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How to wash black clothes and keep them from fading

Clothestip | 5 minute read |

Black clothes are a staple in many wardrobes, but keeping them looking fresh and dark can be a challenge. Learning how to wash black clothes properly is essential to prevent fading and preserve their rich colour. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to ensure your black garments stay bold and vibrant.

What causes clothes to fade?

Black clothes can lose their colour due to various factors during the laundry process. These include:

  • Hot water washes: Using hot water can cause colours to fade.
  • Harsh detergents: Aggressive detergents strip away colour.
  • Agitation: Overly vigorous washing can lead to fading.
  • Drying: High heat during drying can harm dark fabrics.
  • Dye quality: Poorly set or incompatible dyes can cause bleeding and fading.

How to wash black clothes properly so they don't fade

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Your black clothes deserve special care to maintain their vibrant appearance. Here's a comprehensive guide to washing black garments effectively while preserving their deep colour:

Step 1: Sort the clothes

Separate your black clothes from lighter-coloured garments to prevent colour bleeding. Wash black items together to avoid potential dye transfer.

Step 2: Read the care instructions

Always start by checking the care labels on your clothing. These labels provide essential information on how to wash and care for your garments. Pay attention to specific washing recommendations to ensure the best results.

Step 3: Turn the dark-colour clothes inside out

To minimise friction and abrasion during the washing cycle, turn your black garments inside out. This simple step shields the outer surface of your clothing, preserving its colour and texture.


Step 4: Use the right temperature

Opt for cold water or a cool water temperature setting when washing black clothes. Hot water can lead to colour fading, so colder temperatures are gentler on the fabric and the dye.

Step 5: Use the delicate washing cycle to wash dark clothes

Choose a delicate or gentle washing cycle on your washing machine. These settings provide a milder washing process, reducing the risk of colour loss and maintaining the fabric's integrity.

Consider investing in Electrolux washing machines equipped with dedicated programmes for preserving dark colours. Electrolux washers offer advanced ColourCare technology to protect your garments while ensuring they remain rich and bold.

Step 6: Choose the right laundry detergent and avoid using too much

Select a high-quality, colour-preserving detergent designed for dark clothing. Follow the recommended dosage, as using too much detergent can leave residue on your clothes. For optimal results, add the detergent to the washing machine drum before loading your clothing.

Please refer to this guide to use your washing machine the most properly, including how and where to add detergent to your top load or front load washer.

Step 7: Dry clothes on a low heat setting or air dry

After washing, choose a low heat setting on your dryer or opt for air drying to prevent damage and fading. Air drying is particularly effective in preserving the colour of black clothes. If you have an Electrolux dryer, take advantage of the ColourCare technology, which reduces fading by up to 90%, ensuring your black clothes retain their intensity.

By following these detailed steps, you can effectively wash your black clothes, ensuring they stay bold and vibrant while extending their lifespan.

Some extra tips on how to prevent black clothes from fading

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Preserving the dark allure of your black clothes involves more than just washing techniques. Here are additional tips to keep your black wardrobe looking fresh:

  • Limit washing frequency: While it's essential to keep your clothes clean, black garments often don't require frequent washing. Wearing them a few times before washing can prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
  • Quick washing cycles: Opt for shorter washing cycles whenever possible. They are gentler on fabrics and reduce the stress your clothes endure during a longer wash.
  • Air drying: Whenever feasible, air dry your black clothes. Hanging them on a clothes rack or line drying preserves colours, prevents heat-related damage, and minimizes fading.
  • Add vinegar and salt: Consider adding a splash of white vinegar or a teaspoon of salt to your washing machine. These natural additives can help set the dye in your black clothes and maintain their rich colour.
  • Store wisely: After wearing your black garments, store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. This simple precaution can go a long way in preserving the depth of their hue.

Read more tips when washing your clothes here:

How to make black clothes black again

Over time, even with proper care, black clothes may lose some of their intensity. If you're looking to revive their dark allure, consider a high-quality fabric dye specifically designed for black garments.

Follow the instructions on the dye package to restore your clothes' original darkness. This process can breathe new life into your faded black attire.

By following these extra tips, you can extend the lifespan of your black clothes, ensuring they remain bold and captivating for years to come.

For similar tips on keeping your clothes’ colour, check out our guide on how to get white shirts white again.

Protect your clothes with Electrolux washing machine

Protect your clothes with Electrolux washing machine

Electrolux offers a range of advanced washing machines designed to protect your clothes. They extend garment life, preserve colours and fabrics, and reduce environmental impact.

Electrolux washing machines feature sustainability functions, aligning with our commitment to the environment. By choosing Electrolux, you not only prolong your clothes' life but also contribute to reducing your carbon footprint. Our machines use water and energy efficiently, supporting sustainability and waste reduction.

With Electrolux, you can enjoy your favourite black clothes for years while minimising your environmental impact.

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