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How Can I Stop My Jeans from Bleeding in the Wash?

I have very dark jeans that continually bleed. I wash them alone in hot water to try to release some color. I've done this 5 times already and nothing is working. I don't want to keep the original very dark color; I want them to fade and stop releasing color. Is there something I can add to the wash cycle to break this down and stop my problem?

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By Christina from Easton, PA

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August 19, 20100 found this helpful

I wash dark colors together, dark jeans with blacks. If dark blue bleeds onto black, it's no big deal.

If you want to fade your jeans, here is a link to an old ThriftyFun thread. Rit made a product called Fast Fade, but apparently they've discontinued it. The thread offers some alternate ideas:

http://www.thri  8210828.tip.html

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know if this will help, but to "set" the color of clothing before you wear them, wash them with 1 cup of salt.

There's a lot of info on this site about setting colors. So I was thinking that maybe that's what you need to do to stop the bleeding.

Actually I think you're lucky! Not to diminish the pain that it sounds like it is though. I'd wash them with dark clothes like mrs. story suggested.

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Also, have you tried washing your jeans with other clothes using cold water only? Sometimes that helps bleeding.

Good luck. Hope the salt trick works.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

If you want them to fade faster, wash them with some bleach.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

I was just going to say exactly what "metroplex" had said. Salt will do the trick. Good answer metroplex.

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