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How To

How-To Keep Colorful Clothes Bright

May 29, 2020

Give laundry day a boost...of color! Here's how to keep your colorful get ups ultra-bright!

Sort it Out

Sort laundry before washing keeping colors together. Lots of items in a laundry basket are likely to have a pattern (stripes, plaids, polka dots, and/or florals) containing more than one color. Sort each item based on the color in the majority. If the colors are even, then take your pick of piles.

Look out for vibrant-colored items! If the item is one solid color, the sure way to know it will bleed is to wash it alone, by hand. For vibrant, patterned items, first test to see if any of the colors bleed when wet. If so, don't wash it.

Single Out Any Stains

Use Stain Solution or Wash & Stain Bar to pretreat any soiled or discolored areas of the garment. The Stain Solution best removes tannin stains or stains that are rich in color. The Wash & Stain Bar is ideal for treating grease and oil-based messes. Both are color-safe.

Come Clean (and Colorful) in the Machine

Launder with Darks Detergent, specially formulated with color guard and enzymes that preserve color and remove lint and build up from fibers. Opt for a warm or cold water temperature. Make clothing extra bright by adding 2 capfuls of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative directly to the washing cycle with detergent. This oxygen bleach is safe on colors and can be used on cotton, linen, and durable synthetics. Do not use on silk, woolens, or leather.

Ditch the Dryer

Most color fading occurs in the dryer so we recommend using the dry only when necessary. As high heat can discolor fabrics over time, always set your dryer to the lowest heat setting when using. Line drying is the best method for color preservation - and helps maintain the elasticity, shape, and integrity of your garment too!

Keep It Clean

Clean your washing machine monthly to protect clothing from machine build up, lime scale, and rust. Use Scented Vinegar mixed with All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to clean by adding both solutions to the machine dispenser and running a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water to finish.

Clearing out the dryer lint trap before every cycle will also help prevent colors from becoming dull. A clean lint screen will reduce drying time, remove lint from your garments more effectively and prevent extra build-up on clean laundry. Dryer drums collect a lot of lint too and we recommend wiping down once a month with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth and Surface Cleaner.

The Laundress Product of Perfection

While other bleaches are made with hydrogen peroxide and contain blue dye, the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative is a 100% sodium percarbonate, chlorine-free oxygen bleach that has no artificial dye and is color safe. It also features beads that activate on contact making it more effective than liquid bleaches, which are pre-activated in packaging. Do not use on silk, wool, or leather.

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