We all know the advantages of black colored clothes. Black clothes make us look slimmer. Black clothes look chic. Black clothes can make you stand out or hide away.

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Some studies even show that wearing black garments can help people feel more confident and intelligent, making it one of the best choices for dates.

But black clothing items, as well as any other dark-colored ones, look pretty sad when they fade. With these easy tricks, you can discover how to wash your dark garments properly so they will hold the color for longer and look better.

Tips on how to wash black clothes

1. Try to wash your clothes less.

No matter how hard you try to take care of your garments, the washing process will wear the dye down. It’s a simple fact. But you can limit the fading by washing dark clothes less, doing it only when it’s necessary. However, black underwear and socks should be washed after one wearing.

2. Sort like a pro.

When you are sorting clothes for washing, try to keep the dark garments in one pile. Dye runs during the washing cycle. But if there are no lighter clothes to soak of the dark dye, it will be reabsorbed back into the black clothes.

3. Turn your clothing items inside out.

Black color fades because of the friction that appears when clothes rub against each other in the washing machine. By turning your clothes upside down, you will preserve the outside look of your garments.

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4. Use the right water temperature.

Hot water promotes the dye’s fading process, so be sure to always use the coolest water temperature when you wash dark clothes.

5. Avoid the sun.

Avoid drying your black clothes outside as drying them in direct sunlight will make the color fade. Instead, try to use an indoor drying rack and put it away from direct sunlight.

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Additional hacks

If those tricks are not helpful enough, here are a few additional hacks you can try:

  • vinegar - during the rinse cycle, add 8,45 oz (250 ml) of white distilled vinegar directly to the washing machine basin;
  • salt - add 4,22 oz (125 ml) of table salt to the wash cycle, put it directly in the main tub of the machine;
  • baking soda - sprinkle 4,22 oz (125 ml) of baking soda to the washing machine tub after you fill it with the black clothes.

Let us know if any of these tricks worked. And if you know any other tips on how to preserve the black color of your clothes, share them with us!

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