Mary enjoys sharing tips, most of which she's tested, about any subject that makes some part of human life better or easier.
On several occasions, I’ve watched my black outfits fade so terribly that I begin to wonder if black outfits were ever made for me in the first place.
For some strange reason, I couldn’t get my black clothes to retain their original brilliance for so long. And it did bother me. Here I was, a huge fan of black jeans and black dresses, but it was only a matter of time before my blacks began to take on an ashy-brown look. I’d do all I could to keep my black outfits from fading, but nothing seemed to work until I discovered the tips I’m about to share with you.
You see, it’s one thing to learn from experience. It’s however wiser to learn from other people’s experiences. I know a couple of you are in this situation, and I’m here to show you how to keep your black clothes black, without destroying them any further. Let’s get right into it.
1. Don't Wash as Often
I’m the kind of person who believes in washing clothes right after they’re worn, even if you’ve only worn them once. While you can do this with other colors and get away with it, you shouldn’t do the same with your black outfits. Repeatedly washing black clothes cause the dye to fade out, making it lose its color quickly. Rather than wash as you wear, wash your black outfits after the fourth or fifth wear, especially if you only wear the outfit indoors. The same goes for pants and sweaters worn over other layers of clothing. However, this does not apply to black underwear, socks, and undergarments. Of a must, these must be washed right after they’ve been worn.
2. Sort Colors and Weights before Washing
It’s no news that certain clothes run. We’ve all had that cloth which we’d never wash with other outfits, majorly because its color would run and most likely stain other clothes. The same goes for black outfits. Before you begin to wash, set your black clothes aside, and wash them together.in simpler terms, avoid washing your black outfits along with other colors. Wash black outfits together. You also have to take into consideration the weight of your outfits. When you sort according to weight, you protect the weave and color of your black garments. So, when next you want to wash, don’t only sort by color, sort by weight as well.
3. Wash Your Black Clothes on the Reverse Side
You should know this—the part of the outfit that gets exposed to the washing cycle is the part that suffers the most. What simply happens is that the dye on the surface will fade off first. To prevent this and maintain your black clothes, turn your garment inside out before washing. You should also ensure that you close your zippers and fasten any hooks your outfit might have before washing. This is to prevent the amount of friction and abrasion that your cloth gets exposed to.
4. Wash Using Cold Water
For some reason, some persons prefer to do their laundry using warm water. Unfortunately, while this might sound quite hygienic, it isn’t healthy for your clothes, and in particular, your black-colored clothes. Warm water causes the dye to loosen from the fibers of your clothes. This is why black and colored clothes tend to lose their colors faster when washed with warm water. On the other hand, using cold water can help preserve the dye and life span of these outfits. However, during winter, because the change in weather causes a drop in temperature, it is advisable to do a warm water wash followed by a cold water rinse.
5. Make Use of Specialized Detergents
Sometimes, our choice of detergents is too harsh on our black outfits, and are the very reasons why they fade real fast. You may prefer a certain detergent over others for reasons best known to you, but you need to ensure that it’s safe to use on your black outfits. For a long time, I chose to use a particular detergent brand because of how well it lathered. Sadly, it was too harsh on my black outfits. I decided to wash my black clothes with bar soaps, and surprisingly, I’ve had no worries ever since.
Thankfully, today, there are lots of specialized detergents in the market. Get one that suits your needs, and is safe on your black outfits.