Salt for Setting Dark Clothing

When you wash dark clothes for the first time - use cold water and put salt in the water. The salt helps set the color. When I want to brighten dark clothes after they have been washed several times, I repeat the procedure (salt in cold water when washing).



July 5, 20040 found this helpful

That sounds really good, but how much salt do you need for, say, a large load?

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July 5, 20040 found this helpful

Approximately how much salt do you use? 1 Tablespoon? 1 Cup? Thanks for the clarification.

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July 5, 20040 found this helpful

This tip is from 2001 so I am not sure if Lou is still with us or not. I did however find this tip on an extension site recently and the recommendation was 1/2 cup of salt.

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December 13, 20040 found this helpful

Put salt in the laundry water to lock in colors so they don't fade.

By Robin

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August 16, 20070 found this helpful

Does salt work for all colors? I just did a yellow longsleeved tee shirt and it bled yellow on anything that came in contact with it.

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September 25, 20070 found this helpful

I bought Dark Brown Corduroy to trim a suede jacket and make a pair of slacks. I presoaked the material in salt and vinegar and then washed the material, but the dark dye is still bleeding from the cuffs of the coat onto my cream turtle neck sweater.

Is there any way to stop the bleeding or will I just toss away the material and try another material?

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February 12, 20080 found this helpful

I'm doing an experiment and I was wondering, if it will set in if you are dying the clothes?

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