Keep black from fading to the telltale musty gray with a trick that Joseph says will help stabilize the dye in dark colors and prevent fading. Add a quarter cup of salt along with detergent to a large basin of water and soak the garments overnight. Follow with a short wash cycle using cold water and a gentle detergent.
A new pair of dark denim will benefit from a salt soak, Joseph says. "Jeans, the first time around, will bleed no matter what you do—but this will help stabilize it."
To help your jeans maintain their color and shape over time, wash them inside out on a gentle cycle with cold water. "If using a dryer, we advise drying on the tumble dry low setting inside out," says Chana Taft Schuman from True Religion Brand Jeans.
Baby Your Delicates
For delicate items, Joseph says hand washing clothes in baby shampoo is a good alternative to detergent. "It cleans well, it's safe, it's very delicate and helps preserve the garment a little."
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