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The One Mistake You're Probably Making When Washing Dark Clothing

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September 1, 2016

Sure, you know not to wash your colorful, floral printed dress with your favorite white button down, and that you should always wash your whites on their own – but did you know that your black, navy and other dark clothing needs special treatment too? If you’re just tossing your darks in the washer and pressing “permanent press,” you’re actually making a huge mistake!

Because dark pieces often lose dye easily, and therefore fade quickly, you should always be washing them in cold water. While hot water can hasten fading, washing your dark clothes on the coldest setting possible will ensure that your favorite pair of black jeans doesn’t gray after a few washes.

Unless the clothes are significantly stained or dirty, you’ll also want to wash them on the shortest cycle possible in order to keep fading to a minimum – and make sure to line-dry your darks instead of throwing them in the dryer (another culprit when it comes to dye loss!).

Basically, to keep your black pieces looking sharp, keep them in the washer and dryer the shortest amount of time you can! You’ll minimize fading and color loss, and your dark clothes will ultimately look more luxe in the long run.

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