Cleaning expert reveals easy hacks to prevent fading black clothes

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The disappointment of seeing your favourite black jeans fade is a familiar experience - but it's not inevitable that the natural dye will leak out until they appear grey and washed out. Black garments are prone to fading due to the type of dye used.

Factors such as hot water, harsh detergents and frequent washing can cause the colour to fade over time, however, there are measures you can take to prevent this. Known online as Madame Sweat, Mary Futher regularly shares her cleaning and personal hygiene tips and tricks on social media.

In a recent TikTok video, Mary revealed a hack she describes as the "easiest way to avoid your black clothes fading". Instead of purchasing costly cleaning products, the content creator suggested using two "natural" items likely already in your kitchen cupboard.

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In the video, which has been viewed more than 865k times, Mary advised: "Two natural things you've already got in your kitchen. Either vinegar or salt."

"Put a 1/4 cup of vinegar in the drum with your detergent, it helps set the dye. Or you can use salt, but you'll need a 1/2 cup of salt, and you sprinkle that on your all-black laundry. And remember, water temperature is key. So wash them in cold water and put the washing machine on speed wash," reports the Mirror.

"And the other big tip, never put them in the dryer. You've got to get a drying rack. Don't put it outside. Leave it in your washroom or laundry room to dry."

If you're missing white vinegar or salt in your kitchen, don't fret they're an easy addition to your weekly supermarket trip. Alternatively, for those who prefer the convenience of online shopping, a 5l bottle of Pride White Vinegar is available on Amazon for £6.99, and you can snag a 750g pack of Saxa Table Salt for a mere £1.70.

The cleaning hack has left many impressed and eager to give it a go, with one individual exclaiming: "You saved my life! Thanks."

Another chimed in: "Why am I only seeing this now?"

In another tip from the world of laundry expertise, Sarah Dempsey at Myjobquote.co.uk, the UK's top trades matching site, recommends: "Turn dark jeans inside out before washing and use a colour-preserving detergent."

She advises washing similar dark colours together and keeping the wash temperature low, even suggesting the cold setting if needed. For those looking to keep their denim's dye intact, occasionally soaking dark jeans in white vinegar and salt can help set the dye into the fabric and prevent fading.

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