There is nothing quite like a new black t-shirt or a new pair of black pants. What about the perfect black dress? However, over time dark clothes can become faded and end up relegated to the back of the closet never to be worn again. There is a trick to prolonging the life of dark clothing. It is all in knowing how to wash dark clothes.
- Gather up all the dark clothes to be washed in one load. Make sure all pockets are empty of trash or debris.
- Carefully inspect each piece of clothing for any stains. If there are any stains, treat them before washing. Use a tiny amount of laundry detergent or stain treatment. Scrub the stain off gently with a toothbrush.
- To help slow down the fading process, turn each piece of dark clothing inside out. This helps to keep the detergent from bleaching or lightening the fabric.
- Dark colored clothing should always be washed in cold water. This keeps the colors from fading so quickly, while keeping the items from shrinking.
- Harsh detergents will fade dark clothing, so find a gentle laundry detergent. There are some detergents made specifically with dark clothing in mind like Woolite dark.
- Select a slow gentle cycle for a shorter period of time. If the motion of the agitator is too aggressive it can leech the color out of darker fabric.
- Allow the washing machine to fill up with water, add laundry detergent, and run the agitator for a few minutes before adding dark colored clothes.
- Let the washing machine run with half a load. If the washing machine is too crowded, the dark clothing may push up against other pieces and friction will cause the fabric to fade.
- Do not wash lighter color clothes with dark clothing, because they may appear dirty or grungy from the dyes used in the darker clothing.
- For best results, hang dark colored clothing up to dry. The dryer will add to fading of colors in dark clothing.
- Shake them out before hanging them up to dry.
- For faster results, place a dehumidifier in the room where they are drying.
- If necessary, use a lint brush on dark colored clothes, once they have dried.