If you actually buy colorful clothes (I’m a gray and black kind of gal), the last thing you want is for the item to fade and the color to become dull. But there’s a fix for that! You can actually colorfast your clothes so they don’t fade or bleed onto other clothes in the wash.
The process is so simple and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals, so it’s perfect for using on cotton tops, fluffy towels, linens, and even natural-fiber rugs. Here’s what to do.
How to Colorfast Your Clothes
- Thoroughly clean a large mixing bowl or cleaning bucket, and then fill it with one gallon of fresh, clean water. Add one-fourth cup table salt and one cup vinegar. The vinegar and salt work together to naturally lock the color into the fabric. Give the water a swish to make sure the salt and vinegar are distributed evenly.
- Add the garment to the water, and press it into the water until it’s fully saturated. That’s it! Let the fabric soak in the water for 24 hours to ensure the color is completely set. You might notice a bit of color in the water, but that’s OK.
- Remove the item, dump the water and rinse the container, and fill it with fresh water. Add the fabric back to the container and gently squish and swirl it, refreshing it with clean water. If you still see color releasing from the fabric, repeat a soaking in the vinegar saltwater.
- Let the fabric fully dry, and your item will hold its color the next time it’s tossed in the wash.
These Are the 50 Affordable Products You Shouldn’t Travel Without
Traveling is one of our favorite things to do, and we love finding little hacks that will make our experience all the more seamless, especially if they’re affordable. If you travel frequently, you know that it can get astoundingly expensive in a snap, and so when we see affordable accessories that we think will make getting through the airport, train station, or long car ride a little bit easier, we snap them up quickly.
If you’ve got travel plans coming up, you’re in luck. These 50 accessories are all $50 or less and will save you time, money, and your sanity.
What do we need when traveling the world? Luggage tags, mini laundry kits, lots of adapters, passport holders, and so much more. We also need travel pillows and blankets, plus plenty of bags for dirty clothes. You’ll feel more prepared than ever now that you have these essential accessories. Just keep reading to shop our picks!