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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.