Natural ways to prevent fading
Although some bedspreads, comforters and quilts fade with washing, there are steps you can take to prevent or minimize that fading. This is especially important if the item you need to clean is a handmade quilt that you can’t bear to see streaked or faded. Using a few natural methods can help preserve the colors of your favorite bedding and maintain consistent color in bedding sets.
Add salt to wash
For bedspreads that are safe to launder in the washing machine, try adding a tablespoon of salt to the wash because the chloride gives the colors a helpful boost. The chloride in salt helps seal in colors, and this prevents fading in bedding, clothing and other washable household items. It’s also possible that salt will help restore the brightness of fabrics that have become dull from washing.
Wash in cold water
Washing with cold water helps prevent fading in your favorite bedding, and it can reduce your energy bills. Using a color brightening detergent along with the cold-water washing can give colors a noticeable boost.
Add vinegar to wash
Using white vinegar in the wash can prevent color fade in fabrics. Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the wash and it helps colors maintain intensity while freshening laundry. Before you wash dark fabrics for the first time, soaking them in a mixture of water, ½ cup vinegar and two teaspoons of salt for 30 minutes can set the dyes used for the colors.
Add baking soda to wash
Adding baking soda to the laundry can help fabrics stay bright and prevent fading. Adding a ½ cup of baking soda to the wash cycle may be just what you need to keep your favorite bedding looking vibrant.
Skipping the dryer and letting your bedspreads, comforts and quilts air dry can help them maintain their colors, but it’s important to keep them out of the sun as it can cause fading faster than washing.