House Hacks: 5 Kitchen Items That Keep Colors From Fading In The Wash

October 20, 2015  |  

House Hacks is a homemaking column that offers weekly tips on organizing, cleaning and maintaining a home in the most efficient way possible.

When I was in high school, my bestie and I saved up our little coins, and we went and purchased the same pair of True Religion jeans. After a few months, I noticed that hers were still as crisp and bright as the day she purchased them while mine were beginning to fade. At the time, I blamed my family’s old school washing machine. However, as time went on, I learned that faded clothing has less to do with your washer and everything to do with implementing healthy laundry habits, which can include adding everyday kitchen items to your laundering routine.

Continue reading to find out which cooking ingredients can help to preserve your most precious garments.


White vinegar can serve as a natural color setter and clothing softener when added during the rinse cycle. Vinegar also prevents the build up of detergent residue, which is often responsible for faded clothing. ½ to 1 cup should do the trick.

Bonus: Soaking denim in a 50:50 salt water and vinegar solution before their first wash helps keep jeans from fading.

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