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New Clothes - Wash With Vinegar To Set The Dye


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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.

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.
- Submitted by SAVANNAHJESSICA 5/5/2010 in Around The House | 6 Comments
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SAVANNAHJESSICA 5/6/2010 12:07:00 AM

    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.
ANNESYLVIA 9/19/2010 8:33:00 AM

    emoticon tip and with my weight loss I will soon have to purchase new clothes!
Thank you!
CHERYLE51 5/24/2010 7:17:00 AM

    Another great use for white vinegar.
THELUCKIEST018 5/21/2010 7:44:00 AM

    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?
SCDALYNCH 5/5/2010 5:24:00 PM

    This is new to me. I have dyed material and set the dye with cold water. I will try this. Thanks!
LAMBIERABBIT 5/5/2010 3:01:00 PM

    This is really helpful. Where did you learn about this "setting the dye"? Does Apple Cider Vinegar work just as well? emoticon

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