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Username Post: Best Detergent for Dark Colors?        (Topic#1495133)
NMlady
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Does anyone have experience washing black clothes? My daughter wears mostly black and hates when they fade or get a grayish cast to them. I tell her it is because of our extremely hard water. I have tried adding vinegar to the rinse water but wanted to know if any or the detergents that claim to be especially for dark colors really work. I also am considering investing in a water softener but as I rent this place not sure if I really want to go to the expense.


 
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  • Anonymous on 02-07-09 01:00 PM
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Tide best detergent for everyone


 
lovestoscrap3000
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I use Purex because I am really sensitive to prefumes/dyes.

I always put a scoop of Oxi Clean in with my detergant. It keeps my colors brighter..maybe it would help with dark colors too??

Good luck!


 
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In response to lovestoscrap3000

Thank you ladies!


 
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There is something called 20muleteam borax that I use on my dark clothes. But I am also careful to wash black only in a load - keeps lint from them. I also wash black Wranglers wrong side out, and dry them after I turn them right side out. Be sure to use a larger wash setting so there'll be plenty of water cleaning and rinsing your clothes. And be sure your dryer filter is cleaned of lint before you put the black things in. Hope this helps.


 
NMlady
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I'll have to remind her to turn her shirts and pants inside out. She's not going to like it when I tell her she needs to buy one of each of the detergents to try out.


 
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Doesn't Cheer make a detergent especially for darks???

OR you could use some RIT dye..never did that myself, just a suggestion.


 
NMlady
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Yes Cheer does but I want to know if anyone has experience with it before we spend money on it. As for the Rit, we'd have to constantly be dieing and I really don't want black die staining up my washer or transferring to other clothes.


 
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  • ELynn on 02-07-09 03:35 PM
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i use woolite for darks when I do a load of just darks (dress pants, black socks)

the colors faded with tide.

mil uses tide. our clothes, esp dh's black pants started to fade. then got the woollite for darks after talking with my mom.

my clothes seem fine with Purex. I don't notice any fading.



 
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that new Tide is supposed to be good for colored clothes, its much more expensive than regular tide but i guess if her clothes are not getting faded its worth it. Tell her only wash in cold cold cold (I do all my wash except towels and undergarments in cold anyways)


 
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I'll have her start with the Woolite for Darks since it worked for you.


 
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  • Keys on 02-07-09 03:49 PM
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I recently read some penny pinching sites about making your own clothes soap. I tried a batch and I am NOT going back to regular store bought soap!!

Even the kids noticed the difference in the softness of the clothes (I did not change any of my rinse/softening habits). I have been very pleased with how it has washed all items from delicate to jeans, from sweats to bright sweaters.


 
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  • BibleKitty Said:
I recently read some penny pinching sites about making your own clothes soap. I tried a batch and I am NOT going back to regular store bought soap!!

Even the kids noticed the difference in the softness of the clothes (I did not change any of my rinse/softening habits). I have been very pleased with how it has washed all items from delicate to jeans, from sweats to bright sweaters.



Would you be willing to share this recipe? As well as your rinse/softening habits?


 
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  • taeklund Said:
  • BibleKitty Said:
I recently read some penny pinching sites about making your own clothes soap. I tried a batch and I am NOT going back to regular store bought soap!!

Even the kids noticed the difference in the softness of the clothes (I did not change any of my rinse/softening habits). I have been very pleased with how it has washed all items from delicate to jeans, from sweats to bright sweaters.



Would you be willing to share this recipe? As well as your rinse/softening habits?


I use my own too and love it.. The clothes get really clean and smell really good.

I posted the recipe on my blog
http://www.scrapbook.com/blogs/133823/view/108 563.html


 
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  • Keys on 02-07-09 05:15 PM
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  • taeklund Said:
  • BibleKitty Said:
I recently read some penny pinching sites about making your own clothes soap. I tried a batch and I am NOT going back to regular store bought soap!!

Even the kids noticed the difference in the softness of the clothes (I did not change any of my rinse/softening habits). I have been very pleased with how it has washed all items from delicate to jeans, from sweats to bright sweaters.



Would you be willing to share this recipe? As well as your rinse/softening habits?




I used
1 bar Ivory soap - grated or melted w/hot water
2 c. baking soda (some recipes call for washing soda, this is plain old baking soda)
1 c borax
2 c Oxyclean

I put everything in a 5 gallon bucket. I used hot water to mix everything (tea kettle hot) then filled the rest of the bucket with tap hot water. I use about 1/2 cup for a full load. It does gel on top so it needs to be mixed before each use.

$2 = 5 gallons.

I either use white vinegar or natural softener. I dilute the softener to 1/4 strength. Now that we are using the homemade soap I may stop the softener since it doesn't need it.


 
NMlady
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In response to Keys

Very interesting


 
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In response to NMlady

I use woolite on all my darks. I never have problems with fading.


 
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  • NMlady Said:
I'll have her start with the Woolite for Darks since it worked for you.



I use this too and I really like it. Dh and I have lots of dark/black clothes between us. We use Purex for most of our loads, but the blacks do fade with that.


 
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  • NMlady Said:
Yes Cheer does but I want to know if anyone has experience with it before we spend money on it. As for the Rit, we'd have to constantly be dieing and I really don't want black die staining up my washer or transferring to other clothes.




My friend ALWAYS uses her washing machine to dye clothes followed w/a complete wash cycle using only water and BLEACH to avoid hidden dye from getting onto other clothes and this method hasn't ruined any of her clothes.


 
NMlady
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  • spend2much Said:
  • NMlady Said:
Yes Cheer does but I want to know if anyone has experience with it before we spend money on it. As for the Rit, we'd have to constantly be dieing and I really don't want black die staining up my washer or transferring to other clothes.




My friend ALWAYS uses her washing machine to dye clothes followed w/a complete wash cycle using only water and BLEACH to avoid hidden dye from getting onto other clothes and this method hasn't ruined any of her clothes.


Has she used black in the washer? It just scares me.


 
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