You put on your new blouse or shirt, and everything is perfect until you wash it and… it fades other clothes from the laundry! At that point, even though it looks great on you, you wish you hadn’t bought it. Does this situation ring a bell? Don’t worry, because we show you below the tricks to solve this mess and prevent it from happening again.
It has happened to all of us that we have bought new clothes and, because we didn’t wash them separately the first time, some of them faded in the wash.
It can happen, but that’s why we’re here, to teach you how to fix faded clothes and clean up the mess. But not only that, also to learn how to find out if a garment is fading. And, in that case, to know the tricks for fixing the colour so that it does not stain others.
How to fix faded clothes?
Believe it or not, you can solve the mess of your faded clothes with the following tips:
Fixing faded clothes with an egg
It may seem a little weird, but you can remove the stains from your dyed clothes with eggshell. This is a typical grandmother’s homemade remedy that works wonderfully. So, that’s the day to eat an omelette!
To perform this tip, you just have to boil the eggshells in water. Once it reaches boiling point, leave it for 10 minutes, turn off the fire, immerse the garment in the pot and leave it for a while so that the eggshells work their magic.
– It is not recommended to perform this tip with delicate garments, because the water temperature may be too high.-
After a while, take out the garment and wash it normally and separately in cold water.
Fix faded clothes with salt
To fix your faded clothes, put the garment in a container with water and salt, and cover it completely with ice. Let it work for a few minutes and then wash the garment in the washing machine as usual.
If the stain is a very strong colour, you can add a little vinegar to increase the effectiveness.
Fixing faded clothes with baking soda
Another tip to fix faded clothes is to prepare water, laurel and baking soda infusion. In a pot, bring water to boil and add a couple of bay leaves and another couple of teaspoons of bicarbonate.
Let it boil for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and remove the bay leaves with the help of a sieve. Add the garment to the infusion and leave it to soak until the stain disappears.
Fixing faded clothes with cold milk
If, when you take your clothes out of the washing machine, you see that a garment has faded, another option for removing the stains is to immerse the garment in cold milk. It’s a long process and you have to change the milk each 3-4 hours, but as you do so, the stain will gradually disappear.
Fixing faded clothes with ammonia
Finally, for the most difficult stains you can use ammonia. This tip works very well for white and light-coloured garments, but we do not recommend that you use it on very delicate garments because it is a very strong product.
It is as simple as diluting half a cup of ammonia in warm water, putting the garment in the mixture and letting it work for 15- 20 minutes. Then, drain it and let it dry in the sun.
So much for our tips for you to solve the mess of one garment being stained by another. But, so that it doesn’t happen again, here’s what you should do to find out if a garment is fading and how to fix the colours so that it doesn’t happen again.
How to tell if a garment is fading
Have you bought new clothes and are you afraid that they will fade and spoil the rest of the laundry? When the clothes are new, it is advisable to wash the garment individually to prevent it from dyeing others.
To find out if your new outfit is fading, it’s as easy as placing it under the tap with hot water and rubbing it with soap. If the lather comes out the colour of the garment, it will actually dye.
What can be done to fix the colour and prevent it from dyeing other clothes?
Once you’ve done the tip above, you find out that the new blouse you’ve just bought does indeed fade. To fix its colour and prevent it from staining other garments in the wash, wash it individually following the next advice.
Fill a container with cold water and immerse the garment. Then add half a cup of coarse salt and leave the garment submerged for half an hour. After that, rinse the garment well and wash it normally, but the first few times do it with cold water!
Another option is to mix the water with white vinegar or boric acid and leave it for 15 minutes.
Now, you know all the tips you need to know to ensure you never have to go through the trouble of taking your laundry out of the machine and finding a faded garment again. And, if it happens, you can fix it!
If you liked these tips, we recommend you to take a look at our post: How to remove stains on white clothes or 6 infallible tricks to remove stains from coloured clothes, where you will find more tips to remove impossible stains and recover clothes that you thought were lost.