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New Clothes - Wash With Vinegar To Set The Dye



I love bright colors & black clothes, but I don't like seeing them fade and get dull. What I do is on the first wash, I put the new garment in the washer with 1 cup of white vinegar. This sets the dye and prevents fading. You can but don't have to use detergent--it's all about setting the dye.

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If you have a bunch of new clothes in similar colors, combine them, but otherwise, don't mix them in with your regular laundry. You want the white vinegar to concentrate on the new garment.

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    I can't remember where I picked it up, but I've done it for 20 years now. In fact, in the beginning, I bought two of the same shirts and set the dye in one and not the other. I marked the tags so I could tell the difference and then preceded to alternate between the two equally...just to see if it would work. The difference was amazing! I've done it ever since.

    I don't know about Apple Cider Vinegar; the tip I learned was for white and have used it ever since. It is less expensive than apple cider vinegar and I buy it by the gallon jug and just keep it in the laundry room. - by SAVANNAHJESSICA
  • emoticon tip and with my weight loss I will soon have to purchase new clothes!
    Thank you! - by ANNESYLVIA
  • Another great use for white vinegar. - by CHERYLE51
  • Thanks! I have a new shirt I was going to wash today and was seriously worried about the fading issue on this one. So it is okay to still use detergent? Do I just wash the new shirt by itself or should I do a regular small load w/it? - by THELUCKIEST018
  • This is new to me. I have dyed material and set the dye with cold water. I will try this. Thanks! - by SCDALYNCH
  • This is really helpful. Where did you learn about this "setting the dye"? Does Apple Cider Vinegar work just as well? emoticon - by LAMBIERABBIT

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