BEFORE WASHING                                            AFTER WASHING                            TIPS TO PREVENT COLORS FROM FADING


FOR DIRTY COLLAR: Body oils rub on shirt collars and attract dirt, leaving them grimy and worse for the wear. Reverse the damage by grabbing your shampoo and a clean paintbrush and painting a line over the soiled collar before washing.


FOR TOUGH FOOD STAINS: For stubborn food stains, such as coffee, soy sauce, or mustard, blot the troubled area with foam shaving cream and allow it to sit for half an hour. Repeat process and if the stain remains, leave cream on overnight.


FOR REMOVING STALE SMELL: Adding a quarter cup of baking soda to a wash will take care of stale, musty odors common during the summer months and give your machine a fragrant boost to boot.or with like colors.


FOR EXTRA WHITENESS: Let whites take in a bit of sun in the early morning — it might surprise you how strong a natural bleaching effect solar rays can have on your garments.


FOR BEST DRYING RESULTS: Try not to under-pack your dryer. Too few clothes will reduce the tumbling action, lengthening overall drying time and in turn, wasting energy.


Adding a clean, dry bath towel to heavier loads containing blue jeans, rugs, blankets, or bath towels helps absorb extra moisture and reduce drying time.


In order to prevent down items from clumping in the dryer, remove them from time to time and shake vigorously.


When dealing with pleated items, start at the bottom of the fold and iron in an upward motion. Your pleats will be perfectly straight with little effort.


The natural heat of a warm dryer can actually save you from ironing smaller items like pillowcases and t-shirts. Simply fold and allow them to rest on top of the machine.


We love bright bold colors in our clothing. Color is beautiful, until it fades. A bright red shirt that you love can quickly turn into a piece of clothing you detest when it fades to a washed out pink.  

  1. Read the Care Label : It takes a few seconds, but reading the care labels may save a lot of heartache when your clothes come out of the wash. Check for instructions that may say to wash only in cold, or with like colors. Dont forget to check for drying instructions as well. The label may indicate that the clothing needs to be dried on low, or drip dried.

  2. Wash Dark Colors Together : Sorting clothes is a great opportunity to check the care label, and place your clothing in the correct pile. Anyone who has ever washed one red sock with an entire load of whites, knows the pain that can happen when colors fade away. To prevent dark colors from fading, keep like colors together.

  3. Turn Clothes Inside Out : Some of the wear and tear that happens on your clothing can be prevented by turning your clothing inside out before washing and drying. Washing and drying clothing is rough on the outside of your clothing. Turning garments inside out will reduce pilling which dulls the look of the fabric. Dont forget to turn clothing inside out when you hang clothes outside to dry. While the sun is an excellent and efficient drying tool, it will zap the color right out of your clothing.

  4. Dont Stuff the Washer : Stuffing the washer is tempting. It will help us save time, right? Well, actually stuffing the washer can cost us quite a bit. It makes the machine work harder and it is tougher on our clothes. Clothing cant come clean or have soap evenly deposited when it is packed into a washing machine. Similarly clothing takes a lot longer to dry when a dryer is stuffed with wet cloths. Clothes need to move freely. Always use Shashi detergent powder. 

  5. Wash in Cold : Colors in cold. This was the unofficial motto of my home growing up. If there is one thing I learned about laundry from my mother, it is that colors get washed in cold. If you want to prevent fading from your colored clothing, wash them in cold water. Detergents have come a long way in the last several years, and most do as well in cold water as the do in hot or warm. 

  6. Dont Over Dry: Its easy to let our clothing over. While this is bad for all of our laundry, it is particularly bad for our bright and dark colors. Over drying will cause your colors to fade. Set a timer and dont forget about your clothes. Clothes should be slightly damp when they are pulled from the dryer.

  7. Add Vinegar : Vinegar doesnt have the most pleasant smell, but adding a cup to your washing machine will not only give you a natural fabric softener, but also help prevent colors from fading. The good news? The vinegar smell goes away in the wash.

  8. Use the Gentle Cycle or a Gentle Detergent : If you still want to make sure your colors last as long as possible, you can wash on your machines gentle cycle or hand wash your special clothing. There are several detergents on the market that are formulated to prevent fading and color loss.