it not directly heated by sunlight, and dont use it all the time... :) i guess that would be it hehehe im not really that expert as to washing clothes hahahha
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• Philippines
28 Apr 07
thanks for the practical tips.
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
To maintain the color of shirts you have to use a mild detergent with no bleach at all. I hang dry my clothes. I never machine wash and spin dry my clothes. Most especially I never sun dry my clothes. I just hang it up on open air. A good fabric conditioner helps. Coloring clothes with those over the counter fabric colorings can be an option but I do not use that since it also fade and you have to wash treated clothes separately to avoid its effects on other clothes. Hope this help
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• Philippines
17 Apr 07
that sounds good. i will follow your advice and find out myself if it really works. thanks for your concern.
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• India
16 Apr 07
i wash them in cold water and dry them in the shade. i dont like to throw them into the washing mashine for the spoil soft cloths. though many of my cloths dont lose there colour i dont like to throw them in to the washing mashine.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
thanks for the tip. i usually prefer to use my hands in washing my clothes rather than using the washing machine because i already experienced one time when my clothes were torn away because of the buttons that got stucked in the machine.
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@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
I use powder laundry detergent to wash my favorite clothes and I hand wash them. I soak them first for 30 minutes before washing them so it will take lesser kusot. I don't hang them directly under the sun.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
i would put that in my mind always. thanks for the practical tips.
@karvin87 (1034)
• India
16 Apr 07
The best way to avoid clothes loosing its colour is to avoid drying them under sun. Many of us do this mistake for quick drying, but the sun'heat also takes away the colour fabric. ANother way would also be to check in your detergent as strog detergents cause clothes to loose colours.
• Philippines
16 Apr 07
i agree with you about too much exposure to sun would make the color of the shirt fade. with regards to detergents i really can't identify which one is strong or mild type?
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I am gonna gree with Chuck on this and say totally Clorox 2..no its not too hard on clothes even though its from Clorox..its is actually the bestthing ever invented!! lol! I have used it on all my clothes..even my gentle..and its not ruined one piece,,Most my clothes and especially my sons look brand new..even the ones he wears all the time and i have to fight to get them off lol!just add water.put in your laundry soap and then mix in the C2.let th ewater mix about 15 secs alone then put in clothes..ill tel you what..u wont be disappointed..!:)
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• Philippines
28 Apr 07
we were not used to applying chlorox when we wash our clothes because we get our hands irritated. we use our hands instead of a washing machine. since you showed me the proper way of using the chlorox i would recommend it to my partner to try it. hope we really won't get disappointed. LOL
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• United States
29 Apr 07
just remeber..CLOROX 2..not just the bleach for whites..the bottle is blue your looking for..and u dont have to use your hands at all..and it truly does worl..kepp me posted and lots of luck!
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
thanks for the tip. i'll check in the market if this item is available locally.
• United Arab Emirates
29 Apr 07
Nice subject! I have read all responses above and I can list the mean ways for caring: * Don't dry your clothes under the sun light. * Always iron it after turning over with the suitable temp as recommended. * Use the suitable powdwer or cleaner. * Not to wear the same clothes most of the time. Have a nice day;)
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
i appreciate your effort for coming up a summary of all the tips. thanks for the help.