Laundry detergent for dark colors

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Laundry detergent for dark colors
Typical washing powder can cause dark colours to run and fade in the wash. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

When you purchase dark clothing, it has a vibrant and crisp colour; but, after a few spins in the washing machine, the colour will begin to fade, which is due to several circumstances. Manufacturers put extra die on dark clothing that typically runs off in a few washes. Chlorine and salt deposits in tap water and harsh chemicals in laundry detergents can fade the dyes. Fortunately, some manufacturers market washing powder created specifically for dark fabric that will combat these problems.

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Cheer for Darks

Cheer for Darks contains Colorguard, a formula invented by Cheer to use with dark fabrics. The Colorguard works to neutralise chlorine in the washing machine water and to prevent excess dye from redepositing in the wash. Clothing manufacturers typically apply excess dye to dark clothing, which can leak during washing and stain other clothing in the washing machine. Cheer for Darks comes in both a powder and liquid form and is safe for use in warm, hot or cold water.

Woolite Extra Dark Care

Woolite Extra Dark Care prevents dark clothing from fading during washing and also prevents the fabric from stretching and shrinking, according to Woolite. Woolite Extra Care Dark comes in a liquid form and works in both warm and cold water. Woolite recommends following the washing instructions listed on the clothing label and pretreating any stain on the clothing as Woolite Extra Care Dark will remove lighter stains but may not work for difficult or older stains, such as grass, sweat, wine or blood.

Tide Total Care HE Laundry Detergent

Tide Total Care HE washing powder works to prevent premature ageing of clothing, including preventing dark clothing from fading. Tide Total Care HE laundry provides seven benefits that will help clothing last through at least 30 washes, including proper cleaning, colour preservation, maintaining shape, maintaining finish, enhancing the softness of the fabric, preventing pulls in the fabric and removing stains, according to Tide. This washing powder works on any machine-washable fabric, such as cotton, polyester and blended fabrics. However, Tide does not recommend using the detergent on athletic clothing with "dry-fit" fabric. Tide Total Care HE washing powder works in both cold and hot water.

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