How to Restore Color in Clothes Without Bleach

How to restore color in clothes

How to Restore Faded Clothes

I’m SO excited to show you how to restore color in clothes and make them look brand new again! I really wasn’t sure this laundry tip was going to work but IT DID and it’s totally worth using!

Here’s what happened: I bought the cutest yellow sweater about a year ago (yes I know, a year!). I washed it before I wanted to wear it and the minute I pulled it out of the laundry, I found it dingy, gray-tinged, and just plain dirty looking! I was SO upset! So, this sweater got tossed to the side. I’ve washed it several times since then (all without ever wearing it) in an effort to get rid of the nasty dingy look to NO avail!

Yesterday I threw it aside and figured I’d give it one more shot before this never worn sweater was tossed into the garbage. No, I’m not the kind of person that normally does that either. Yes, I donate my clothes. However, I wasn’t about to give something to Good Will that looked like it had been used and abused. Anyway, let’s move on.

Yellow sweater all nasty before using DIY clothes whitener

What I’m Working With

It’s really hard to tell unless you put the sweater pictures side by side but this was REALLY dingy. Here’s another photo so you can see what I mean:

Yellow sweater before using DIY clothes whitener photo #2

Fabric Brightener Ingredients

Since my sweater is yellow, I didn’t want to add straight bleach to the wash. The color safe bleach certainly didn’t do anything to help either. So, I tried my own concoction.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Your dingy clothing
  • 1/2 cup of Vinegar
  • Handful of Salt
  • Normal Laundry Detergent

Step 1.

Place your clothing that needs a little extra brightening into the washer. Add your regular detergent to the machine. Now, add 1/2 a cup of vinegar to your fabric softener dispenser.

Adding vinegar to washing machine

Step 2.

Next, add a handful of salt right into the detergent mix. Try and stir it a bit so it dissolves some.

Adding salt to detergent mix

Step 3.

Put your washer on a normal cycle and let it run! This is what the sweater looked like straight out of the wash…

Yellow sweater after using DIY clothes whitener

There’s already a HUGE difference between what the sweater looked like before the wash and now! Here’s the sweater right out of the dryer:

Yellow sweater after drying

Make Your Clothes Look New Again

This homemade fabric brightener worked extremely well as you can see from the photos above! My sweater has been saved from an eternal resting place and after a very long frustrating year, I can finally wear it!

Honestly, I’m not sure I will ever use the store-bought stuff again. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, no, the clothes do not smell like vinegar when you’re done the washing.

That’s it! Now that you know how to restore color in clothes really easily, you can go revive some of your favorite pieces of apparel! If you found this helpful, please share it with your friends and family on social media! They’ll appreciate it too! Thanks for reading.

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DIY fabric brightener

Types: Remedies, Adult
Categories: Clothing, Home


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