How can you revive the colors of your clothes? Here are some tips

With the arrival of summer, we can’t help but flaunt our colorful garments that add a touch of cheer to our outfits!

It is a shame, however, that these items of clothing lose their shine and fade over time due to poor washing or exposure to strong sunlight.

Today we will see together how to bring colorful clothes back to life with these DIY tips to make them look like new!

Apple Cider Vinegar

The first ingredient we recommend is vinegar, which can refresh the colors of your colored clothing while reviving the natural white!

Simply add a large glass of vinegar to a bowl of cold water (never hot) and let the garment soak overnight. Rinse the next day and… the color becomes more vibrant!

If you want to continue washing, we recommend using Marseille soap, which, unlike other detergents, does not penetrate the fabric and does not “eat” the color!


Like vinegar, salt is also able to lighten the color of your clothes, as it not only lightens the composition of the water and removes excess limescale, but is also able to remove detergent residues stored in the fabric and reveal them its natural color.

We also remind you that this ingredient is also a godsend when it comes to eliminating the smell of dampness from laundry! Simply add a glass of salt to a bowl of cold water and let the garment soak for a few hours or overnight.

When machine washing, on the other hand, you can add 1 spoonful of coarse salt to the drum with the colored laundry and run a wash cycle at low temperature: the colors of your laundry will remain more vibrant!


Finally, let’s see how to use a spice that you are sure to have in your pantry or, in any case, easy to find: bay leaves, which will not only help you revive the colors of your clothes but also eliminate the smell of sweat!

Bring a pot of water, 6 bay leaves and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a boil, then turn off the heat, let the mixture cool and pour into a bowl. At this point, soak your clothes overnight before washing them thoroughly!

Other useful tips to avoid clothing fading

So far we have seen the ingredients that you can use to revive the color of your clothes. But what if you want to prevent the problem and keep your clothes looking new? Just follow the steps below!

First of all, we advise you to wash items of the same color separately from others, especially if you noticed that an item of clothing is faded the first time you wash it. In general, some fabrics, such as cotton and silk, are more likely to fade during the first few washes.

In addition, it is advisable to always wash these colored garments at medium or low temperatures, that is, in cold water or at a temperature not exceeding 40°C, as hot water favors the distribution of colors. Finally, when washing and drying, you should always try to place them inside out, which should be done not in the sun but in the shade.