5 All-Natural Ways to Keep Fabrics from Fading

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Faded fabrics can make your hand-sewn quilts look lackluster. Don't let your fabrics suffer this sad fate — these hacks are all-natural, using ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Genius!

Salt

Make like a 1920s housewife and add a tablespoon of salt to the washing machine. This trick works because the chloride in the salt helps seal color in fabric. Best part: If your fabrics have already faded, some say that salt can help restore the brightness of over-laundered and dull material. Hey, it's worth a shot!

Cold Water

Washing fabrics in cold water will not only cut down your bills, it'll also help keep your brights bright. Use a color-brightening detergent for an extra boost.

White Vinegar

Adding a half cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle will freshen up your laundry and help colors maintain their intensity (not to mention it won't leave your quilt smelling like a salad). To help set the dyes before a first wash, soak dark fabrics for 30 minutes in water mixed with a half cup of vinegar and two teaspoons of salt.

Baking Soda

Seriously, what can't baking soda do? Add a half cup during the wash cycle to keep your fabrics looking as bright as the day they hit store shelves.

Air Drying

Hanging your things to dry is the ultimate all-natural hack, with one caveat: Don't put quilts and garments in the sun, as the UV rays will fade colors even more than a spin cycle.

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