How to colorfast new clothing

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  1. Things You'll Need:
    plastic bucket or small plastic trash can
    cold water

  2. To colorfast dyed or colored material so the dye won't run,
    into bucket add:
    1/4 cup salt
    1 cup vinegar
    1-2 gallons cold water

  3. Place one garment in the solution and swish around gently, dissolving the salt and making sure the entire garment is wet through. This will set the color so the color won't run.

  4. Let sit, swishing the material around gently by hand whenever you pass by (every few hours so during the day). The colorfast process is quite hands off.

  5. After about 24 hours, lift the garment out, squeezing gently so that excess solution falls back into the bucket. Rinse the garment, cloth, rug or item you are colorfasting thoroughly until the cold water solution runs clear and is free of dyes. When the water runs clear, you can safely wash the item in your regular laundry.

  6. If dyes remain after many (10 or so) rinses under cold running water, repeat the colorfasting process (steps 1-4) before washing it in your regular laundry.
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